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Luis Millán

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-701

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Stratosphere And Upper Troposphere


  • Ph. D. Atmospheric Physics, Oxford University, UK (2006-2009)
  • M.Sc. RadioAstronomy and Space Science, Chalmers University, Sweden (2004-2005)
  • B.Sc. Electronics and Communications, ITESM CCM, Mexico

Professional Experience

  • NASA JPL Scientist (2015-present)
  • Research Assistant, NASA JPL / UCLA JIFRESSE (2013-2015)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, NASA JPL / Caltech (2010-2013)
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Oxford University (2010)

Research Interests

  • Remote sensing of trace gases and clouds
  • Implementation and use of forward and inverse models
  • Satellite observation analysis

Selected Publications

  1. L. Millán, M. L. Santee, A. Lambert, N. J.  Livesey, F. Werne, M. J. Schwartz, et al. (2022). The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai Hydration of the Stratosphere. Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2022GL099381, doi:10.1029/2022GL099381, 2022
  2. M. L. Santee, A. Lambert, G. L. Manney, N. J. Livesey, L. Froidevaux, J. L. Neu, M. J. Schwartz, L. Millán, F. Werner, W. G. Read, M. Park, R. A. Fuller, B. M. Ward Prolonged and Pervasive Perturbations in the Composition of the Southern Hemisphere Midlatitude Lower Stratosphere From the Australian New Year’s Fires, Geophysical Research Letters, 49, e2021GL096270. doi:10.1029/2021GL096270, 2021
  3. M. Schwartz, M. L. Santee, H. C. Pumphrey, G. L. Manney, A. Lambert, N. J. Livesey, L. Millán, J. L. Neu, W. G. Read, and F. Werner: Australian New Year’s PyroCb Impact on Stratospheric Composition Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL090831, doi:10.1029/2020GL090831, 2020.
  4. L. Millán, R. Roy, and M. Lebsock: Assessment of global total column water vapor sounding using a spaceborne differential absorption radar, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 5193–5205, doi:10.5194/amt-13-5193-2020, 2020.
  5. G. L. Manney, N. J. Livesey, M. L. Santee, L. Froidevaux, A. Lambert, Z. D. Lawrence, L. Millán, J. L. Neu, W. G. Read, M. J. Schwartz, R. A. Fuller: Record-Low Arctic Stratospheric Ozone in 2020: MLS Observations of Chemical Processes and Comparisons With Previous Extreme Winters, Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089063.doi:10.1029/2020GL089063, 2020.
  6. L. Millán, M. Lebsock, and J. Teixeira: Variability of bulk water vapor content in the marine cloudy boundary layers from microwave and near-infrared imagery, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 19, 8491-8502, doi:10.5194/acp-19-8491-2019, 2019.
  7. L. W. Thomason, N. Ernest, L. Millán, L. Rieger, A. Bourassa, J.-P. Vernier, G. Manney, B. Luo, F. Arfeuille, T. Peter: A global, space-based stratospheric aerosol climatology: 1979 to 2016, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, doi:10.5194/essd-10-469-2018, 2018.
  8. K. B. Cooper, R. Rodriguez Monje, L. Millán, M. Lebsock, S. Tanelli, J. V. Siles, L. Choonsup, A. Brown: Atmospheric Humidity Sounding Using Differential Absorption Radar Near 183 GHz, IEEE Geosci. Remote. S., 15, 2, 163-167, doi:10.1109/LGRS.2017.2776078, 2018.
  9. R. J. Roy, M. Lebsock, L. Millán, R. Dengler, R. Rodriguez Monje, J. V. Siles, and K. B. Cooper: Boundary-layer water vapor profiling using differential absorption radar, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 6511-6523, doi:10.5194/amt-11-6511-2018, 2018.
  10. G. L. Manney, M. I. Hegglin, Z. D. Lawrence, K. Wargan, L. Millán, M. J. Schwartz, M. L. Santee, A. Lambert, S. Pawson, B. W. Knosp, R. Fuller, W. H. Daffer: Reanalysis comparisons of upper tropospheric-lower stratospheric jets and multiple tropopauses, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 11541-11566, doi:10.5194/acp-17-11541-2017, 2017.
  11. L. Millán and G. Manney: An assessment of ozone mini-hole representation in reanalyses over the Northern Hemisphere, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9277-9289, doi:10.5194/acp-17-9277-2017, 2017.
  12. L. Millán, N. Livesey, M. Santee, J. Neu, G. Manney, and R. Fuller: Case Studies of the Impact of Orbital Sampling on Stratospheric Trend Detection and Derivation of Tropical Vertical Velocities: Solar Occultation versus Limb Emission Sounding, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 11521-11534, doi:10.5194/acp-16-11521-2016, 2016.
  13. L. Millán, M. Lebsock, N. Livesey, and S. Tanelli: Differential Absorption Radar Techniques: Water Vapor Retrievals, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2633-2646, doi:10.5194/amt-9-2633-2016, 2016.
  14. L. Millán, M. Lebsock, E. Fishbein, P. Kalmus, and J. Teixeira: Quantifying Marine Boundary Layer Water Vapor Beneath Low Clouds with Near-Infrared and Microwave Imagery, J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim., 55, 213-225, doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-15-0143.1, 2016.
  15. M. D. Lebsock, K. Suzuki, L. Millán, and P. M. Kalmus: The feasibility of water vapor sounding of the cloudy boundary layer using a differential absorption radar technique, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8, 3631-3645, doi:10.5194/amt-8-3631-2015, 2015.
  16. L. Millán, S. Wang, N. Livesey, D. Kinnison, H. Sagawa, and Y. Kasai: Stratospheric and mesospheric HO2 observations from the EOS Microwave Limb Sounder, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 2889-2902, doi:10.5194/acp-15-2889-2015, 2015.
  17. J. Jiang, H. Su, C. Zhai, T. Shen, T. Wu, J. Zhang, J. Cole, K. von Salzen, L. Donner, C. Seman, A. del Genio, L. Nazarenko, J.-L. Dufrense, M. Watanabe, C. Morcrette, T. Koshiro, H. Kawai, A. Gettelman, L. Millán, W. Read, N. Livesey, Y. Kasai, and M. Shiotani: Evaluating the diurnal cycle of upper tropospheric ice clouds in climate models using SMILES observations, J. Atmos. Sci., doi:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0124.1, 2014.
  18. L. Millán, M. Lebsock, N. Livesey, S. Tanelli, and G. Stephens: Differential absorption radar techniques: Surface pressure, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7,3959-3970, doi:10.5194/amt-7-3959-2014, 2014.
  19. L. Millán, W. Read, Y. Kasai, A. Lambert, N. Livesey, J. Mendrok, H. Sagawa, T. Sano, M. Shiotani, and D. Wu: SMILES ice cloud products, J. Geophys. Res., 118, 6468-6477, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50322, 2013.
  20. L. Millán, N. Livesey, W. Read, L. Froidevaux, D. Kinnison, R. Harwood, I. A. MacKenzie, and M. P. Chipperfield: New Aura Microwave Limb Sounder observations of BrO and implications for Bry, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 5, 1741-1751, doi:10.5194/amt-5-1741-2012, 2012.
  21. L. Millán, I. Thomas, and N. Bowles: Lunar regolith thermal gradients and emission spectra: Modeling and validation, J. Geophys. Res., vol. 116, E12003, 11 PP, doi:10.1029/2011JE003874, 2011.