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Victor Zlotnicki

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 300-329

Pasadena, CA 91109


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Curriculum Vitae:

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Member of:

Earth Science

Principal Scientist, Interim Employee Program

Employed By



  • Geodetic & Geophysical Engineering, U. Buenos Aires (1976)
  • Ph.D., Oceanography (Marine Geophysics), Massachussetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (1983)

Professional Experience

Employer; JPL/Caltech

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1985-present)
    • Interim Employee Program (6/2023-present)
    • Assistant Section Manager, Earth Science Section (2014-4/2023)
    • Acting Manager & Deputy Section Manager, Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth Section (2013 -2014)
    • Group Supervisor, Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction Group (2006-2010)
    • Discipline Program Manager, Climate Variability (2002-4/2023)
    • PO-DAAC Task Scientist (1995-2002)
    • NODS Task Scientist (1985-1988)
    • Scientist, Research Scientist, Principal Research Scientist: Ocean Sciences (1985-present)
  • National Research Council Resident Research Associate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (1983-84)

Research Interests

  • Geophysical and ocean circulation signals in satellite altimetry, GRACE/GRACE-FO gravimetry

Selected Awards

  • JPL People Leadership Award (2019)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1999)
  • JPL Award of Excellence (1998)

Selected Publications

  1. Wiese D., B. Bienstock, C. Blackwood, J. Chrone, B. D. Loomis, J. Sauber, M. Rodell, R. Baize, D. Bearden, K. Case, S. Horner, S. Luthcke, J. T. Reager, M. Srinivasan, L. Tsaoussi, F. Webb, A. Whitehurst, V. Zlotnicki (2022): The Mass Change Designated Observable Study: Overview and Results. Earth and Space Science, in press
  2. Ray R., B. D. Loomis, V. Zlotnicki (2021): The mean seasonal cycle in relative sea level from satellite altimetry and gravimetry. J. Geodesy 95, 80 (2021).
  3. International Altimetry Team (S. Abdalla et al) (2021): Altimetry for the future: Building on 25 years of progress. Advances in Space Research
  4. Gentemann C., C.A. Clayson, S. Brown, T. Lee, R. Parfitt, J. T. Farrar, M. Bourassa, P.J. Minnett, H. Seo, S.T. Gille, and V. Zlotnicki (2020): FluxSat: Measuring the ocean-atmosphere turbulent exchange of heat and moisture from space. Remote Sens. 2020, 12, 1796; doi:10.3390/rs12111796.
  5. Li. Z., C. Zuffada, S. T. Lowe, T. Lee and V. Zlotnicki, 2016: Analysis of GNSS-R Altimetry for Mapping Ocean Mesoscale Sea Surface Heights Using High-Resolution Model Simulations. IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 10, 9, doi10.1109/JSTARS.2016.2581699.
  6. Zlotnicki V., S. Bettadpur, F. Landerer and M. Watkins (2013): Remote Sensing of Earth¹s Gravity Field (GRACE). In: Robert A. Meyers (Ed), Encyclopedia of Sustainability, pp 4563-4584, doi:10.1007/978-1-4419-0851-3, Springer
  7. Volkov D. and V. Zlotnicki (2012): Performance of GOCE and GRACE-derived mean dynamic topographies in resolving Antarctic Circumpolar Current fronts. Ocean Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s10236-012-0541-9.
  8. Garcia-Garcia D., C. Ummenhoffer and V. Zlotnicki (2011): Australian water mass variations from GRACE data linked to Indo-Pacific climate variability. Remote Sensing of Environment (2011), 115, pp2175-2183, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2011.04.007.
  9. Zlotnicki V. and D. Stammer (2011): Meeting Report: Gravity from Space, applications to ocean circulation, sea level rise and cryospheric science studies. Eos, Vol. 90, No. 17, 26 , p145. April 2011.
  10. Boening, C., T. Lee, and V. Zlotnicki (2011), A record-high ocean bottom pressure in the South Pacific observed by GRACE, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04602, doi:10.1029/2010GL046013.