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Gregory Schuster (NASA)

Title: Research Scientist
Technical Focus Areas: Climate Science, Lidar Science
Missions/ProjectsCALIPSO, CERES
Study Topics: Aerosols


My research interests include active and passive remote sensing of aerosols (including black carbon concentration, water uptake, composition, and size), improvement of aerosol optics modules in chemical transport models and general circulation models, the study of the aerosol indirect effect through statistical observations of aerosols near clouds (favoring approaches that constrain the meteorology), spatial representation of surface sites, and quantifying regional variability in the optical properties of mineral dust.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications:

  • Schuster, Espinosa, Ziemba, Beyersdorf, Rocha-Lima, Anderson, Martins, Dubovik, Ducos, Fuer Schuster, G., Espinosa, W., Ziemba, L., Beyersdorf, A., Rocha-Lima, A., Anderson, B., Martins, J., Dubovik, O., Ducos, F., Fuertes, D., Lapyonok, T., Shook, M., Derimian, Y., and Moore, R.: A Laboratory Experiment for the Statistical Evaluation of Aerosol Retrieval (STEAR) Algorithms, Remote Sensing, 11, 498,, 2019.
  • Schuster, Dubovik, Arola, Eck, and Holben] Schuster, G., Dubovik, O., Arola, A., Eck, T., and Holben, B.: Remote sensing of soot carbon – Part 2: Understanding the absorption Angstrom exponent, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1587–1602,, 2016.
  • Schuster, Dubovik, and Arola] Schuster, G., Dubovik, O., and Arola, A.: Remote sensing of soot carbon – Part 1: Distinguishing different absorbing aerosol species, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 1565–1585,, 2016.
  • Schuster, G., Vaughan, M., MacDonnell, D., Su, W., Winker, D., Dubovik, O., Lapyonok, T., and Trepte, C.: Comparison of CALIPSO aerosol optical depth retrievals to AERONET measurements, and a climatology for the lidar ratio of dust, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 7431–7452, 2012.
  • Schuster, G. L., Lin, B., and Dubovik, O.: Remote sensing of aerosol water uptake, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L03814,, 2009. Schuster, G., Dubovik, O., and Holben, B.: Angstrom exponent and bimodal aerosol size distributions, J. Geophys. Res., 111, D07207,, 2006.
  • Schuster, G. L., Dubovik, O., Holben, B. N., and Clothiaux, E. E.: Inferring black carbon content and specific absorption from Aerosol Robotic Network (AERONET) aerosol retrievals, J. Geophys. Res., 110, D10S17, 10.1029/2004JD004548, 2005.

Professional Membership:

  • American Geophysical Union


  • Ph.D. Meteorology Pennsylvania State University (2004)
  • M.S. Physics University of Colorado (1987)
  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering University of Michigan (1984)

National/International Leadership Position:

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Remote Sensing — Satellite Missions.

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