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John Murray (NASA)

Title: Associate Program Manager for Disasters
Technical Focus Areas: Chemistry & Dynamics, Air Quality & Weather
Mission/Project: NASA Applied Sciences, Disasters
Study Topics: Disasters, weather, tropical meteorology, hydrology, sea level rise, volcanic ash.


John entered federal service for NASA in 2000 after a career as a US Navy Meteorology and Oceanography officer. Highlights of that career included serving as the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group Meteorologist and Oceanographer during Operation Desert Storm, and as the Oceanographer for the US Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force prior to retirement from the Navy. In 2002, he assisted with the establishment of the NASA Applied Sciences Program, where he served as the Deputy Program Manager for Weather until 2011. That year he became the Applied Sciences Associate Program Manager for Disasters, a position he continues to hold today.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications/Reports:

  • Murray, J.J., C.J. Ruf, N.A. Baker, E. Brumbaugh, D.S. Green, 2018, Report on the Second NASA CYGNSS Applications Workshop of October 31-November 2, 2017, NASA-NP-2018-07-097-LaRC.
  • Murray, J.J., C. Ruf, N. Baker, T. Lang, E. Ulhorn, D. Masters, G. Halliwell, K. Carey, D. Helms, V. Escobar, W. McCarty, D. S. Green, T. M. Stough, A. Molthan, 2015, Report on the NASA CYGNSS Applications Workshop of May 27-29, 2015.NASA-CP-2015-218993.
  • Zeng, X., S. Ackerman, R.D. Ferraro, J.J. Murray, S. Pawson, C. Renolds, J. Texeira, 2015: Scientific Challenges and Opportunities in the NASA Weather Focus Area, NP-2015-07-1956-HQ.
  • J.-P. Vernier, T. D. Fairlie, J. J. Murray, A. Tupper, C. Trepte, D. Winker, J. Pelon, A. Garnier, J. Jumelet, M. Pavolonis, A. H. Omar and K. A. Powell. An Advanced System to Monitor the 3D Structure of Diffuse Volcanic Ash Clouds, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Vol. 52, No. 9, pp. 2125-2138, September 2013.
  • Mecikalski, J.R., W.F. Feltz, J.J. Murray, D.B. Johnson, K.M. Bedka, S.T. Bedka, A.J. Wimmers, M. Pavolonis, T.A. Berendes, J. Haggerty, P. Minnis, B. Bernstein, and E. Williams, 2007: Aviation Applications for Satellite-Based Observations of Cloud Properties, Convective Initiation, In-Flight Icing, Turbulence, and Volcanic Ash. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 88, 1589–1607.


  • NASA Superior Performance Award
  • NASA Langley Holloway Award
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards (2)

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Masters of Science, Oceanography and Meteorology, Naval Postgraduate School, 1987
  • Bachelor of Science, Oceanography, Florida Institute of Technology, 1979

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