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Richard H. Moore (NASA)

Title: Research Physical Scientist
Technical Focus Area: Atmospheric Composition, Lidar Science, Chemistry & Dynamics, Applied Science, Air Quality & Weather, Airborne Science
Group: Langley Aerosol Research Group (LARGE)
Study Topics: aerosol-cloud-climate interactions, atmospheric composition, air quality, airborne science, aircraft engine emissions, contrails and contrail-cirrus clouds


Dr. Richard Moore joined the Science Directorate at NASA’s Langley Research Center as a Research Physical Scientist in Fall of 2014. In this role, he works closely with the other members of the NASA Langley Aerosol Research Group (LARGE) and NASA Langley Lidar Applications Group to study the impacts of atmospheric aerosols on air quality, clouds, and climate. A key motivation for our work is to better understand how we can measure these atmospheric constituents from NASA’s fleet of spaceborne remote sensors. We use a variety of tools including instrumented aircraft such as the NASA DC-8, P-3B, and C-130 aircraft to directly observe the distribution of aerosols and trace gases in Earth’s atmosphere and connect them to their emissions sources.

Publication Bibliography:


  1. Gallo, F., et al. (2022) “Measurement report: Aerosol vertical profiles over the Western North Atlantic Ocean during the North Atlantic Aerosols and Marine Ecosystems Study (NAAMES)” Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,
  2. Moore, R.H., et al. (2021) “Sizing response of the Ultra-High Sensitivity Aerosol Spectrometer (UHSAS) and Laser Aerosol Spectrometer (LAS) to changes in submicron aerosol composition and refractive index”, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques,
  3. Sanchez, K.J., et al. (2021) “Linking marine phytoplankton emissions, meteorological processes and downwind particle properties with FLEXPART”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,
  4. Voigt, C., et al. (2021) “Cleaner burning aviation fuels can reduce contrail cloudiness”, Communications Earth & Environment, DOI:10.1038/s43247-021-00174-y
  5. Wiggins, E.B., et al. (2021) “Reconciling Assumptions in Bottom-Up and Top-Down Approaches for Estimating Aerosol Emission Rates From Wildland Fires Using Observations From FIREX-AQ”, Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres,
  6. Wiggins, E.B., et al. (2020) “High Temporal Resolution Satellite Observations of Fire Radiative Power Reveal Link Between Fire Behavior and Aerosol and Gas Emissions”, Geophysical Research Letters,
  7. Behrenfeld, M.J., R.H. Moore, et al. (2019) “The North Atlantic Aerosol and Marine Ecosystem Study (NAAMES): Science Motive and Mission Overview”, Frontiers in Marine Science,
  8. Moore, R.H., et al. (2017) “Biofuel blending reduces particle emissions from aircraft engines at cruise conditions”, Nature,
  9. Sawamura, P., R.H. Moore, et al. (2017) “HSRL-2 aerosol optical measurements and microphysical retrievals vs. airborne in situ measurements during DISCOVER-AQ 2013: an intercomparison study”, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics,
  10. Moore, R.H., et al. (2015) “Influence of Jet Fuel Composition on Aircraft Engine Emissions: A Synthesis of Aerosol Emissions Data from the NASA APEX, AAFEX, and ACCESS Missions”, Energy & Fuels,


  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2019

  • Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres, 2018

  • H.J. Reid Award for NASA Langley Research Center Best Paper of the Year, 2018

  • Lawrence Award for NASA Langley Science Directorate Best Paper of the Year, 2017

  • NASA Early Career Achievement Medal for “exceptional achievement in the conception, execution, and leadership of NASA Airborne Science missions,” 2016

Education/Professional Experience:

  • Research Physical Scientist, NASA Langley Research Center, 2014-present
  • NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Langley Research Center, 2012-2014
  • Ph.D., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2006
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, 2004

National/International Leadership:

  • Member of the Board of Directors, American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR), elected 2021-2024
  • Guest Associate Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research — Atmospheres, appointed 2020-2021

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for Aerosol Research (AAAR)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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