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Tyler Thorsen (NASA)

Title: Research Scientist
Technical Focus Area: Climate Science, Lidar Science
Mission/Project: CALIPSO, CERES, ACCP
Study Topics: lidars, remote sensing of aerosols and clouds, radiative transfer, Earth’s energy budget, aerosol forcing

About:

Tyler’s general research interests includes remote sensing of clouds and aerosols along with studying their impacts on the Earth’s energy budget. He actively contributes to several different projects as a member of the ACCP study team, CALIPSO science team, and CERES science team with work spanning from technical data product development to the science applications of these data. Tyler has been a Research Scientist in the Lidar Science Branch at NASA Langley since 2017. He was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow with the Climate Science Branch at NASA Langley from 2015-2016. Tyler holds a BS in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington.

Publication Bibliography:

Select Publications:

  •  Thorsen, T. J.; Winker, D. M. and Ferrare, R. A. Uncertainty in observational estimates of the aerosol direct radiative effect and forcing. Journal of Climate, 2020. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/jcli-d-19-1009.1
  • Thorsen, T. J.; Ferrare, R. A.; Kato, S. and Winker, D. M. Aerosol Direct Radiative Effect Sensitivity Analysis. Journal of Climate, 33 (14): 6119-6139, 2020 http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/jcli-d-19-0669.1
  • Thorsen, T. J.; Kato, S.; Loeb, N. G. and Rose, F. G. Observation-Based Decomposition of Radiative Perturbations and Radiative Kernels. Journal of Climate, 31 (24): 10039-10058, 2018. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/jcli-d-18-0045.1
  • Thorsen, T. J.; Ferrare, R. A.; Hostetler, C. A.; Vaughan, M. A. and Fu, Q. The impact of lidar detection sensitivity on assessing aerosol direct radiative effects. Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (17): 9059-9067, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2017gl074521
  • Thorsen, T. J. and Fu, Q. CALIPSO‐inferred aerosol direct radiative effects: Bias estimates using ground‐based Raman lidars. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120 (23), 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2015jd024095
  • Thorsen, T. J. and Fu, Q. Automated Retrieval of Cloud and Aerosol Properties from the ARM Raman Lidar. Part II: Extinction. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32 (11): 1999-2023, 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/jtech-d-14-00178.1
  • Thorsen, T. J.; Fu, Q.; Newsom, R. K.; Turner, D. D. and Comstock, J. M. Automated Retrieval of Cloud and Aerosol Properties from the ARM Raman Lidar. Part I: Feature Detection. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 32 (11): 1977-1998, 2015. link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/jtech-d-14-00150.1

Awards:

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Robert G. Fleagle Graduate Scholarship
  • The Pennsylvania State University Physical Meteorology Award
  • John G. Miller Memorial Scholarship

Education/Professional Experience:

  • NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA Research Scientist, 2017 – Current
  • NASA Langley Research Center; Hampton, VA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015
  • University of Washington; Seattle, WA Postdoctoral Research Associate, Atmospheric Sciences, 2015 – 2016
  • University of Washington; Seattle, WA Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, 2008 – 2014
  • Pennsylvania State University; State College, PA B.S. in Meteorology, 2004 – 2008

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    CAPABLE/CRAVE Full Site Photo from left to right site enclosures: 1196A NASA LaRC, MPLnet, Virginia DEQ

  • NASA LaRC NAST-I and HU ASSIST side-by-side for intercomparison
    NASA LaRC NAST-I and HU ASSIST side-by-side for intercomparison

  • Virginia DEQ, NASA and Penn State-NATIVE Enclosures (from right to left)
    Virginia DEQ, NASA and Penn State-NATIVE Enclosures (from right to left)

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PurpleAir PA-II-SD Air Quality Sensor
Laser Particle Counters
Type (2) PMS5003
Range of measurement 0.3, 0.5, 1.0, 2.5, 5.0, & 10 μm
Counting efficiency 50% at 0.3μm & 98% at ≥0.5μm
Effective range
(PM2.5 standard)*
0 to 500 μg/m³
Maximum range (PM2.5 standard)* ≥1000 μg/m³
Maximum consistency error (PM2.5 standard) ±10% at 100 to 500μg/m³ & ±10μg/m³ at 0 to 100μg/m³
Standard Volume 0.1 Litre
Single response time ≤1 second
Total response time ≤10 seconds
Pressure, Temperature, & Humidity Sensor
Type BME280
Temperature range -40°F to 185°F (-40°C to 85°C)
Pressure range 300 to 1100 hPa
Humidity Response time (τ63%): 1 s
Accuracy tolerance: ±3% RH
Hysteresis: ≤2% RH


Pandora capabilities

Instrument

Response

Parameter

Precision

Uncertainty

Range

Resolution

Pandora

~2min

Total Column O3, NO2, HCHO, SO2, H2O, BrO

0.01 DU

0.1 DU

 

 

Virginia Department of Environment Quality in-situ instrumentation

Instrument

Response

Parameter

Precision

Uncertainty

Thermo Scientific 42C (Molybdenum converter)
(VADEQ)

60 s

NO and NOx

50 pptv

3%

Teledyne API 200EU w/ photolytic converter
(EPA) PI-Szykman

20 s

NO2

50 pptv

 

Thermo Scientific 49C (VADEQ)

20 s

O3

1 ppbv

4%

Thermo Scientific 48i (VADEQ)

60 s

CO

40 ppbv

5%

Thermo Scientific 43i (VADEQ)

80 s

SO2

0.2 ppbv

5%

Thermo Scientific 1400AB TEOM (VADEQ)

600 s

PM2.5 (continuous)

µg/m3

1 3%

Thermo Scientific Partisol Plus 2025 (VADEQ)

24 hr

PM2.5 (filter-based FRM)- 1/3 days

 

 

BSRN-LRC-49
Large area view.
Latitude: 37.1038
Longitude: -76.3872
Elevation: 3 m Above sea level
Scenes: urban, marsh, bay, river and farm.

Legend

  • The inner red circle is a 20km CERES foot print centered on the BSRN-LRC site.
  • The pink circle represents a possible tangential 20km foot print.
  • The middle red circle represents the area in which a 20km foot print could fall and still see the site.
  • Yellow is a sample 40 deg off nadir foot print.
  • The outer red circle is the region which would be seen by a possible 40 deg off nadir foot print.
The BSRN-LRC sun tracker at the NASA Langley Research Center on a snowy day (02/20/2015) The BSRN-LRC sun tracker at the NASA Langley Research Center on a snowy day (02/20/2015)
CAPABLE-BSRN Google Site Location Image

Team Satellite Sensor G/L Dates Number of obs Phase angle range (°)
CMA FY-3C MERSI LEO 2013-2014 9 [43 57]
CMA FY-2D VISSR GEO 2007-2014
CMA FY-2E VISSR GEO 2010-2014
CMA FY-2F VISSR GEO 2012-2014
JMA MTSAT-2 IMAGER GEO 2010-2013 62 [-138,147]
JMA GMS5 VISSR GEO 1995-2003 50 [-94,96]
JMA Himawari-8 AHI GEO 2014- -
EUMETSAT MSG1 SEVIRI GEO 2003-2014 380/43 [-150,152]
EUMETSAT MSG2 SEVIRI GEO 2006-2014 312/54 [-147,150]
EUMETSAT MSG3 SEVIRI GEO 2013-2014 45/7 [-144,143]
EUMETSAT MET7 MVIRI GEO 1998-2014 128 [-147,144]
CNES Pleiades-1A PHR LEO 2012 10 [+/-40]
CNES Pleiades-1B PHR LEO 2013-2014 10 [+/-40]
NASA-MODIS Terra MODIS LEO 2000-2014 136 [54,56]
NASA-MODIS Aqua MODIS LEO 2002-2014 117 [-54,-56]
NASA-VIIRS NPP VIIRS LEO 2012-2014 20 [50,52]
NASA-OBPG SeaStar SeaWiFS LEO 1997-2010 204 (<10, [27-66])
NASA/USGS Landsat-8 OLI LEO 2013-2014 3 [-7]
NASA OCO-2 OCO LEO 2014
NOAA-STAR NPP VIIRS LEO 2011-2014 19 [-52,-50]
NOAA GOES-10 IMAGER GEO 1998-2006 33 [-66, 81]
NOAA GOES-11 IMAGER GEO 2006-2007 10 [-62, 57]
NOAA GOES-12 IMAGER GEO 2003-2010 49 [-83, 66]
NOAA GOES-13 IMAGER GEO 2006 11
NOAA GOES-15 IMAGER GEO 2012-2013 28 [-52, 69]
VITO Proba-V VGT-P LEO 2013-2014 25 [-7]
KMA COMS MI GEO 2010-2014 60
AIST Terra ASTER LEO 1999-2014 1 -27.7
ISRO OceanSat2 OCM-2 LEO 2009-2014 2
ISRO INSAT-3D IMAGER GEO 2013-2014 2

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