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Zachary Eitzen (Contractor)

Title: Senior Research Scientist
Technical Focus Area: Climate Science
Study Topics: Longwave angular distribution models, analysis of cloud properties
Mission/Project: CERES ADM Working Group


I grew up in Maryland, near Washington, DC. I developed an early interest in meteorology, and ultimately pursued a graduate school education in atmospheric sciences at Colorado State University, with Prof. David Randall as my advisor. There, I did research on the Asian summer monsoon using a general circulation model, and then I examined vertically-propagating gravity waves with a cloud-resolving model. In 2001, I came to Langley to do research using CERES data, including cloud objects, flux-by-cloud-type data, and helping to construct longwave angular distribution models.


  • H.J.E Reid Award
  • Editor’s Award, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

Educational/Professional Experience:

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 2001
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, 1996
  • B.S., Physics, University of Maryland, College Park, 1993

Professional Memberships:

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)


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