Recent STAR/NESDIS Awards include CICS-MD

By Maeve Dunigan

Four individuals from the ESSIC-administered Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-Maryland (CICS-MD) were recognized in June 2016 by the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), the science arm of the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS).  The annually presented “STAR Awards” are provided in recognition of both individuals and teams who have demonstrated novel approaches in the development and application of problem solving techniques, particularly in terms of gains towards or in realizing technical or organizational challenges previously deemed unfeasible.

This year’s honorees included the following:

ESSIC assistant research scientist Dr. Yong Chen,  for his system that processes, calibrates and validates Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) full spectral resolution data for both weather and climate applications.

ESSIC visiting assistant research scientist Dr. Alejandro Egido, received a team award for work in inventing and demonstrating a new analytic technique that improves resolution of the next generation Synthetic Aperture Radar.

ESSIC faculty specialist Manik Bali, received a team award acknowledging work in sustaining EMO’s Global Satellite Inter-satellite Calibration System (GSICS) community and establishing calibrated radiances.

Dr. Xi (Sean) Shao, a scientist with CICS-MD and the University of Maryland Astronomy department, for his study entitled, “Spectral Dependent Degradation of the Solar Diffuser on Suomi-NPP VIIRS Due to Surface Roughness-Induced Rayleigh Scattering.”