Gary Jedlovec

Gary Jedlovec has spent most of the last 30 years developing and evaluating algorithms to retrieve geophysical parameters from remotely sensed aircraft and satellite measurements for regional climate studies, weather forecasting, and disaster applications. He is currently leading an effort to transition the use of unique NASA Earth Observing System satellite data into selected weather forecast offices around the country as part of the Short-term Prediction Research and Transition (SPoRT) project (http://weather.msfc.nasa.gov/sport) to demonstrate the utility of these data to improve short term weather forecasts. Over the last few years, this project has focused on using NASA satellite data to detect and monitor natural disasters, providing valuable information to the USGS, FEMA, and other disaster response agencies. Jedlovec received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in meteorology in 1979 and 1981 from Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri. He was awarded the doctorate in meteorology with a minor in remote sensing from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1987. He joined NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in 1985 and holds an adjunct professor position with the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where he teaches and mentors graduate students in atmospheric sciences.

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Remote sensing is the acquisition of information of an object or phenomenon, by the use of either recording or real-time sensing device(s), that is not in physical or intimate contact with the object (such as by way of aircraft, spacecraft, satellite, buoy, or ship). In practice, remote sensing is the stand-off collection through the use of a variety of devices for gathering information on a given object or area. Human existence is dependent on our ability to understand, utilize, manage and maintain the environment we live in - Geoscience is the science that seeks to achieve these goals. This book is a collection of contributions from world-class scientists, engineers and educators engaged in the fields of geoscience and remote sensing.

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