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Aronne Merrelli

Aronne Merrelli

Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Space Science and Engineering Center
1225 West Dayton Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
(608) 263-4843

I am an Assistant Researcher at the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research involves passive remote sensing of the Earth system using a variety of wavelengths and instruments. I support a number of different programs at SSEC:

  • Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)

    I am part of the NASA OCO-2 science team. My research is focused on the impacts of three dimensional scattering from clouds, and how this affects carbon dioxide retrievals from the operational algorithm.

  • Cross-track Infrared Sounder (CrIS)

    As part of the Infrared Interferometer research group, I support various Calibration and Validation efforts for the Science Data Records (SDR), which contain the calibrated spectral radiance measured by the instrument.

  • LBLDIS radiative transfer model

    My PhD research made extensive use of this model, original developed by my advisor, David D. Turner. I continue to use and improve this model, as it is a very flexible software tool to simulate radiance spectra at high spectral resolution, with user defined cloud and aerosol layers.

  • Scanning High-resolution Interferometer Sounder The S-HIS is a cross track scanning infrared interferometer designed and built at SSEC. I helped support the HS3 flight campaign at NASA Wallops Flight Facility, as a science technician for the S-HIS on the NASA Global Hawk.


    This NSF-funded project deployed and maintains a suite of multiple remote sensing instruments at Summit Station, Greenland, at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet. I deployed as the summer science technician supporting ICECAPS in 2011.

My dissertation work (PhD, 2012) in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at UW-Madison was focused on radiative transfer in the Far Infrared (FIR), advised by David D. Turner. I explored the information content of FIR spectra, comparing it to the Mid Infrared (MIR) which is routinely measured by operational polar orbiting satellites such as AIRS, IASI and CrIS.

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