Michael D King, FAGU, FAMS, PhD

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Michael King, an AMS Member, and a Fellow of the AMS, is a Senior Research Associate in the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He previously served as Senior Project Scientist of NASA's Earth Observing System from 1992 to 2008. He joined Goddard Space Flight Center in 1978 as a physical scientist, and previously served as Project Scientist of the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment from 1983-1992. Dr. King has a BA degree in physics from Colorado College, and MS and PhD degrees in atmospheric sciences from the University of Arizona. He is Team Leader of the MODIS science team on the EOS Terra and Aqua satellites. As a team member, he also led the development of 5 science algorithms being run routinely to process MODIS data, including the algorithm for determining cloud optical thickness and effective particle radius of both liquid water and ice clouds, and gridded global atmosphere properties at 1° x 1° latitude/longitude resolution. Dr. King's research experience includes conceiving, developing, and operating multispectral scanning radiometers from a number of aircraft platforms in field experiments ranging from arctic stratus clouds to smoke from the Kuwait oil fires and biomass burning in Brazil and southern Africa. He has also developed inversion algorithms for deriving aerosol size distribution and refractive index from ground-based sunphotometers used worldwide. Dr. King is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, recipient of the Verner E. Suomi Award of the AMS for fundamental contributions to remote sensing and radiative transfer, and recipient of the Space Systems Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for NASA's Earth Observing System Team. He has authored over 90 papers published in refereed scientific journals, in addition to editing a book (Our Changing Planet: The View from Space published by Cambridge University Press), four EOS documents (Science Plan; Science Plan Executive Summary; Reference Handbook; Data Products Handbook, Volume 1) and many book chapters and technical reports.

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