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Dr. Kurtis Thome
Terra Project Scientist

Mailing Address: 

Code 618
Goddard Space Flight Center
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Kurtis Thome obtained a BS degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University and MS and PhD degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Arizona. Thome came to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in 2008 from a tenured position in the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, with an expertise in the vicarious calibration of solar reflectance imagers. With a doctorate in atmospheric sciences, he was part of the original Earth Observing System (EOS) calibration/validation (cal/ val) effort serving as a member of the science team for both the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). He has worked closely with the instrument teams for those sensors as well as the instrument teams for Landsat, the Multiangle Imaging Spectroradiometer (MISR) on Terra, and several NASA airborne facility imagers (e.g., MODIS Airborne Simulator, MODIS/ASTER Airborne Simulator). Thome’s NASA instrument science team experience also includes Earth Observing-1, Landsat-7, and the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP). He also serves as the Instrument Scientist for the Visible/Infrared Imager–Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on Suomi NPP, calibration lead for the Thermal Infrared Sensor (TIRS) on the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, and the Deputy Project Scientist for the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission. Thome now serves as the Terra Project Scientist.