Dr. Richard D. McPeters

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AFFILIATION: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

PhD: University of Florida, 1975

TITLE: Principal Investigator for the Earth Probe TOMS and SOLSE

TELEPHONE: 301-614-6038

FAX: 301-614-5903

EMAIL: richard.d.mcpeters@nasa.gov


Radiative transfer and ozone inversion theory applied to SBUV and TOMS data, measurement of ozone profiles using UV limb scattering, inference of atmospheric parameters from radiation and polarization measurements, effect of high energy particles on ozone, determination of NO and SO2 amounts from UV spectral data.


Dr. McPeters is an atmospheric physicist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, where he has been working on satellite based measurement of global ozone since 1978.

Dr. McPeters graduated from MIT in 1969 in physics, and received a PhD in physics from the University of Florida in 1975, with a minor in astronomy. At Florida he worked with Dr. A.E.S. Green deriving parameters of atmospheric aerosols using measurements of the solar aureole. Prior to going to work for NASA, Dr. McPeters worked for two years (1976-1978) with Systems and Applied Sciences Corporation writing algorithms for and analyzing data from the original BUV instrument on Nimbus 4.

Principal Investigator for the Earth Probe TOMS Instrument launched July 2, 1996 and still in operation.

Principal Investigator for SOLSE (Shuttle Ozone Limb Sounding Experiment) which flew on STS-87 (space shuttle Columbia), launched November 19, 1997. SOLSE-2 flew on STS-107, launched January 16, 2003. While the SOLSE and LORE instruments were lost in the disaster on February 1, enough data were returned during the mission to achieve many of our science goals. We dedicate any success we have to the brave crew of STS-107..

Recent Publications:

"The retrieval of ozone profiles from limb scatter measurements: Results from the Shuttle Ozone Limb Sounding Experiment," R. D. McPeters, S. J. Janz, E. Hilsenrath, T. L. Brown, D. E. Flittner, and D. F. Heath, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, in press, 2000.
Results from the 1995 Stratospheric Ozone Profile Intercomparison at Mauna Loa (MLO3)," R. D. McPeters, D. J. Hofmann, M. Clark, L. Flynn, L. Froidevaux, M. Gross, B. Johnson, G. Koenig, S. McDermid , T. McGee, F. Murcray, S. Oltmans, A. Parrish, R. Schnell, U. Singh, J. J. Tsou, T. Walsh, J. M. Zawodny, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 30505-30514, 1999.
"New TOMS Instrument Measures Ozone and Aerosols," J. A. Kaye, R. D. McPeters, J. R. Herman, P. K. Bhartia, and A. J. Krueger, EOS, 79, 57-63, 1998.
" An SBUV Ozone Climatology for Balloonsonde Estimation of Total Column Ozone," R.D. McPeters, G.J. Labow, and B J. Johnson, J.Geophys. Res., 102, 8875-8885, 1997.
" An assessment of the accuracy of 14.5 years of Nimbus 7 TOMS version 7 ozone data by comparison with the Dobson network," R.D. McPeters and G.J. Labow, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 3695-3698, 1996.
" Long-term trends derived from the 16-year combined Nimbus 7/Meteor 3 TOMS version 7 record," R.D. McPeters, S.M Hollandsworth, L.E. Flynn, and J.R. Herman, Geophys. Res. Lett., 23, 3699-3702 1996.
"Algorithm for the estimation of vertical ozone profile from the backscattered ultraviolet (BUV) technique," P.K. Bhartia, R.D. McPeters, C.L. Mateer, L.E. Flynn, and C. Wellemeyer, J. Geophys. Res., 101, 18793-18806, 1996.
"A Comparison of SBUV and SAGE II Ozone Profiles: Implications for Ozone Trend," R. D. McPeters, T. Miles, L. E. Flynn, C. G. Wellemeyer, and J. Zawodny, J. Geophys. Res., 99, 20513-20524, 1994.
"The Atmospheric SO2 Budget for Pinatubo derived from NOAA-11 SBUV/2 Spectral Data," by Richard D. McPeters, Geophys. Res. Lett., 9, 1971-1974, 1993.

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Last Updated: April 15, 2002.
Written by: Richard McPeters
Responsible NASA organization/official: Dr. P. K. Bhartia, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch/Head