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James Gleason
NPP Project Scientist
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Dr. James Gleason the Project Scientist for the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP) and has been a research scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center since 1989. In June 2010, he was also named the Senior Project Scientist for the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Program.

Gleason is contributor to many ongoing research groups and studies involving atmospheric remote sensing. He is the Principal Investigator of the Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) data product from Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on the Earth Observing System's Aura mission.

As the NASA Headquarters Tropospheric Chemistry Program Manager, he led the development and coordination of NASA's contribution to the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation (ICARTT) field campaign. Gleason and NOAA colleagues used the NASA DC-8, the NOAA P-3 aircraft and the NOAA ship Ron Brown, to coordinate a campaign of 13 aircraft from 5 countries and 5 US agencies, 4 satellites, one ship, 3 intensive ground sites, 2 ground-based sampling networks and approximately 100 partners. He serves on European Space Agency, EUMETSAT and NOAA advisory boards, helping to transfer NASA's lessons-learned from research satellites to help improve the planning for future operational satellites.

In addition to his work on OMI NO2, he has published papers on the effect of the Mount Pinatubo eruption on stratospheric ozone, long-term ozone trends and using Total Ozone Mapping (TOMS) Aerosol Index to monitor biomass burning in the Amazon Region.

In his free time, Gleason enjoys spending his time reading and cooking large meals for family and friends.

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