Michael Mishchenko

Senior Scientist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
2880 Broadway
New York, NY 10025

Phone: (212) 678-5590
Fax: (212) 678-5552
E-mail: michael.i.mishchenko@nasa.gov

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Education

  • Ph.D. in Physics (with honors), Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, Kiev, 1987
  • MS in Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1983

Research Interests

  • Electromagnetic scattering
  • Radiative transfer in planetary atmospheres and particulate surfaces
  • Terrestrial and planetary remote sensing
  • Cloud and aerosol physics
  • Direct and indirect aerosol forcing of climate

Editorial and Professional Activities

  • Director of the NATO Advanced Study Institute on Special Detection Technique (Polarimetry) and Remote Sensing (Kyiv, Ukraine, 12-25 September 2010)
  • Organizer of the 10th Conference on Electromagnetic & Light Scattering, 17-22 June 2007, Bodrum, Turkey
  • Organizer of the International Conference on Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles (New York, September 1998)
  • Member, AGU Fellows Committee, Atmospheric Sciences Section (2007-2012)
  • Advisory Board Member, Physics Procedia (2013-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Advances in Astronomy and Space Physics (2012-present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (2006-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Waves in Random and Complex Media (2004-present)
  • Editorial Board Member, Kinematics and Physics of Celestial Bodies (2003-present)
  • Topical Editor on scattering theory and meteorological optics, Applied Optics (2000-2006)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences (1999-2004)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer (1995-2005)
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Electromagnetic Waves and Applications (1991-1992)
  • Editor, Polarimetric Detection, Characterization, and Remote Sensing (Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2011)
  • Co-Editor, Photopolarimetry in Remote Sensing (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, 2004)
  • Editor, Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles: Theory, Measurements, and Applications (Academic Press, San Diego, 2000)
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Peter C. Waterman and His Scientific Legacy, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 123, 1-218 (2013).
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Polarimetric Detection, Characterization, and Remote Sensing, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 112, 2041-2247 (2011).
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on 50 Years of JQSRT, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 111, 1455-1876 (2010).
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on X Conference on Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Non-spherical particles, Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer 109, 1335-1548 (2008).
  • Guest Co-Editor, Special Issue on "Light in Planetary Atmospheres and Other Particulate Media: A Tribute to Professor Joop W. Hovenier," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 101, 381-556 (2006).
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on "Photopolarimetry in Remote Sensing," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 88, 1-406 (2004).
  • Guest Co-Editor, Special issue on "Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Non-Spherical Particles," J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 79-80, 491-1198 (2003)
  • Guest Editor, Special issue on "Global Aerosol Climatology Project," J. Atmos. Sci. 59, 249-783 (2002).
  • Guest Editor, Special issue on "Light Scattering by Nonspherical Particles '98", J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 63, 127-737 (1999)
  • Coordinator, Special section on "Electromagnetic Scattering by Nonspherical Particles," J. Geophys. Res. 104, 31,6 71-31,808 (1999)

Projects

Professional Honors and Awards

  • NASA Performance Award (2014)
  • Hendrik C. van de Hulst Award from Elsevier (2013)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2012)
  • NASA Fifteen Year Service Award (2012)
  • NASA GSFC Special Act Award (2011)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (Glory Mission, 2011)
  • National Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology (2010)
  • Basic Sciences Book Award of the International Academy of Astronautics (2010)
  • NASA Quality Increase Award (2010)
  • NASA Special Act Award (2010)
  • JQSRT Milestone Paper Award from Elsevier (2010)
  • Asteroid 22686 (1998 QL53) named "Mishchenko" by the International Astronomical Union (2009)
  • Habilitation Doctoral Degree in Physics and Mathematics, The Main Astronomical Observatory of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv (2008)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2008)
  • NASA Quality Increase Award (2008)
  • NASA Ten Year Service Award (2007)
  • NASA Performance Award (2007)
  • NASA GSFC Special Act Award (2007)
  • Arthur S. Flemming Award, George Washington University (2006)
  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (since 2006)
  • NASA GSFC Special Act Award (2006)
  • Fellow of The Institute of Physics, UK (since 2004)
  • NASA GSFC Special Act Award (2004)
  • Fellow of the Optical Society of America (since 2003)
  • Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (since 2003) (NASA Press Release)
  • NASA Quality Increase Award (2003)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award (CRYSTAL-FACE Project, 2002)
  • NASA GISS Peer Award (2001)
  • NASA GSFC Special Act Award (2001)
  • NASA GSFC Job Performance Award (2000)
  • Henry G. Houghton Award of the American Meteorological Society (1999)
  • NASA GSFC Job Performance Award (1997)
  • N. P. Barabashov Award of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences (1993)

Research Activities

  • Provided the first complete derivation of the radiative transfer equation for discrete random media from the Maxwell equations.
  • Developed an analytical theory of multiple scattering of polarized light in clouds composed of oriented nonspherical particles and several robust numerical techniques for computing the transfer of polarized radiation in the atmosphere.
  • Developed an efficient technique for computing the bidirectional reflection function for flat snow and soil surfaces based on numerically solving the radiative transfer equation.
  • Developed an efficient T-matrix method for computing scattering and absorption characteristics of randomly and axially oriented, polydisperse nonspherical particles with large size parameters.
  • Performed a detailed study of the effect of nonsphericity on radiative, polarization, and depolarization properties of aerosols, clouds, and precipitation and parameterized the effect of particle nonsphericity on cirrus cloud and aerosol retrievals.
  • Developed a vector theory of coherent backscattering of light and radar signals by particulate surfaces and interpreted quantitatively the photometric and polarization opposition effects exhibited by Saturn's rings and outer-planet satellites and peculiar radar returns caused by ice-covered surfaces.
  • Developed an electromagnetic scattering software package, which is publicly available on the World Wide Web (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/staff/mmishchenko).
  • Performed a detailed sensitivity analysis of various algorithms for retrieving aerosol properties from space using radiance and polarization data.
  • Developed algorithms for retrieving aerosol optical thickness and size from multichannel AVHRR data and created a long-term global satellite climatology of aerosol properties.

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