GISS Personnel Directory

Dr. William B. Rossow

Affiliation: City College of New York

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

Phone: 212-678-5513


  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics, 1969, Hanover College
  • M.S., Physics, 1972, Cornell University
  • Ph.D., Planetary Astronomy, 1976, Cornell University

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Research Interests:

Dr. Rossow's research interests include cloud physics and dynamics, atmospheric radiative transfer, atmospheric dynamics, and satellite remote sensing of Earth's climate and other planetary atmospheres about which he has published over 170 papers and reports. His early work focused on the clouds and dynamics of the atmospheres of Venus and Jupiter and he served on the Science Teams for the Pioneer Venus and Galileo (to Jupiter) space missions. His later work focuses on clouds, radiation and the climate of Earth as Head of the Earth Observations Group at NASA GISS and as Head of the Global Processing Center of the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) since 1983.

Dr. Rossow is a member of the Science Teams for the CloudSat spacecraft mission, the Earth Observing System (EOS) spacecraft missions, the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM), the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) project, the European ScaRab project and the First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE).

Dr. Rossow serves on several national and international committees, panels and working groups. He is currently chairman of the Global Energy and Water Experiment Radiation Panel as part of the World Climate Research Program. He received the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 1988 and the AMS Verner E. Suomi Award in 2005. He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.