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Departmental Seminar
April 12, 2018

How Aerosol Influence the Environment and NASA Earth Science

Felix Seidel
Earth Science Division, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

This talk will start on a high-level by providing an overview on some of NASA’s Earth science and missions related to Atmospheric Composition and Air Quality. It will discuss the 2017 Decadal Survey and the Earth Venture Program and how they might shape NASA’s portfolio in the coming decade. The second part of the talk will go into more depths by showing insights into a few aspects of the fascinating ways aerosol impact climate, air quality, and water availability.




Dr. Felix Seidel is currently working in the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. He is the Program Scientist of the TROPICS cubesats mission and supports the management and oversight of missions, instruments, and research projects in the Atmospheric Composition focus area.

Felix’s experience covers a wide range from radiative transfer, to geophysical retrievals, to imaging spectroscopy and multi-angle polarimetry, to data processing and analysis, to sensor calibration, to instrument operations and field campaigns, to consulting, and lately to program management.

Before joining HQ, Felix was at JPL as the AirMSPI instrument scientist. He was on the MISR aerosol and land product team and developed the imaging spectroscopy data processing pipeline for the Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO). And before JPL, he was Head of the scientific Swiss National Point of Contact for satellite data. He received a few NASA awards, was a pilot, and an ESA Astronaut Applicant.