Moustafa T. Chahine, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, USA, is the 2010 winner of the George W. Goddard award in recognition of his exceptional achievement in optical science and instrumentation for aerospace and atmospheric research.
"Dr. Chahine is an internationally-recognized scientist in atmospheric remote sensing and its applications to weather and climate research," wrote David Tratt, Imaging Spectrooscopy Dept., Space Science Applications Laboratory. "He developed an efficient inversion algorithm known as the 'relaxation method' to convert satellite radiances by the ingenious use of the radiative transfer equation to atmosphereric variables, such as temperature, humidity, and fractional cloud cover. This enabled the early satellites of the 1970's with infrared sounders to gather vital vertical profiles needed for advancing numerical weather prediction models."
Chahine is an SPIE Member.
The George W. Goddard Award is given annually in recognition of exceptional achievement in optical or photonic instrumentation for aerospace, atmospheric science, or astronomy. The award is for the invention and development of a new technique, photonic instrumentation, instrument, or system. An honorarium of $2,000 will be presented.
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