David Crisp: Team of satellites monitors our changing Earth from space

With a variety of technologies and objectives, "the A-Train" is a string of satellites on the same orbital track, operated by NASA and its international partners. We learn about OCO-2, launched in 2014 to measure atmospheric carbon dioxide, from its science team leader at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

24 June 2015

David Crisp is a Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA) and the leader of the NASA Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) Science Team. During more than 30 years at JPL, he has served as an instrument provider and science team member for several flight projects including the Soviet/French/U.S. Venus VEGA Balloon Mission, the NASA Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field/Planetary Camera 2, Mars Pathfinder Lander Atmospheric Structure Instrument, and the ESA Venus Express Planetary Fourier Spectrometer and Venus Monitoring Camera. Crisp pioneered the use of ground-based near-infrared observations of the Venus night side for studies of the sub-cloud atmosphere. He contributed to NASA technology programs by developing in situ atmospheric structure and meteorological instruments for Mars and by serving as the chief scientist of the NASA New Millennium Program from 1998 to 2001.

Crisp received his BS in Education from Texas A&M University (1977), and an MA (1981) and PhD in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (1984), both from Princeton University. He has authored or coauthored more than a dozen papers at SPIE events.

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