Environmental Monitoring Branch
Research Scientist / Branch Chief
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received his Ph.D. in Earth Sciences in 1996 from the Eötvös Loránd
University in Budapest, Hungary. From 1988 until 1997 he worked at the Hungarian
Meteorological Service, during which time he also visited the Max-Planck-Institut für
Météorologie in Hamburg, Germany, and the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in
Palaiseau, France. He was a visiting scientist at NOAA/NESDIS between 1997 and 2001 and an
Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Geography of the University of Maryland
between 2002 and 2008. He joined NOAA/NESDIS/STAR in 2008.
Ivan Csiszar's early research focused on atmospheric sounding and on
the retrieval of cloud optical and microphysical properties. He also
worked on various issues related to the retrieval of land surface
properties. He led several NOAA and NASA-funded research projects aimed at
fire mapping and evaluating fire products and impacts, including products
from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), the Moderate
Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and the Visible Infrared
Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS).
Currently he is the NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Product
Lead for the operational VIIRS Active Fire product and the Lead of the
NOAA JPSS Land Product Domain. He is also involved in activities aimed at
operational applications of fire products in disaster and resource
management through the NOAA JPSS Fire and Smoke Proving Ground Initiative.
He is also working on the use of satellite-derived land products in
Numerical Weather Forecast models, in collaboration with the Land Team at
the Environmental Modeling Center (EMC) of the National Centers for
Environmental Prediction (NCEP).
Dr. Csiszar has been an active contributor to the Fire Mapping and
Monitoring thematic area of the Global Observation of Forest and Land
Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD) program and Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
He has led the evaluation and specification process of the Fire
Disturbance Essential Climate Variable for the Global Climate Observing
System (GCOS) and the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS). He has
also served as the Associate Editor of the International Journal
of Wildland Fire.
Ivan Csiszar has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and
book chapters and has given numerous invited and contributing
presentations at scientific conferences. He has taught full courses on
dynamic meteorology and climatology, and has been a lecturer on weather,
climate and satellite-based environmental monitoring for courses at
domestic and international institutions. He has organized and chaired
international scientific workshops and conference sessions related to fire
monitoring. He has also served on scientific advisory and review panels
for NOAA and NASA.
He is the recipient of the Zeldovich Award from the Scientific Commission
A of the Committee on Space Research, the World Meteorological Organization
Research Award for Young Scientists, and awards from the Hungarian Academy
of Sciences and the Hungarian Meteorological Society. In 2014 he was part
of the NOAA JPSS Environmental Data Record (EDR) Team to receive the United
States Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for his work on the
operational data products from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership