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CoRP shieldTim Schmit

Cooperative Research Program

Advanced Satellite Products Branch (in Madison, Wisconsin)
Research Scientist

Recent Publications

To see Mr. Schmit's complete list of publications, abstracts, and citation metrics, visit his ResearcherID page.

Tim Schmit photoTim Schmit works at the Advanced Satellite Products Branch within NOAA's NESDIS Office of Research and Applications located in Madison, WI. Tim's experience with satellite data and processing covers a number of areas, including calibration, simulations and algorithms for processing satellite data into meteorological/environmental information and has a lead role in some of the science applications for GOES-R. Tim has extensive experience with data and deriving products from the current GOES imager and sounder data. Tim's interest on GOES-R is truly end-to-end, from the instruments, downlink, calibration, re-broadcast, distribution, archive/access, visualization, product generation, validations and applications. Tim got his Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin—Madison in 1987.


Tim worked at the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) for 9 years prior to joining NOAA/NESDIS in April 1996. Since then, his research has pursued numerous avenues related to satellite-based data, products and applications:

  • Current GOES Imager Algorithm Development. Have helped in developing a number of operational products from the current GOES Imager. One example is the Clear Sky Brightness Temperature (CSBT) that global numerical modelers are using to better depict upper-level moisture. Another is the GOES Imager cloud-top information product.
  • Current GOES Sounder Algorithm Development. Have helped in developing a number of operational products from the current GOES Sounder. Examples include cloud-top information and retrievals of atmospheric profiles and products such as Total Precipitable Water.
  • GOES Calibration and Validations. Tim has worked to monitor the quality of the infrared calibrations of both the imager and sounder. Tim has also co-led many of the recent GOES NOAA Science tests during their post-launch check-outs.
  • Future Geostationary Imager. Some of Tim's GOES-R Imager activities include: helping to define the early NOAA Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) TRD – Technical Requirements Documents, ABI band selection and definitions, ABI simulations using a myriad of satellite data, being a co-chair of both the AWG imagery and soundings teams.
  • Future Geostationary Sounder. Some GOES-R Sounder activities included: helping to define the early NOAA (then called the ABS, now called the HES) TRD – Technical Requirements Documents, HES trade-off studies, co-led a NOAA data compression group, and is a member of various committees.

Select Publications

Li, Jun; Li, Zhenglong; Jin, Xin; Schmit, Timothy J.; Zhou, Lihang and Goldberg, Mitchell D. Land surface emissivity from high temporal resolution geostationary infrared imager radiances: Methodology and simulation studies. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume 116, 2011, doi:10.1029/2010JD014637.

Schmit, Timothy J.; Li, Jun; Ackerman, Steven A. and Gurka, James J. High-spectral- and high-temporal-resolution infrared measurements from geostationary orbit. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Volume 26, Issue 11, 2009, pp.2273-2292.

Schmit, Timothy J.; Rabin, Robert M.; Bachmeier, A. Scott; Li, Jun; Gunshor, Mathew M.; Steigerwaldt, Henry; Schreiner, Anthony J.; Aune, Robert M. and Wade, Gary S. Many uses of the geostationary operational environmental satellite-10 sounder and imager during a high inclination state. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2009, doi:10.1117/1.2099709.

T. J. Schmit, M. M. Gunshor, W. Paul Menzel, Jun Li, Scott Bachmeier, James J. Gurka, 2005: Introducing the Next-generation Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) on GOES-R, Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., Vol. 8, pp. 1079-1096.

Li, J., C.-Y. Liu, H.-L. Huang, T. J. Schmit, X. Wu, W. P. Menzel, and J. J. Gurka, 2005: Optimal Cloud-Clearing for AIRS Radiances Using MODIS., IEEE Trans. on Geos. and Remote Sensing, Vol. 43, pp. 1266- 1278.

Gunshor, M. M., T. J. Schmit, and W. P. Menzel, 2004: Intercalibration of the Infrared Window and Water Vapor Channels on Operational Geostationary Environmental Satellites Using a Single Polar Orbiting Satellite. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 21, 61-68.

Li, J., W. P. Menzel, F. Sun, T. J. Schmit, and J. Gurka, 2004: AIRS sub-pixel cloud characterization using MODIS cloud products. J. Appl. Meteor. Vol. 43, No. 8, pp. 1083–1094.

Hillger, D. W., T. J. Schmit, and J. M. Daniels, 2003: Imager and sounder radiance and product validations for the GOES-12 science test, NOAA Technical Report 115, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.

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