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Jeff Key

Satellite Oceanography and Climatology Division

Program Management Branch
Branch Chief



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photo of Jeff KeyJeffrey R. Key is the Branch Chief of the Advanced Satellite Products Branch, Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), NOAA/NESDIS, located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. Jeff received the B.S. degree from Northern Michigan University in 1977, the M.S. from NMU in 1982, and the Ph.D. from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 1988. He worked as a research scientist at the University of Colorado for many years, and held faculty positions at the University of Alaska-Anchorage and Boston University before joining NOAA in 1999. He serves on a number of international panels, and is involved in activities of the World Meteorological Organization and the Group on Earth Observations.

Jeff's research is in satellite meteorology and climatology of the polar regions. He has developed algorithms and models for use in the retrieval of cloud properties, radiative fluxes, snow and ice characteristics, and tropospheric winds from optical satellite data. Current research topics include the spatial and temporal variability of polar cloud, surface, and radiation properties, polar winds, and recent climate trends.

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