Jeffrey 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.