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Eric Leuliette

Satellite Oceanography & Climatology Division

Ocean Topography & Cryosphere Branch
Branch Chief



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photo of Eric LeulietteEric Leuliette joined NOAA in 2007 as a research oceanographer at the Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry. Prior to joining NOAA, he was an assistant research professor at the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research at the University of Colorado. He received a BS in Physics from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS and PhD in Physics from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Texas's Center for Space Research in Austin. He was an Environmental Health Specialist for the Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Health Department and Assistant Director of National Youth Science Camp.

As the NOAA Jason Program Scientist and Project Scientist, he co-chairs the Ocean Surface Topography Science Team. He has been a member of the NOAA Water Team, NASA Sea Level Change Team, the GRACE Science Team, Sentinel-3 Validation Team, ESA CryoSat Team, AltiKa Science Team, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I. He served as Assistant Editor of Remote Sensing Environment from 2018-2019 and the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting Geodesy Section Program Chair from 2016 to 2018. He was a recipient of a NOAA Administrator's Award in 2012 and a Bronze Medal in 2018.

Research Interests

  • Satellite altimetry and geodesy
  • Sea level rise
  • Time variations of Earth's gravity field and Earth orientation
  • Geophysical applications of the Global Positioning System

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