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Thomas M. Smith

Satellite Oceanography & Climatology

Marine Ecosystems & Coastal Branch
Physical Scientist


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Thomas M. Smith 
			  photoThomas M. Smith is a physical scientist in the Satellite Climate Studies Branch, co-located with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (CICS) in College Park, Maryland. Before coming to STAR he also worked for NOAA at the National Climatic Data Center from 2000-2007, and at the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) from 1991-2000. His education includes a B.A. in mathematics and M.S. in meteorology, both from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Delaware. From 1989-1991 he was a UCAR post-doctoral fellow at CPC before joining NOAA.

Work has included analysis of climate and ocean-climate data, from both in situ and satellite instruments, analysis of output from climate models, and development of statistical climate prediction systems. The NOAA sea-surface temperature analyses he developed with Richard Reynolds provide a widely used set of climate products. The improved merged ocean and land temperature analysis they developed is the NOAA analysis used for monitoring historical and modern climate temperature variations. More recent work at CICS has focused on satellite-based precipitation variations, including uncertainty estimates and development of improved analysis methods.


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