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Dr. Peter Romanov Named NOAA Team Member of the Month

photo of Peter RomanovJanuary 2009 - Dr. Peter Romanov was the recipient of the January 2009 NOAA Team Member of the Month Award. He was recognized for developing operational algorithms for fully automated snow and ice cover maps, based upon optical data from a variety of NOAA and NASA satellites, and microwave data from the DMSP (Defense Meteorological Satellite Program) satellites. Dr. Romanov has also been very innovative in developing automated methods of validating the snow products with ground truth data.

A major milestone in Dr. Romanov's product development activities occurred in February 2008 when his automated product for the Southern Hemisphere was transitioned to full operations. The 4-km spatial resolution of this new product is 8-12 times higher that the resolution of existing microwave-based global products over the Southern Hemisphere.

Dr. Romanov has been a cooperative institute scientist at STAR's Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division since 1998. He is currently affiliated with the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, University of Maryland, as an Associate Research Scientist. A web-based data visualization and distribution system of Dr. Romanov's products is available at http://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/smcd/emb/snow/HTML/snow.htm.


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