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Earth Science Division: Earth Science Directory

SG: Earth Science Division Staff

Robert Chatfield


MS: 245-5

Education: Senior Executive Fellowship, 2002
Colorado State University
  M.S., Environmental Science, 1975
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  B.A., Environmental Science, 1973
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Professional Experience:  
2005-Present NASA-Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Chief, Earth Science Division

2004-2005: Acting Chief, Earth Science Division
2003-2004 Participant, SESCDP NASA Training Program
Detailed to NASA Headquarters and to JPL
1997-2004 Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch
1992-2004 Project Manager, Airborne Field Campaigns
1988-1992 Deputy Project Manager, Airborne Field Campaigns
1980-1988 Informatics/Sterling Software
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Senior Analyst / Task Manager - Theoretical Studies Branch
1977-1980 Air Resources Center, Oregon State University
Research Assistant
1975-1977 National Center for Atmospheric Research
Scientist I, GATE Group

  • Over ten years of NASA line management, seven years as the Branch Chief, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Branch and two years as the Earth Science Division Chief.
  • Served as the acting Program Manager for Aviation Safety in the Applied Science Program While on a detail to NASA HQ with the SES Candidate Development Program. Also participated in the planning for the first Global Earth Observation System of Systems international summit at the State Department in Washington, D.C., July 2003.
  • Over 20 years of involvement in atmospheric research, primarily in airborne field studies. Focused on project management of airborne field campaigns in the last 14 years. Gained significant experience with international field deployments and provided innovative leadership in networking and data exchange, facilitating high scientific productivity.
Specific Contributions:
  • Managed over 10 major NASA airborne field campaigns, 4 of them international, in the last 10 years.
  • Developed Ames Meteorological Satellite Downlink and Display System (MSDDS) for direct digital acquisition of geostationary and polar orbiter satellite data. MSDDS has been a key component of every major airborne field experiment since 1991.
  • Worked with NASA Science Internet Office, now the NASA Integrated Services Network (NISN) to implement LAN/WAN connectivity for all major airborne field experiments since 1991.
  • With Steve Gaines, developed the data exchange standards and procedures which have been used by NASA and several European groups.

Honors and Awards:
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, 1995, for "Project Management of the highly successful ASHOE/MAESA Experiment" in Christchurch, New Zealand, 1994.
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards for: STEP, 1987, AAOE, 1987, AASE, 1989, AASE II, 1991-92, POLARIS, 1997, SOLVE 2001, CAMEX IV, 2001, CRYSTAL-FACE 2002

Scientific Societies/Committee: American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Association of Aeronautics

Newman, P. A., N. R. P. Harris, A. Adriani, G. T. Amanatidis, J. G. Anderson, G. O. Braathen, W. H. Brune, K. S. Carslaw, M. S. Craig, P. L. DeCola, M. Guirlet, R. S. Hipskind, M. J. Kurylo, H. Kullmann, N. Larsen, G. J. Megie, J.-P. Pommereau, L. R. Poole, M. R. Schoeberl, F. Stroh, O. B. Toon, C. R. Trepte, and M. Van Roozendael. 2002. An overview of the SOLVE/THESEO 2000 Campaign. J. Geophys. Res., 107, D20: 8259; doi: 10.1029/2001JD001303.
Tuck, A. F., W. H. Brune, and R. S. Hipskind. 1997. Airborne Southern Hemisphere Ozone Experiment/Measurements for Assessing the Effects of Stratospheric Aircraft (ASHOE/MAESA): A road map. J. Geophys. Res., 102, D3: 3901-3904.
Gaines, S. E., S. W. Bowen, R. S. Hipskind, T. P.Bui, and K. R. Chan. 1992. Comparisons of the NASA ER-2 Meteorological Measurement System with Radar Tracking and Radiosonde Data. JAOT, 9: 210-225.
Danielsen, E. F., R. S.Hipskind, W. L. Starr, J. F. Vedder, S. E. Gaines, D. Kley, and K. K. Kelly. 1991. Irreversible Transport in the Stratosphere by Internal Waves of Short Vertical Wavelength, J. Geophys. Res., 96, D9: 17,433-17,452.
Hipskind, R. S., G. L.Gregory, G. W.Sachse, and G. F. Hill. 1987. Correlations Between Ozone and Carbon Monoxide in the Lower Stratosphere, Folded Tropopause, and Maritime Troposphere, J. Geosphys. Res., 92, D2: 2121-2130.
Danielsen, E. F., R. S. Hipskind, S. E.Gaines, G. W.Sachse, and G. L.Gregory. 1986. Three-Dimensional Analysis of Potential Vorticity Associated with Tropopause Folds and Observed Variations of Ozone and Carbon Monoxide. J. Geophys. Res., 92: 2103-2111.
Danielsen, E. F., and R. S. Hipskind. 1980. Stratospheric-Tropospheric Exchange at Polar Latitudes in Summer. J. Geophys. Res., 85, C1: 393-400.

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