Winter Adventure Series - Thomas Painter (Thursday, Jan 25)

Winter Adventure Series - Thomas Painter (Thursday, Jan 25)


"The New Era in Understanding Mountain Snowpack and Water Resources"
Thomas Painter, NASA Snow Hydrologist and Glaciologist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • 6:00 p.m. Doors Open Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center. Presentation starts
  • 7:00 p.m. Mammoth Ranger Station Auditorium. 

Thomas H. Painter is a Principal Scientist and Scientist V at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology and a Research Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the Principal Investigator of the JPL Airborne Snow Observatory, an integrated imaging spectrometer and LiDAR system to give the first-ever comprehensive, near real-time maps of snow water equivalent and snow reflectivity in mountain basins. Dr. Painter has pioneered our understanding of the impacts of dust emission from land use change on snow and ice cover in mountain systems and the hydrologic response, and impacts of black carbon on regional glaciation in the Anthropocene. He has also developed cutting edge remote sensing and field models for snow properties from multispectral to imaging spectrometer sensors, scanning lidar systems, and radar systems. His efforts resulted in the development of the NASA Western Water Applications Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Painter is Past-President of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union.

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