Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Jeffrey R. Key

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Professional Positions

Supervisory Physical Scientist and Branch Chief
Advanced Satellite Products Branch, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), Madison, WI, 2003-present.

Acting Division Chief, Cooperative Research Program (CoRP), Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), 02/2018 - present.

Past Positions:Physical Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS, 1999-2002; Associate Professor (tenured), Dept. of Geography, Boston Univ., 1995-1999; Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), Univ. of Colorado-Boulder (CU), 1989-1995; Assistant Professor Attendant Rank, Dept. of Geography, CU, 1994-1995; Fellow, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS, CU), 1994-1995; Lecturer, Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences Dept., 1990-1995; Instructor, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage, 1984-1987.


Ph.D., 1988, University of Colorado, Boulder (Climatology)

M.A., 1982, Northern Michigan University (Geography, Resource Analysis)

B.S., 1979, Northern Michigan University, Dept. of Geography (Environmental Conservation)


U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 2019 (with 9 others).

NASA Agency Honor Awards, Group Achievement Award, 2017 (with 500+ others).

U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, 2014 (with 12 others)

NASA Group Achievement Award to Suomi NPP Mission Development Team, 2012.

NOAA Administrator’s Award, 2009 (with Pablo Clemente-Colón).

NOAA Bronze Medal, 2008, (with A. Heidinger, R. Ferraro, T. Smith, M. Eakin, and K. Gallo).

U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal for Scientific and Engineering Achievement, 2005 (with J. Daniels).

Professional Activities

WMO Executive Council Panel of Experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services, U.S. representative (one of three), 2009-present.

WMO Gloal Cryosphere Watch (lead/co-lead on multiple teams), 2008-present.

WMO Polar Space Task Group (formerly the International Polar Year STG), NOAA representative, 2007-present (Vice Chair).

University of Wisconsin: Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (U. Wisconsin) Board of Directors, 2001-present. Space Science and Engineering Center (U. Wisconsin) Science Council, 2001-present.


Interests: Polar climatology; cloud radiative effects; satellite remote sensing of the atmosphere; surface radiation budgets.
Grants: PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on 70 grants totaling $32M ($17M as PI) since 1991.


Author/co-author on 120+ journal papers and other peer-reviewed publications, 6 book chapters, 16 technical and data reports (some peer-reviewed), numerous workshop reports, and 83 conference proceedings papers and newsletter articles. h-index: 51, i10-index: 101 (July 2019, Google Scholar). PDFs of the papers below are available at

Major Satellite Products

Operational Products: AVHRR Polar Pathfinder (APP) and AVHRR Polar Pathfinder (APP-x); Real-time polar winds from MODIS, AVHRR, and VIIRS; GCOM-W1 AMSR2 snow and ice products; S-NPP VIIRS ice products; GOES-16 ABI ice and snow products. Other Products: Historical polar winds from AVHRR. Software: Streamer, a radiative transfer model; FluxNet, a neural network for surface and top-of-atmosphere radiative fluxes; CASPR, the Cloud and Surface Parameter Retrieval system


Taught 15 different courses in remote sensing, meteorology, statistics, geography, and computer science at Boston University, the University of Colorado, the University of Alaska, and Northern Michigan University.

Field Work

Great LAkes Winter Experiment (GLAWEX), 2017; McMurdo, Antarctica, 2004; Surface Heat Budget of the Arctic Ocean (SHEBA), 1998; Greenland Ice Sheet, 1995; Beaufort and Arctic Seas Experiment (BASE), 1994; Seasonal Sea Ice Monitoring and Modeling Site (SIMMS), 1993; SIMMS, 1992; LEADEX, 1992; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sea lamprey surveys, 1980-1982.