Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae
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Jeffrey R. Key

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), Department of Geography, Boston University, 1995-1999; Research Associate, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado-Boulder (CU), 1989-1995; Assistant Professor Attendant Rank, Department of Geography, CU, 1994-1995; Fellow, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (PAOS, CU), 1994-1995; Lecturer, Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences Department, 1990-1995; Instructor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University 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)


NASA Agency Honor Awards, Group Achievement Award for “For excellence resulting in the successful GOES-R satellite launch, providing the nation's foundation for the world's highest quality weather monitoring and forecasting”, 2017 (with 500+ others).

U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal “For the timely creation and leadership of the team to increase the scientific value of the Suomi satellite environmental data products to meet NOAA users’ needs.”, 2014 (with 12 others)

NASA Group Achievement Award to Suomi NPP Mission Development Team “For extraordinary dedication, skill, teamwork, and perserverance in developing and delivering the Suomi NPP Mission for the Nation”, 2012.

NOAA Administrator’s Award for scientific leadership and excellence in support of domestic and international polar observing activities during the International Polar Year (with Pablo Clemente-Colón), 2009.

NOAA Bronze Medal, 2008, for "innovative uses of operational weather satellites to understand climate change and to quantify trends in the global climate system" (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 - improving global weather forecasts through better utilization of satellite observations over the polar regions (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 69 grants totaling over $32M since 1990.


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: 98 (February 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.