Jeffrey R. Key
 (Short Vita)

Current and Recent 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. Perform satellite meteorology and climatology research focusing on the polar regions. Manage a seven-member team involved in the algorithm development, the specification of future satellite systems, calibration, and the use of satellite products in weather prediction systems.

Physical Scientist
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, Madison, WI, 1999-2002. Perform satellite meteorology research and develop high-latitude satellite products. Acting Team Leader, Advanced Satellite Products Team, 4/2001-12/2002. Manage a seven-member team involved in the algorithm development, the specification of future satellite systems, calibration, and the use of satellite products in weather prediction systems.

Adjunct Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007-present. Adjunct Associate Professor, 1999-2006.

Associate Professor (tenured)
Department of Geography, Boston University, 1995-1999. Taught courses in meteorology, climatology, and remote sensing; conducted research in climatology and satellite remote sensing. Director of Graduate Studies, 1996-1998.


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

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


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).

Current Committees

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

WMO Gloal Cryosphere Watch co-lead, 2008-present.

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

Associate Editor (radiation), Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 2004-present.

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.

Summary: PI, Co-PI, or Co-I on 63 grants totaling over $26M.


Summary: 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.

Major Data and Software Products

Data: 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; 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


Summary: Author/co-author on over 100 journal papers and other peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, 16 technical and data reports (some peer-reviewed), numerous workshop reports, and 82 conference proceedings papers and newsletter articles. h-index: 48, i10-index: 90 (January 2018, Google Scholar)

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