Tanvir Islam

Dr. Tanvir Islam is presently with the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who specializes in remote sensing observations. Currently, he is engaged with the development of advanced microwave calibration and retrieval algorithms for NASA’s Earth observing missions.

Prior to joining NASA/JPL in 2015, he was with the NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, and worked on the development of satellite remote sensing algorithms, with an emphasis on microwave variational inversion techniques (2013-2015).  He also held visiting scientist positions at the University of Tokyo, as part of the NASA/JAXA precipitation measurement missions (PMM) algorithm development team, in 2012, and at the University of Calgary, in 2015. He received the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, in 2012.

Dr. Islam was the recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Commendation from the University of Bristol (nominated for a University Prize for his outstanding Ph.D. thesis), in 2012, the JAXA visiting fellowship award, in 2012, the CIRA postdoctoral fellowship award, in 2013, the Calgary visiting fellowship award, in 2015, and the Caltech postdoctoral scholar award, in 2015. He has served as a lead guest editor for a special issue on “Microwave Remote Sensing” for the Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (Elsevier), and currently serving on the editorial board of Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (EGU) and Scientific Reports (Nature). He has published two books and more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in leading international journals. His primary research interests include microwave remote sensing, radiometer calibration, retrieval algorithms, radiative transfer theory, data assimilation, mesoscale modeling, cloud and precipitation system, and artificial intelligence in geosciences.

  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK (2012)

Research Interests: 
  • Microwave remote sensing
  • Radiometer Calibration
  • Retrieval algorithms
  • Radiative transfer theory
  • Data assimilation
  • Mesoscale modeling
  • Cloud and precipitation system
  • Artificial intelligence in geosciences

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
    • JPL/Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, 2015-present
  • NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), College Park, MD, USA
    • NOAA/CIRA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
  • Department of Geography, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada
    • Visiting Scientist, 2015
  • BCC NOAA-CREST Geospatial Center, The City University of New York, New York, NY, USA
    • Affiliated Faculty, 2014-Present
  • Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
    • Visiting Research Scientist, 2012
  • Department of Civil Engineering, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
    • Teaching Assistant, 2010-2012


Journal Editorships

  • Editor, Scientific Reports (Nature), 2016-Present
  • Associate Editor, Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (EGU), 2015-Present
  • Guest Editor, Special Issue on Emerging Science and Applications with Microwave Remote Sensing Data, Physics and Chemistry of the Earth (Elsevier), 2014-2015


Book Editorships

  • Editor, Book on Remote Sensing Applications in Environmental Research, Springer, 2014
  • Editor, Book on Computational Intelligence Techniques in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Springer, 2014
  • Associate Editor (Earth Science), De Gruyter Open, 2014-Present


Scientific Panels

  • Panelist and Author – White Papers for National Research Council (NRC) 2017 Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space, 2015
  • Reviewing Panel Member - Global Space-based Inter-Calibration System (GSICS), 2014

Selected Awards: 
  • Caltech/JPL Postdoctoral Scholar Award, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA, 2015-2017
  • Visiting Fellowship, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada, 2015
  • Outstanding Reviewer, Atmospheric Research, Elsevier, 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding review of GSICS Microwave FCDR product, WMO and CGMS, 2013
  • CIRA/CSU/NOAA Postdoctoral Fellowship, NOAA/NESDIS Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), College Park, MD, USA, 2013 - 2015
  • JAXA Visiting Fellowship Fund, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 2012
  • Research Thesis Prize Nomination, University of Bristol, Bristol, 2012
  • Faculty of Engineering Commendation, University of Bristol, Bristol, 2012

Selected Publications: 
Tanvir Islam
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