Henry “Hank” Revercomb is the principal investigator for the NASA HS3 Mission’s Scanning High-Resolution Interferometer Sounder Instrument. In this role, he is responsible for the IR remote sensing of temperature, water vapor, and cloud fields from the Global Hawk aircraft monitoring the environment of hurricanes to help understand mechanisms for intensity changes. He is also the Director of University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Space Science and Engineering Center.
On October 25, 2004, Revercomb was named director of the Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Revercomb had previously served as interim director since 1999.
Revercomb has been an SSEC scientist since shortly after achieving a Ph.D. in 1972 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Trained as a physicist, he has specialized in the study of planetary atmospheres and in remote sensing using high-spectral resolution instruments. He has helped design several new spacecraft instruments and has led the design and fabrication of aircraft and ground-based instruments. He leads the center in developing products from the measurements taken by those instruments, such as the Atmospheric Emitted Radiance Interferometer and a Scanning-High-resolution Interferometer Sounder.
Revercomb has served on national and international science teams such as those devoted to Pioneer Venus and the Atmospheric InfraRed Sounder. He was also on a team to develop a Geosynchronous Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer, a multi-agency effort offering a revolutionary advance in the observing capabilities from geosynchronous orbit. Revercomb leads SSEC’s role to provide the onboard calibration references, perform test data analyses, and contribute to sensor development with NASA, NOAA, DOE, and others.
As interim director, Revercomb established a unique three-person management team to provide SSEC with executive direction in administration, science and technology. He also oversaw the first SSEC strategic plan.