Pete Colarco is an atmospheric scientist in the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. He leads research on the effects of atmospheric aerosols on Earth's weather and climate system. He has built a coupled global model of Earth's aerosol system and applied this model to various studies relevant to NASA's goals of understanding how the Earth system is changing.
During the Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission, Pete will be part of the mission science team, providing meteorological and aerosol forecasts to help in flight planning and mission science. Pete's specific interest during HS3 is in investigating the role of dust and other aerosols in modulating the environment in which hurricanes form and evolve.
Pete holds a Masters' and Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and M.S. in Physics from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb., and a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.