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Meet Dr. Robert F. Adler: Senior Scientist and Expert on Intense Storms
Image of Dr. AdlerDr. Robert Adler is a Senior Scientist in the Laboratory for Atmospheres and is also currently serving as Project Scientist for the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM).

Dr. Adler's research focuses on the study of intense convective (rapidly rising air that cools, creates clouds and storms, including thunderstorms) systems and storms. He studies these storms by analyzing precipitation observations from space generated by the TRMM satellite. Adler looks at rainfall on global and regional scales using TRMM and other satellites.

He also leads a multi-agency and international team in producing the 27-year global, satellite-based precipitation analysis for the Global Precipitation Climatology Project (GPCP). His research group also produces and analyzes a quasi-global, 3-hour time resolution, multi-satellite precipitation analysis based on TRMM data that is being used across the globe for storm and flood monitoring. Dr. Adler has published 80 papers in scientific journals on these topics.

He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1965, and followed up there with a Master's degree in Meteorology in 1967. He obtained his Ph.D. from Colorado State University in 1974.

Adler is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and has received numerous awards throughout his career. In 2002, he was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and the Goddard Laboratory for Atmospheres Scientific Leadership Award. In 1989, he received NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. In 1980, he was awarded the Goddard Space Flight Center-Exceptional Performance Award.

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Some NASA Press Releases About Dr. Adler's Work:

Researchers Seeing Double on African Monsoons - June 10, 2004

NASA Data Shows Deforestation Affects Climate in the Amazon - June 9, 2004

NASA Discovers a Soggy Secret of El Nino - May 1, 2003

More El Ninos and La Ninas May Lead to More Global Rainfall Extremes - January 16, 2003

NASA Satellites Help Hurricane Forecasters Since 1992's Destructive Hurricane Andrew - August 23, 2002

TRMM Spacecraft Getting a Boost to Extend its Watch on Weather and Climate Processes - August 21, 2001

NASA TRMM Satellite Critical to Real-Time Hurricane Monitoring - April 5, 2001

Rainfall Change May Give Earlier Signal of El Nino - January 18, 2001

New Satellite-Generated Rain Maps Provide an Improved Look at Tropical Rainfall - December 18, 2000

New Views of Tropical Thunderstorms and Pollution Effects on Rainfall Presented at AGU Meeting - December 17, 2000

Rob Gutro
Goddard Space Flight Center