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Meet Matthew McGill: Istrument Principal Investigator for Cloud Physics Lidar
August 27, 2012

portrait of man with equipment Dr. Matthew McGill is the instrument principal investigator Cloud Physics Lidar, an instrument that will fly aboard one of the Global Hawks during the Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) mission. McGill works in the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The Cloud Physics Lidar (CPL) is an airborne lidar system designed specifically for studying clouds and aerosols. CPL will study layer boundaries, elevated aerosol layers, and clouds. CPL will provide optical depth or thickness of aerosols and clouds.

The Cloud Physics Lidar provides a complete battery of cloud physics information. Data products include: Cloud profiling, providing cloud location and internal structure; Aerosol, boundary layer, and smoke plume profiling; Determine the phase (e.g., ice or water) of clouds; Cloud particle size; and Determination of the optical depth of cirrus clouds.

Dr. McGill has developed multiple laser remote sensing instruments, primarily for use on high-altitude research aircraft. In addition to working on the HS3 mission, he is also serving as instrument scientist for the ICESat-2 mission, where his role is to ensure that the science requirements for the mission are met by the instrument implementation being developed. As part of that role, Dr. McGill has also been responsible for developing an airborne demonstrator instrument to validate the proposed ICESat-2 measurement concept.

Matt has been at NASA Goddard since 1997. He holds a B.S. in physics from Alma College, Alma, Mich.; and an M.S. in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan. Matt achieved his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Michigan, and hails from Alma, Michigan.

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