Robert P. Loughman

Dr. Loughman received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of William and Mary in 1993 (Physics major, Mathematics minor). He then attended the University of Arizona, receiving M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science in 1995 and 1998, respectively. After five years as a post-doctoral Research Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined the faculty at Hampton University, where he is currently Chairman and Associate Professor of the Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.

Teaching Experience: Developed undergraduate and graduate courses in Atmospheric Physics, as well as graduate courses in Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Atmospheric Measurements.

Research Interests: Improving our ability to understand the Earth-atmosphere system through analysis of remote sensing data is my primary research goal. This work has several aspects, including

– Developing new tools for modeling radiative transfer more efficiently and accurately

– Extending knowledge of the underlying physics of the Earth-atmosphere system to identify promising measurement strategies

– Developing rigorous methods to forecast the expected performance of various retrieval systems (and to assess their actual performance using measured data).

More specifically, retrieval of aerosol properties and ozone concentration from measurements of the solar radiation scattered by the limb of the atmosphere has been my primary research focus. Several past and present space-borne limb scattering sensors have contributed to this research, including SOLSE/LORE, SAGE III (Meteor-3M), OSIRIS, SCIAMACHY, and particularly the OMPS Limb Profiler. Reconciling remote sensing measurements of aerosol properties with in-situ measurements is a particular area of emphasis.