Dr. Loughman received his Bachelor of Sciences 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 remote sensing capability for the Earth-atmosphere system is my primary research goal. This work has several aspects, including: Development of 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, and development of systematic methods to forecast the expected performance of various retrieval methods (and to assess their actual performance using measured data). More specifically, retrieval of atmospheric properties from limb scattering measurements has been my primary focus, with particular interest in the areas of ozone and aerosol remote sensing.