Project Description

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Jorge Vazquez is a Research Scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology where he is part of the Project Science Team for the Physical Oceanography Distributed Active Archive Center (PO.DAAC). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics form the University of Miami, Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Southern California. As a post-doc, Dr. Jorge Vazquez recounts his experience as a visiting scientist at the Institute of Marine Science in Barcelona, Spain as a time where many doors were opened up to collaboration with his Spanish colleagues, which have continued up to this day.

Professionally, Dr. Jorge Vazquez has a background as a research scientist focusing on the application of Remote Sensing in Earth Science. His research interest and expertise fall within the application of Remote Sensing to Coastal Regions and the Arctic.

Dr. Jorge Vazquez is a long-standing member of the GHRSST Community. He has been involved since the very beginning of GHRSST, through being active in sea surface temperature derived from satellites. GHRSST thus became the perfect way to create an international group focused on SST derivation and applications using satellites. As a science team member since the creation of GHRSST, Dr. Jorge has been a key part of the team behind the formulation of data interoperbaility standards. These contributions stand out as a key benefit that he has gained, stating that, “GHRSST has really set the standard for interoperbaility of data. This has now expanded in all different ways to other data sets and now to the cloud transition”. Dr. Jorge says he has also benefitted from the collaboration and coordinating distribution of GHRSST data and understanding data distribution and management issues.

Over his many years in the GHRSST Community, Dr. Jorge Vazquez has many memorable experiences and significant acheivements. He recalls, “A major breakthrough was coordinating efforts to make all SST products operational. the decision, through the GDS, to have a GHRSST compliant format for all products was a huge breakthrough”.

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