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Olga Kalashnikova

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 233-200
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.353.0469

Olga Kalashnikova graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a MS degree from Physics Department in 1997 and Ph.D. degree from the Department of Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Science (APAS) in 2002, and joined JPL in in the fall of 2002 as a National Research Council Postdoctoral Scholar. During her postdoctoral years she developed mineral dust optical models that later were incorporated into MISR operational aerosol retrievals. Presently Olga has over a decade of experience in the aerosol optical modeling and in studying atmospheric dust properties by combining MISR and other satellite data. Dr. Kalashnikova’s career has focused on the aerosol microphysical and optical properties, aerosol remote sensing science, and applications of aerosols and their various effects on the Earth’s radiation balance. Her work also emphasizes making MISR data useful and available to other atmospheric scientists to improve climate, air quality and aerosol transport models. She is working on projects to convert aerosol remote sensing data into information to help public health policy makers and officials make better decisions on the potential impact of climate change on human diseases and health conditions. Recently Dr. Kalashnikova has expanded her research agenda into the area of polarimetry and the sensitivity of new polarimetric instruments to aerosols. She is an aerosol scientist actively participating in the algorithm development for the Multiangle Spectro-Polarimetric Imager (MSPI) instrument. Finally, she is a leader in NASA educational outreach programs, and regularly teaches aerosol and atmospheric science to high school teachers.

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