Aspirations and Goals for GAIA and the Workshop

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Larry Paxton

Larry Paxton is a Principal Professional Staff member at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL). His research interests include the application of space technology and tools, particularly the use of optical remote sensing data to answer questions about the atmospheres and surfaces of the terrestrial planets; knowledge management and data visualization; and global climate disruption impacts on humans. He has both contributed to and led proposals for new instruments and/or spacecraft investigations as well as data analysis activities. Dr. Paxton has initiated, managed, and participated in spacecraft and mission design studies that applied new and emerging technologies to mission design. His experience spans the range from theory and modeling to instrument and spacecraft design and construction to database and software management.

Dr. Paxton’s activities include service on the National Academy of Science Heliophysics Decadal Survey Panel, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Coupling, Energetics, and Dynamics of Atmospheric Regions (CEDAR) Strategic Plan and Science Steering Committees, the NASA Geospace Mission Operations Working Group, the NASA Sun–Earth Connections Data Working Group, and the NASA Geospace Electrodynamics Connections Science and Technology Definition Team. He was elected to the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) in 2001 and has served as the Chair of IAA Commission 4. Four of his instruments are currently on-orbit and producing science data. Dr. Paxton is the co-Principal Investigator for the Global Ultraviolet Imager (GUVI) on NASA’s Thermosphere, Ionosphere, Mesosphere, Energetics, and Dynamics (TIMED) satellite. He is the Principal Investigator for the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program’s Special Sensor Ultraviolet Spectrographic Imager (SSUSI). He is also the author/co-author of more than 220 peer-reviewed publications and 450 conference presentations and abstracts in the areas of space and planetary science; data and knowledge management; and instrument and mission design.

Education:

Ph.D., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado, 1983
M.S., Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado, 1982
B.S., Physics, Santa Clara University, 1976

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