Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Bryan Franz is a Research Scientist in the Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Since 1996, he has worked in the Ocean Biology Processing Group at NASA, where he currently leads the reprocessing and associated calibration and validation efforts for the production of ocean biological and biogeochemical climate data records from the Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor (SeaWiFS), Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS), Visible and Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), and other satellite-based remote sensing radiometers. His work at NASA has focused on standardization of atmospheric correction and bio-optical algorithms to derived consistent, multi-mission time-series of ocean optical and biogeochemical properties. He also develops bio-optical inversion models for retrieval of marine inherent optical properties, vicarious calibration methods, and sensor cross-calibration techniques. He developed the processing software, vicarious calibration approach, and many of the validation and quality assessment methods used in the production of all global ocean color data products generated and distributed by NASA. He is a member of several domestic and international science Teams, including the MODIS Science Team, NPP/VIIRS Science Team, JAXA GCOM-C Science Team, KARI GOCI Science Team, ESA MERIS Quality Working Group, ESA Climate Change Initiative for Ocean Color, ESA Coast Colour Project, and IOCCG Standing Working Group on Ocean Color Climate Data Records. He is currently serving as the Ocean Discipline Leader for the MODIS Science Team.