Professor, Department of Ocean Sciences, University of Miami
Dr. Minnett's research interests include remote sensing of oceanic and atmospheric variables from satellite-borne and ship-borne sensors, primarily in the infrared; in particular, the retrieval of accurate sea-surface temperatures from space. His interests in the sea surface temperature extend to the study of the small scale physical processes at the interface, including laboratory experiments. In addition to his involvement with MODIS, he is also a member of the VIIRS Science Team, the Validation Team of the Sea and Land Surface Radiometer (SLSTR) on the Sentinel-3's of the European Copernicus Programme, and serves on the Science Advisory Groups of the Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer (AASTR), and the METImage sensor for the next generation of imaging radiometers for EUMETSAT Polar System -Second Generation (EPS-SG). Since 2011 he has served as Science Team Chair of the Group for High-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project (GHRSST).
Dr Minnett's research with MODIS focuses on the accurate retrieval of Skin Sea Surface Temperature, which involves careful compensation of the effects of the intervening atmosphere.