William B. Rossow Ph.D.

Title: Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering
The City College of New York
Steinman Hall, Rm T-541
140th Street & Convent Ave, NY NY 10031
Phone: (212) 650-5389
Fax: (212) 650-8097
E-Mail: wbrossow@ccny.cuny.edu


1976 — Ph.D, Astronomy, Cornell University

1972 — M.S., Physics, Cornell University

1969 — B.A., Magna cum laude, Physics and Mathematics, Hanover College

Professional Experience

Head of Global Processing Center for the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) since 1982

Chairman of Working Group on Data Management and Analysis for Global Energy and Water Experiment (GEWEX; past Chairman of GEWEX Radiation Panel.

Member of Science Teams for the CloudSat and Calipso missions, the Center for Multi-scale Modeling of Atmospheric Processes, the NASA Energy and Water Study (Integration Team), the NASA Cloud Modeling and Analysis Initiative (team leader), the Earth Observing System (EOS), the Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission (TRMM), the NASA Global Aerosol Climatology Project, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) project, the ScaRab project, the First ISCCP Regional Experiment (FIRE), the Galileo mission to Jupiter, and the Pioneer Venus mission

Research Interests

Cloud physics and dynamics, atmospheric radiative transfer and planetary radiation budget, satellite remote sensing of all components of Earth’s climate system, global energy and water cycle, atmospheric general circulation, advanced analysis of climate and feedbacks


2006-Present Distinguished Professor of Remote Sensing (Electrical Engineering) at The City University of New York/The City College

1978-2006: Head Earth Observations Group at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

1992-1995: Adjunct Full Professor of Applied Physics at Columbia University

1975-1978: Visiting Scientist at NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

1972-1975: Physics, then Astronomy Research Assistant at Cornell University

1968: Research Assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Professional Affiliations

Fellow of American Geophysical Union

Fellow of American Meteorological Society

Member of American Astronomical Society (Division of Planetary Sciences)

Member of the Planetary Society


2005 — American Meteorological Society Verner E. Suomi Award

2005 — Elected Fellow of American Meteorological Society

2004 — NASA GSFC Special Act Award

2003 — NASA GSFC Special Act Award

2001 — NASA GSFC Special Act Award

1998 — NASA Group Achievement Award to Galileo Project Team

1998 — Elected Fellow of American Geophysical Union

1997 — NASA Group Achievement Award to Galileo Orbital Operations Recovery Team

1997 — NASA Group Achievement Award to FIRE-II Science and Operations Team

1996 — NASA Group Achievement Award to Galileo Project Team

1996 — NASA GSFC Special Act Award (Best paper)

1990 — NASA GSFC Special Act Award (Best paper)

1988 — NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

1987 — NASA GSFC Special Achievement Award

1986 — Hanover College Alumni Achievement Award

1983 — NASA Special Achievement Award

1980 — NASA Group Achievement Award to Pioneer Venus Orbiter Science Team

Current Funding

Multi-scale Modeling Analysis Project (NSF STC) (David Randall, PI), NSF,$336,000. 2006-2011.

NASA CloudSat Mission (Graeme Stephens, PI), JPL/NASA, $397,476, 2006-2011:

Multi-Variate Analyses of Cloud-Climate Feedbacks: Observations Compared to Climate Model Behavior (William B. Rossow, PI), NASA, $741,087, 2007-2011.

NASA Energy and Water Study Science Integration Team (Paul Houser, PI), NASA, $472,934, 2007-2011.

Combining CloudSat, Calipso and A-Train Cloud Observations with ISCCP and Meteorological Data to Understand the Relation between Cloud 3D-Structure and the General Circulation of the Atmosphere (William B. Rossow, PI), NASA, $886,884, 2007-2012.

Global Cloud Process Studies in the Context of Decadal Climate Variability: Enhancement and Continuation of Data Analysis for the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) (William B. Rossow, PI), NASA,$1,209,972, 2008-2013.

Converting the ISCCP Cloud Product Processing System into an Operational System to Continue a Cloud Climate Data Record (William B. Rossow, PI), NASA, $412,997, 2008-2011.

Toward Assimilation of Satellite Data in Modeling Water Vapor Fluxes over Land (Alan Lipton, PI), NASA, $148,945, 2009-2013.

Creating UTH-Related FCDRs from IR and Microwave Sensors Cross-Calibrated by In Situ Measurements from Commercial Aircraft (Zhenzhao Luo, PI), NOAA, $110,000, 2010-2013.

Tropical Convective Processes: New Insights from Satellite/modeling Perspective and Framework for Evaluating Cumulus Parameterization (Zhengzhao Luo, PI), NOAA, $100,000, 2010-2013.

Pending Grants

Non-Linear, Multi-Variate Analysis of Slow Climate Variations (William B. Rossow, PI), NOAA, $405,000, 2011-2014.

Monitoring the Interannual-to-Decadal Variations of Midlatitude Climate by Characterizing the Energy and Water Exchanges of Cyclones (William B. Rossow, PI), NOAA, $380,000, 2011-2014.

Development of a New 3-hourly, Global, Long-Term, Multi-satellite-based TOA-to-surface Radiative Flux Profile Data Product with High Horizontal Resolution and Homogeneous Quality (Yuanchong Zhang, PI), NOAA, 2011-2014: $300,000, 2011-2014.

Select Publications (out of 209)

Rossow, W.B., and A.A. Lacis, 1990: Global, seasonal cloud variations from satellite radiance measurements. Part II: Cloud properties and radiative effects. J. Climate, 3, 1204-1253.

Rossow, W.B., and B. Cairns, 1995: Monitoring changes of clouds. Climatic Change, 31, 305-347.

Zhang, Y-C., and W.B. Rossow, 1997: Estimating meridional energy transports by the atmospheric and oceanic general circulations using boundary flux data. J. Climate., 10, 2358-2373.

Rossow, W.B., and R.A. Schiffer, 1999: Advances in understanding clouds from ISCCP. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 80, 2261-2287.

Aires, F., and W.B. Rossow, 2003: Inferring instantaneous, multi-variate and non-linear sensitivities for the analysis of feedback processes in a dynamical system: The Lorenz model case study. Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 129, 239-275.

Rossow, W.B., Y-C. Zhang and J-H. Wang, 2005: A statistical model of cloud vertical structure based on reconciling cloud layer amounts inferred from satellites and radiosonde humidity profiles. J. Climate, 18, 3587-3605.

Rossow, W.B., G. Tselioudis, A. Polak and C. Jakob, 2005: Tropical climate described as a distribution of weather states indicated by distinct mesoscale cloud property mixtures. Geophys. Res. Lett., 32, doi 10.1029/2005GL024584, (1-4).

Tselioudis, G., and W.B. Rossow, 2006: Climate feedback implied by observed radiation and precipitation changes with midlatitude storm strength and frequency. Geophys. Res. Lett., 33, doi 10.1029/2005GL024513, (1-5).

Zhang, Y-C., W.B. Rossow, P. Stackhouse, A. Romanou and B.A. Wielicki, 2007: Decadal variations of global energy and ocean heat budget and meridional energy transports inferred from recent global data sets. J. Geophys. Res., 112, D22101, doi 10.1029/2007JD008435, (1-8).

Tromeur, E., and W.B. Rossow, 2010: Interaction of tropical deep convection with the large-scale circulation in the Madden-Julian oscillation. J. Climate, 23, 1837-1853.