Jim will talk about NASA’s work to advance earth science and climate knowledge. He will give an overview of NASA’s current and planned constellation of space-based satellites and suborbital aircraft for Earth observation. He will outline the types of remote sensing instruments that are aboard these platforms and an overview of what they measure. Jim will also talk about Earth’s climate change – both over geologic time scales as well as current. He will provide insight regarding whether our current climate change is natural or human caused and what we can do about it.
Jim Smoot has spent nearly his entire career studying environmental issues and working to solve environmental problems. His formal training includes BS and MS degrees from University of Central Florida and a PhD degree from Virginia Tech, all in the Environmental Engineering field. His professional experience included serving as a tenured full professor of engineering at The University of Tennessee, as a scientist and senior science manager with the U.S. Geological Survey, and more recently with NASA where he served as a senior research scientist and the head of earth science at Marshall Space Flight Center, before retiring about 2 years ago. Jim currently resides full-time in Sautee Nacoochee, Georgia.