Joseph Katich

Research Scientist II

Atmospheric Composition & Chemical Processes



NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
325 Broadway, R/CSL6
Boulder, CO 80305 USA


Joe joined ESRL's Chemical Sciences Laboratory in 2015 to advance understanding of black carbon aerosol in the atmosphere, snow and ice using the NOAA Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2). His current research is focused on in situ measurements of black carbon aerosol emissions from wildfires and prescribed fires and the resulting effect on climate and air quality (NASA FIREX-AQ mission). Joe is also heavily involved in ongoing studies to quantify black carbon concentrations and size distributions in snow and ice samples from remote regions such as Antarctica, the Andes and the Himalayas.

Other recent work includes quantifying black carbon concentrations and microphysics throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere in remote areas of the globe as part of the NASA Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission. Prior to working with NOAA/CIRES, Joe worked as an experimental nuclear physicist at CU Boulder, Fermi National Accelerator Facility (Fermilab) and Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (JLab).


B.S., Physics, Westminster College, 2003
M.S., Physics, College of William and Mary, 2006
Ph.D., Physics, College of William and Mary, 2010

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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