Lin Tian, Associate Research Scientist

Lin Tian


NASA Goddard
Bldg 33, Room C416
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-6318
Fax: 301-614-5492


Remote sensing of precipitation with microwave radar and radiometers, understanding storm structures and microphysics of precipitation using airborne radar data and other measurements.


Dr. Lin Tian received a Ph.D in atmospheric science from the University of Chicago in 1995 where her major research interest was radar meteorology and cloud microphysics. In 1997 she joined University Space Research Association (USRA) and worked at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In October 2000, she joined GEST/UMBC. She has conducted research in the areas related to the remote measurement of precipitation and understanding of storm structures and microphysical characteristics of precipitation using observations from the ER-2 airborne Doppler radar. She has analyzed EDOP Doppler radar data in support of TRMM to improve rainfall rate estimate. Additionally, she studied microphysics of storms such as raindrop size distribution and melting ice particles using EDOP and ground based polarimetric radar data. Other than her scientific research, she has gained tremendous experience in EDOP data collection, processing and software developing. She participated three TRMM field campaigns and CRYSTAL-FACE experiment, and processed all EDOP and CRS data for archiving and distribution. In 2011, Dr. Tian joined GESTAR/USRA.