Dr. Andrew S. Jones

Senior Research Scientist
Fort Collins, Colorado


Andrew Jones received the B.S. in Physics (minor in Mathematics), summa cum laude with University Honors, at Eastern Illinois Univ.; and M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, at Colorado State University. In the past, he has received 6 academic merit scholarships/fellowships from various organizations including the State of Illinois and the State of Colorado. He has more than 520 publications, reports, and presentations in the areas of:

  • satellite data assimilation
  • multisensor satellite data merger techniques
  • satellite spatial filters
  • 1DVAR soil moisture and water vapor profile retrievals
  • measurement of microwave surface emissivity for determining surface wetness and radiometric boundary conditions
  • microwave detection of cloud liquid water and surface properties over land
  • satellite limb radiance
  • radar and satellite intercomparison studies

Food security and Big Data Analytics are important areas of interest, especially in scaling research capabilities to make an impact globally.

He works closely with many CSU colleges and departments in transdisciplinary activities related to food security in water limited environments as the CSU point-of-contact for the Rocky Mountain Consortium for Global Development (RMCGD). He is an Assistant Director of the CSU Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture (ICSA), where he works with Big Data Analytics on large-scale collaborative problems.

He is also PI on several satellite data assimilation projects and advanced data processing activities, including work and collaborations with NCAR, NSF, NOAA/NESDIS, the U.S. Air Force (USAF), the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, aWhere, and Global Development Analytics. He is a former Editor of the AMS Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and is a Senior Editor of the Phytobiomes Journal. He is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Phytobiome Initative, and Science Advisor to the Army Research Laboratory's Atmospheric Science Center (ASC). Dr. Jones works closely with the DoD and NOAA as a subject matter expert in remote sensing, satellite data assimilation, operational transitions, and large-scale satellite data architecture and infrastructure studies involving big-data, serves on the CSU Data Management Committee, and is a founding member of the DoD's Soil Moisture Working Group (SMWG).

Recent Work

December 22, 2014

The Data Processing Error Analysis System (DPEAS) was created by Dr. Jones for transdisciplinary multisatellite/model data analysis. DPEAS runs operationally at the NOAA satellite operations facility at  NESDIS/OSPO at Suitland, MD and at CSU, Fort Collins, CO. Currently ...

July 16, 2014

Dr. Jones leads the CSU data component of the Rocky Mountain Consoritum for Global Development (RMCGD), providing critical satellite remote sensing data products for transdisciplinary activities (i.e., multi-college collaborations) impacting Food Security and Water Resources in water limited environments, including important linkages back to the Public Health ...

July 16, 2014

Dr. Jones is a co-founding member of the DoD's Soil Moisture Working Group (SMWG). The group is a set of DoD Laboratory partnerships with CSU. Laboratories represented include the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Navy Research Laboratory (NRL), and several U.S. ...