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Andrew Jones
CIRA Fellow

Dr. Andrew S. Jones

Senior Research Scientist/Scholar

Mailing Address:
Dr. Andrew S. Jones
Senior Research Scientist
CIRA Fellow and CSU One Health Institute Fellow
Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
Colorado State University
1375 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1375
  • Office Location:
    ACRC 02
  • 970-491-8628
About Me:

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 585 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 one health and food security.

He serves as a Senior Editor of the APS Phytobiome Journal and is a former Editor of the AMS Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. He is a member of the Science Coordination Group of the International Phytobiome Initiative. Dr. Jones works closely with the DoD, USDA, 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.

Research Interests:

Coordinating, communicating, and implementing new technologies using innovative remote sensing and data assimilation methodologies, focusing on application areas of high impact to our sponsors. This includes cross-sensor remote sensing techniques, satellite/model data assimilation for analysis of hydrological processes, microwave emissivity analysis, land surface characterization, remote sensing of soil moisture, inversion theory, error propagation analysis, spatial filter analysis, and cross-sensor data fusion techniques. Aerosols, clouds, coupling of land/atmospheric processes, and atmospheric profile estimates are also broad scientific interests.

Current Research Projects:

One Health Institute,

Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project (OWCAP),

NESDIS Blended Total Precipitable Water and Blended Rainfall Rate project,

NSF Non-Gaussian Data Assimilation projects,

Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships: Rural Wealth Creation,

Catalyst for Innovative Partnerships: Terraforma

Army Soil Moisture and Soil Strength projects

My Work/Projects:

Data Processing Error Analysis System (DPEAS)

Monday, 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 two NOAA operational satellite products are supported: 1) Blended Total Precipitable Water (BTPW) and 2) Blended Rainfall Rate (BRR). The CSU operations support numerous CSU research projects and processing for Rocky Mountain Consoritum for Global Development (RMCGD) users and collaborators around the world.


DPEAS User’s Guide

Rocky Mountain Consortium for Global Development (RMCGD)

Wednesday, 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 sector. This CSU information is provided in near real-time. Our goal is to provide location-specific information to impact the global development agriculture and public health value chain. Our key partners include Global Development Analytics (GDA) and aWhere, Inc. A CSU Today article summarizes our initial steps: and new updates on RMCGD activities can be found at:

DoD Soil Moisture Working Group (SMWG)

Wednesday, 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. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) laboratories. We collaborate with operational weather facilities such as the Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA) and conduct research toward improved soil moisture application performance. Current activities are focused on the use of WindSat satellite sensor data for soil moisture applications, including preparations for use of the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) sensor capabilities.