25 March 2019
Laxenburg, Austria

NASA Associate Director for Research visits IIASA

Jack A. Kaye from the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington D.C visited IIASA on Monday 25 March 2019. 

© Jack A. Kaye

© Jack A. Kaye

During his visit Kaye delivered a seminar to IIASA staff entitled “Viewing the Earth’s Global Environment from Space: From Scientific Knowledge to Societal Benefits.”

He also met with IIASA Director General Albert van Jaarsveld and IIASA researchers including representatives from the IIASA Air Quality and Greenhouse Gases Program, the IIASA Ecosystems Services and Management Program and the IIASA Risk and Resilience Program.

Jack Kaye is Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He is responsible for the research and data analysis programs for Earth System Science, covering the broad spectrum of scientific disciplines that constitute it. Kaye represents NASA in many interagency and international activities, and has been an active participant in the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) in the Subcommittee on Global Change.

Seminar Abstract

Viewing the Earth's Global Environment from Space: From Scientific Knowledge to Societal Benefits

Wodak Room, IIASA, 14:00-15:00

The vantage point of space provides a unique opportunity to see all the elements of the global Earth system – atmosphere, ocean, land surface, ice, biosphere – and how they interact with each other. The ability to characterize both natural processes and those caused by humans, as well as the ability to study processes on a range of time scales from days to decades, helps scientists characterize and understand earth system variability and its causes and effects, as well as allowing for improvements in predictive capability. With this information, Earth system scientists can work with partners in other federal and international agencies, academia, industry, and the non-profit sector to help anticipate and respond to both naturally-occurring and human-induced changes in the Earth system. In this talk, a review of how satellite-derived information, integrated together with complementary data from aircraft and surface-based measurements and used in the context of Earth system models, is advancing our knowledge of the Earth and how the resulting information is being used by NASA and its inter-agency partners will be presented.

L-R Albert van Jaarsveld and Jack A. Kaye ©IIASA


Jack Kaye currently serves as Associate Director for Research of the Earth Science Division (ESD) within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). He has been a member of the Senior Executive Service since August, 1999, managing NASA’s Earth Science Research Program. Earlier positions in his more than 32-year career at NASA include being a Space Scientist at the Goddard Space Flight Center and Manager of the Atmospheric Chemistry Modeling and Analysis Program at NASA HQ.

IIASA and the United States of America

The National Academy of Sciences, one of the founding members of IIASA, is the National Member Organization representing the United States of America. Research collaborations between IIASA and the United States of America (US) have been highly productive ever since the institute was founded in 1972. The IIASA–US relationship is central to the Institute and consequently IIASA participates in more activities related to the US than any of its other member countries. 

The US National Member Organization is the National Academy of Sciences, which promotes cooperation with American scientists, research institutions, and government agencies. The membership contribution is supported by the National Science Foundation

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