Dr. Richard Eckman
Richard Eckman is the Program Manager for the ACMAP of the Earth Science Division of the Science Mission directorate at NASA HQ, and has been detailed from NASA Langley since 2009.
The Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program (ACMAP) addresses investigations of air quality and the oxidation efficiency in the troposphere; how pollution sourced aerosols impact cloud properties, stratospheric chemistry and ozone depletion, and interactions between atmospheric chemistry and the climate. Studies of long-term trends in atmospheric composition are also of interest, where the connection between cause and effect is elucidated using models. The program is particularly interested in studies that integrate observations from multiple instruments with models to address attribution and predictions. Use of satellite and suborbital data sets and ground-based measurements are encouraged for modeling constraints and verification where applicable.
Before running this program, Dr. Eckman was the Assistant Branch Head of the Chemistry and Dynamics branch at Langley, and during this time (2005-2008), he was also the Acting Program Manager for the Energy Management Element of the Applied Sciences Program at NASA HQ. Dr. Eckman received his B.A. in Physics and Astronomy, Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980, his Ph.D. in Astrophysical, Planetary, and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Colorado in 1985, and did post-doctoral research at the University of Cambridge until 1988 when he joined the Atmospheric Sciences Division at Langley.
In addition to his duties with ACMAP, Dr. Eckman is the Program Scientist for the Earth science instruments on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) and the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) III on the International Space Station. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society. He is also active with the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) Atmospheric Composition and is an Associate Editor of “Advances in Space Research”, a COSPAR journal. Richard currently serves as the Federal Chair of the US Global Change Research Program’s (USGCRP) Integration Team for the update to its Strategic Plan.