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Michael P. Jensen


Dr. Jensen’s research focuses on the use of both satellite and ground-based remote sensing observations in order to better understand the lifecycle of cloud systems and the role they play in the Earth’s energy balance. He has been actively involved with the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program since 1996 working on research projects studying the radiative impacts of deep convective clouds in the tropics, defining the characteristics of marine boundary layer clouds and the retrieval of cloud microphysical properties from remote sensing observations. He was the lead investigator for the Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) in 2011. Dr. Jensen is also the Science Translator for the ARM Cloud Lifecycle Working Group overseeing the development of cloud related value-added data products from ARM observations.


  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, B. S. Atmospheric Sciences
  • The Pennsylvania State University, M. S., Meteorology
  • The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D, Meteorology


  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Areas of Interest

  • Convective cloud systems
  • Marine boundary layer cloud systems
  • Cloud microphysical properties
  • Clouds role in the Earth’s energy balance


  • Meteorologist, Biological, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 2009-present
  • Associate Meteorologist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Oct. 2006-Sep. 2009
  • Assistant Meteorologist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, May 2004-Sep. 2006
  • Guest Scientist, Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Jul. 2003-April 2004
  • Associate Research Scientist, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, Mar. 2002-Dec. 2004
  • Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, Dec. 1999-Feb. 2002

External Service

  • Principal Investigator, Midlatitude Continental Convective Clouds Experiment (MC3E) (2011)
  • Lecturer, State University of New York at Stony Brook (2010)
  • Lead ARM Infrastructure Translator (Nov. 2009 – present)
  • ARM Cloud Lifecycle Working Group Translator (Jan. 2005 – present)

Selected Publications (since 2006)

Jensen, M. P., T. Toto, D. Troyan, P. Ciesielski, D. Holdridge, J. Kyrouac, J. Schatz, Y. Zhang and S. Xie, 2015: The MC3E Sounding Network: Operations, Processing and Analysis. Atmos. Meas. Tech., 8,421-434, doi:10.5194/amt-8-1-2015.

Zhao, C., Xie, S., Chen, X., Jensen, M. P., and Dunn, M. Quantifying uncertainties of cloud microphysical property retrievals with a perturbation method. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119, 5375-5385, doi:10.1002/2013JD021112 (2014).

Wu, W., Liu, Y., Jensen, M. P., Toto, T., Foster, M. J., and Long, C. N. A comparison of multiscale variations of decade-long cloud fractions from six different platforms over the Southern Great Plains in the United States. J. Geophys. Res. 119, 3438-3459, doi:10.1002/2013JD019813 (2014).

Xie, S., Y. Zhang, R. McCoy, M. P. Jensen, S. E. Giangrande, and M. Zhang, 2014: Interactions between cumulus convection and its environment revealed by the
MC3E sounding array. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., doi:101002/2014JD022011.

Giangrande, S. E., M. J. Bartholomew, M. Pope, S. M. Collis and M. P. Jensen, 2013: A summary of precipitation characteristics from the 2006-2011 Northern Australian wet seasons as revealed by ARM disdrometer research facilities (Darwin, Australia). J. Appl. Meteor. Climate, 53, 1213-1231. doi:10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0222.1.

Long, C. N., McFarlane, S. A., Genio, A. D., Minnis, P., Ackerman, T. P., Mather, J., Comstock, J., Mace, G. G., Jensen, M., and Jakob, C., 2013:   ARM Research In The Equatorial Western Pacific: A Decade And Counting. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 94, 695-708, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-11-00137.1.

Tao, W.-K., Wu, D., Matsui, T., Peters-Lidard, C., Lang, S., Hou, A., Rienecker, M., Peterson, W., and Jensen, M., 2013:   Precipitation intensity and variation during MC3E: A numerical modeling study. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118, 1-20, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50410.

Van Weverberg, K., Vogelmann, A. M., Lin, W., Luke, E. P., Cialella, A., Minnis, P., Khaiyer, M., Boer, E. R., and Jensen, M. P., 2013:   The Role of Cloud Microphysics Parameterization in the Simulation of Mesoscale Convective Systems and Anvil Clouds in the Tropical Western Pacific. J. Atmos. Sci. 70, 1104-1128, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-0104.1.

Wu, W., Liu, Y., Jensen, M. P., Toto, T., Foster, M. J., and Long, C. N. An Examination of observationally based cloud fraction estimates over the Southern Great Plains from different platforms. Atmospheric System Research 2013 Science Team Meeting, Potomac, MD, March 18-21, 2013.

Huang, D., C. Zhao, M. Dunn, X. Dong, G. G. Mace, M P. Jensen, S. Xie, and Y. Liu, 2012:  An intercomparison of radar-based liquid cloud microphysics retrievals and implications for model evaluation studies.  Atmos. Meas. Tech. 5, 1409-1424.

Zhao, C., S. Xie, S. A. Klein, R. McCoy, J. Comstock, M. Deng, M. Dunn, R. Hogan, D. Huang, M. P. Jensen, G. G. Mace, S. McFarlane, E. O’Connor, A. Protat, M. Shupe, D. D. Turner, and Z. Wang, 2012: Understanding differences in current ARM ground-based cloud retrievals. J. Geophys. Res. 117, D10206, doi:10.1029/2011JD016792.

Liu, Y., W. Wu, M. P. Jensen and T. Toto, 2011: Relationship between cloud radiative forcing, cloud fraction and cloud albedo, and new surface-based approach for measuring cloud albedo. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11, 7155-7170. doi:10.5194/acp-11-7155-2011.

Xie, S., McCoy, R. B., Klein, S. A., Cederwall, R. T., Wiscombe, W. J., Clothiaux, E. E., Gaustad, K. L., Golaz, J.-C., Hall, S., Jensen, M. P., Johnson, K. L., Lin, Y., Long, C. N., Mather, J. H., McCord, R. A., McFarlane, S. A., Palanisamy, G., Shi, Y., and Turner, D. D. ARM Climate Modeling Best Estimate Data. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc. 91, 13-20, doi:10.1175/2009BAMS2891.1.

Zhang, G. J., A. M. Vogelmann, M. P. Jensen, W. D. Collins, E. P. Luke, 2010: Relating satellite observed cloud properties from MODIS to meteorological conditions for marine stratus clouds. J. Clim. 23, 1374-1391.

Kollias, P., M. A. Miller, K. L. Johnson, M. P. Jensen and D. Troyan, 2009: Cloud, thermodynamic and precipitation observations in West Africa during 2006. J. Geophys. Res. 114, D00E08, doi:10.1029/2008JD010641.

Jensen, M. P., A. M. Vogelmann, W. D. Collins, G. J. Zhang, and E. Luke, 2008: Investigations of regional and seasonal variations in marine boundary layer cloud properties from MODIS observations. J. Clim. 21(19), 4955-4973.

Benkovitz, C. M., S. E. Schwartz, M. P. Jensen and M. A. Miller, 2006: Attribution of modeled atmospheric sulfate and SO2 in the northern hemisphere for June- July 1997. Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. 6, 4023-4059.

Jensen, M.P. and A.D. Del Genio, 2006: Factors limiting convective cloud top height at the ARM Nauru Island climate research facility. J. Climate 19, 2105-2117.