William Emery
Professor Emeritus

Aerospace Engineering Sciences
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0431

Focus Area

Remote Sensing, Earth, & Space Sciences.


Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 1975
B.S. cum laude, Mechanical Engineering, Brigham Young University, 1971

Professional Experience

1987-present, Professor Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department
1986-present, Member of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR)
2006-present, Adjunct Professor of Informatics, Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy
2015-present, Editor in Chief, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (American Meteorological Society)
1978-1986, Associate Professor, Oceanography, University of British Columbia
1976-1978, Assistant Professor, Oceanography, Texas A&M University

Awards (selected)

2012 Elected fellow of the American Geophysical Union
2011 Elected fellow of the American Astronautical Society
2011 CU Boulder Engineering Dean's Faculty Fellowship
2009 Elected fellow of the American Meteorological Society
2009 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Outstanding Service Award
2009 Boulder Faculty Assembly Excellence in Research Award
2004 IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Education Award
2002 Elected fellow of the IEEE
2001 CU Engineering College Research Excellence Award
1998 IEEE/GRSS Outstanding Reviewer Award
1997 IEEE/GRSS/IGARSS Special Paper Selection Award
1996 NASA Group Achievement Award for TOPEX/Poseidon Verification Team
1995 NASA GFSC Group Achievement Award for GSFC DAAC
1995 NASA GSFC Group Achievement Award, EOSDIS V0
1993 Editor’s Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, J. Geophys. Res.
1990 Elected Associate Fellow, American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics
1985 NASA/JPL TOPEX Team Award

Research Interests

Study of ocean surface processes such as sea surface temperature, ocean color, surface currents, coastal satellite altimetry. The development of processing software for operational weather satellites. Study of high-resolution satellite imagery for urban change detection and mapping of disaster effects. Application of high and moderate resolution satellite imagery to the study of terrestrial vegetation and its variations.