Published: May 7, 2024 By

Professor Al Gasiewski was presented the Golden Florin award from the IEEE in recognition for his more than 40 years of outstanding contributions in passive microwave remote sensing research. 

“I am grateful to the dozens of colleagues, advisors and students who throughout the past decades have made the progress in environmental remote sensing possible,” said Gasiewski, “and my family has been a constant source of support in my endeavors to better protect our planet.” 

Based in the Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering at CU Boulder, Gasiewski has been a CU Boulder faculty member since 2006. He is the founding director of the Center for Environmental Technology, a laboratory which develops innovative observing systems for environmental applications. 

Environmental research for global futureAl Gasiewski Golden Florin Award

“It is more important than ever that we strive to take care of our environment and maintain professional opportunities for individuals globally to study remote sensing science,” said Gasiewski. 

He added that his research provides a unique means of observing the large-scale environment of the planet. 

“Microwave remote sensing provides us critical data about the atmosphere, oceans, ice sheets, land masses from forests to cities and numerous other related environmental realms,” he said. “It permits us to make informed decisions from the individual to the societal level that best protect our shared future.”

Gasiewski’s research has focused on sensing the natural environment using microwaves. He has developed a variety of microwave radiometers for weather and climate monitoring, including polarimetric radiometers used for ocean wind sensing, millimeter and submillimeter wave radiometers for measuring atmospheric temperature, water vapor, clouds, precipitation, imaging radiometers for sea ice and soil moisture mapping. 

He recently developed a new radio detection method that promises to provide precise microwave measurements from weather satellites amidst the increasing amount of radio noise from wireless communications systems. His work is foundational to our system for global weather forecasting using satellites.

Gasiewski is an IEEE Fellow and member of the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and the International Union of Radio Scientists. His past awards include the IEEE GRSS' Education award in 2017 and the IEEE GRSS’ Outstanding Service Award in 2006.

About the Golden Florin Award 
The Golden Florin Award is jointly sponsored by the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) and the Italian Centre for Microwave Remote Sensing. Recipients are national and international members of the GRSS. The Golden Florin is awarded every two years to researchers who have distinguished achievements and scientific breakthroughs in microwave radiometry in remote sensing. 

Photo: Al Gasiewski awarded the 2024 Golden Florin award by the IEEE GRSS and the Italian Centre for Microwave Remote Sensing.