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Dr. Di Girolamo leads an active research group in remote sensing and radiative transfer. His current research foci lie in the extraction of cloud properties from space, sampling problems inherent to remotely sensed data, and reciprocity principles in three-dimensional radiative transfer. He has extensive experience in working with aircraft and spacecraft remote sensing instruments, including AVHRR, AVIRIS, GMS, GOES, Landsat, MAS, MISR, MODIS, and SSMI. His research has appeared in Applied Optics, Geophysical Research Letters, the Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, the Journal of Geophysical Research, the Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer, the International Journal of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, and the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. He is currently a co-investigator for the EOS-Terra MISR mission, where he is responsible for developing the cloud detection and classification algorithms needed for standard processing. He is a recipient of the NASA Group Achievement Award for his contribution to the success of the MISR mission. He was also selected under NASA’s New Investigator Program in Earth Science in 2002.

Dr. Di Griolamo has served for three years on the AMS Scientific and Technological Activities Commission on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography, and he has organized, convened, and chaired conference sessions for the AMS and AGU. He has been an editor for the Journal of Applied Meteorology. Dr. Di Girolamo regularly teaches an introductory course in meteorology and advance courses in satellite remote sensing and radiative transfer at the University of Illinois.


  • Ph.D. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, 1996
  • M.Sc. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University, 1992
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) Astrophysics, Queen's University at Kingston, 1989

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Research Output 1992 2019

Indian annual ambient air quality standard is achievable by completely mitigating emissions from household sources

Chowdhury, S., Dey, S., Guttikunda, S., Pillarisetti, A., Smith, K. R. & Di Girolamo, L., May 28 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 166, 22, p. 10711-10716 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Premature Mortality

Tracking ambient PM2.5 build-up in Delhi national capital region during the dry season over 15 years using a high-resolution (1 km) satellite aerosol dataset

Chowdhury, S., Dey, S., Di Girolamo, L., Smith, K. R., Pillarisetti, A. & Lyapustin, A., May 1 2019, In : Atmospheric Environment. 204, p. 142-150 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

dry season
satellite data
biomass burning

Advances in multiangle satellite remote sensing of speciated airborne particulate matter and association with adverse health effects: From MISR to MAIA

Diner, D. J., Boland, S. W., Brauer, M., Bruegge, C., Burke, K. A., Chipman, R., Di Girolamo, L., Garay, M. J., Hasheminassab, S., Hyer, E., Jerrett, M., Jovanovic, V., Kalashnikova, O. V., Liu, Y., Lyapustin, A. I., Martin, R. V., Nastan, A., Ostro, B. D., Ritz, B., Schwartz, J. & 2 others, Wang, J. & Xu, F., Oct 1 2018, In : Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 12, 4, 042603.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
particulate matter
remote sensing
Terra (satellite)

Design and verification of a new monochromatic thermal emission component for the I3RC community Monte Carlo model

Jones, A. L. & Di Girolamo, L., Mar 1 2018, In : Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. 75, 3, p. 885-906 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

spherical harmonics
radiative transfer
energy conservation

Improving Cloud Optical Property Retrievals for Partly Cloudy Pixels Using Coincident Higher-Resolution Single Band Measurements: A Feasibility Study Using ASTER Observations

Werner, F., Zhang, Z., Wind, G., Miller, D. J., Platnick, S. & Di Girolamo, L., Nov 16 2018, In : Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 123, 21, p. 12,253-12,276

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer
optical properties
thermal emission