Dr. Sundar Christopher is Dean of the College of Science, Director of Institute of Remote Sensing Applications, and a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at University of Alabama in Huntsville. He served as Associate Director of the Earth System Science Center from 2007-2014. He served as Chairman of the Department of Atmospheric Science from 2010-2014.
Dr. Christopher received his PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Colorado State University. He also holds a Master’s degree in Meteorology from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSMT) and a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Dr. Christopher’s research interests include satellite remote sensing of clouds and aerosols and their impact on air quality, environment, health, and global and regional climate. He works with numerous satellite data sets from polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, ground-based instruments, and aircraft data to study the earth-atmosphere system. He currently leads a Data System Informatics Group (DSIG) at UAH.
Dr. Christopher enjoys teaching and has designed and developed undergraduate and graduate level courses with special emphasis on hands-on training using satellite data. He also designed a professional development course for graduate students. His book “Navigating Graduate School and Beyond: A Career Guide for Graduate Students and a Must-Read for Every Adviser” incorporates ideas from this course.
Dr. Christopher has published extensively in national and international peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Geophysical Research, The Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, and The International Journal of Remote Sensing. He has presented his work at major scientific conferences across the globe. He has also won several million dollars in numerous grants and contracts from NASA, NOAA, and other federal agencies for studying earth-atmosphere processes.