Having obtained a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics, Dr. DeSouza-Machado joined the Atmospheric Spectroscopy Laboratory at UMBC to work on radiative transfer, spectroscopy, retrievals and climate studies. He has written a state-of-the-art line-by-line code and KCARTA, a clear/cloudy sky radiative transfer code for the (Earth atmosphere) thermal infrared region which is the Reference Forward model for NASA's AIRS instrument. His research interests include dust and volcanic ash detection and retrievals, trace gas, cloud and atmospheric geophysical retrievals, and climate studies of extremes and evolution of probability functions. In addition he performs teaching duties on campus.
Dr. DeSouza-Machado's current interests in Atmospheric Physics include updating spectroscopy and radiative transfer calculations used by kCARTA, flux calculations in the longwave, and dust/volcanic ash detection and atmospheric. loading/height retrievals. He also does retrievals for broader target species, notably trace gas and geophysical retrievals both under clear and cloudy conditions. In addition he uses 12+ years of hysperspectral AIRS data for climate studies Dr. DeSouza-Machado also pursues some interest in Plasma Physics, notably MHD simulations and kinetic theory