Aaron C. Paget

I study the air, land, sea, and ice boundary layers and interfaces through satellite remote sensing, in situ observations, and numerical modeling. My research largely focuses on analyzing the biases and unique characteristics of instruments to improve the synthesis of observational data and numerical models. Much of my graduate work focused on the ocean and atmosphere marine boundary layers, the atmosphere-land boundary layer, and the interactions that occur. I am interested in instrument development and in data processing to understand exactly what the instrument observes and to better quantify the total signal that is available including the biases and noise associated with physical changes to the environment. I am interested in any fluid flow and methods of observing and modeling those flows.

Current research topics:

In situ instrumentation and observations, and how they relate to satellite observations.

Establishing research stations for coastal observations in a tidal marsh, a river mouth, a saltwater estuary, and a fetch-limited sea on Long Island Sound.

NASA SPURS-2 ocean salinity campaign – outfitted two ships with proven and experimental instrumentation. The instrumentation is being used to directly measure evaporation and precipitation beneath the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

Combining in situ observations with satellite data and model analysis.

Past research topics:

Improving hurricane boundary layer parameterization schemes in the CM1, WRF, and MM5 models.

The effects of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on the atmospheric boundary layer along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.

Restoring historic whitecap observation data for modern reanalysis.

Ocean vector winds, Ku- and C-Band scatterometers calibration.

Satellite observations of ocean whitecaps and parameterizations based on those observations.

Laboratory experimentation and small-scale physical replication of geophysical flows.

The effects of buildings as dihedral corner reflectors on normalized microwave backscatter in urban areas.

Changes in normalized backscatter in surface vegetation and plant life on large scales, i.e. tropical rain forests.

Microwave brightness temperature reanalysis of satellite observations for the last 35 years in conjunction with the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), and the Microwave Earth Remote Sensing (MERS) laboratory at Brigham Young University.


Post-Doc in Physical Oceanography University of Connecticut 08/2015 – Present
Post-Doc in Electrical Engineering Brigham Young University 06/2013 – 08/2015
Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics The Florida State University 01/2010 – 08/2013
M.S. in Meteorology The Florida State University 08/2006 – 12/2009
B.S. in Physics Brigham Young University 01/2000 – 08/2006


Marine Sciences
University of Connecticut – Post-Doctoral Fellow 2015 – Present
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Brigham Young University – Post-Doctoral Fellow 2013 – 2105
Center for Ocean – Atmospheric Prediction Studies
The Florida State University – Research Assistant 2011 – 2013
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute
The Florida State University – Research Asst./Teaching Asst. 2009 – 2013
Department of Meteorology
The Florida State University – Research Asst./Teaching Asst. 2006 – 2009
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Brigham Young University – Teaching Assistant 2006 – 2006


Department of Marine Sciences,

The University of Connecticut

Instructor for General Physics with Calculus with full responsibilities for 43 students.

Guest lecturer for Air-Sea Interactions

Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science,

The Florida State University

Instructor for “Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory” with full responsibilities for 4 sections of the 20 students per section.

Teaching Assistant for “Computational Statistics and Programming” with responsibilities for teaching programming in FORTRAN 95 to 30 students per session.

Teaching Assistant for “Introduction to Oceanography” with responsibilities for grading for approximately 500 students per session in a freshmen level course.



Paget, A. C., 2013, Important contributing factors for estimating the active and total whitecap coverage globally using satellite-derived parameters, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Florida State University, 85 pp. (Dissertation)

Paget, A. C., 2009, On Diagnosing the Hurricane Boundary Layer, M.S. Thesis, The Florida State University, 45 pp. (M.S. Thesis)


Paget, A. C., M. J. Brodzik, D. G. Long, and M. Hardman, 2016, Reprocessed Radiometer Data Improve Quality of Climate Records, Eos, in press.

Paget, A. C., D. G. Long, and N. M. Madsen, 2016, RapidSCAT diurnal changes over land, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 54, No. 6, 3336-3344, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2016.2515022.

Paget, A. C., M. A. Bourassa, and M. D. Anguelova, 2015, Comparing in situ and satellite-based parameterizations of oceanic whitecaps, J. Geophys. Res.-Oceans, 120, 2826-2843, doi:10.1002/2014JC010328.

Paget, A. C., S. Frolking, D. G. Long, and T. Milliman, 2015, Radar anisotropy observed in urban areas, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 36, No. 2, 665-679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2014.999883.


English (fluent, native), Spanish (fluent)