Josefino Comiso

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This is a photo of a renowned physicist, who is also the recipient of DOST's Balik Scientist Award in 2010. Photo courtesy of Specialized Philippine Enterprise Reference of Experts and Scientists (DOST - SPHERES).

Dr. Josefino C. Comiso is a prominent Filipino physicist , who is noted worldwide for his studies about global warming.

Career and Contributions

Dr. Comiso, who obtained his doctorate degree in physics from the University of California at Los Angeles, is a physical scientist at the Earth Sciences Directorate of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration / Goddard Space Flight Center for more than two decades. Most of his studies dealt with the polar processes and the detection of climate change in the polar regions.

Dr. Comiso has developed techniques for using satellite data to obtain trends in the parameters of studying sea ice. These data collected from his research have been useful in the analysis and evaluation of changes in the ice cover in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and provided scientists valuable information about the extent and scope of global warming during the last two decades.

Comiso's research has been cited in one episode of National Broadcasting Corporation's Nightly News. Host Brian Williams has mentioned his study on the accelerated shrinkage of Arctic ice being reflective of global warming.


  • ESSN Profile. Accessed July 31, 2007.
  • "NBC's Brian Williams claimed "scientists can't say yet whether global warming is the culprit" for rapid Arctic ice melt, but author of study he cited disagrees". Media Matters. Accessed July 31, 2007.



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