James E. Tillman
Research Professor

Dept. Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington
Box 351640
Seattle WA 98195-1640
(206) 543-4586, fax 543-0308
Email: mars@atmos.washington.edu

James E. Tillman is a Research Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. Among his specialties are developing instruments and systems for the study of the atmospheric boundary layers of Earth and Mars, scientific studies of these atmospheres, and applying these experiences to K-12, University, and public education. He was a member of the Viking Mission to Mars Meteorology Science Team and is the author of numerous scientific papers, many articles on advanced humidity sensors, and a Co-Author of the "Atmospheric Dynamics" chapter of the book Mars. Scientific contributions include discovery of a global oscillation mode which may be involved in triggering Martian dust storms, important weather front and boundary layer properties, (including terrestrial) and the intermittent nature of "great" Martian dust storms from year to year.

Tillman is an invited Co-Investigator in the Atmospheric Sciences Investigation Team's NetLander proposal for the European Mars program to land a network of 4 stations on Mars in 2005. He played a significant role in developing the proposal's scientific and environmental operational components, initially representing both himself and the Danish National Laboratory's interests. Courtesy of his European colleagues, he spent a month in early 1998 in Finland and Denmark helping develop the NetLander proposal and program, and developing public outreach ideas and agreements, returning for the month of November to Denmark, Finland and France to continue these activities.

In conjunction with and addition to his Mars NetLander activities and atmospheric boundary layer research, Tillman is continuing his development of K-12 and public outreach initiatives as he has done for the past 25 years. These include collaboratively installing sophisticated weather stations in schools for student and teacher use, developing educational materials, and having students and techers directly participate with him in his Mars programs. These collaborations involve direct support by individuals, institutions and public service organizations.

To acquire multiple years Martian meteorological data, he, his Viking Computer Facility staff, and a JPL programmer, converted the Viking Mission Operations Software to run on his UW computer facility, taking over Viking Lander Spacecraft engineering data processing from Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 1,000 Mars days, (sols), at the end of the mission. This was the only source for spacecraft engineering data, and the VCF staff played a key role in doubling the lifetime of the Viking mission. The system was then interfaced to the NASA Real Time Communications System, NASCOM, and based on this real time operation, Tillman initiated the "Viking View of Mars" permanent exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. This exhibit, 1983 to present, was the first computer driven exhibit at the Museum, was implemented by acquiring an image processing system and super mini computer by donations for the Museum and by developing state of the art hardware, software and institutional interfaces. His second exhibit, displaying Live from Mars Pathfinder data, was the first "web" developed exhibit at the museum.

Tillman was a member of the Pathfinder Atmospheric Structures/Meteorology Science Advisory Team, and is analyzing meteorology data from the mission, was a collaborator in the Russian, European Mars 96 mission, and the Principal Science Advisor for "Mission to Mars", a NSF funded national Traveling Exhibition for Science Education. In addition to numerous scientific or technical papers, he has given hundreds of talks to K-12 students, as well as institutional, and public audiences worldwide. He initiated and led the development of the Pathfinder "Live from Mars" component of Live from Earth and Mars, and he and Neal Johnson developed its web resources.


Science, Outreach, and Education programs.

Publications, Archived Data Sets and Technical Reports

J Tillman, July 8, 1999