Charles Ichoku, PhD

Dr. Charles Ichoku is a Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS).  He is also the Distinguished Scientist of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M), a thirteen-member academic consortium constituted to diversify the student population trained in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, and other fields that are aligned with NOAA’s mission enterprise.

Dr. Ichoku received his Ph.D in Earth Sciences from the Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris, France, and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in Remote Sensing and Surveying, respectively, from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. Prior to joining Howard University in the fall of 2018, he was a Research Physical Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where he was involved in a variety of Earth Science research and related activities for 20 years (1998–2018). His scientific activities over the years have included developing and applying both experimental and remote sensing approaches to research in interdisciplinary earth sciences. He is actively involved in the development of innovative approaches for characterizing land-atmosphere interaction processes, analyzing the energetics and emissions of wildfires and biomass burning, evaluating atmospheric aerosol retrievals from satellite observations, and understanding the impacts of these phenomena on the environment and climate. Dr. Ichoku has trained and mentored a large number of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as postdocs and early-career scientists and university faculty, and has won several NASA individual and group achievement awards. He has published more than 70 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has delivered multiple dozens of invited and keynote talks at a variety of international and national conferences/workshops and research seminars.

Research Interests

  • Fire Energetics & Emissions Research (FEER)
  • African Environmental Processes
  • Water-cycle Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Aerosol
  • Remote Sensing