Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic & Space Sciences in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Anthony (Tony) W. England

Anthony (Tony) W. England

Professor, AOSS and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Office: 2527A Space Research Building
Phone: (734) 763-4849
Fax: (734) 936-0503


Ph.D., Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.S., B.S., Geology & Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Land surface and cryosphere thermophysical models / Microwave radiometry / Radiobrightness models for prairie and arctic terrains; and the microwave brightness measure of water stored in soil, vegetation, and snow.

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Development and field calibration of Land Surface Process (LSP) models of land-atmosphere energy and moisture fluxes for northern prairie and arctic tundra
  • Assimilation of satellite microwave brightness data for improved estimates of moisture profiles in prairie and arctic soils and snow
  • Development of new technology microwave radiometers for use on towers, aircraft, and satellites

Honors, Awards and Accomplishments

  • Scientist-Astronaut & Senior Scientist-Astronaut, NASA
  • Mission Scientist, Apollo 13 & 16
  • Mission Specialist, Space Shuttle, Spacelab 2 Mission, 1985 — a solar astronomy & plasma physics mission
  • Program Scientist, Space Station
  • Recognition and modeling of scatter darkening as a significant factor in the radiobrightness of sea ice, snow, and frozen or dry soils
  • Use of satellite radiobrightness as feedback to temporal models of surface hydrology
  • Science advisor, EROS Data Center (Sioux Falls, SD) and National Snow and Ice Data Center (Boulder, CO)

Professional Service

  • American Geophysics Union
  • Associated Editor, Journal of Geophysical Research
  • Administrative Committee, Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
  • Fellow, IEEE
  • Member, National Research Council's Space Studies Board and co-chair of its Joint Committee on Technology
Updated: 2010-06-18