Mr. Biard completed a Masters of Physics in 1985 from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied elementary particle physics. In the course of his graduate studies he worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on an investigation of low-energy proton - anti-proton interactions.
After graduation, he worked at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, developing data acquisition and analysis software for ground penetrating radar, simulations of seismic wave propagation, models of solar wind energy deposition in the Earth's atmosphere, flight software for satellite instruments, and near-real-time ground processing and distribution of satellite telemetry. He then worked in Huntsville, Alabama, on various projects for Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), including a data acquisition, analysis, and control system for verification and validation of International Space Station (ISS) scientific experiment payloads.
In 2001, Mr. Biard joined Intergraph Corporation, developing software for photogrammetry. He developed a package that allowed satellite images to be used in the ImageStation suite of applications. He also worked on stereoscopic viewing and automated feature extraction packages for the same application suite.
Since coming to National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) in 2010, Mr. Biard has been involved in numerous projects. He led a team that developed and deployed production software for generating the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) Visible/Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite Climate Raw Data Record product. He was part of a team that did a validation study of the Suomi-NPP Land Surface Temperature product. He developed an application that converts gridded datasets into the form specified by the Observations for Model Intercomparison Projects (obs4MIPs) program, and used it to prepare three Climate Data Record datasets so they could be made available through the Earth System Grid Federation servers. He was also part of a two-person team that developed a prototype graph database system for search and discovery across disparate data holdings.
Mr. Biard is currently developing an application that will automatically determine the location of frontal boundaries and has begun working with the Climate Analysis and Synthesis Branch. Mr. Biard is also active in the development of the Climate and Forecast Metadata Conventions, and assists NCEI personnel in their application.
Biard, J.C. and K.E. Kunkel, 2019: Automated detection of weather fronts using a deep learning neural network. Advances in Statistical Climatology, Meteorology and Oceanography, 5 (2), 147-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/ascmo-5-147-2019
Guillevic, P. C., J. C. Biard, G. C. Hulley, J. L. Privette, S. J. Hook, A. Olioso, F. M. Göttsche, R. Radocinski, M. O. Román, Y. Yu, and I. Csiszar, 2014: Validation of land surface temperature products derived from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) using ground-based and heritage satellite measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 154, 19-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2014.08.013