Valery U. Zavorotny received the M.Sc. degree in radio physics from Gorky State University, Gorky, Russia, and the Ph.D. degree in physics and mathematics from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow.
From 1971 to 1990, he was a research scientist with the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow. From 1991–2000, he was a CIRES Research Associate in the Environmental Technology Laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Boulder, CO, and became a NOAA/ETL physicist in 2000.
His research interests include theory of wave propagation through random media, wave scattering from rough surfaces, and ocean and land remote sensing applications.