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Who uses NASA Earth Science Data? Data User Profiles

These features highlight our diverse end-user community worldwide and show you not only how these data are being used for research and applications, but also where these data are being used—from the plains of West Texas to the Sea of Oman and everywhere in between. You’ll also learn where you can download the data sets in each feature.

Search the Data User Profiles by clicking in the search box below and entering in a keyword term, such as a DAAC (ASDC, NSIDC, SEDAC, etc), an instrument/mission (GRACE, MODIS, TROPOMI, etc) or science term (surface mass, snow cover, tomography, etc). The search results will narrow down the table entries applicable to the search keyword entered.

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034, sea level, NSIDC DAAC, glaciers, ice sheets, Greenland, snow, meltwater, surface melt, cryosphere, ablation, LIMA, mass balance, model, subglacial, true-color, Aqua, CIRES, Operation IceBridge, ice shelf, sea ice distribution, ice temperature, moulin project, ATLAS, ICESat-2, ice sheet velocity, GMAO, Taku Glacier 4/28/2022 Headshot of Dr. Kristin Poinar

Dr. Kristin Poinar

Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, University at Buffalo
Data from NASA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Kristin Poinar develop the next generation of models for forecasting sea-level rise from melting glaciers and ice sheets.
035, data visualization, aerosols, MODIS, MISR, VIIRS, Suomi NPP, NOAA-20, MAIA, TEMPO, air pollution, Abbey, MERLIN, Plume Height Project, Data to Discovery Program, NASA Airathon, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, NO2 3/24/2022 Headshot of Abbey Nastan

Abigail Nastan

Systems Engineer with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Data from NASA’s Atmospheric Science Data Center helps system engineers like Abigail Nastan develop engaging new ways of partnering with data users to maximize the benefits of NASA Earth science missions.
036, algorithms, aerosols, clouds, low-Earth, geostationary, data visualization, lidar, atmosphere, airborne particles, SSEC, Wisconsin, Madison, MODIS, VIIRS, UWG, ASDC, LAADS DAAC, climate data, CLDPROP, aggregated, MVCM, CALIOP, CALIPSO, NOAA-20 02/24/2022 Headshot of Dr. Robert Holz

Dr. Robert Holz

Senior Scientist, Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC), University of Wisconsin–Madison
Data from NASA’s Level-1 and Atmosphere Archive and Distribution System Distributed Active Archive Center (LAADS DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Robert Holz develop algorithms and data products that enhance observations of aerosols and clouds.
037, ORNL DAAC UWG, terrestrial biosphere, land surface modeling, biogeochemistry, soil thermodynamics, Arctic, active layer thickness, permafrost thaw, greenhouse gases, carbon-rich material, carbon dioxide, CO2, SAR, ABoVE, MODIS, surface heave, lidar, SiBCASA, InSAR, Yukon-Kuskokwin, ReSALT, STDM, CCSM3 01/27/2022 Headshot of Dr. Kevin Schaefer

Dr. Kevin Schaefer

Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado
Data from NASA’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory DAAC (ORNL DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Kevin Schaefer detect climate-induced thawing of permafrost a throughout the Arctic.
038, OB.DAAC, global carbon cycle, ships, robots, marine biology, ocean carbon, phytoplankton, ecosystem, photosynthesis, carbon dioxide, carbon export, physical dynamics, bio-physical interaction, salinity, SeaWiFS, SeaBASS, EXPORTS, ocean color, prochlorococcus, synechococcus, picoeukaryotes, PACE, green hues, applied optics, Seaglider, PRISM 12/21/2021 A headshot of Zach Erickson in a parka

Dr. Zachary Erickson

Research Oceanographer, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Data from NASA’s Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Zachary Erickson study the ocean’s role in the global carbon cycle
039, LANCE, University of Alabama-Huntsville, disasters, earthquakes, floods, hazards, computer simulations, DisasterAWARE, Pacific Disaster Center, GNSS, SAR, GloFAS, GFMS, NRT, Sentinel-1, MODIS, VIIRS, Terra, Suomi NPP, NOAA-20, Black Marble, Blue-Yellow Composite 11/18/2021 Image of Dr. Margaret “Maggi” Glasscoe, Research Associate at the University of Alabama–Huntsville and Disasters Coordinator for NASA’s Applied Sciences Disasters Program

Dr. Margaret Glasscoe

Research Associate, University of Alabama–Huntsville and Disasters Coordinator for NASA’s Applied Sciences Disasters Program
Data from NASA’s Land, Atmosphere Near real-time Capability for EOS (LANCE) helps scientists like Dr. Maggi Glasscoe assess the risks of and facilitate the response to natural hazards on a global scale.
040, atmospheric rivers, forecast, weather model, Scripps, extreme weather, water vapor, high humidity, GHRC DAAC, Marshall, ITSC, GPM, TRMM, OLYMPEX, radiance, hPa, hectopascal pressure unit, barometric pressure, DPR, dual-frequency precipitation radar, Ku-band 10/28/2021 Headshot of October 2021 Data User Profile subject Dr. Anna Wilson

Dr. Anna Wilson

Field Research Manager at the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
Data from NASA’s Global Hydrometeorology Resource Center DAAC (GHRC DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Anna Wilson develop accurate representations of atmospheric rivers to increase forecast accuracy and improve weather model outputs.
041, GES DISC, meteorology, sounding, atmospheric sounder, water vapor, ozone, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, nitric acid, sulphur dioxide, infrared, microwave, UWG, GCOS, AOPC, CLIMCAPS, AMSU, AIRS, CrIS, ATMS, MERRA-2, NOAA-2, Suomi NPP, SPoRT, NWS, SSEC, NUCAPS, AWIPS, Skew-T, PGRR, hyperspectral 9/30/2021 Smith and a meteorologist discuss NUCAPS at a workstation

Dr. Nadia Smith

Research Scientist, Science and Technology Corporation and affiliate at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
Data from NASA’s Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) helps scientists like Dr. Nadia Smith build and improve retrieval systems that provide important information to climate scientists and meteorologists around the globe.
042, LP DAAC, volcanic eruptions, Hawaii, lava effusion, flow cooling, gases, cube satellites, HIGP, Landsat, TM, ETM+, AVHRR, ASTER, Hyperion, Suomi NPP, NOAA-20, land surface temperature, spectral emissivity, VIIRS, Estelle Bonny, volcanology, vent, MODVOLC, HyTI, CubeSat,  8/26/2021 Dr. Rob Wright headshot

Dr. Robert Wright

Director, Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Data available from NASA’s Land Processes DAAC (LP DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Robert Wright develop systems for autonomously detecting volcanic eruptions from space.
043, SEDAC, urban spaces, data visualization, urban conflict, environmental justice, spatial inequality, GSAPP, CSR, ethics, politics, Lamont-Doherty, anthropogenic biomes, GPW, Black Marble, conflict urbanism, Aleppo, Syria, UNITAR, VIIRS, NOAA-20, In Plain Sight, Blue Marble 7/28/2021 Professor Laura Kurgan of Columbia University's Center for Spatial Research

Laura Kurgan

Professor of Architecture, Director Center for Spatial Research, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Data from NASA’s Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) helps researchers like Professor Laura Kurgan study the ways in which urban spaces are structured, shaped, and transformed by conflict, and identify the ideological assumptions behind many data visualization projects.
044, sea surface salinity, circulation, ocean structure, seawater, ocean drifters, ocean currents, Arctic, tropical regions, mixed layer, precipitation, evaporation, ice melt, river runoff, momentum, circulation, disdrometer, SPURS-2, R/V Revelle, SMAP, SSP, profiler, SASSIE, small-scale variability 6/24/2021 Kyla Drushka connects with the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler before deploying it over the side of the research vessel OCEARCH.

Dr. Kyla Drushka

Principal Oceanographer at the Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington
Salinity data from NASA’s Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC) helps Dr. Kyla Drushka investigate how variations in sea surface salinity affect the circulation and structure of the ocean.
045, ASF DAAC, Utah Geological Survey, geologic hazards, emergency response, mapping, research, earthquake, Salt Lake City, landslides, flooding, snowmelt, emergency management, aftershocks, faults, Magna, seismically active, UGS, aerial imagery collection, EarthExplorer, SAR, lidar, InSAR, subsidence, uplift, AIRSAR, UAVSAR, SIR-C 5/27/2021 Head shot of Dr. Steve Bowman Geologic Hazard Specialist with the Utah Geological Survey

Dr. Steve Bowman

Geologic Hazards Program Manager with the Utah Geological Survey and member of the ASF DAAC User Working Group
Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Data from NASA’s Alaska Satellite Facility DAAC (ASF DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Steve Bowman provide Utah’s citizens with timely scientific information about the state’s geologic hazards.
046, NSIDC DAAC, sea ice, Arctic, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, snow cover, decadal time scale, thickness, extent, albedo, meltwater, Operation IceBridge, ICESat-2, TerraSAR-X, Sentinel, ground station, whaling routes, MOSAiC, CryoSat-2, SSM/I, SSMIS, DMSP, CESM1-LE, CESM2,  4/29/2021 A close up of Dr. Melinda Webster in the Arctic

Dr. Melinda Webster

Research Assistant Professor at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Data from NASA’s National Snow and Ice Data Center DAAC (NSIDC DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Melinda Webster study sea ice and overcome the challenges of working in the Arctic’s inhospitable environments.
047, trace gasses, ozone, CFCs, chlorofluorocarbons, HCFCs, hydrochlorofuorocarbons, halogen compounds, stratosphere, troposphere, ODS, ozone-destroying substances, carbon tetrachloride, CCl4, methyl chloroform, halons, methyl bromide, 1,1,1-trichloroethane, bromomethane, CH3Br, methyl chloride, CH3Cl, Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment, ARCTAS, MOPITT, SEAC4RS, AGAGE, trichlorofluoromethane, CFCl3 3/25/2021 Dr. Qing Liang at her computer.

Dr. Qing Liang

Research Physical Scientist, Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
NASA’s wide range of atmospheric datasets help scientists like Dr. Qing Liang monitor and simulate concentrations of trace gasses that impact ozone in the atmosphere.
048, ecosystem processes group, ecological, atmospheric data, terrestrial, atmospheric carbon dioxide, CO2, photosynthesis, Earth System, computer models, water cycle, nutrients, greenhouse gas, greenhouse effect, severe storms, sea ice, drought, heat waves, spatial, temporal dynamic, ORNL DAAC, Sheffield Dynamic Global Vegetation Model, SDGVM, Solar Induced Fluorescence, SIF, GOME, ERS-2, global ozone, GPP, gross primary production, PNNL, laboratory 2/25/2021 Walker Profile Table

Dr. Anthony Walker

Senior Scientist and Leader of the Ecosystem Processes Group; Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
NASA’s wide range of ecological and atmospheric datasets help scientists like Dr. Walker gain insight into how Earth’s terrestrial ecosystems respond to global change
049, GNSS, geodesy, surface deformation, global navigation satellite system, GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, IRNSS, timing, positioning, transient, intermediate, CDDIS, DORIS, SLR, LLR, VLBI, satellite laser ranging, lunar, very long baseline interferometry, IGS, ILRS, IVS, IDS, IERS, GAMIT, GLOBK, Earth's Surface and Interior, ESI, plate tectonics, SSE, slow slip events, radio towers, KISR, KFAS, RINEX, MGEX, IONEX, SINEX, RNAAC, InSAR, VMF 1/07/2021 Headshot of Dr. Herring wearing an open collar shirt sitting in his office.

Dr. Thomas A. Herring

Professor of Geophysics; Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) enables the precise location of points on Earth’s surface. For geodesists like Dr. Herring, it also is a key geodetic technique for his studies of surface deformation processes.
050, nocturnal environment, CIRA, Colorado State, near real-time, low-light observations, OLS, Operational Linescan System, DMSP, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, milky seas, bacterial bioluminescence, science of the night, numerical weather, climate prediction, natural hazards monitoring, ecological, invasive species assessmet, agriculture, air quality, disaster relief, homeland security, VIIRS, MODIS, Aqua, Day/Night Band, DNB, JPSS, Worldview, inventory, taxonomy record, atmospheric gravity waves, convective storms, airglow, nightglow, NESDIS, GeoColor, SLIDER, GIBS 12/3/2020 Headshot of Dr. Steven Miller wearing an open collar shirt and standing in front of a satellite image of Earth.

Dr. Steven D. Miller

Senior Research Scientist, Colorado State University; Deputy Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Fort Collins, CO
Imagery of Earth at night provide unique opportunities for research. Dr. Miller uses these data in his studies of Earth’s nocturnal environment.
051, ocean color, shallow water, in situ, above-water radiometer, light sensor, phytoplankton, macroalgae, sargassum, bloom, ocean health, OBPG, ocean biology, OB.DAAC, coral reefs, seagrass beds, oyster reefs, benthos, benthic zone, NDBC, buoys, GASB, Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt, MODIS, sea surface temperature, SST, nitrogen, VIIRS, Sentinel, PACE 10/29/2020 Headshot of Dr. Brian Barnes wearing an open collar shirt and standing in front of a sunny outdoor area.

Dr. Brian Barnes

Research Associate, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Ocean color data provide key information about ocean health. Dr. Barnes uses these data in his investigations into the health of optically shallow waters.
052, ice-free land surface, agriculture, livestock, environmental impact, Schomburgk's deer, Rucervus schomburgki, St. Helena olive, Nesiota elliptica, Saint Helena, Thailand, irrigation, fertilizers, pesticides, deforestation, non-food crop production, food waste, SEDAC, MODIS, anthropogenic biomes, human interaction, ecosystems 9/24/2020 Headshot of Dr. Navin Ramankutty wearing a blue open-collar shirt

Dr. Navin Ramankutty

Professor in the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Approximately one-third of Earth’s ice-free land surface is devoted to agriculture and livestock. Dr. Ramankutty uses Earth observing data to help find pathways to more sustainable agricultural practices.
053, SAR, synthetic aperture radar, environmental remote sensing, ecosystems, forest inventory, ground-measured biomass, UAVSAR, microwave sensor, active radar, ASF DAAC, NISAR, L-band, S-band, AM-PM, forest stand height, FSH, global carbon budget, InSAR, interferogram, PALSAR, ALOS, GEDI, SDC, surface deformation and change 08/27/2020 Image of Dr. Paul Siqueira standing on a mountain wearing a light sweater and sunglasses.

Dr. Paul Siqueira

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Co-Director of the Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
The ability for Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) to create high-resolution imagery regardless of atmospheric conditions makes it a key technology for studies of change over time. Dr. Paul Siqueira’s work improves these sensors and the Earth observing data they collect.
054, climate change, ecosystems, eddy covariance, model simulations, mangrove forests, Everglades, freshwater flow, CO2, carbon dioxide, land cover, ORNL DAAC, MODIS, VIIRS, Daymet, LP DAAC, flux, FLUXNET, NDVI, normalized difference vegetation index, Terra, carbon sink 08/03/2020 Headshot of Dr. Malone standing outside on a sunny day in front of an old church; she wears a denim shirt and is wearing aviator sunglasses.

Dr. Sparkle Malone

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Global climate change is leading to shifts in vital ecosystems. Dr. Malone uses Earth observation data to explore how a changing climate impacts ecosystem structure and function.
055, coastal ecosystems, mangrove forest, biome, human impact, natural disturbance, vegetation, saline water, brackish water, carbon sinks, CMS, carbon monitoring system, carbon dioxide, CO2, hurricane, forest degradation, canopy, NDVI, normalized difference vegetation index, MODIS, Terra, Aqua, ETM+, OLI, LIDAR, G-LiHT, ATLAS, ICESat-2, bathymetry, coral reef 6/25/2020 Image of Dr. David Lagomasino standing in the mud in a mangrove forest. He holds a measuring tool and is wearing a vest and had. Mangrove branches surround him.

Dr. David Lagomasino

Assistant Professor, Department of Coastal Studies, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC; Research Scientist, East Carolina University Coastal Studies Institute, Wanchese, NC
Coastal ecosystems are some of Earth’s most biologically diverse environments, especially coastal mangrove forests. Dr. Lagomasino uses Earth observing data to study these vital biomes.
056, deforestation, biodiversity, land use, land cover, terrestrial carbon cycle, greenhouse gas, rainforest, Amazon River, understory, LP DAAC, CODED, continuous degradation detection, Landsat, low-magnitude, logging, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries, REDD+, MODIS, Terra, Aqua, LANCE, NRT-CCDC, Continuous Change Detection and Classification, Fusion2, GEDI, JEM-EF, LIDAR, CO2, carbon dioxide 5/28/2020 Selfie of Dr. Bullock sitting in a canoe in the middle of a river with the Amazon rainforest in the background.

Dr. Eric Bullock

Post-Doctoral Researcher; Center for Remote Sensing, Boston University, Boston, MA
Deforestation is taking a toll on the Amazon and other areas of high biodiversity. Dr. Eric Bullock uses Earth observation data to explore the consequences of land use and land cover change in these areas.
057, Southeast Asia, water management, economic development, food, energy resources, Indus River, Tibet, India, Pakistan, Arabian Sea, hydrologic, physical oceanographic data, human dependence, population density, groundwater, GRACE, GPM, MODIS, Landsat, OSTM, Jason, numerical weather prediction, Mekong River, flood control, irrigation, water supply 4/30/2020
Image of Dr. Hossain sitting at his desk wearing a black shirt; rows of books line the walls behind him.

Dr. Faisal Hossain

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
For the people of Asia and Southeast Asia, water is integral to their livelihood. Dr. Hossain uses NASA Earth observing data to improve water management and accelerate economic development in these regions.
058, water, freshwater, UAV, geospatial, hydrologic models, socio-environmental, winter snow, spring runoff, saline, glaciers, icecaps, water vapor, GIS, GRACE, watersheds, dams, canals, river basins, hydropolitical, GEOSWRL, CIRES, USGS, albedo, snow cover, MODIS, NSIDC DAAC, Yellowstone River, Gallatin Valley 3/26/2020 Headshot of Dr. Eric Sproles wearing a baseball cap and standing in a wooded area by a stream.

Dr. Eric Sproles

Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences and Director, Geospatial Snow and Water Resources Lab (GEOSWRL), Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Water is a finite resource, and the availability of freshwater can have major social impacts. Dr. Eric Sproles uses Earth observing data as part of his studies into water’s eco-social effects.
059, lower atmosphere, pollutants, airborne, chemical transport models, ozone, O3, atomic oxygen, molecular, ultraviolet radiation, UV, stratosphere, troposphere, peroxyacetyl nitrate, PAN, poison, EPA, asthma, lung damage, nitrogen dioxide, NO2, nitric oxide, NO, NOx, chemical cycle, health problems, acid rain, emissions, redistribution, TES, Aura, carbon monoxide, CO, water vapor, H2O, methane, CH4, ammonia, NH3, ASDC, DAAC, JPL, boreal fires, austral spring, high latitudes, CrIS, Suomi NPP, greenhouse gases, WE-CAN, NCAR 2/27/2020 Headshot of Dr. Emily Fischer.

Dr. Emily Fischer

Associate Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science and School of Global Environmental Sustainability; Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
Our atmosphere is a chemical soup that is constantly sampled by orbiting Earth observing satellites. Dr. Emily Fischer uses these data to better understand how pollutants move in the lower atmosphere.
060,aerosols, human health, clouds, troposphere, suspended particles, volcanic eruptions, smoke, wildland fires, desert dust, carbon soot, agricultural burning, droplets, atmospheric cooling, EPA, Global Ambient Air Pollution, AOD, aerosol optical depth, TOMS, ozone mapping, Nimbus-7, sulfur dioxide, SO2, carbon dioxide, CO2, OCO-2, OCO-3, ISS, GES DISC, water vapor, MODIS, cloud mask, GOES-R, GOES-16, CLASS, ABI, radiance 1/30/2020 Headshot of Dr. Steven Massie with Dr. Massie standing against a wood-paneled wall.

Dr. Steven Massie

Research Associate, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Aerosols have a huge impact on climate and human health. Dr. Steven Massie uses remotely-sensed data to better understand these impacts and improve how aerosols are detected by Earth observing satellites.
061, emergency response, infrastructure data, situational awareness, decision making, emergency management, disasters, hurricane, earthquake, wildfire, flooding, tornado, severe storms, hazards, trusted sources, LANCE, near real-time, NRT, critical infrastructure, collaboration, GeoCollaborate, SBIR, STTR, small business, innovation, research, technology transfer, GIS, web services, data sharing, Harvey, Florence, bucket trucks, utility, MODIS, Terra, Aqua, Landsat, National Weather Service, NWS, Dorian, SEDAC, gateway, ESIP, ORL, operational readiness level 12/12/2019 Headshot of Dave Jones wearing a sport coat and sitting in front of a weather map.

Dave Jones

Founder, President, and CEO, StormCenter Communications, Inc., Halethorpe, MD
NASA near real-time Earth observing data are vital to emergency response. Dave Jones enables these data to be used collaboratively in real time across platforms by emergency responders and managers.
062, phytoplankton, ocean biology, biomass, microscopic organisms, Goddard, biogeochemical cycles, physical process, chemical, oxygen, marine food web, chlorophyll, photosynthesis, algae, protists, diatoms, bacteria, cyanobacteria, OBPG, OB.DAAC, ecosystem, SST, sea surface temperature, PAR, active radiation, diffuse attenuation coefficient, Kd, Rrs, subtropical gyres, prochlorococcus, reflectance, Aqua, MODIS, CHL, SeaBASS, BODC 11/21/2019 Heashot of Dr. Priscila Kienteca Lange standing in front of a body of water to illustrate her Data User Profile.

Dr. Priscila Kienteca Lange

NASA Post-Doctoral Fellow and Scientist (Universities Space Research Association), Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Life on Earth would not be possible without the help of phytoplankton. Dr. Priscila Kienteca Lange uses NASA ocean biology data to study the biomass and distribution of these microscopic organisms.
063, ecological niche modeling techniques, GIS, geographic distribution, plants, animals, biodiversity, conservation, invasive organisms, disease outbreaks, ecophysiology, MODIS, LP DAAC, land cover, hyperspectral imagery, vegetative health, EO-1, Amazon, Peru, NLDAS, GES DISC, soil temperature, alligator snapping turtle 10/31/2019 Headshot of Dr. Monica Papes

Dr. Monica Papeş

Assistant Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knowing where species live in a particular region is only one piece of an ecological puzzle. You also need to know why they live where they do. Dr. Monica Papeş uses NASA Earth science data to find out.
064, population, urban environment, natural hazards, human, vocano, Campi Flegrei, Naples, ALI, EO-1, megacity, SAR, active radar, ASF, PALSAR, InSAR, DInSAR, GNSS, SRTM 9/19/2019 Headshot of Dr. Kristy Tiampo, Director, Earth Science & Observation Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Dr. Kristy Tiampo

Director, Earth Science & Observation Center, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and Professor, Geological Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
More than half of Earth’s population lives in urban environments. NASA Earth science data help Dr. Kristy Tiampo explore the hazards that can impact these areas.
065, sea level, high tide, flooding events, tide gauge, solar panel, sea height variation, CSIRO, PO.DAAC, altimeter, melting ice sheets, glaciers, seawater expansion, UHSLC, CMEMS, Copernicus, TOPEX, Poseidon, Jason-1, OSTM, GRACE 8/29/2019 Dr. Philip Thompson Data User Profile Resource Page headshot

Dr. Philip Thompson

Assistant Professor, Department of Oceanography, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; Director, University of Hawai‘i Sea Level Center, Honolulu, HI
The global average sea level is rising. Dr. Philip Thompson uses NASA Earth science data to explore how—and when—this will affect vulnerable communities.
066, precipitation, flooding, hydrometeorology, hydrology, severe weather, hazard prediction, GPM, PMM, IMERG, OLYMPEX, GHRC, ROSES, NSSL, FLASH, hydrograph 7/25/2019 Image of Dr. Pierre Kirstetter

Dr. Pierre Kirstetter

Associate Professor, School of Meteorology and the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science, University of Oklahoma; Faculty Member, Advanced Radar Research Center, University of Oklahoma; Affiliate, National Severe Storms Laboratory, Norman, OK
Dr. Pierre Kirstetter uses a variety of remotely sensed satellite datasets for improving our understanding of precipitation and flooding.
067, urban development, economic studies, transportation, developing world, Africa, SEDAC, socioeconomic, human geography, World Bank, nighttime lights, DMSP, OLS, TIR, thermal infrared, GDP, economic activity, GPW, gridded population 6/27/2019 Image of Dr. Adam Storeygard, Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts

Dr. Adam Storeygard

Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Dr. Adam Storeygard uses NASA Earth science data for economic studies of urbanization and development.
068, carbon cycle, urban environments, biosphere, atmosphere, Boston, CO2, carbon dioxide, methane, CH4, carbon monoxide, CO, global carbon budget, OCO-2, fluorescence, greenhouse gas emissions, CMS 5/30/2019 Image of Dr. Lucy Hutyra

Dr. Lucy Hutyra

Associate Professor of Earth and Environment, Boston University; Director, Hutyra Research Lab, Boston University, Boston, MA
Dr. Lucy Hutyra uses Earth observing data to improve our understanding of the carbon cycle and for studying the cycling of carbon, especially in urban environments.
069, climate change, cryosphere, ice sheets, snow, sea ice, Arctic Circle, frozen ground, ice shelves, ICESat, NSIDC, polar winter, SAC-D, SnowEx 04/25/2019 Dr. Ludovic Brucker

Dr. Ludovic Brucker

Universities Space Research Association (USRA)/Goddard Earth Sciences Technology And Research (GESTAR) program; Manager and Senior Scientist, Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Dr. Brucker Investigates climate-related changes to ice sheets, snow, and sea ice using microwave instrument observations from Earth observing satellites and aircraft coupled with measurements collected during field expeditions.
070, energy cycle, atmosphere, wind power, geothermal, hydroelectric, POWER, applied science, sustainable buildings, renewable energy, WCRP, GEWEX, CERES, ISCCP, radiation budget, FLASHFlux, GMAO, ASDC, API 03/28/2019 Dr. Paul Stackhouse

Dr. Paul Stackhouse

Senior Research Scientist, NASA's Langley Research Center, Science Directorate/Climate Sciences Branch, Hampton, VA
Dr. Paul Stackhouse uses NASA Earth science data to develop new products for analyzing the global energy cycle and interfaces for using these data to more efficiently understand and use renewable energy sources.
071, land surface model, soil moisture, snow depth, surface flux, flash drought, in situ, rain gauges, GPM, SMAP, LIS, land information system, LDT, data toolkit, LVT, verification, NLDAS, FLOPS, floating point, GES DISC, GRACE, rain 12/20/2018

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David Mocko

Senior Research Scientist (Science Applications International Corporation [SAIC]) supporting the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Dr. David Mocko uses land-surface models to study soil moisture, snow depth/cover, surface fluxes, and drought.
072, SAR, ISRO, NISAR, ADT, algorithm, L-band, S-band, active radar, interferometry, interferogram, ASF, Sentinel-1, SRTM, C-band, X-band, ALOS, RADARSAT-1, GRFN, ISCE, GIAnT 11/15/2018

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Dr. Piyush Agram

Signal Analyst, Radar Algorithms and Processing Group, Radar Science and Engineering Section, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Dr. Piyush Agram develops algorithms for processing data from the upcoming joint NASA-Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission and to  develop new techniques for using and interpreting SAR and Interferometric SAR (InSAR) imagery.
073, algal bloom, water quality, HAB, cyanobacteria, organism, atmospheric oxygen, Baltic Sea, Sentinel-3, neurotoxin, hepatoxin, OBPG, OB.DAAC, CyAN, Envisat, MERIS, OLCI, index, MODIS 10/25/2018

Bridget Seegers

Dr. Bridget Seegers

Scientist (Oceanographer with the Universities Space Research Association [USRA]), Ocean Ecology Laboratory, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Bridget Seegers develops new ways to study water quality and track harmful algal blooms.
074, urban environment, Central Park, New York, human geography, temperature, population density, urban heat island, energy, air pollutant, greenhouse gas, human health, water quality, ASTER, Landsat, SEDAC, UHI, 100 Cities Project, JMARS, J-Earth, evapotranspiration 9/20/2018

Lela Prashad

Lela Prashad

CEO and Co-Founder of NiJeL, a data science company focused on environmental and social sustainability; former director (2006-2011) of the 100 Cities Project at Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration
Lela Prashad uses Earth science data to explore how people live in and experience urban environments.
075, volcano, emergency response, thermal infrared, spectroscopy, ASTER, Halemaumau Crater, lava, Pele, pahoehoe, Fuego, Tolbachik, Kilauea, Etna, Stromboli, Pacaya, Reunion Island, Piton de la Fournaise,LP DAAC, MODIS, AVHRR, VNIR, SO2, sulfur dioxide 8/23/2018

Dr. Mike Ramsey

Dr. Mike Ramsey

Professor of Volcanology and Planetary Science, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. Mike Ramsey uses thermal infrared spectroscopy to  understand spectral emissivity of volcanic products like lava in active volcanoes and to provide data to support emergency response.
076, ocean, atmosphere, circulation, saline ocean, water vapor, clouds, precipitation, current, scatterometer, QuikSCAT, PO.DAAC, AMSR-E, air-sea interaction 7/19/2018

Dr. Larry O'Neill

Dr. Larry O'Neill

Assistant Professor, College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvllis, OR
Dr. Larry O'Neill's research focuses on studying the effects of air-sea interactions on weather, ocean, and climate.
077, terrestrial pollution, chemical composition, atmosphere, airborne gas concentration, transport model, ecosystem, surface process, carbon dioxide CO2, methane, CH4, ATom, DC-8, MRI, QCLS, CO, carbon monoxide, nitrous oxide, N2O, OCO-2, GOME-2, MetOp-A, TROPOMI, GOSAT, Sentinel-5, ORNL 6/21/2018

Dr. Roisin Commane

Dr. Róisín Commane

Research Associate, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA


Dr. Róisín Commane studies the effects of terrestrial pollution on the atmosphere’s chemical composition.
078, climate change, agriculture, human environment interaction, ecosystems, farms, forestry, conservation, India, SEDAC, socioeconomic, VIIRS, NDVI, Terra, MISR, ETM+, WELD, SAR, Sentinel, TRMM, winter wheat 5/24/2018

Dr. Pinki Mondal

Dr. Pinki Mondal

Senior Research Associate, Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), Columbia University, Palisades, NY
Data from NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) helps scientists like Dr. Pinki Mondal to examine sustainability of agricultural systems and the impacts of climate variability on agriculture.
079, dust concentration, volcano, emission, particulate matter, aerosol, suspended particles, ash, pollen, OMI, MODIS, polar winter, UV, OMAERUV, AOD, optical index, HYSPLIT, photosynthesis, clouds 4/19/2018

Dr. Santiago Gasso

Dr. Santiago Gassó

Associate Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Technology And Research (GESTAR) program/Morgan State University
Dr. Santiago Gassó studies the concentration and movement of dust, particularly high-latitude dust, and the impact dust has on Earth's systems. 
080, glacier, snowmelt, Taymyr Peninsula, Russia, dicrostonyx torquatus, human population, cryosphere, lake ice, snow, sea ice, ice cap, frozen ground, permafrost, mountain hydrology, glacier mass balance, glacier dynamics, SSM/I, DMSP, AMSR-E, GCOM-W1, Shizuku, solar radiation, QuikSCAT, SWEHydro, DAV, NSIDC 3/22/2018

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Dr. Joan Ramage

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Dr. Ramage’s research concentrates on measuring when and where glaciers and seasonal snow are melting, and the impacts of this on mountain hydrology, glacier mass balance, and glacier dynamics.
081, GPS, plate tectonics, geodesy, water cycle, GNSS, GLONASS, CDDIS, signal noise, SNR, PBO, NSF, H2O data, Kachemak Bay, Alaska, PSIPW 2/22/2018

Dr. Kristine M. Larson

Dr. Kristine M. Larson

Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Dr. Larson uses space geodesy data at the Crustal Dynamics Data Information System (CDDIS) to measure deformation caused by plate tectonics, and to study more dynamic signals, such as ground motions caused by earthquakes.
082, strong storms, ocean buoys, hurricane, Matthew, cyclogenesis, SPoRT, prediction, AMSU-A, AIRS, NCEP, high wind, atmospheric variance, N-AWIPS, air mass, MODIS, Sandy, Suomi NPP, CrIS, ATMS, Atsani, CAA, cold air aloft 1/25/2018

Dr. Emily Berndt

Dr. Emily Berndt

Research Scientist, NASA Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)
Dr. Berndt uses satellite data to develop ways to better understand the atmospheric factors behind cyclogenesis and the rapid intensification of storms.
083, wildfire, wetlands, boreal ecozone, arctic region, tundra, field campaign, SMAPVEX16, soil moisture, SAR, C-band, X-band, L-band, ASF, ABoVE, phragmites australis, common reed, PALSAR, Great Lakes, nitrogen loading, LIDAR 12/21/2017

Laura Bourgeau-Chavez

Dr. Laura Bourgeau-Chavez

Senior Research Scientist/Adjunct Associate Professor, Michigan Tech Research Institute-Michigan Technological University


Dr. Laura Bourgeau-Chavez uses field and remote sensing data for mapping and monitoring wetlands in tropical, temperate, and boreal ecozones, evaluating the potential for wildfire, and assessing the effects of wildfire in Boreal-Arctic regions.
084, MLS, Aura, data products, datasets, tools, QA, quality assurance, SCF, MLS SIPS, OCO-2, CO2, carbon dioxide, TCIS, tropical cyclone, ECMWF, ERA-5
11/16/2017

Brian Knosp

Brian Knosp

Scientific Applications Software Engineer, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology


Brian Knosp develops databases and works as a software engineer to find better ways to make Earth observing data available to science teams, and to improve data products and systems.
085, crop production, corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, rice, NASS, agriculture, MODIS, Terra, NDVI 10/19/2017

Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

Senior Geographer, United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service


Dave Johnson uses remotely-sensed data to provide quantitative estimates of crop production for major U.S. commodities, such as corn, soybeans, cotton, wheat, and rice.
086, lightning, cloud electrification, severe weather, aerosol interactions, CAPI, circulation, convection, Shenandoah, Virginia, ATTO, Amazonian Tall Tower Observatory, FRD, flash rate density, ISS, GHRC, air mass, nocturnal thunderstorm, HALO, Brazil, CO2, carbon dioxide, CH4, methane, N2O, nitrous oxide, CHUVA, GPM, ACRIDICON 9/21/2017

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Dr. Rachel Albrecht

Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of São Paulo, Brazil
Data from the Global Hydrometeorology Resource Center DAAC (GHRC DAAC) helps scientists like Dr. Rachel Albrecht pinpoint global lightning hotspots.
087, phytoplankton, ocean, carbon cycle, SeaWiFS, chlorophyll concentrations, microorganisms, OB.DAAC, ship survey, buoy, float, CO2, carbon dioxide, seawater, carbonic acid, pH, CMS, pCO2, partial pressure, MODIS, flux, DOC, dissolved organic carbon, MAB, Middle Atlantic Blight 8/24/2017

Dr. Sergio Signorini

Dr. Sergio Signorini

Principal Research Scientist, Science Applications International Corporation/NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Sergio Signorini uses ocean color data from the Ocean Biology DAAC (OB.DAAC),field data from ship surveys, ocean buoys, floats, and other sources to investigate the impact of climate variability on phytoplankton and Earth’s oceans.
088, climate process, vertical convection, cumulus clouds, water vapor, convective storms, Asian Monsoon, Ellora Caves, India, TRMM, ITCZ, intertropical convergence zone, Siberian High, CAM, hurricanes, GEOS-5, G5NR, MERRA-2, atmospheric rivers, extratropical 7/20/2017

Dr. Brian Mapes

Dr. Brian Mapes

Professor, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami
Data from the Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) helps scientists like Dr. Brian Mapes study the vertical convection in the form of cumulus clouds and storms in large-scale (regional and global) weather and climate.
089, urbanization, India, China, population growth, spread, VIIRS, Suomi NPP, nighttime lights, anthropogenic, biodiversity, croplands, energy use, Black Marble, HCV, high conservation value, UCAL, land cover, land change, DMSP, OLS, SPOT, SEDAC, QuikSCAT, urban heat islands, UHI, SeaWinds, scatterometer, HKH, Hindu Kush 6/15/2017

Dr. Karen Seto


Dr. Karen Seto

Frederick C. Hixon Professor of Geography and Urbanization Science and Associate Dean for Research, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Director of the Seto Lab at Yale University
Dr. Karen Seto uses socioeconomic data from NASA's Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) to look at urbanization and its effects on local and global environments, with a particular research emphasis on India and China.
090, ecological model, forecasting, Terra, Aqua, PEcAn, predictive ecosystem analyzer, Ameriflux, LAI, leaf area index, MODIS, fAPAR, photosynthetically active radiation, visible light, near infrared, vegetation, spectral data, AVIRIS, VIIRS, Suomi NPP, LIDAR, GEDI, ECOSTRESS, ISS 5/18/2017

Dr. Michael Dietze

Dr. Michael Dietze

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University
Dr. Michael Dietze uses data from the NASA Oak Ridge National Laboratory DAAC (ORNL DAAC) to integrate with remotely-sensed environmental data into environmental models as a means of improving ecological model forecasts and outputs.
091, coastal ocean circulation, marine ecosystem process, rock lobster, continental shelf, carbon cycle, larval dispersal, ocean transport, CSIRO, PO.DAAC, in situ, OSTST, MARACOOS, NERACOOS, IOOS, DOC, dissolved organic carbon, SeaWiFS, MODIS 4/11/2017

Dr. John Wilkin

Dr. John Wilkin

Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Data from NASA's Physical Oceanography DAAC (PO.DAAC) allows scientists like Dr. John Wilkin to study coastal ocean circulation, marine ecosystem processes, and the occasional rock lobster.
092, Chesapeake Bay, ocean health, tidewater quality, aquatic habitat monitoring, assessment, bacteria, blood infection, MODIS, vibrio vulnificus, microorganism, LANCE, salt water, chlorophyll, surface temperature, tubidity, suspended matter, algal blooms sediment plumes, nitrogen, phosphorous, algae, hypoxia, low dissolved oxygen, perkinsus marinus, cyclic pattern, diel-cycling, HAB, harmful algal blooms, nitrate, nitrite, ammonium 3/16/2017

Mark Trice

Mark Trice

Program Chief, Water Quality Informatics; Tidewater Ecosystem Assessment Division, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Mark Trice uses near real-time data from NASA's Land Atmosphere Near Real-Time Capability for EOS to study tidewater quality and aquatic habitat monitoring and assessment in the Chesapeake Bay.
093, climate change, geophysical data, algorithms, DEVELOP, BASINS, nonpoint sources, impervious sufaces, Moffett Field, TOPS, terrestrial observation prediction system, precipitation, gross primary productivity, evapotranspiration, soil runoff, vapor pressure deficit, LIDAR, GLAM, ICESat-2, ATLAS, MABEL, G-LiHT, hyperspectral, thermal imager, Coyote Watershed, ATL18, ATL08, gridded ground surface, canopy height, canopy cover, GEDI, ISS 2/23/2017

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Katherine Pitts

Engineering Scientist Associate; Applied Research Laboratories, University of Texas at Austin
Katherine Pitts studies the impacts of climate change and is involved in analyzing, developing, and testing algorithms for processing geophysical satellite data.
094, dryland ecosystems, human activity, climate change, waxflower, jamesia tetrapetala, alpine cliffs, rock slopes, Great Basin, artemisia tridentata, sagebrush, BCAL, LIDAR, GPS, LAI, leaf area index, carbon exchange, volume, canopy cover, point intercept sampling, ICESat-2, OLI, TM, Landsat, MABEL, ATLAS, SnowEx 1/19/2017

Dr. Nancy Glenn

Dr. Nancy Glenn

Professor, Department of Geosciences and Director, Boise Center Aerospace Laboratory, Boise State University
Data from the Land Processes DAAC and other sources help scientists like Dr. Nancy Glenn analyze and characterize ecosystem responses to human activity with a focus on dryland ecosystems and the response of these areas to disturbance and climate change.
095, atmospheric process, oceanic, SAR, radar, air sea interactions, storm intensity, SFMR, stepped frequency microwave, ISW, internal solitary waves, South China Sea, atoll 12/7/2016
Dr. Xiaofeng Li

Dr. Xiaofeng Li

Scientist; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service
Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from the Alaska Satellite Facility DAAC helps scientists like Dr. Xiaofeng Li study atmospheric and oceanic processes.
096, mountain ecosystems, hydroclimatology, snow, social-ecological systems, SWE, snow water equivalent, snow tube, glaciers, water resources, precipitation, MRB, McKenzie River Basin, albedo, MODIS, snow cover, MISR, Greenland ice sheet roughness, absorbed heat 11/10/2016 Dr Nolin list photo

Dr. Anne Nolin

Professor; College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Oregon State University
Dr. Anne Nolin uses data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) DAAC to study mountain snowpacks and associated glaciers and to evaluate how changes to mountain ecosystems impact water resources.
097, wildfires, forest ecosystems, ecology, vegetation studies, carbon, MODIS, biosphere model, Carnegie Ames Stanford Approach, ALOS-1, ERS-1, NBR, SAR, TM, ETM+, dNBR, CBI, composite burn index, normalized ratio 10/6/2016 French List 2

Dr. Nancy French

Senior Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute; Adjunct Professor, School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, Michigan Technological University
Dr. Nancy French uses Earth science data to study the effects of wildfires on forest ecosystems.
098, climate change, water cycle, energy, GISS, mean sea level, tide, waves, heat, moisture, GRACE, TOPEX, Jason, Poseidon, GEOS-5, CESM1, CMIP5, carbon dioxide, CO2, volcano, microphysical properties, condensation nuclei, water vapor, CERES, TRMM, relative humidity 9/8/2016
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Dr. John Fasullo

Project Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research
Dr. Fasullo uses Earth observing data to characterize Earth’s climate and test various theories about the effects of climate change on Earth processes, particularly effects on the energy and water cycles.
099, space techniques, geodesy, geophysics, mapping Earth, LLR, SLR, laser ranging, ITRF, ILRS, gravitomagnetic field, LAGEOS, laser geodynamic satellite, GRACE, LARES, relativity, CDDIS 8/11/2016
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Dr. Erricos C. Pavlis

Associate Research Scientist, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dr. Erricos Pavlis uses data from the Crustal Dynamics Data Information system (CDDIS) and applications of space techniques in geodesy and geophysics to accurately measure Earth and develop new models to describe satellite orbits.
100, polar sea ice, coastal oceanography, marine pollution, geophysical state, snow, pollutants, ice surface samples, sea ice thickness, microwave measurement, Terra, Aqua, SAR, Arctic Ocean, Beaufort, Chukchi Sea, RADARSAT, Sentinel, UAVSAR, NISAR, surface water, thermal bar, AATSR, radiometer, polarimetric imagery 7/7/2016 Ben Holt

Ben Holt

Research Scientist, Ocean Circulation and Air-Sea Interaction Group, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Ben Holt uses remote sensing data to study the geophysical state of polar sea ice and snow, investigate circulation along coasts, and detect marine pollutants. He also uses these data to develop new instruments and techniques for the microwave measurement of sea ice thickness.
101, sea surface temperature, ocean, atmosphere, air sea interactions, upper ocean physical process, microwave, Blue Marble, climate, circulation, SST, MODIS, GHRSST, MISST, IOOS, GEOS-5, tropical cyclone, Warm Blob 6/9/2016 Chelle Gentemann small

Dr. Chelle Gentemann

Physical Oceanographer, Earth and Space Research
In this profile Dr. Chelle Gentemann uses Earth science data to study the effects of sea surface temperature on the ocean and atmosphere.
102, frozen surface, atmosphere, solid, liquid, gas, water vapor, snow, ice, precipitation, Arctic, AMSR-E, Aqua, melting, SMMR, Nimbus-7, MODIS, Terra, NSIDC 5/11/2016 Mark Anderson User Profile

Dr. Mark Anderson

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Dr. Mark Anderson looks at how frozen precipitation (snow and ice) forms and falls through the atmosphere and how frozen surfaces react to atmospheric conditions. This research has important implications in areas that undergo seasonal periods of melting and re-freezing, such as the open waters of the Arctic.
103, mineral resouces, natural hazards, REE, rare Earth element, ground truth, ASTER, Hyperion imaging spectrometer, EO-1, multispectral, hyperspectral, radiated energy, longwave, microwave, infrared, radiation, ultraviolet, x-ray, Landsat 8, electromagnetic spectrum, GIS, landslide, volcano, edifice failure, debris flow, Southern Appalachian Mountains, Yukon, Alaska, Canada, permafrost, Salton Sea, lahars, rock fragments 4/14/2016 Dr Bernard Hubbard UP

Dr. Bernard Hubbard

Research Geologist, Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey
Dr. Hubbard uses uses multispectral and hyperspectral instruments mounted on aircraft and satellite platforms (such as the Hyperion imaging spectrometer on the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite) to help locate mineral resources and assess natural hazards
104, land subsidence, water resource, Maricopa, Pinal County, Arizona, sub-surface alluvium, clay, silt, sand, gravel, Earth fissures, infrastructure, water retention, dams, levees, SAR, InSAR, colored fringes, elevation change, interferometry, interferogram, GNSS, gravimeter, aquifer storage, spatial extent, magnitude, rate, Sonoran Desert, Phoenix, Tucson, micro-gravity measurement, groundwater model, calibration, validation, ASF 3/24/2016 Brian Conway User Profile

Brian Conway

Hydrologist and supervisor of the Geophysics/Surveying Unit with the Arizona Department of Water Resources
Brian Conway uses interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data to monitor land subsidence and the impacts of this on Arizona’s water resources.
105, global impact, regional, fires, Africa, biomass burning, agriculture, NSSA, water cycle, carbon emissions, interdisciplinary approach, Lake Chad Basin, surface runoff, infiltration, groundwater mass balance 3/3/2016 Charles Ichoku Headshot

Dr. Charles Ichoku

Research Physical Scientist, Climate and Radiation Laboratory, Earth Science Division, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Dr. Ichoku uses a variety of datasests available at the Goddard Earth Sciences and Information Services Center (GES DISC) to study the global and regional impacts of fires in Northern Sub-Saharan Africa. 
106, water budget, precipitation, water cycle, energy, evaporation, water vapor, clouds, GPM, GPCP, wind products, MERRA, GES DISC, SeaFlux Project, GEWEX, WCRP, transport, imbalance 2/11/2016 Dr. Christian Kummerow

Dr. Christian Kummerow

Professor, Department of Atmospheric Science and Director, Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere, Colorado State University

By integrating observations of the components of the water budget (evaporation, water vapor, clouds, and precipitation), Dr. Kummerow and his colleagues hope to improve the consistency of estimates about the water budget and address the interdependencies of these components.
107, tropical, Arctic, climate system, snow cover, hydrologic, atmospheric circulation, surface interaction, data records, models, weather patterns, MJO, Madden Julian Oscillation, intraseasonal time scale, clouds, rainfall, wind, pressure, jet stream, precipitation 1/21/2016 Gina Henderson Headshot

Dr. Gina Henderson

Assistant Professor, Oceanography Department, United States Naval Academy

Dr. Henderson’s uses snow and ice data at the National Snow and Ice) to study the role of snow cover in the hydrologic and global climate system.
108, water quality, coastal, estuarine environment, nutrient loading, biogeochemistry, management, aquatic life, MODIS, OB.DAAC, Aqua, Terra, SeaWiFS, SeaDAS, TRMM, TOVAS, altimetry, SST, sea surface temperature, topography, PO.DAAC, MERIS, phytoplankton blooms, eutrophic, hypoxic 12/31/2015 John Lehrter

John Lehrter

Research Ecologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development

Dr. John Lehrter uses Earth science data to study the water quality of estuarine and coastal environments.
109, hail size, damage estimation, in situ, GOES-R, land algorithm, LPCS, characterization system, Suomi NPP, VIIRS, ABI, advanced baseline imager, LP DAAC, land surface temperature, Landsat OLI, vegetation, near infrared 12/10/2015 Kevin Gallo (R) with co-investigator Philip Schumacher (NOAA/National Weather Service, L) at a 2011 storm survey.

Kevin Gallo

Physical Scientist, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Kevin Gallo develops hail validation and assessment products to improve radar and satellite estimations of hail size and damage.
110, harmful algal blooms, HAB, southern right whale mortality, biological, physical process, anomalous phytoplankton, sea surface height, SSH, SST, temperature, salinity, ocean color, Gyre, hydrothermal site, Lucky Strike seamount, chlorophyll concentrations, wave glider, underwater sub, MODIS, OB.DAAC, PO.DAAC, Aquarius, diatom, pseudo-nitzchia 11/19/2015 Cara Wilson Resize Jpg

Cara Wilson

Research Scientist, Environmental Research Division of the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

Cara Wilson uses ocean color, sea surface temperature, and other ocean datasets to better understand the possible connection between harmful algal blooms and southern right whale mortality.
111, atmospheric composition, aerosol, clouds, trace gasses, climate change, Suomi NPP, particulates, storm formation, biomass burning, MODIS, LANCE, FIRMS, LAADS, ASDC, MISR, OMI, sulfur dioxide, SO2, nitrogen dioxide, NO2, GES DISC, phase transition, heterogeneous chemistry, volcanic transport 10/29/2015
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Jun Wang

Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jun Wang studies atmospheric composition and climate change; remote sensing of aerosols, clouds, and trace gasses and the effects of these on global weather and climate.
112, ecosystem disturbance, mountain hydroclimatology, water resources, climate change, snowpack energy, ablation, forest fire, MODIS, Terra, NSIDC, LP DAAC, MTBS, burn severity 10/8/2015 Kelly Gleason user profile image

Kelly Gleason

Postdoctoral Research Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey

Kelly Gleason uses Earth science data to study interactions of ecosystem disturbance and mountain hydroclimatology along with the associated implications for water resource availability in a changing climate.
113, geospatial data, disaster response, humanitarian support, security, human rights, MODIS, thermal anomaly, UNOSAT, dynamics, operations, Syria, Sudan, NGO, Congo, conflict monitoring 9/17/2015 Lars Bromley

Lars Bromley

Principal analyst and a research advisor, United Nations Institute for Training and Research - Operational Satellite Applications Programme

Lars Bromley studies the integration of satellite imagery and geospatial data in supporting global UN operations and activities in the areas of disaster response, humanitarian support, human security, and human rights.
114, urbanization, fertility, mortality, poverty, hazards, adaptations, climate change, spatial population change, SEDAC, GPW, GRUMP, urban mapping, SRTM topography, QuikSCAT, DMSP, EOG, human settlement, LECZ, low elevation coastal zones, peri-urban growth 8/27/2015 Deborah Balk Data User Profile headshot

Deborah Balk

Professor, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs - Baruch College, City University of New York Graduate Center Doctoral Programs in Public Health, Sociology, and Economics. Balk also is the Associate Director, CUNY Institute of Demographic Research

Deborah Balk’s research uses a spatial framework to study the demographic impacts of climate-related hazards and adaptations to climate change.
115, ecosystem function, environmental condition, plant physiological conditions, optical signals, spectral reflectance, fluorescence, carbon movement, Fluxnet, ORNL, Hyperion imaging spectrometer imagery, EO-2, MODIS, high-latitude studies, tundra plants, mosses, lichens, vascular 8/6/2015 Fred Huemmrich, Research Assistant Professor, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and affiliated with the Geography and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Fred Huemmrich

Research Assistant Professor, Joint Center for Earth Systems Technology and affiliated with the Geography and Environmental Systems Department, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Fred Huemmrich's research focuses on ecosystem functions and how ecosystems respond to environmental conditions.
116, climate variability, phytoplankton composition, biogeochemical models, Arctic, sea ice cover, runoff, Suomi NPP, PACE, pre-aerosol, clouds, El Niño, La Niña, carbon dioxide, CO2, NOBM, GMAO, MODIS, Aqua, chlorophyll, particulate inorganic carbon, OMI, SeaWiFS, ocean color, diatoms 7/16/2015 Cecile Rousseaux, Research Scientist, Universities Space Research Association/NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO)

Cecile S. Rousseaux

Research Scientist, Universities Space Research Association /NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office

Cecile Rousseaux examines the effects of climate on ocean biogeochemistry, specifically on phytoplankton.
117, ecosystem response, climate change, land use, biogeochemical, MAIRS, monsoon, Asia, NEESPI, GLP, NC CSC, pastoral system impact, dryland, MODIS, ORNL, LP DAAC, GPP, gross primary productivity, drought 6/25/2015 Dennis Ojima, Professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University

Dennis Ojima

Professor in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University

 Dennis Ojima examines natural resource management response strategies to climate change in the North Central U.S.
118, weather, climate, atmospheric chemistry, air quality, Africa, MCS, mesoscale convective system, tropical cyclone, dust storm, aerosol, rain, variability, Sahara, respiratory disease, ICE-D, ice in clouds experiment, nuclei, MODIS, Terra, Aqua, LAADS, OMI, AERONET, ozone concentrations, O3, nitrogen, AOD, optical depth, Senegal 5/29/2015 Greg Jenkins Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Howard University

Greg Jenkins

Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Howard University

Dr. Greg Jenkins uses data from the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC) to study weather, climate, atmospheric chemistry, and air quality of West Africa.
119, phytoplankton ecology, biogeography, physical regulation, algal blooms, phycotoxins, biogeochemical cycles, marine food chain, microorganisms, Sea of Oman, Arabian Sea, HAB, fisheries, aquaculture, MODIS, SeaWiFS, chlorophyll concentration, SST, sea surface temperature, OB.DAAC, PO.DAAC. TOPEX, Poseidon, GES DISC, time series analysis, ocean color, cochlodinium polykrikoides, low oxygen, nutrient rich, cyclonic eddies 5/7/2015 Adnan Al-Azri, Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences & Fisheries, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Adnan Al-Azri

Associate Professor, Department of Marine Sciences and Fisheries, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Al-Azri and his team work to unlock the secrets of why periodic harmful blooms of algae, plankton, and other microorganisms are occurring in the Sea of Oman and the Arabian Sea – and what these blooms may mean for the biodiversity and industry of Oman and other Persian Gulf countries.
120, earthquake physics, finite element modeling, ground displacement, anthropogenic, natural causes, inverse theory, tectonics, California, Louisiana, Cascadia subduction zone, Iran, seismology, subsiding deltas, sea level, geodetic observations, fault zone behavior, external stress change, ASTER, GDEM, digital elevation, LP DAAC, ASF, SRTM, Landsat, GloVis 4/16/2015 Rowena Lohman, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, Cornell University

Rowena Lohman

Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, College of Engineering, Cornell University

Rowena Lohman uses data from NASA's Land Processes DAAC (LP DAAC) and the Alaska Satellite Facility DAAC (ASF DAAC) to study earthquake physics, satellite remote sensing, finite element modeling, ground displacements from a variety of anthropogenic and natural causes.
121, storm electrification, lightning, thermodynamics, microphysics, kinematics, dynamics, thunderstorms, propagation, deep convective clouds chemistry experiment, GOES-R, WTLMA, mapping array, Ka-band, radar, turbulence, activity, LIS, OTD, GHRC 3/26/2015
Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University (TTU), Lubbock, TX

Eric Bruning

Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Geosciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Eric Bruning studies the relationships of storm electrification and lightning to the thermodynamics, microphysics, kinematics, and dynamics of thunderstorms.

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