[Esip-envirosensing] Envirosensing Cluster Call Today at 5pm ET!

Gearon, James H. jhgearon at iu.edu
Tue Nov 1 10:11:06 EDT 2022

Dear Envirosensors!

This is a friendly reminder of the monthly cluster call TODAY! Tuesday, 1 November, at 5:00 pm EDT (2:00 pm PDT).

We will welcome Distinguished Professor Mahta Moghaddam, who is the Ming Hsieh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Vice Dean for Research at the Viterbi School of Engineering, and the Research Director of the Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Southern California.

Recent Trends in Microwave Remote Sensing of Water Resources

Mahta Moghaddam

University of Southern California

[cid:image001.png at 01D8ED18.B12D1770]Bio: Mahta Moghaddam is Distinguished Professor and the Ming Hsieh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Vice Dean for Research at the Viterbi School of Engineering, Research Director of the Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Southern California. Previously, she was at the University of Michigan (2003-2011) and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL, 1991-2003).  She received the B.S. degree in 1986 from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas with highest distinction, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1989 and 1991, respectively, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Mahta has introduced novel methods for using airborne and spaceborne radar systems for studying the environment and especially for the purpose of observing all-things water: snow, surface water, wetlands, permafrost, soil moisture, and ground water. She works with ecologists, hydrologists, and climate scientists to understand their observational needs for enabling better Earth system models and predictions. Mahta has been the principal investigator of many NASA, USGS, NSF, and other research projects on these topics. She served as the Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine and as President of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society in 2020. She has served on various government panels and advisory boards and has authored or coauthored over 500 peer-reviewed publications. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

Abstract: The 2018 National Academies study “Thriving on Our Changing Planet: A Decadal Strategy for Earth Observation from Space” (more commonly known as the 2018 “Decadal Survey”) identifies several components of the Earth water cycle as “Primary Targeted Observables.” Assessing and managing water resources and understanding the dynamics of the water cycle require near-continuous monitoring of its principal components, such as surface-to-depth profiles of soil moisture, vegetation water content, surface water dynamics, ground water, and snow. Microwave remote sensing has long been recognized as an effective means for quantifying Earth system variables, and in particular, these water cycle components. I will summarize some of our group’s most recent work in new and exploratory microwave observational systems for quantifying soil moisture (including within the arctic permafrost active layer), vegetation water content, depth to water table, and snow water equivalent. These include observations using software-defined radar (SDRadar) instruments carried by un-crewed aerial systems (UAS), monostatic multi-frequency synthetic aperture radar, and global navigation satellite system reflectometry (GNSS-R). The talk will present a combination of these systems, with focus on the latest developments in UAS-based observations. Physical principles of representative electromagnetic scattering problems will be presented, along with examples of observed data and retrieved geophysical products. I will also discuss ongoing work towards the next-generation of UAS-based microwave remote sensing tools.

Cluster Announcement: If you are interested in discussing a possible Envirosensing session(s) at the Summer 2023 ESIP meeting, get in touch with the committee members!

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Topic: Envirosensing

Time: Nov 1, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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