Who uses NASA Earth Science Data? Data User Profiles
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.