Profile for Lora Koenig
Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Office Phone: 301-614-5507
Passive and active microwave remote sensing; Ice sheet surface mass balance; infrarred temperatures of snow and ice.
Dr. Lora Koenig is a physical scientist in the Cryospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She is an expert in remote sensing of ice sheets and snow.
Dr. Koenig is interested in detecting accumulation rate changes over ice sheets using passive microwave satellite sensors, which stand out for their long temporal record of over three decades. She studies the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets on very small scales, using field techniques like snow pits and ice cores, and over broad scales, using airborne and space-borne sensors. Her ground-based studies have included spending over 12 months in the Arctic and Antarctic to validate satellite measurements and expand algorithms over large areas where ground data are lacking due to harsh conditions.
- Annual Satellite Era Accumulation Patterns over WAIS Divide: A study using shallow ice cores, near-surface radars and satellites. Co-Investigatores; Summer Rupper, BYU, Richard Forster, University of Utah. Funded by NASA's Cryospheric Sciences Program and the NSF's Antarctic Glaciology program. Check out the project's blog.
- An investigation of subsurface water and water storage in Greenland: This project looks at the evolution of buried supra-glacial lakes on the edges of the Greenland Ice Sheet that persist through the winter. Funded by NASA's New Investigator Program.
- Physical Scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. 2008- present.
- Ph.D., Geophysics, University of Washington (2008)
- M.S., Geography, University of Utah (2003)
- B.A., Mathematics, Linfield College (1999)
- Linfield College Outstanding Young Alumna Award, 2011
- NASA Group Achievement Awards for Opearation IceBridge and SMD ARRA Team, 2011
- NASA Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Annual Award for Outstanding Publication, 2010
- NASA Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Annual Award for Education and outreach, 2009
- Member of the American Geophysical Union.
- Member of the International Glaciological Society.
- 2010 and 2011 SEAT Traverse in West Antarctica
- 2011 Arctic Campaign Operation IceBridge
- 2008-2009 Winter-over at Summit, Greenland
Koenig, L., C. Miege, R. R. Forster, and L. Brucker. (2014). Initial in situ measurements of perennial meltwater storage in the Greenland firn aquifer Geophysical Research Letters.
Burgener, L., S. Rupper, L.S. Koenig, R.R. Forster, W. Christensen, J. Williams, M. Koutnik, C. Miege, and E. Steig (2013). An observed negative trend in West Antarctic accumulation rates from 1975 to 2010 evidence form new observed and simulated records Journal of Geophysical Research, 118(10), 4205-4216
Forster, R, J. Box, M. van den Broeke, C. Miege, E. Burgess, J. van Angelen, J. Lenaerts, L.S. Koenig, J. Paden, C. Lewis, S. P. Gogineni, C. Leuschen, and J. McConnell. (2013). Perennial Liquid Water Discovered in Greenland Firn Layer Nature Geoscience.
Hall, D., J.C. Comiso, N.E. DiGirolamo, C.A. Shuman, J.E. Box, and L.S. Koenig. (2013). Variability in the surface temperature and melt extent of the Greenland ice sheet from MODIS Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1-7
Onana, V., N. Kurtz, S. Farrell, L. Koenig, M. Studinger, and J. Harbeck (2013). A Sea-Ice Lead Detection Algorithm for Use With High-Resolution Airborne Visible Imagery IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 51(1), 38
Hall, D., J. C. Comiso, N. E. DiGirolamo, C. A. Shuman, J. R. Key, and L. S. Koenig (2012). A Satellite-Derived Climate-Quality Data Record of the Clear-Sky Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet J. Climate, 25, 4785–4798
Rupper, S., Cook, E., J. M. Schaefer, L. K. Burgener, L. S. Koenig, K. Tsering, and E. R. Cook (2012). Sensitivity and response of Bhutanese glaciers to atmospheric warming Geophys. Res. Lett, 39(L19503).
Koenig, L., E.J. Steig, D.P. Winebrenner, and C.A. Shuman. (2007). A link between microwave extinction length, firn thermal diffusivity and accumulation rate in West Antarctic Journal of Geophysical Research, 112(F3).