Profile for Lora Koenig

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Title: Physical Scientist
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Goddard Space Flight Center
Code 615
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Office Phone: 301-614-5507
Fax: 301-614-5644

Research Interests

Passive and active microwave remote sensing; Ice sheet surface mass balance; infrarred temperatures of snow and ice.

Short Biography

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.

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Brucker, L., E.P. Dinnat, and L. Koenig (2014). Weekly gridded Aquarius L-band radiometer/scatterometer observations and salinity retrievals over the polar regions – Part 1: Product description The Cryosphere, 8, 905-913

Brucker, L., E.P. Dinnat, and L. Koenig (2014). Weekly gridded Aquarius L-band radiometer/scatterometer observations and salinity retrievals over the polar regions – Part 2: Initial product analysis The Cryosphere, 8, 915-930

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.

Onana, V., L. Koenig, Ruth J.,, M. Studinger, and Harbeck J. (2014). A Semiautomated Multilayer Picking Algorithm for Ice-Sheet Radar Echograms Applied to Ground-Based Near-Surface Data Geoscience and Remote Sensing , 99, 1-19

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

Koenig, L., J. Box, and N. Kurtz. (2013). Surface mass balance and snow on sea ice working group Eos, 94(10).

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.K., J.C. Comiso, N. DiGirolamo, C. Shuman, J. Key, and L. Koenig (2012). A Climate-Data Record of the “Clear-Sky” Surface Temperature of the Greenland Ice Journal Climate, 45, 4785-4798

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., and D.K. Hall (2010). Comparison of satellite, thermochron and air temperatures at Summit, Greenland, during the winter of 2008/09 Journal of Glaciology, 56(198), 735-741

Koenig, L., Seelye Martin, M. Studinger, and J.G. Sonntag (2010). Polar Airborne Observations Fill Gap in Satellite Data EOS, 91(38), 333-334

Koenig, L. (2010). Polar Airborne Observations Fill Gap in Satellite Data Eos Trans. AGU, 91(38), 333

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).