Profile for Matthew Rodell


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Title: Laboratory Chief
Affiliation: NASA
Contact: E-mail
Office Phone: 301-286-9143
Fax: 301-614-5808

Research Interests

My research focuses on the measurement and modeling of terrestrial water storage and its components, including ground water, soil moisture, snow, and surface waters. I am particularly interested in deriving hydrological information from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite observations of Earth’s time variable gravity field, and I am a member of the GRACE science team. I also lead the Global Land Data Assimilation System (GLDAS) project, which aims to produce high resolution, optimal output fields of land surface states (e.g., soil moisture and temperature) and fluxes (e.g., evapotranspiration) by parameterizing, forcing, and constraining (via data assimilation) sophisticated numerical land surface models with data from advanced ground and space based observing systems. Improved understanding of variability in the stocks and fluxes of terrestrial water has implications for weather and climate prediction, water management, agricultural applications, natural hazards (e.g., floods and biohazards), and military mobility. My newest research thrusts include quantifying ground water’s role in the Earth system and using our data-integrating models for water resources applications.

Education

Ph.D., Department of Geological Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin: "Estimating Changes in Terrestrial Water Storage", December 2000.

B.S., Environmental Science, The College of William and Mary, May 1994.

Honors and Awards

NASA/GSFC Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement in Science, 2011.

NASA/GSFC Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Outstanding Publication Award, 2010.

NASA/GSFC Special Act Incentive Awards, 2002-09.

NASA/GSFC Earth Science Achievement Award, 2007.

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2006. 

Activities

2nd GRACE Hydrology Workshop, organizer and convener, 2009.

GEWEX Global Land Atmosphere System Study (GLASS) Panel, 2008 – present.

NASA Energy and Water Cycle Study (NEWS) Team.

• Co-chair, Energy and Water Cycle Climatology subgroup, 2009-present.

Ground Water Working Groups

• Co-chair of groups under NASA's Terrestrial Hydrology Program and IGWCO-GARS-UNESCO.

• Co-organizer, Workshop on Global Monitoring of Groundwater Resources, 18-19 October 2007, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

American Geophysical Union, 1996 – present.

• Co-chair, Hydrology Section Fall Program Committee, 2009-11.

• Co-chair of Remote Sensing Technical Committee, 2006-08.

GSFC Science and Exploration Directorate Deputy Director's Council on Science.

• Chair, 2007-08. 

GEWEX Coordinated Energy and Water Cycle Observations Project (CEOP), 2002 – present.

• Chair, Land Surface Models subgroup.

American Meteorological Society, 1996 – present.

Goddard Child Development Center Vice President, 2006-08.

Current Projects

Project title: Multi-Sensor Snow Data Assimilation (PI: M. Rodell)

Project Title: Integration of Energy and Water Cycle Research Products in a Global Land Surface Modeling and Assimilation System (PI: M. Rodell)

Project Title: Integrating Enhanced GRACE Water Storage Data into the U.S. and North American Drought Monitors (PI: M. Rodell)

Project Title: Scales of Variability of Groundwater Storage (PI: M. Rodell)

Project Title: The Contribution of Changes in Terrestrial Water Storage to Sea Level Variation (PI: J. S. Famiglietti/UC Irvine)

Project Title: NASA Model and Observation Products for the Study of Land Atmosphere Coupling and Its Impact on Water and Energy Cycles (PI: C. Peters-Lidard )

Project Title: Terrestrial Hydrology from GRACE: Decomposition, Continental Hydroclimatology, and New Applications ( PI: J. S. Famiglietti/UC Irvine)

Project Title: The Application of Multiple Satellite Radar Altimetry Data Sets to Inland Surface Water Projects (PI: C. Birkett/UMD)

Project Title: The Role of Irrigated Croplands in North American Hydroclimatic Regimes (PI: M. Ozdogan/U. Wisconsin)

Publications

Peters-Lidard, C., Randall Koster, B. Narapusetty, S.V. Kumar, M. Rodell, J. Bolten, D. Mocko, Gregory Walker, K. Arsenault, and S. Rheingrover (2014). Drought Prediction for Socio-Cultural Stability Project NASA/TM–2014-218303

James S. Famiglietti, and M. Rodell (2013). Water in the Balance Environmental Science , 340, 1300-1301
10.1126/science.1236460

Li, B., and M. Rodell (2013). Spatial variability and its scale dependency of observed and modeled soil moisture over different climate regions Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci, 17, 1177-1188
10.5194/hess-17-1177-2013

Voss, K., J.S. Famiglietti, M. Lo, C. de Linage, M. Rodell, and S.C. Swenson (2013). Groundwater depletion in the Middle East from GRACE with implications for transboundary water management in the Tigris-Euphrates-Western Iran region Water Resources Research, 49(2), 904-914
10.1002/wrcr.20078

Doll, P., H. Hoffmann-Dobrev, F. Portmann, S. Siebert, A. Eicker, M. Rodell, G. Strassberg, and B. Scanlon (2012). Impact of water withdrawals from groundwater and surface water on continental water storage variations Journal of Geodynamics, 59-60, 143-156
10.1016/J.JOG.2011.05.001

Forman, B., R. Reichle, and M. Rodell (2012). Assimilation of terrestrial water storage from GRACE in a snow-dominated basin Wat. Resour. Res, 48(W01507).
10.1029/2011WR011239

Houborg, R., M. Rodell, B. Li, R. Reichle, and B. Zaitchik (2012). Drought indicators based on model assimilated GRACE terrestrial water storage observations Wat. Resour. Res, 48(W07525).
10.1029/2011WR011291

Li, B., M. Rodell, R. Zaitchick, R.H. Reichle, R. Koster, and T. van Dam (2012). Assimilation of GRACE terrestrial water storage into a land surface model: Evaluation and potential value for drought monitoring in western and central Europe Journal of Hydrology, 446-447, 103-115
10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.04.035

Rodell, M., D.P. Chambers, and J.S. Famiglietti (2012). Groundwater and terrestrial water storage. In Bulletin American Meteor. Soc, 93(7), S29-S30

Sun, A.Y., R. Green, S. Swenson, and M. Rodell (2012). Toward calibration of regional groundwater models using GRACE data Journal of Hydrology, 422-423, 1-9
10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.10.025

Taylor, Richard G., Scanlon, Bridget, Doll, Petra, M. Rodell, van Beek, Rens, Wada, Yoshihide, Longuevergne, Laurent, Leblanc, Marc, Famiglietti, James S., Edmunds, Mike, Konikow, Leonard, Green, Timothy R., Chen, Jianyao, Taniguchi, Makoto, Bierkens, Marc F. P., MacDonald, Alan, Fan, Ying, Maxwell, Reed M., Yechieli, Yossi, Gurdak, Jason J., Allen, Diana M., Shamsudduha, Mohammad, Hiscock, Kevin, Yeh, Pat J.-F., Holman, Ian, and Treidel, Holger (2012). Ground water and climate change Nature Climate Change .
10.1038/nclimate1744

Wardlow, B.D, M.C. Anderson, J. Sheffield, B. Doorn, J.P. Verdin, X. Zhan, and M. Rodell (2012). Future Opportunities and Challenges in Remote Sensing of Drought. In B.D. Wardlow, M.C. Anderson, J.P. Verdin (Ed.), Remote Sensing of Drought: Innovative Monitoring Approaches. (289-410). Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Satellite.

Famiglietti, J., M. Lo, S.L. Ho, J. Bethune, K.J. Anderson, T.H. Syed, S.C. Swenson, C.R. de Linage, and M. Rodell (2011). Satellites measure recent rates of groundwater depletion in California’s central valley Geophys. Res Letter, 38(L03403).
10.1029/201GL046442

Jimenez, C., C. Prigent, B. Mueller, S. I. Seneviratne, M. F. McCabe, E.F. Wood, W. B. Rossow, G. Balsamo, A. K. Betts, P. A. Dirmeyer, J. B. Fisher, M. Jung, M. Kanamitsu, R. H. Reichle, M. Reichstein, M. Rodell, J. Sheffield, K. Tu, and K. Wang (2011). Global intercomparison of 12 land surface heat flux estimates J. Geophys. Res, 116(D02102), 27
10.1029/2010JD014545

Kustu, D., Y. Fan, and M. Rodell (2011). Possible link between irrigation in the US High Plains and increased summer streamflow in the Midwest Wat. Resour. Res, 47(W03522).
10.1029/2010WR010046

Mueller, B., S.I. Seneviratne, C. Jimenez, T. Corti, M. Hirschi, G. Balsamo, A. Beljaars, A.K. Betts, P. Ciais, P. Dirmeyer, J.B. Fisher, Z. Guo, M. Jung, C.D. Kummerow, F. Maignan, M.F. McCabe, R. Reichle, M. Reichstein, M. Rodell, W.B. Rossow, J. Sheffield, A. J. Teuling, K. Wang, and E.F. Wood (2011). Evaluation of global observations-based evapotranspiration datasets and IPCC AR4 simulations J. Geophys. Res, 38(L06402), 7
10.1029/2010GL046230

Rodell, M., J.S.Famiglietti, D.P. Chambers, and J. Wahr (2011). Contributions of GRACE to climate monitoring Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society , 92(6), S49-S52

Rodell, M., D.P. Chambers, and J.S. Famiglietti (2011). Groundwater and terrestrial water storage Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92(6), S49-52

Rodell, M., Eric B. McWilliams, James S. Famiglietti, H. Beaudoing, and J.D. Nigro (2011). Estimating evapotranspiration using an observation based terrestrial water budget Hydrological Processes, 25(26), 4082–4092
10.1002/hyp.8369

Su Z, Roebeling RA, Schulz J, Holleman I, Levizzani V, Timmermans WJ, Rott H, Mognard-Campbell N, de Jeu R, Wagner W, M. Rodell, Salama MS, Parodi GN , and Wang L (2011). Treatise on Water Science. Oxford: Academic Press: Elsevier.

Van Dijk, A., L. Renzullo, and M. Rodell (2011). Use of GRACE terrestrial water storage retrievals to evaluate model estimates by the Australian water resources assessment system Wat. Resour. Res, 47(W11524).
10.1029/2011WR010714

Bolten, J.D., W. Crow, X. Zhan, T. Jackson, C. Reynolds, and M. Rodell (2010). Evaluation and application of remotely sensed soil moisture product Proceedings of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium

Han, Shin-Chan, In-Young Yeo, Doug Alsdorf, Paul Bates, Jean-Paul Boy , Kim Hyungjun, Oki Taikan, and M. Rodell (2010). Movement of Amazon surface water from time-variable satellite gravity measurements and implications for water cycle parameters in land surface models GEOCHEMISTRY GEOPHYSICS GEOSYSTEMS, 11(Q09007), 20
10.1029/2010GC003214

Ozdogan, M., M. Rodell, H. Beaudoing, and D. Toll (2010). Simulating the Effects of Irrigation over the United States in a Land Surface Model Based on Satellite-Derived Agricultural Data J. Hydrometeorology, 11(1), 171-184
10.1175/2009JHM1116.1

Sun, A.Y., R. Green, M. Rodell, and S. Swenson (2010). Inferring aquifer storage parameters using satellite and in situ measurements: Estimation under uncertainty Geophys. Res. Lett., 37(L10401).
10.1029/2010GL043231

Zaitchik, B.F., M. Rodell, and F. Olivera (2010). Evaluation of the Global Land Data Assimilation System using global river discharge data and a source‐to‐sink routing scheme Water Resour. Res., 46(W06507).
10.1029/2009WR007811

Rodell, M., I. Velicogna, and J.S. Famiglietti (2009). Satellite-based estimates of groundwater depletion in India Nature, 460, 999-1002
10.1038/nature08238

Zaitchik, B.F., and M. Rodell (2009). Forward-Looking Assimilation of MODIS-Derived Snow-Covered Area into a Land Surface Model J. Hydrometeorology, 10(1), 130-148
10.1175/2008JHM1042.1

de Goncalves, L., W.J. Shuttleworth, D. Vila, E. Larroza, M.J. Bottino, D.L. Herdies, J.A. Aravequia, J.G.Z. De Mattos, D. Toll, M. Rodell, and P. Houser (2009). The South American Land Data Assimilation System (SALDAS) 5-Yr Retrospective Atmospheric Forcing Datasets J. Hydrometeorology, 10(4), 999-1010
10.1175/2009JHM1049.1

Famiglietti, J.S., D. Ryu, A.A. Berg, M. Rodell, and T.J. Jackson (2008). Field observations of soil moisture variability across scales Water Resources Res., 44(W01423), 16 pp
10.1029/2006WR005804

Syed, T.H., J.S. Famiglietti, M. Rodell, J. Chen, and C.R. Wilson (2008). Analysis of terrestrial water storage changes from GRACE and GLDAS Water Resources Res., 44(1), W01423
10.1029/2006WR005779

Zaitchik, B.F., M. Rodell, and R.H. Reichle (2008). Assimilation of GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage Data into a Land Surface Model: Results for the Mississippi River Basin J. Hydrometeorol., 9, 535-548
10.1175/2007JHM951.1

Chen, J.L., M. Rodell, J.S. Famiglietti, and C.R. Wilson (2007). Attenuation effect on seasonal basin-scale water storage changes from GRACE time-variable gravity J. Geod., 81, 237-245
10.1007/s00190-006-0104-2

Gulden, L.E., E. Rosero, Z.-L. Yang, M. Rodell, C.S. Jackson, G.-Y. Niu, P. J.-F. Yeh, and J. Famiglietti (2007). Improving land-surface model hydrology: Is an explicit aquifer model better than a deeper soil profile? Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(L09402), 5
10.1029/2007GL029804

Kato, H., M. Rodell, F. Beyrich, H. Cleugh, E. van Gorsel, H. Liu, and T.P. Meyers (2007). Sensitivity of Land Surface Simulations to Model Physics, Land Characteristics, and Forcings, at Four CEOP Sites J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 85A, 187-204

Niu, G.-Y., K.-W. Seo, Z.-L. Yang, C. Wilson, H. Su, J. Chen, and M. Rodell (2007). Retrieving snow mass from GRACE terrestrial water storage change with land surface model Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(L15704), 5
10.1029/2007GL030413

Rodell, M., J. Chen, H. Kato, J.S. Famiglietti, J.D. Nigro, and C.R. Wilson (2007). Estimating grondwater storage changes in the Mississippi River basin (USA) using GRACE Hydrogeology J. , 15(1), 159-166
10.1007/s10040-006-0103-7

Strassberg, G., B.R. Scanlon, and M. Rodell (2007). Comparison of seasonal terrestrial water storage variations from GRACE with groundwater-level measurements from the High Plains Aquifer (USA) Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(L14402), 5 pp

Syed, T.H., J.S. Famiglietti, V. Zlotnicki, and M. Rodell (2007). Contemporary estimates of Pan-Arctic freshwater discharge from GRACE and reanalysis Geophys. Res. Lett., 34(L19404), 6
10.1029/2007GL031254

Lawford, R., M. Bosilovich, S. Eden, S. Benedict, C. Brown, A. Gruber, P. Houser, K. Hsu, J. Huang, W. Lau, T. Meyers, K. Mitchell, C. Peters-Lidard, J. Roads, M. Rodell, S. Sorooshian, D. Tarpley, and S. Williams (2006). U.S. Contributions to the CEOP BAMS, 87(7), 927-939
10.1175/BAMS-87-7-927

Seo, K.-W., C.R. Wilson, J.S. Famiglietti, J.L. Chen, and M. Rodell (2006). Terrestrial water mass load changes from Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Water Resources Res., 42(W05417), 15
10.1029/2005WR004255

Yeh, P.J.-F., S.C. Swenson, J.S. Famigliette, and M. Rodell (2006). Remote sensing of groundwater storage changes in Illinois using the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) Water Resources Res., 42(W12203), 7
10.1029/2006WR005374

de Goncalves, L., W.J. Shuttleworth, S.C. Chou, Y. Xue, P.R. Houser, D. Toll, J. Marengo, and M. Rodell (2006). Impact of different initial soil moisture fields on Eta model weather forecasts for South America J. Geophys. Res., 111(D17102), 14
10.1029/2005JD006309

de Goncalves, L., W.J. Shuttleworth, E.J. Burke, P. Houser, D. Toll, M. Rodell, and K. Arsenault (2006). Toward a South American Land Data Assimilation System: Aspects of land surface model spin-up using the Simplified Simple Biosphere J. Geophys. Res., 111(D17110), 13
10.1029/2005JD006297

Gottschalck, J., J. Meng, M. Rodell, and P. Houser (2005). Analysis of Multiple Precipitation Products and Preliminary Assessment of Their Impact of Global Land Data Assimilation System Land Surface States J. Hydrol., 6, 573-598

Rodell, M., B.F. Chao, A.Y. Au, J.S. Kimball, and K.C. McDonald (2005). Global Biomass Variation and Its Geodynamic Effects: 1982-98 Earth Interactions, 9(2), 19 pp

Rodell, M., P.R. Houser, A.A. Berg, and J.S. Famiglietti (2005). Evaluation of 10 Methods for Initializing a Land Surface Model J. Hydromet., 6(2), 146-155

Rodell, M., J.S. Famiglietti, J. Chen, S.I. Seneviratne, P. Viterbo, S. Holl, and C.R. Wilson (2004). Basin scale estimates of evapotranspiration using GRACE and other observations Geophys. Res. Lett., 31, 1-4

Rodell, M., P.R. Houser, U. Jambor, J. Gottschalck, K. Mitchell, C.-J. Meng, K. Arsenault, B. Cosgrove, J. Radakovich, M. Bosilovich, J.K. Entin, J.P. Walker, D. Lohmann, and D. Toll (2004). The Global Land Data Assimilation System BAMS, 381-394

Rodell, M., and P.R. Houser (2004). Updating a Land Surface Model with MODIS-Derived Snow Cover J. Hydrometeorol., 5, 1064-1075

Houser, P.R., and M. Rodell (2002). GLDAS: An Important Contribution to CEOP GEWEX News, 2, 8-9, 16

Jambor, U., P.R. Houser, M. Rodell, J. Gottschalck, C.-J. Meng, B. Cosgrove, and J.K. Entin (2002). Remotely Sensed Forcing Data and the Global Land Data Assimilation System Proc. IGARSS 2002, 3, 1405-1407

Koike, T., P. Houser, and M. Rodell (2002). Special Report: CEOP Satellite Data Integration CEOP Newsletter, 5

Rodell, M., P.R. Houser, U. Jambor, J. Gottschalck, J. Radakovich, K. Arsenault, C.-J. Meng, and K. Mitchell (2002). Forcing a Global, Offline Land Surface Modeling System with Observation-Based Fields. In 16th Conference on Hydrology. (J11 - J12). Orlando, Florida: Proc. AMS 2002 Annual Meeting.