Mission Statement

To utilize satellite and other remotely sensed data to explore and understand the linkages between water in all its forms, the land and life on Earth.

The Blue Marble

GSFC’s Hydrospheric, Biospheric, and Geophysics research supports NASA and the nation with a world class workforce that conceives, develops and applies space-based technologies and observations to address issues of importance to society, including water resources, ecosystem health, and the effects of climate change on life on Earth. Particular research areas include studies of the Earth’s Cryosphere, Ocean and Land Ecosystems, Land Surface Hydrology, and Geodesy and Geophysics.

 

Arthur S. Flemming Award

 

L to R: Dr. John Bolten with Mr. Lawrence Friedl, director of the Applied Sciences Program within the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters.

John D. Bolten (617) "For achieving advances in applying satellite remote sensing, land surface modeling, and data assimilation for water resources management, agricultural forecasting, and flood monitoring and impact assessment. Recent examples of Dr. Bolten’s work include satellite data assimilation -based soil moisture maps that are used operationally by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, and the first maps based on data from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) to be available on Google Earth Engine. In addition to his own renowned research as a principal investigator, Dr. Bolten has guided dozens of projects in his role as Associate Program Manager, Water Resources, within NASA’s Applied Sciences Program. He demonstrates exceptional creativity in conceiving novel approaches to complex, applied scientific problems and is highly regarded in the community, as evidenced by frequent requests to give keynote lectures at prominent domestic and international meetings and his nomination to and service on the National Research Council’s Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space in 2017, which will guide NASA’s Earth Science mission priorities in the 2020s."

 

Project Highlights

 
ICESat
Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite
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Aquarius
Measuring Global Sea Surface Salinity
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SeaWiFS
Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor
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Landsat 7
Acquiring images of the Earth's land surface
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NPOESS Preparatory Project
National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System
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AERONET
Aerosol Robotic Network
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OceanColor
OceanColor homepage
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MODIS Rapid Response System
Rapid access to MODIS data
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SnowEx
SnowEx Campaign
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LIMA: Faces of Antarctica
The NASA LIMA Faces of Antarctica Website
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MODIS Snow/Ice
The MODIS Snow/Ice Global Mapping Project
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SMAP
Soil Moisture Active Passive
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Research areas:

Science Highlights

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