1999-2000: NASA-Headquarters, Visiting Senior Scientist (GS13)

April 9, 2000 | By | Add a Comment

NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.

This position is to manage NASA Headquarters Land Surface Hydrology research Program (LSHP) and related activities. Specifically, this position required: (1) Review and selection of NASA-relevant hydrology science, technology, and applications research to establish the theory and infrastructure to enable significant relevance of NASA land surface observation to society. (2) The planning and implementation of land surface hydrology workshops and conferences to report major research findings and to encourage overall program cooperation and cohesion.  (3) The establishment of post 2002 NASA land surface hydrology program goals, initiatives, and plans. (4) Fostering Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA) activities in Brazil. 5) General support of continuing NASA land surface hydrology program initiatives such as ongoing project management, education and outreach activities (such as the LSHP web page), general LHSP administrative activities, and support of NASA initiatives and business.  With the launch of the  Terra and EO-1 spacecraft, the numerous research opportunities, the establishment of numerous future NASA research directions, this was exciting time at NASA.   This is a GS-15 equivalent   position. Supervisor: J. Kaye

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Dr. Paul R. Houser

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Dr. Houser in an internationally recognized expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, scientific integrity and policy, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes internships at the U.S. Geological Survey and at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office (DAO/GMAO) in 1997, served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program and the Geography and Geoinformation Sciences Department as Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed CREW (the Center for Research for Environment and Water). Dr. Houser has also teamed with groundwater development and exploration companies (EarthWater Global and Geovesi) and has served as Science Advisor to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros/SMAP), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet).

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