Establishing a Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission: Integration and Application

May 30, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

A CREW proposal submitted to NASA-ROSES-2012 A25: SWOT: Surface Water and Ocean Topography Mission Science Definition Team (NNH12ZDA001N-SWOT), $241,129, 3 mo/yr, 01/01/2013 – 12/31/2015.

Based on my expertise in mission advocacy and formulation, remote sensing retrieval using data assimilation, use of remote sensing to initialize weather and climate predictions, field activities for calibration and validation, translation of remote sensing science to applications and solutions, and multi-sensor and multi-disciplinary science integration activities, I am applying to be a member of the SWOT prelaunch science definition team. My efforts on this team will be specifically focused in two areas: integration and applications, as follows: (1) integration, including land surface modeling and assimilation, SWOT OSSE (virtual mission) and community testbed development, cross-platform and cross-sensor integration using model-sensor webs, historical integration with past hydrologic missions and datasets, and cross-disciplinary integration particularly with global water and carbon cycling and terrestrial modeling, and (2) development of SWOT applications, including the development and fostering of a community of end-users, stakeholders and decision makers that understand SWOT capabilities and are interested in using SWOT products in their decision making or solution development (SWOT Community of Practice), developing an assessment of current application benefits / requirements and needs for SWOT products, and identifying and nurturing a handful of “early adopters” who will partner to optimize their use of SWOT products, possibly even before launch as part of the extended OSSE or virtual mission activities.

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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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