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 and Biospheric research supports NASA and the nation with a world class workforce that conceive, develop and apply space-based technologies and observations to address issues of importance to society, including the effects of climate change on life on Earth.   Particular research areas include studies of the Earth’s Land Ecosystems, Cryosphere, Land Surface Hydrology and Ocean Ecosystems.


Recent Highlights

The Earth Observing System, Science Program Support Office (Winnie Humberson and Steven Graham, 610/GST) helped organize and coordinate NASA’s Hyperwall presence at the 2016 Our Ocean Conference, Sept. 15-16, hosted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Department of State Headquarters in Washington DC. President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address, followed by a special message by guest speaker – Leonardo DiCaprio. Several of NASA’s senior-level managers used the Hyperwall to deliver presentations that highlighted NASA’s role in studying Earth’s Ocean from Space.

The talks were well attended, including appearances by John Kerry, his wife Teresa Heinz Kerry, and Norway's Foreign Minister, Mr. Børge Brende. A Safe Ocean Network Pilot Project, led by Miguel Román (GSFC 619), was highlighted during the conference. Román’s project, entitled: “Improved Detection of Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing from Space”, uses the Suomi National Polar-Orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) Satellite’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) to identify vessels that may be illegally fishing in marine protected areas at night through the use of low-light detection. This technology is being further developed using radiative transfer modeling combined with measurements acquired from ship-based and airborne platforms.

2016 HOBI Award Selections

Administrative/Business Support

Chrissy Baxley – 603/610HBS

Chasity Kisling – 603/619

Victor Freeman – 610HBS

Lisa Karmel – 615

Stacy Milligan – 615

Judy Strohmaier – 617

Jessica Bussard – 618

Lisa Henderson – 618


Best Science Highlight

Ed Kim – 617


Career Achievement

Dorothy Hall – 615



Ludovic Brucker – 615

Miguel Roman – 619


Scientific Achievement

Alicia Joseph – 617

Dalia Kirschbaum – 617

Joseph Lyu/Craig Smith/Lisa McCormick – 617

Amy McNally – 617

Temilola Fatoyinbo – 618

Qingyuan Zhang – 618


Scientific/Technical Support

Nick DiGirolamo – 615

Jeff Guerber – 615

Jeremy Harbeck – 615

Kyle Krabill – 615

Larry Stock – 615

Gwyn Fireman – 616

Scott Freeman – 616

Liang Hong/Alicia Scott – 616

Chris Kenemer – 616

Hahn Jung – 617

Thomas Stanley – 617

Anika Halota – 618

Milton Hom – 618

Paul Montensano – 618

Hassan Oudrari – 618

Joel Schafer – 618

Aliaksandr Sinyuk – 618

Ilya Slutsker – 618

VIIRS Team – 619 (Eric Vermote/Virginia Kalb/Miguel Roman/Jim Ray/George Riggs/Sadashiva Devadiga/Sudipta Sarkar/Peter Ma/Demi Feng/Xaioping Zhang/Carol Davidson/Anhquan Nguyen/Cid Praderas/Gang Ye/Maki Jackson/Cynthia Hamilton/John Hord)


Publication Award

Bryan Franz/616 with co-authors Sean Bailey/616, Norman Kuring/616 and P. Jeremy Werdell/616

Ocean color measurements with the Operational Land Imager on Landsat-8: implementation and evaluation in SeaDAS. J. Appl. Remote Sens. 0001;9(1):096070.  doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.096070.


Project Highlights

Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite
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Measuring Global Sea Surface Salinity
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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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Aerosol Robotic Network
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OceanColor homepage
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MODIS Rapid Response System
Rapid access to MODIS data
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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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Soil Moisture Active Passive
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