Remote Sensing of the Environment: Sensing Soil Moisture and other Bio-/Geophysical Parameters

Monday, February 26, 2018
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
EER 3.646
Free and open to the public

Microwave instruments are sensitive to the (bulk-) electrical and geometric properties of the illuminated surface and vegetation, and are capable of observing the Earth’s surface under almost all weather conditions. While passive (radiometer) microwave instruments have been extensively used to predict soil moisture and other bio-/geophysical parameters from space on a global scale, active (radar) microwave instruments have been used only on a limited scale. This talk will present modeling advances for active remote sensing that enable global spaceborne soil moisture retrievals using physics-based and empirical models. The talk will also present an approach to produce a long-term uniform soil moisture record with multiple passive microwave radiometers.


Mariko Burgin

Mariko Burgin

Radar Scientist
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Mariko S. Burgin is a Radar Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and a Visiting Associate Researcher at the University of California (UCLA). Dr. Burgin’s scientific research focuses on electromagnetic modeling and retrieval algorithm development for active and passive microwave remote sensing applications. She currently leads two NASA Earth Science Research Program projects to improve soil moisture estimation from space.

Dr. Burgin holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Information Technology from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. She was previously a Visiting Researcher at University of Southern California (USC) and a Postdoctoral Fellow of the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Burgin serves on the SMAP Science Team and is the recipient of two NASA Group Achievement Awards. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS), the IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), and the IEEE Young Professionals (YP). She is the Director of the IEEE GRSS Women Mentoring Women Program, the Vice-Chair of the IEEE Metropolitan Los Angeles GRSS Chapter, and a member of the IEEE GRSS Administrative Committee (AdCom).