NASA PostDoc Opportunity with GEOAquaWatch! Apply by July 1, 2019

In situ and satellite-derived observations of global water quality: Validation and Assessment

Opportunity ID 19249
Opportunity URL
Location Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Field of Science Earth Science
Advisor Stephanie Uz, Primary Advisor
Citizenship Requirement
  • U.S. Citizens Accepted
  • Lawful Permanent Residents Accepted
  • Foreign Nationals Accepted – Note: At this time, GSFC does not accept NPP applications from citizens of designated countries unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S. The Designated Countries List is available at
Description The Applied Sciences Manager at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center seeks a post-doc candidate in the area of water quality. The new candidate will work closely with AquaWatch, the water quality initiative by the Group on Earth Observation (GEO) as well as Goddard labs that process and validate aquatic satellite data and develop a near-real time information system to monitor water quality using current multi-spectral satellite data and future hyperspectral data from PACE and any field campaigns associated with a potential mission on Surface Biology and Geology, currently an architecture study. Prospective candidates will work closely with AquaWatch to grow Earth Observation-derived water quality products to support effective monitoring, management and decision-making. This effort will contribute to building and maintaining an operational, collaborative global water quality validation system using available in situ data from the international aquatic science community. Validation activities will include quality checks of inland and coastal water quality products derived from satellites, metrics of algorithm performance, and refining data products. Validation will also ensure the satellite-derived products meet scientific requirements for research and global applications, including the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In addition, data from robust, long-term in situ aquatic databases such as SeaBASS and LIMNADES will be incorporated along with new sources of data from developing countries and under-sampled regions. Another source of global in situ data is AERONET-OC, which contains globally distributed autonomous radiometer systems maintained at fixed coastal nearshore and inland sites. This validation effort will include building international partnerships (similar to the previous NASA SIMBIOS program) and exploiting networks such as AERONET-OC for product validation and water quality monitoring. Prospective candidates may also support capacity building in conjunction with NASA’s Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program, among others. Candidates should have experience in one or more of the following: aquatic remote sensing, bio-optical sampling, limnology, oceanography, environmental science, and/or data assimilation. Experience with NASA Earth science satellite missions or research activities is desirable.

1st Internat’l OSO Registration Closes May 15th!


First International Operational Satellite
Oceanography Symposium, June 17-20, 2019, College Park, MD
Registration is now open and the Executive Steering and Programme Committees are pleased to invite community members from all levels of the value chain (data providers to users) of operational satellite oceanographic data, products and applications to attend the first international Operational Satellite Oceanography (OSO) Symposium. The themes to be addressed are 1) redefining the operational paradigm, 2) linking data providers to information providers, 3) helping users find the information they need, and 4) facilitating the end-to-end value chain. Participants can also elect to attend a day of training on Monday, 17 June 2019 at the same location.  Abstracts are now closed.  Registration closes May 15 and will not be extended! Register here!

iCOR Atmospheric Correction Plugin Available for Sentinel-3 OLCI

VITO announced this week, that after one year of work and extensive validation within the ESA iCOR4S3 project, The ICOR atmospheric correction software is now freely available to correct Sentinel-3 OLCI data!  The iCOR atmospheric correction was already available for Landsat-8 OLI and Sentinel-2 MSI.  Already more than 700 registered users are now able to use the same atmospheric correction for Sentinel-2, Landsat-8 and Sentinel-3.   Read more to discover how it works and what’s in it for you.  To learn more and download this plugin for the SNAP toolbox follow this link to VITO’s post: