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.
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