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Dr. Christopher Potter
 
Dr. Christopher Potter is currently a NASA Senior Research Scientist in the Biospheric Branch at Ames Research Center. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in forest ecology from Emory University. He came to NASA in 1990 as a National Research Council (NRC) Associate. He and his colleagues were awarded NASA's Public Service Medal for development of the first computer model for global ecosystem exchange of all major biogenic trace gases with the atmosphere. Dr. Potter has been a NASA Science Team Member on the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA-ECO I and II), EOS Interdisciplinary Science (EOS-IDS) , Intelligent Data Understanding , NASA's Astrobiology Institute, the Boreal Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study (BOREAS), and Land Surface Hydrology. He is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

In 2007, Dr. Potter was selected as a NASA Ames Associate Fellow in recognition of exceptional scientific research achievement. And in 2010 & 2011, the CASA team recieved awards for their work in forest carbon.

Dr. Christopher Potter ( 650-604-6164 )

 
Steven A. Klooster
 

Steven A. Klooster is a Senior Research Scientist with California State University - Monterey Bay (CSUMB) at the NASA-Ames Research Center (ARC) in the Earth Science Division. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI.

He designs and develops and implements global modeling software for studies of greenhouse trace gas fluxes to study climatic change. This is accomplished by coupling a raster/GIS based simulation modeling system that is compatible with remote sensing satellite data bases, scientific visualization tools and geographic information system analysis techniques (GIS). He has ported this model to several parallel computer systems.

He is currently co-developing with the University of Minnesota a set of scalable geo-spatial data mining techniques by the innovative use of Knowledge Discovery and Datamining (KDD) techniques uniquely applied to large geo-spatial scientific datasets. This uses methods to reveal or detect anonomolies, relationships or interactions of multiple data inputs derived from advanced satellite data products, climate variables and our NASA-CASA global biospheric model outputs.

As a past member of the Nimbus Science Team he implemented and validated the "Gordon method" atmospheric correction algorithms developed for the Nimbus Ocean Color Research Program (CZCS). This also included scan angle and sun angle dependence for each pixel. This and bio-optical algorithms were tested and validated over Monterey Bay in Case-II waters.

The Gordon CZCS atmospheric and bio-optical algorithms were also extended using a longer infrared reference channel included in the AOCI (Airborne Ocean Color Instrument, a SeaWiFS/SeaStar prototype). This was for studies in Case-II studies and a near real time fisheries research project in the Gulf of Mexico. This required systems design for data flow and real time processing. Chlorophyll concentration and correlated phyto-pigments were determined for this in near coastal waters. Inertial navigation data and the multispectral (AOCI) scanner imagery were merged into a geo-referenced database and transmitted to the user.

While he worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey he devised a method to input classified Landsat data into a regional ground water withdrawal model.

He has authored or co-authored over 40 papers on global modeling of trace gas fluxes or research and applications related to ocean color, bio-optical oceanography and remote sensing related science.

Current interests also include using remote sensing science, ecology and multi-media to present an integrated approach to teaching science to children.

Steven A. Klooster ( 650-604-1063 )

 
Vanessa Brooks Genovese
 
Vanessa Brooks Genovese is a Research Scientist with the Science and Environmental Policy Division at the California State University, Monterey Bay. She has been working in the Biospheric Branch at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in Moffett Field, CA through the NASA Ames-CSUMB Co-op for more than 15 years. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of CA, Santa Cruz with an emphasis in Conservation Biology. She's an expert in GIS and remote sensing with more than 15 years experience developing the databases to run the CASA ecosystem model as well as programming custom applications for processing various remote sensing data products and producing additional carbon ecosystem data products through the CASA Express application. Since 2000, she has been responsible for developing the Arc databases and custom interfaces for CQUEST and other project related map servers. Additionally, in 2010 and 2011 she received awards for her work at NASA.

Vanessa Brooks Genovese ( 650-604-2164 )

 
John Shupe
 
John Shupe is currently a Research Scientist with the Science and Environmental Policy Division at the California State University, Monterey Bay. Through the NASA Ames-CSUMB Co-op, he works in the Biospheric Branch at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in Moffett Field, CA. John Shupe earned a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. He also completed graduate work in both Geography and Computer Science, earning a M.S. for the latter in 2007. He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a Research Scientist for the last 7 years. His work, focusing on hydrology, involves computational modeling, computer programming, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, and statistical analysis. He has contributed to multiple scientific publications and presentations. Additionally, in 2010 and 2011 he received awards for his work at NASA.

John Shupe ( 650-604-0629 )

 
Cyrus Hiatt
 
Cyrus Hiatt is currently a Research Scientist with the Science and Environmental Policy Division at the California State University, Monterey Bay. Through the NASA Ames-CSUMB Co-op, he works in the Biospheric Branch at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in Moffett Field, CA. Cyrus Hiatt earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the San Jose State University in 2006. He also completed graduate work in Geography, earning a M.S. in 2012. He has worked at NASA Ames Research Center as a Research Scientist for the last 2 years. His work, focusing on fog dynamics, involves computational modeling, computer programming, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, and statistical analysis. He has contributed to multiple scientific publications. Additionally, in 2011 he received an award for his work at NASA.

Cyrus Hiatt ( 650-604-0246 )

 
Dr. Shuang Li
 
Dr. Shuang Li is currently a Research Scientist with the Science and Environmental Policy Division at the California State University, Monterey Bay. Through the NASA Ames-CSUMB Co-op, he works in the Biospheric Branch at NASA Ames Research Center (ARC) in Moffett Field, CA. Dr. Li earned a B.A. in Geography in 1996 from the Shanxi Normal University in China. He then earned an M.S. in GIS and Remote Sensing at the Henan University in China in 2003. He completed his doctorate work in Cartography and GIS from the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in China in 2006. His work, focusing on vegetation and biomass analysis through remote sensing, involves computational modeling, computer programming, geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, remote sensing and statistical analysis. He has contributed to multiple scientific publications.

Dr. Shuang Li ( 650-604-2789 )

 

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