Prof.dr.ir. Susan Steele-Dunne

  • Prof.dr.ir. Susan Steele-Dunne

Presentation 71e Vakantiecursus
Monitoring vegetation water status with radar remote sensing

Vegetation water status provides information on how much water is available to be transported from the land surface, through the vegetation to the atmosphere. It is of interest in many applications from hydrology and numerical weather prediction to agriculture and forest fire risk monitoring. Unlike optical and thermal radiation, radar can also penetrate cloud cover, ensuring continuous and reliable data.

Land surface monitoring with radar remote sensing typically uses wavelengths from mm to around 30cm. Until recently, vegetation was typically treated as a barrier to soil moisture retrieval. However, recent research has focused on using the emission/scattering of the vegetation itself as a source of information on vegetation water status.

My research group uses in-situ and remote sensing data from leaf to satellite footprint scales to develop radar as a tool for monitoring vegetation water dynamics. This presentation will give an overview of our latest results and future directions.

About the speaker
EDUCATION
PhD       Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006), Civil and Environmental Engineering
SM        Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2002), Civil and Environmental Engineering
BE         (First class honours) University College Dublin (1998), Civil Engineering

APPOINTMENTS
Full Professor (2017-Present)                        Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
Associate Professor (2016-2017)                    Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
Assistant Professor (2010-2016)                    Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
Post-doctoral Researcher (2008-2010)            Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Delft University of Technology
Post-doctoral Researcher(2006-2007)             Meteorology and Climate Centre University College Dublin (IRL)
Post-doctoral Researcher (2006)                    NERC Environmental System Science Centre, Univ. of Reading (UK)
Research Assistant (1999-2006)                    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

RELEVANT AWARDS
EUMETSAT Visiting Scientist (2018), ESA CCI Soil Moisture Visiting Scientist Award (2016), NWO/STW Vidi (2014), Delft Climate Initiative Grant (2013), NWO Veni (2009), NASA Earth System Science Fellowship (2003), MIT Rosenblith Fellowship (1999), Fulbright Scholarship (1999), National University of Ireland Bursary in Civil Engineering (1998).

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
Member of Editorial Review Board, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrometeorology, Associate Editor for Frontiers, Hydrosphere.

AGU Hydrological Sciences Award Committee (2014-2016). AGU Hydrology Section Remote Sensing Technical Committee (2010-2016). AGU Hydrology Section Remote Sensing Technical Committee (2010-2016). Hydrology Committee, American Meteorology Society Hydrology Committee (2005-2013).

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