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ESS-Seminar Speaker Series: Sarah Cooley, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar and Stanford Science Fellow

Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021 11:30 AM
Via Zoom
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Department of Earth System Science

Please join us for this Special Virtual Winter Seminar Series with our ESS Postdoc: Sarah Cooley, Ph.D.

Title: New directions in observing surface water from space

Abstract: Over the past five years, the development and launch of new satellite remote sensing technologies has rapidly improved our ability to observe the global hydrologic cycle from space. In this talk, I will discuss two recent projects leveraging new technologies to quantify variability in surface water change at unprecedented spatial and temporal resolution. The first project involves the use of optical imagery from Planet Labs CubeSats to investigate surface water area changes in remote Arctic-Boreal regions. The second project incorporates NASA’s newly launched ICESat-2 satellite altimeter to examine how human management affects surface water storage variability at a global scale. I will conclude by speaking about some exciting upcoming satellite missions and future directions in remote sensing of surface water.

Bio: Dr. Sarah Cooley is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Earth System Science at Stanford where she is part of the inaugural cohort of Stanford Science Fellows. She recently received her Ph.D. from Brown University Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences in May 2020. Prior to this, she completed a Masters in Polar Studies from the University of Cambridge where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and a BS in Geophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. Her research investigates dynamic environmental change in the Arctic and elsewhere using remote sensing, including researching coastal sea ice, Arctic lake area dynamics, and Greenland Ice Sheet hydrology. She has also conducted multiple field campaigns in Alaska, Northern Canada, and Greenland. At Stanford, she is continuing to develop new methods for observing surface water from space and is a part of the Jackson Lab.

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A special thanks to our students Marius von Essen, Caroline Alexa Famiglietti, and Malory Onessa Brown for bringing this speaker to us. Also, thanks to Morgan O'Neill and Jamie Jones for co-instructing and running this Virtual Seminar Series This Winter by bringing you experts in the fields as we learn from them. 

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