Developing and prototyping pioneering microwave remote sensing technologies for large-scale characterization of groundwater dynamics, soil water content, and desertification processes from ground, airborne (including UAV/UAS), and orbital platforms.
The NASA SMAP mission will provide the science community with unprecedented global high resolution and high accuracy surface soil moisture estimates. The mission’s goal is to map and characterize Earth’s hydrosphere state over a 3 year life cycle to understand the linkage between terrestrial water, energy, and carbon cycles.
Mahta Moghaddam is a current member of the NASA SMAP mission science team.
Flying on a Gulfstream-III (G-III) aircraft, AirMOSS will use radar to collect soil moisture data from nine climatic habitats in North America to estimate how much carbon the continent is taking in or releasing to the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide has an important influence on climate, and the AirMOSS results will help to improve the accuracy of climate projections for the next 50-100 years.
Project PI: Mahta Moghaddam