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Although terrestrial hydrology is not a named science within the NRC Decadal Survey report on ICESat-II, it can significantly benefit from the mission’s spatio-temporal sampling scheme. Observations of “slow” hydrologic processes such as basin-scale snow depth, inland water storage, and also in some cases, stream discharge, will be of immense value to water resources applications and global water cycle science. Work proposed herein will i) summarize and compile the extent to which terrestrial hydrology and global water science can be addressed with the current approximate configuration of ICESat-II, and ii) make recommendations as to potential hydrology data products that could be provided by the mission configuration, including identification of existing hydrologic test beds for calibration and validation. As part of the ICESat-II SDT, the PI will represent the interests of terrestrial hydrology and global water science, focusing on the six areas listed in Section 2.0 below. His participation leverages off current involvement in two ICESat hydrology projects, and other NRC mission planning studies including LIST and SWOT.

Project PI: Michael Jasinski/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Mail Code 614.3 Greenbelt, MD 20771

Phone: 301-614-5782

Fax: 301-614-5808

Email: michael.f.jasinski@nasa.gov

http://neptune.gsfc.nasa.gov/hsb/personnel/index.php?id=167

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