Coastal Resilience: This research area combines coastal observations, advanced modeling, development of new remote sensing tools, and assessment of environmental and socioeconomic efficacy of developed approaches for mitigating anthropogenic and natural stressors. Integration of this research with detailed observations of atmospheric hazards and processes will be critical for characterizing atmospheric dynamics in coastal environments, improving atmospheric correction of coastal ocean color satellite imagery, and examining atmospheric-ocean interactions. Integration of these measurements with models of water resources and land surface processes will capture interactions across the terrestrial-aquatic interface and assess impacts of human and environmental pressures (biotic and abiotic processes) on coastal ecosystems and the functions these ecosystems provide.
Atmospheric Hazards : Severe weather and air quality events have major ecological, human-health, and socio-economic impacts. Anthropogenic and natural emissions drive air quality and climate change, which in turn drive severity and frequency of future weather events. Innovative technology and integrative observations allow to study atmospheric processes and trace chemical species, validate satellite products, and improve model predictions.
Water Prediction & Ecosystem Services The most significant factor in human vulnerability to climate is the impact of climate variability and change on water resources. The ability to make precise predictions about this detrimental risk is challenging, especially when human populations, land use, and other factors also affect water futures. Current research focuses on developing a unified water prediction system using remote sensing of earth systems.
This research also focuses on improving the observational and predictive understanding of land surface multi-year, seasonal and ephemeral processes associated with climate drivers through synoptic monitoring of the terrestrial domains. This theme integrates models with state-of-the-art observations across latitudinal gradients and supports NOAA's goals of Climate Adaptation and Mitigation, and Weather Ready Nation.