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Simon Yueh
Senior Research Scientist

Simon H. Yueh received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering in January 1991 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from February to August 1991. In September 1991, he joined the Radar Science and Engineering Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was the supervisor of radar system engineering and algorithm development group from 2002-2007. He was the deputy manager of Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth section from July 2007 to March 2009, and the section manager from April 2009 to Jan 2013. He has been the Project Scientist of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Aquarius mission since January 2012, and the Deputy Project Scientist of NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive Mission since Jan 2013. He has been the Principal/Co-Investigator of numerous NASA and DOD research projects on remote sensing of ocean salinity, ocean wind, terrestrial snow and soil moisture. He has authored four book chapters and published more than 150 publications and presentations. He received the 2009 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award, 2002 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award, the 2000 Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium 2000, and the 1995 IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award for a paper on polarimetric radiometry. He has been actively engaged in the GRSS activities, and has been on the Technical Program committee and chairing sessions for IGARSS. He received the JPL Lew Allen Award in 1998 and Ed Stone Award in 2003. He is an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and is a Fellow of IEEE.


Projects

Aquarius Icon Aquarius
Aquarius has been providing global measurements of sea surface salinity that are important to study ocean circulation and global water cycle since August 2011.

SMAP - Soil Moisture Active & Passive Icon SMAP - Soil Moisture Active & Passive
SMAP, launched in 2015, provides global measurements of soil moisture and other hydrologic variables for a variety of science and applications benefits.


Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1998-present)
    • Aquarius Instrument Scientist
    • Principal Engineer, Climate, Oceans and Solid Earth Section
    • Supervisor, Radar System Engineering and Algorithm Development Group, Radar Science and Engineering Section
    • Principal Engineer, Radar Science and Engineering Section
    • Senior Engineer, Radar Science and Engineering Section
    • Member of Technical Staff, SIR-C, NSCAT, SeaWinds radar system engineering, Radar Science and Engineering Section
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986-1991)
    • Postdoctoral research associate
    • Research Assistant

Selected Awards
  1. NASA Group Achievement Award, Aquarius Science Calibration and Validation Team (2013)
  2. NASA Group Achievement Award, SMAPVEX12 Field Campaign Team (2013)
  3. NASA Group Achievement Award, AQ Launch, Early Orbit Ops, and Commissioning Team (2012)
  4. NASA Honor Award for the SeaWinds/AMSR Processing Team (2007)
  5. JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication, "Error Sources and Feasibility for Microwave Remote Sensing of Ocean Surface Salinity," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 39, 1049-1060, 2001 (2003)
  6. IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award for the paper, entitled "Polarimetric Radar Remote Sensing of Ocean Surface Wind" (2002)
  7. Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Symposium 2000. The title of the paper is "QuikSCAT Geophysical Model Function and Imaging of Tropical Cyclone Winds" (2000)
  8. JPL Lew Allen Award for Excellence "in recognition for his pioneering research of passive microwave polarimetric remote sensing to earth surface investigations" (1998)
  9. NASA Scatterometer Group Achievement Award (1996)
  10. IEEE GRSS Transaction Prize Paper award for a paper on polarimetric radiometry (1995)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

  1. S. H. Yueh, J. A. Kong, J. K. Jao, R. T. Shin, H. A. Zebker, T. Le Toan, and Herwig Ottl, "K-distribution and Polarimetric Terrain Radar Clutter," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Elsevier, New York, Vol. 3, Chapter 4, 1990.
  2. J. A. Kong, S. H. Yueh, H. H. Lim, R. T. Shin, and J. J. van Zyl, "Classification and Maximum Contrast of Earth Terrain Using Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Elsevier, New York, Vol. 3, Chapter 6, 1990.
  3. S. H. Yueh, J. A. Kong, and R. T. Shin, "Calibration of Polarimetric Radars Using In-Scene Reflectors," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Elsevier, New York, Vol. 3, Chapter 9, 1990.
  4. H. A. Yueh, R. T. Shin, and J. A. Kong, "Scattering from Randomly Perturbed Periodic and Quasiperiodic Surfaces," Progress In Electromagnetics Research, Elsevier, New York, Vol 1, Chapter 4, p. 297358, 1989.

Refereed Journal Publications:

  1. Simon Yueh, Wenqing Tang, Alexander Fore, Gregory Neumann, Akiko Hayashi, Adam Freedman, Julian Chaubell, and Gary Lagerloef, "L-band Passive and Active Microwave Geophysical Model Functions of Ocean Surface Winds and Applications to Aquarius Retrieval, IEEE Trans. Geosci Remote Sens., accepted for publication, 2013.
  2. Lee, T., G. Lagerloef, M. M. Gierach, H.-Y. Kao, S. Yueh, K. Dohan, "Aquarius reveal salinity structure of tropical instability waves," Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12610, doi: 10.1029/2012GL052232, 2012.
  3. Xu, XL , Tsang, L and Yueh, S., "Electromagnetic Models of Co/Cross Polarization of Bicontinuous/DMRT in Radar Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Snow at X- and Ku-band for CoReH2O and SCLP Applications ," IEEE J. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, Vol. 5, Issue 3, pp. 1024-1032, DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS.2012.2190719, JUN 2012.
  4. Colliander, A, Chan, S, Kim, SB, Das, N, Yueh, S, Cosh, M, Bindlish, R, Jackson, T, and Njoku, E, Long term analysis of PALS soil moisture campaign measurements for global soil moisture algorithm development, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume: 121 Pages: 309-322, DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2012.02.002, Jun 2012.
  5. Simon Yueh and J Chaubell, "Sea Surface Salinity and Wind Retrieval using Combined Passive and Active L-Band Microwave Observations", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., Vol. 50, No. 4, pp. 1022-1032, April 2012.
  6. James L. Garrison, Justin K. Voo, Simon H. Yueh, Michael S. Grant, Alexander G. Fore, and Jennifer S. Haase, Estimation of Sea Surface Roughness Effects in Microwave Radiometric Measurements of Salinity Using Reflected Global Navigation Satellite System Signals, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 1170-1174, Nov. 2011.
  7. X. Xu, D. Liang, L. Tsang, K. M. Andreadis, E. G. Josberger, D. P. Lettenmaier, D. W. Cline, and S. H. Yueh, Active Remote Sensing of Snow Using NMM3D/DMRT and Comparison with CLPX-II Airborne Data, IEEE J. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote sensing, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 689-697, Dec 2010.
  8. Simon Yueh, Steve Dinardo, Alexander Fore, and Fuk Li, "Passive and Active L-Band Microwave Observations and Modeling of Ocean Surface Winds", IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., Vol. 48, No. 8, pp. 3087-3100, August 2010.
  9. Helmut Rott, Simon Yueh, Donald W. Cline, Claude Duguay, Richard Essery, Christian Haas, Florence Hélière, Michael Kern, Giovanni Macelloni, Eirik Malnes, Thomas Nagler, Jouni Pulliainen, Helge Rebhan, Alan Thompson, "Cold Regions Hydrology High-resolution Observatory for Snow and Cold Land Processes," IEEE Proceedings, Vol. 98, No. 5, pp. 752-765, May 2010.
  10. Yueh S., Steve Dinardo, Ahmed Akgiray and Richard West, Donald Cline, Kelly Elder, Airborne Ku-band Polarimetric Radar Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Snow Cover, IEEE Transactions on Geosci and Remote Sensing, Vol. 47, No. 10, 3347-3364, 2009.
  11. Bindlish, Rajat, Jackson, Thomas, Sun, Ruijing, Cosh, Michael, Yueh, Simon, Dinardo, Steve, Combined Passive and Active Microwave Observations of Soil Moisture During CLASIC, IEEE Geoscience And Remote Sensing Letters, Vol. 6, Issue: 4, Pages: 644-648, Oct 2009.
  12. Cline D, Yueh S, Chapman B, et al., NASA Cold Land Processes Experiment (CLPX 2002/03): Airborne Remote Sensing, J. Hydrometeorology, Vol. 10, Issue: 1, 338-346, Feb 2009.
  13. Lagerloef G, Colomb FR, Le Vine D, et al., The Aquarius/Sac-D Mission: Designed To Meet The Salinity Remote-Sensing Challenge, Oceanography, Vol. 21, Issue: 1, Special Issue: Sp. Iss. SI Pages: 68-81, Mar 2008.
  14. Simon Yueh, Directional Signals in Windsat Observations of Hurricane Ocean Winds, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 46, No. 1, 130-136, 2008.
  15. D.M. Le Vine, G.S.E. Lagerloef, R. Coloma, S. Yueh, and F. Pellerano, "Aquarius: An Instrument to Monitor Sea Surface Salinity from Space," IEEE Trans. Geosci. And Remote Sensing, Vol. 45, No. 7, 2040-2050, July 2007.
  16. Yahya Rahmat-Samii, K. Kona, M. Manteghi, S. Yueh, W. Wilson, S. Dinardo, D. Hunter, "A Novel Lightweight Dual-frequency Dual-polarized Sixteen Element Stacked Patch Microstrip Array Antenna for Soil Moisture and Sea surface Salinity Missions," IEEE Antenna and Propagation Magazine, 48, 33-46, Dec 2006.
  17. Simon H. Yueh, William Wilson, Steve Dinardo, and S. V. Hsiao , "Polarimetric Microwave Wind Radiometer Model Function and Retrieval Testing for WindSat", IEEE Trans. Geosci. And Remote Sensing, Vol. 44, No. 2, 584-596, March 2006.
  18. William J. Wilson, Simon H. Yueh, Steve Dinardo, and Fuk Li, "High Stability L-band Radiometer Measurements of Saltwater," IEEE Trans. Geosci. and Remote Sens., Vol. 42, No.9, 1829-1835, September 2004.
  19. Koblinsky, C.J., P. Hildebrand, D. LeVine, F. Pellerano, Y. Chao, W. Wilson, S. Yueh, and G. Lagerloef, Sea Surface Salinity from Space: Science Goals and Measurement Approach, Radio Science, 38, 4, 8064, 2003.
  20. D. LeVine, C. Koblinsky, F. Pellerano, Gary Lagerloef, Y. Chao, S. Yueh, W. Wilson, A sensor to measure salinity in the open ocean from space, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25, 1313 - 1318, 2004.
  21. Yueh, S.H., B. Stiles, W. T. Liu, "QuikSCAT wind retrievals for tropical cyclones," IEEE Trans. Geosci and Remote Sens.,41 (11): 2616-2628 Part 1, Nov 2003.
  22. L. Durden, L. Li, E. Im, and , "A surface reference technique for airborne Doppler radar measurements in hurricanes," J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., vol 20., pp. 269-275, 2003.
  23. Njoku, E., W. J. Wilson, S. H. Yueh, S. J. Dinardo, F. K. Li, T. J. Jackson, V. Lakshmi, and J. Bolten, Observations of Soil moisture Using a Passive and Active Low-Frequency Microwave Airborne Sensor During SGP99, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 40, December 2002.
  24. B. W. Stiles and S. H. Yueh, Impact of Rain on Spaceborne Ku-Band Wind Scatterometer Data, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 40, 1973-1983, September 2002.
  25. S. H. Yueh, W. J. Wilson, and S. Dinardo, Polarimetric Radar Remote Sensing of Ocean Surface Wind, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 40, 793-800, April 2002.
  26. Yueh, Simon H., B. W. Stiles, W.-Y Tsai, Hua Hu, and W. T. Liu, QuikSCAT Geophysical Model Function for Tropical Cyclones and Applications to Hurricane Floyd, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 39, 2601-2612, Dec 2001.
  27. Yueh, S. H., R. West, W. J. Wilson, F. K. Li, E. G. Njoku, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, Error sources and feasibility for microwave remote sensing of ocean surface salinity, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 39, 1049-1060, 2001.
  28. Wilson, William J., Simon H. Yueh, Steven J. Dinardo, Seth Chazanoff, Fuk Li, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "Passive Active L- and S-band (PALS) Microwave Sensor for Ocean Salinity and Soil Moisture Measurements," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, 39, 1039-1048, 2001.
  29. Liu, W. T., Hua Hu, and Simon Yueh, Quikscat and TRMM Reveal the Interplay Between Dynamic and Hydrologic Parameters in Hurricane Floyd, EOS letter, Vol. 81, No. 23, June 6, 2000.
  30. Yueh, S. H., "Estimates Of Faraday Rotation With Passive Microwave Polarimetry For Microwave Remote Sensing Of Earth Surfaces," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2434-2438, September 2000.
  31. Njoku, E. G., W. J. Wilson, S. H. Yueh, and Y. Rahmat-Samii, "A Large-Antenna Microwave Radiometer-Scatterometer Concept for Ocean Salinity and Soil Moisture Sensing," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 38, No. 6, 2645-2655, 2000.
  32. Yueh, S. H., R. West, F. K. Li, W.-Y. Tsai, and R. Lay, "Dual-polarized Ku-band Backscatter Signatures of Hurricane Ocean Winds," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 38, No. 1, 73-88, January 2000.
  33. Yueh, S. H., W. J. Wilson, S. J. Dinardo, F. K. Li, "Polarimetric Microwave Brightness Signatures of Ocean Wind Directions," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 37, No. 2, 949-959, 1999.
  34. Kwok R., G. F. Cunningham, S. H. Yueh, "Area balance of the Arctic Ocean perennial ice zone: October 1996 to April 1997," J. Geophy. Res.-Oceans, 104, C11, 25747-25759, Nov 15, 1999.
  35. C.-P. Yeang, S. H. Yueh, K.-H. Ding, and J. A. Kong, "Atmospheric effect on microwave polarimetric passive remote sensing of ocean surfaces," Radio Science, Vol. 34, 521-537, March-April, 1999.
  36. Yueh, S. H. and R. Kwok, "Arctic sea ice extent and melt onset," from NSCAT observations," Geophysical Res. Letters, Vol. 25, No. 23, 4369-4372, Dec. 1998.
  37. Nghiem S.V., Kwok R, Yueh S.H., Gow A.J., Perovich D.K., Hsu C.C., Ding K.H., Kong J.A., Grenfell T.C., "Diurnal thermal cycling effects on microwave signatures of thin sea ice," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., Vol. 36 (1): 111-124, Jan 1998.
  38. Nghiem SV, Kwok R, Yueh SH, Gow AJ, Perovich DK, Kong JA, Hsu CC, "Evolution in polarimetric signatures of thin saline ice under constant growth," Radio Science, 32 (1), 127-151 Jan-Feb 1997.
  39. Yueh, S. H., R. Kwok, S.-H. Lou, and W.-Y. Tsai, "Identification of sea ice using dual-polarized Ku-band scatterometer data," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, No. 3, 560-569, 1997.
  40. Yueh, S. H., "Modelling of wind direction signals in polarimetric sea surface brightness temperatures," IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, No. 6, 1400-1418, 1997.

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