To better understand the Earth's land and coastal waters and their ability to sustain life
Our group investigates water and ecosystems on the land and at the land-sea interface, and the interaction of freshwater with other processes of the Earth System. We combine remote sensing from spaceborne (satellites and International Space Station instruments) and airborne (aircrafts, drones) platforms with in situ observations and computer models to advance scientific understanding and to evaluate societal implications. We specialize in a broad range of topics, including the terrestrial water cycle, inland and aquatic ecosystems, water-ecosystem interactions, and land-sea interactions. Our activities include the observation and modeling of snow, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, permafrost, groundwater, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, carbon-water-energy interactions, and their responses to an evolving climate. We also study the interactions between water and humans—both the impact of humans on the water cycle, and the implications of changes in the water cycle for society—including water resource management, water quality, floods and droughts.
Similarly to other groups in JPL’s Earth Science Section, the Water and Ecosystems Group is involved at all stages of the mission life cycle for Earth orbiting satellites. Our activities can be broadly summarized into four categories:
Inclusion of all ideas, employees, and communities is a key value at JPL. We promote an inclusive environment by actively supporting and embracing diversity in its broadest representation.
If you are interested in collaborating or learning more about the Water and Ecosystems Group and our activities at JPL, please reach out to us.
Our group uses data from NASA’s remote sensing assets, along with computer models and in situ observations to explore water, ecosystems, and their interactions within the Earth System, answering four fundamental questions:
Water and Ecosystems: Current Missions and Projects