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Michael Abrams

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 183-501

Pasadena, CA 91109


Mobile: 626-375-5922 Office: 818-354-0937

Member of:

Earth Surface and Interior

US ASTER Science Team Leader

Employed By



  • B.S., Biology, California Institute of Technology, (1970)
  • M.S., Geology, California Institute of Technology (1973)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1973-present)
    • US ASTER Science Team Leader, (2003-present)
    • Research Scientist, (1980-present)
  • IBM, Paris - Staff Scientist (1983-1984)

Research Interests

  • Applications of remote sensing data for volcano monitoring and eruption prediction
  • Development of new imaging instruments for Earth observation

Selected Awards

  • Pecora Award (2019)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2009)
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards (5)
  • Award of Distinguished Technical Communication, Soc. Technical Communication
  • Service Award, US Department of Interior
  • Fairchild Award, Amer. Soc. Photog. Remote Sensing
  • Merit Award, Amer. Soc. Photogram. Remote Sensing
  • Meritorious Service Award, Amer. Soc. Photogram. Remote Sensing
  • Award of Excellence, Society for Technical Communication

Selected Publications

  1. Abrams, M., Crippen, R., Fujisada, H., 2020, The New ASTER Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) and ASTER Water Body Dataset (ASTWBD), Remote Sensing, 12, 1156; doi:10.3390/rs12071156.
  2. Yamaguchi, Y., and Abrams, M., eds. 2020, ASTER 20th Anniversary, Remote Sensing, 12(5), 884;
  3. Abrams, M., and Yamaguchi, Y., 2019, Summary of the 50th ASTER Science Team Meeting, the Earth Observer, 31:5, 21-25.
  4. Abrams, M. and Yamaguchi, Y., 2019, Twenty Years of ASTER Contribution to Lithologic Mapping and Mineral Exploration, Remote Sensing, 11, 1394, 28pp; doi:10,3390/rs11111394.
  5. Abrams, M., and Yamaguchi, Y., 2017, The 2017 ASTER Science Team Meeting, The Earth Observer, 29:5, 4pp.
  6. Abrams, M., Tsu, H., Hulley, G., Iwao, K., Pieri, D., Cudahy, T., Kargel, J., 2015, The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) after Fifteen Years: Review of Global Data Products, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 38, 292-301,
  7. Abrams, M. and S. Hook, 2013, NASA's Hyperspectral Infrared Imager (HypsIRI), in Kunzer and Dech (eds.), Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: sensors, methods and applications, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing, Springer, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6639-6_6.
  8. Abrams, M., Pieri, D., Realmuto, V., Wright, R., 2013, Using EO-1 Hyperion data as HyspIRI preparatory data sets for volcanology applied to Mt. Etna, Italy, J. Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 6, 375-385.
  9. Abrams M., 2013, Volcanism, In: Njoku E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing: SpringerReference ( Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2013. DOI: 10.1007/SpringerReference_327255 2012-07-17 14:22:04 UTC.
  10. Abrams, M. and D. Comer, 2013, Multispectral and hyperspectral technology and archaeological applications, in Comer, Douglas C. and Michael J. Harrower, eds., Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space. New York, Springer, p. 57-71.
  11. Salomonson, V., Abrams, M., Kahle, A., Barnes, W., Xiong, X., Guenther, B., 2006, Evolution of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS) and development of MODIS and ASTER, in Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: NASA's Earth Observing System and the Science of ASTER and MODIS, Edited by B. Ramachandran, M. Abrams, and V. Salomonson, Springer-Verlag, New York.
  12. Pryce, O., and Abrams, M., 2010, Direct detection of Southeast Asian smelting sites by ASTER remote sensing imagery: Technical issues and future perspectives, J. Archaeological Science, 37, 3091-3098.
  13. Abrams, M., Bailey, B., Tsu, H., Hato, M., 2010, The ASTER Global DEM, Journal of Amer. Soc. Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol. XX, 344-348.
  14. Abrams, M., 2007, The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra Platform, Italian Journal of Remote Sensing, 39, 9-18.
  15. Chrysoulakis, N., Abrams, M., Feidas, H., Veliantis, D., 2005, Analysis of ASTER multispectral stereo imagery to produce DEM and land cover databases for Greek islands: the REALDEMS project, EU-LAT Workshop on Environment, Cairo, April.
  16. Kargel, J., Abrams, M., Bishop, M., and 13 others, 2005, ASTER imaging contributions to Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Remote Sensing of Environment, 99, 182-219.
  17. Pieri, D., Abrams, M., 2004, ASTER Watches the World's Volcanoes: A New Paradigm for Volcanological Observations from Orbit, J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., 135, 13-28.
  18. Abrams, M., Hook, S., Abrams, M., 2002, Imaging spectroscopy in the thermal infrared, in Imaging Spectroscopy Applications, Edited by Freek van der Meer and Steven de Jong, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Netherlands.
  19. Abrams, M., 1998, "Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing Yields Unprecedented View of Earth from Space" Earth in Space, 11, 8-12.
  20. Siebe, C., Abrams, M., Macias, J., Obenholzner, J., 1996, "Repeated disasters in Prehispanic time produced by Plinian eruptions at Popocatepetl volcano, Central Mexico: Past key to the future?", Geology, 24, 399-402.
  21. Abrams, M., Bianchi, R., Pieri, D., 1996, "Revised mapping of lava flows on Mt. Etna, Italy"; Photog. Eng. Rem. Sens., 62, 1353-1359.
  22. Abrams, M., Hook, S., 1995, "Simulated ASTER data for geologic studies," IEEE Trans. Rem. Sens. Geosci., 33:3, 105-112.
  23. Abrams, M., Siebe, C., 1994, "Cerro Xalapaxco: An unusual tuff cone with multiple explosion craters in Central Mexico (Puebla)," J Volc. Geotherm. Res., 63, 183-199.
  24. Abrams, M., and Chadwick, O., 1994, "Tectonic and climatic implications of Neogene and Quaternary alluvial fans along the Batinah coast, Oman," J Geol. Soc. London, 151, 51-58.
  25. Abrams, M., Glaze, L., 1994, "Fumarole detection at Colima Volcano, Mexico using Landsat Thematic Mapper data," Sistema Terra, 3, 45-46.
  26. Kahle, A., Abrams, M., Abott, E., Realmuto, V., 1994, "Optical remote sensing of Mauna Loa," in: Rhodes, J., Lockwood, J., (Eds.), Mauna Loa: a Decade Volcano, AGU Geophysical Monograph Series.
  27. Abrams, M., Glaze, L., Sheridan, M., 1991, "Monitoring Colima Volcano, Mexico using satellite data," Bull. Volcanol., 53, 571 574.
  28. Abrams, M., Abbott, E., Kahle, A., 1991, "Combined use of visible, reflected and thermal infrared images for mapping Hawaiian lava flows," J. Geophys. Res., 96, 475 484.
  29. Abrams. M., Rothery, D., Pontual Machado, A., 1988, "Mapping in the Semail ophiolite with enhanced Thematic Mapper data," Tectonophysics, 151, p. 387 401.
  30. Abrams, M., Conel, J., Lang, H., 1985, The joint NASA/GeosatTest Case Project, AAPG, Tulsa, OK.
  31. Abrams, M., Blusson, A., Carrere, V., Nguyen, T., Rabu, Y., 1985, "Image processing applications for geologic mapping," IBM Journal of Research and Development, 29, 177 187.
  32. Abrams, M., Kahle, A., Palluconi, F., Schieldge, J., 1984, "Geologic mapping using thermal images," Remote Sensing of the Environment, 16, 13 33.
  33. Abrams, M., 1984, "Landsat 4 Thematic Mapper and Thematic Mapper Simulator data for a porphyry copper deposit," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 50, 1171 1174.
  34. Abrams, M., Brown, D., Lepley, L., Sadowski, R., 1983, "Remote sensing for porphyry copper deposits in southern Arizona," Economic Geology, 78, 591 604.
  35. Abrams, M. and Siegal, B., 1980, "Lithologic mapping," in Remote Sensing in Geology, B. Siegal and A. Gillespie, eds., John Wiley & Sons, New York, NY.
  36. Abrams, M., Ashley, R., Rowan, L., Goetz, A., Kahle, A., 1977, "Mapping hydrothermal alteration in the Cuprite mining district, Nev., using aircraft scanner imagery for the 0.46 2.36 micron spectral region," Geology, 5, 713 718.
  37. Abrams, M., et al., 1971, "Preliminary seismological and geological studies of the San Fernando, California earthquake of Feb. 9, 1971," Bull. Seismological Soc. Amer., 61, 491 495.
  38. Matthysse, A. and Abrams, M., 1970, "A factor mediating interaction of Kinins with the genetic factor," Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, 199, 511 518.