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Michael Abrams
US ASTER Science Team Leader

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

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

Projects

ASTER Icon ASTER
ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) is an imaging instrument flying on Terra, a satellite launched in December 1999 as part of NASA's Earth Observing System (EOS).


Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1973-present)
    • US ASTER Science Team Leader, (2003-present)
    • Research Scientist, (1980-present)
    • Project Manager, NASA/AASG Technology Transfer (2001-present)
    • Project Manager, DoD contract to develop thermal time change software, (2003-present)
  • IBM, Paris - Staff Scientist (1983-1984)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2009)
  • 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
  • NASA Group Achievement Awards (2)
  • Award of Excellence, Society for Technical Communication

Selected Publications
  1. 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.
  2. Duda, K., and Abrams, M., 2006, ASTER and USGS EROS emergency imaging for hurricane disasters, in Science and the Storms: USGS Response to the Hurricanes, US Geological Survey Publication, in press.
  3. Meltzner, A., Sieh, K., Abrams, M., Agnew, D., Hudnut, K., Avouac, J., Natawidjaja, D., 2006, Uplift and subsidence associated with the great Aceh-Andaman earthquake of 2004, J. Geophys. Res, 111, B02407, doi:10.1029/2005JB003891
  4. Fujisada, H., Bailey, B., Kelly, G., Hara, S., Abrams, M., 2005, ASTER DEM Performance, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., in press.
  5. Gillespie, A., Abrams, M., Yamaguchi, Y., Scientific results from ASTER, 2005, Rem. Sens. Environ., 99, 1-2.
  6. Duda, K., Abrams, M., 2005, ASTER and USGS EROS disaster response: Emergency imaging after Hurricane Katrina, Photog. Eng. Rem. Sens, 71, 1346-1350.
  7. 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.
  8. Siebe, C., Arana-Salinas, L., Abrams, M., 2005, Geology and radiocarbon ages of Tlaloc, Tlacotenco, Cuauhtzin, Hijo del Cuauhtzin, Teuhtli and Ocusacayo monogenetic volcanoes in the central part of the Sierra Chichinautzin, Mexico, J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., 131, 225-243.
  9. Abrams, M., 2005, The 26th ASTER Science Team Meeting, NASA Earth Observer, Goddard Space Flight Center.
  10. 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.
  11. Pieri, D., Abrams, M., 2005, ASTER Observations of Thermal Precursors to the April 2003 Eruption of Chikurachki Volcano, Kurile Islands, Russia, Remote Sensing of Environment, 99, 84-94.
  12. Fujisada, H., Bailey, B., Kelly, G., Hara, S., Abrams, M., 2005, "ASTER DEM Performance," Remote Sens. Env., in press.
  13. Meltzner, A., Sieh, K., Hudnut, K., Sanchez, R., Abrams, M., Agnew, D., 2005, "Uplift and subsidence associated with the great 2004 Sumatra Earthquake," Geophys. Res. Ltrs., submitted.
  14. Abrams, M., 2005, The 26th ASTER Science Team Meeting, NASA Earth Observer.
  15. Kargel, J., Abrams, M., Bishop, M., and 13 others, 2005, "ASTER imaging contributions to Global Land Ice Measurements from Space," Remote Sensing of Environment, in press.
  16. Pieri, D., Abrams, M., 2005, "ASTER Observations of Thermal Precursors to the April 2003 Eruption of Chikurachki Volcano, Kurile Islands, Russia," Remote Sensing of Environment, in press.
  17. Siebe, C., Arana-Salinas, L., Abrams, M., 2004, "Geology and radiocarbon ages of Tlaloc, Tlacotenco, Cuauhtzin, Hijo del Cuauhtzin, Teuhtli and Ocusacayo monogenetic volcanoes in the central part of the Sierra Chichinautzin, Mexico," J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., 131, 225-243.
  18. Siebe, C., Rodriguez, V., Schaaf, P., Abrams, M., 2004, "Radiocarbon ages of Holocene Pelado, Guespalapa, and Chichinautzin scoria cones, south of Mexico City: implications for archaeology and future hazards," Bull. Volc., 66, 203-225.
  19. 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.
  20. Siebe, C., Rodriguez-Lara, V., Schaaf, P., Abrams, M., 2003, "Geochemistry, Sr-Nd isotope composition, and tectonic setting of Holocene Pelado, Guespalapa and Chinichinautzin scoria cones south of Mexico City," J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., V. 130, 197-226.
  21. Rowan, L., Hook, S., Abrams, M., Mars, J., 2003, "Mapping hydrothermally altered rocks at Cuprite, Nevada using the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), a new satellite imaging system," Economic Geology, 95, p. 1019-1027.
  22. Rodriguez, S., Siebe, C., Komorowski, J., Abrams, M., 2003, "The Quetzalapa Pumice: a voluminous late Pleistocene rhyolite deposit in the eastern Trans Mexican Volcanic Belt," J. Volc. Geotherm. Res., 112, 48-71.
  23. Siebe C., Rodriguez-Lara V., Schaaf P., Abrams M., 2003, "Radiocarbon ages of Holocene Pelado, Guespalapa, and Chichinautzin scoria cones, south of Mexico city: Implications for archaeology and future hazards," Bull. Volc., in press.
  24. Abrams, M., Hook, S., 2002, ASTER User Handbook, JPL Publ., http://astwerweb.jpl.nasa.gov.
  25. Capra, L., Macias, J.L., Scott, K., Abrams, M., Garduno, V., 2002, "Debris avalanches and debris flows transformed from collapses in the Trans Mexican Volcanic Belt, Mexico- behavior and implications for hazard assessment," J. Volc, Geotherm. Res., V. 113, pp 81-110.
  26. 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.

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