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Curriculum Vitae:

Christine Lee

Christine Lee is a scientist in the terrestrial hydrology group who focuses on applications of remote sensing to water quality, water resources, and ecosystems management. Christine Lee joined JPL in 2014 after working for 2 years at NASA Headquarters in the Applied Sciences Program through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Fellowship Program.

  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering UCLA, 2010
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering UCLA, 2006
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, UCLA 2005

Research Interests

Analysis of thermal and optical remote sensing and in situ data to assess inland and coastal aquatic ecosystems and water quality.  Water resources management and applications.


ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) Icon ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station)
The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) mission will study how the worlds ecosystems use water..

Professional Experience
  • NASA Associate Program Manager for Water Resources 2014-
  • Principal Investigator, Maximizing Utility of Remote Sensing for Water Quality Monitoring in California's Water Systems, 2016-
  • Principal Investigator, Evaluation of ECOSTRESS Surface Temperature for Aquatic Ecosystems Applications, 2019-
  • Co-Investigator, BZ-SDG: Belize Sustainable Develop Goals (Remote Sensing of Water Quality and Impacts on Belize Barrier Reef System), 2018-
  • Deputy Project Applications Lead, ECOSTRESS 2014-
  • JPL Lead for Applications, Surface Biology and Geology, 2019-
  • AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NASA Headquarters 2012-2014
  • JPL Postdoctoral Researcher - 2010-2012

Selected Awards
  • NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal, 2019
  • JPL Voyager Award, 2019 (Earth Ventures / Applications)
  • JPL Team Award for ECOSTRESS, 2018
  • JPL Voyager Award, 2017 (Water Resources)
  • EPA People, Planet and Prosperity (P3) Award 2009
  • Switzer Foundation Fellow 2008-2009
  • Switzer Foundation Grant 2012

Selected Publications
  1. Zimmer-Faust A, Thulsiraj V, Lee CM, et al.  Multi-tiered approach utilizing microbial source tracking and human associated-IMS/ATP for surveillance of human fecal contamination in Baja California, Mexico.  Science of the Total Environment, 2018.
  2. Cooley SA, Fisher JB, Williams C, Halverson G, Williams C, Lee CM, Assessing regional drought impact on vegetation and evapotranspiration: a case study in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Accepted.  Ecological Applications, 2018. 
  3. Lee CM, et al.  Applying Earth Observations for Water Resources Challenges, Ch 6.  Earth Science Satellite Applications, Springer Remote Sensing/Photogrammetry, 2016.
  4. Hossain F, Serrat-Capdevila, Granger S, Thomas A, Saah D, Ganz D, Mugo R, Murthy MSR, Ramos VH, Anderson E, Schumann G, Lewison R, Kirschbaum D, Escobar V, Srinivasan M, Lee CM, et al.  A Global Capacity Building Vision for Societal Applications of Earth Observation Systems and Data: Key Questions and Recommendations, Bulletin in American Meteorological Society,2016.
  5. Bolten JB, Lee CM, Houser P.  Satellite Data for Water Resources Mgmt.  AGU Eos Transactions, 2015.
  6. Lee CM, Cable ML, Hook SJ, et al.  An introduction to the NASA Hyperspectral InfraRed Imager (HyspIRI) mission and preparatory activities, Remote Sensing of Environment, 2015. 
  7. Lee CM, Orne T., Schaeffer B.  How can remote sensing be used for water quality?  Bridging the operational and applications communities to address water quality challenges.  AGU Eos transactions, 2014. 
  8. Noell AC, Greenwood A, Lee CM, Ponce A.  High Density, Homogeneous Endospore Monolayer Deposition on Test Surface, Journal of Microbiological Methods, 2013.
  9. Lee CM, Hemmings SN, Searby ND.  Using Earth observations to enhance water resources decision-making & disaster assessment processes in the U.S. and in the developing world.  IEEE GHTC, 2013. 
  10. Ros-Giralt J, Launglucknavalai K,Massaguer D, Casanova J, Maxwell (Lee) CM.  Using Labdoo to Bridge the Digital Divide: A New Form of International Cooperation. Service Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education, Ch 18 © 2012.
  11. Lee CM, Griffith JF, Kaiser W, Jay JA.  Covalently-linked immunomagnetic separation/adenosine triphosphate technique is a rapid and field-portable method for measuring E. coli and Enterococcus spp., in fresh and marine water environments.  Journal of Applied Microbiology.  2010.
  12. Mika KB, Imamura G, Chang C, Conway V, Fernandez G, Griffith J, Kampalath R, Lee CM, et al.  Pilot and bench-scale testing of fecal indicator bacteria survival in marine beach sand near point sources.  Jounral of Applied Microbiology.  2009. 
  13. Ramanathan N, Lee CM, et al.  Sensor-based investigation of biogeochemical control on arsenic mobilization in rural Bangladesh.  Conference Proceedings, American Chemical Society. 2007.
  14. Lee CM, Lin TY, Lin CC, Kohbodi G., Bhatt A, Lee R, Jay JA.  Persistence of fecal indicator bacteria in Santa Monica Bay beach sediments.  Water Research.  2006

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