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David Pieri

Education
  • Yale University (1966-67)
  • B.S. in Physics, Villanova University (1972)
  • Univ. of Pennsylvania, Geology (1972-1973)
  • Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Cornell University (1979)

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of volcanic ash and gas plumes in the context of aviation hazards, and in-situ measurements related to the calibration and validation of their remotely sensed properties
  • Applications of robotic vehicles for in-situ observations of volcanic processes
  • Volcanic eruption prediction and dynamics
  • Rheology and dynamics of terrestrial and planetary lava flows
  • Nature, character, and environmental history of valley networks on Mars and Titan, and the geomorphology of drainage networks in general
  • Geologic aspects of extra-solar planets

Professional Experience
  • Staff Research Scientist, Science Division (1980-present)
  • Science Team Member, ASTER-Co-chair of Geology and Applications Working Group (1999-present)
  • Co-I/ Co-PI: NASA Terra/EOS Mission: Interdisciplinary Science Team for Volcanology (1988-2000)
  • NASA Representative-CEOS Disaster Management Support Group (1999-2003)
  • Project Scientist Viking Mars Lander Mission (1981-1982)
  • Member, Viking Lander Imaging Flight Team (1976-1981)
  • Sponsored Investigator, Voyager Imaging Team, Jupiter and Saturn Encounters (1979-1981)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Ames Honor Award, Volcanic Emissions Retrievals Experiment (VEREX), Principal Investigator (2017)
  • PROSE Award with Adam Dziewonski for "Earth as a Planet" in The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd ed.volume won in the Cosmology & Astronomy category (2015)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, ASTER Science Team Member (2001)
  • NASA Appreciation Award, "Why?" Files" PBS educational television (2001)
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation-American Film Institute, Award for Science in Screenwriting (1999)
  • Autometrics Award, Amer. Soc. Photogramm. and Remote Sensing, Year's Best Paper (for Abrams, Bianchi, and Pieri, 1996)
  • NASA Achievement Award, Viking Lander Continuation Mission, Project Scientist (1981)
  • NASA Group Awards associated with participation on the Voyager Imaging Team (1979-82) for Jupiter and Saturn Flybys
  • NASA Group Awards associated with participation on Viking Lander Imaging Flight Team (1976-82)

Selected Publications
  1. Cawse- Nicholson K, Fisher JB, Famiglietti CA, Braverman A, Schwandner FM, Lewicki JL, Townsend PA, Schimel DS, Pavlick R, Bormann KJ, Ferraz A, Kang EL, Ma P, Bogue R, Youmans T, and Pieri DC, 2018, Ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 using airborne remote sensing at Mammoth Mountain, California; Biogeosciences Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-2018-73.
  2. Moussallam Y, Peters N, Masias P, Apaza F, Barnie T, Schipper CI, Curtis A, Tamburello G, Aiuppa A, Bani P, Giudice G, Pieri D, Davies AG, Oppenheimer C, 2017, Magmatic gas percolation through the old lava dome of El Misti volcano, Bulletin of Volcanology, 79, 6, Article Number: 46, DOI: 10.1007/s00445-017-1129-5.
  3. Xi X, Johnson MS, Jeong S, Fladeland M, Pieri D, Diaz JA, Bland G, 2016, Constraining the sulfur dioxide degassing flux from Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica using unmanned aerial system measurements, Jour. Volc. and Geothermal Res., 325, 110-118.
  4. Abrams M, Hiroji T, Hulley G, Iwao K, Pieri D, Cudahy T , Kargel, 2015, The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) after fifteen years: Review of global products, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 38, 292- 301.
  5. Diaz JA, Pieri D, Wright K, Sorensen P, Kline-Shoder R, Arkin CR, Fladeland M, Bland G, Buongiorno MF, Ramirez C, Corrales E, Alan A, Alegria O, Diaz D, Linick J, 2015, Unmanned Aerial Mass Spectrometer Systems for In-Situ Volcanic Plume Analysis, Jour.Amer. Soc. Mass Spectrometry, 26, 292-304 (cover).
  6. Pieri D, 2015, " "Satellite and aircraft-based techniques to measure volcanic emissions and hazards," pp 133-146, in Volcanism and Global Environmental Change, Schmidt A, Fristad K , Elkins-Tanton L, eds., Cambridge University Press, UK, 339pp.
  7. Mars JC. Hubbard B, Pieri DC, Linick JP, 2015, Alteration, slope-classified alteration, and potential lahar inundation maps of volcanoes for the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) Volcano Archive: United States Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5035,19 pp. http://www.dx.doi.org/10.3133/sir20155035.
  8. Pieri DC, 2014 " Geomorphology," p. 237-241, in The Encyclopedia of Remote Sensing, Njoku EG, ed., Springer-Verlag, New York, 939 pp.
  9. Pieri D, Diaz JA, 2015, "In situ sampling of volcanic emissions with a UAV sensorweb," chapter in Dynamic Data-driven Environmental Systems Science, 13pp, S. Ravela, ed., Springer-Verlag, New York.
  10. Pieri DC and Dziewonski AM, 2014, "The Earth as a Planet," pp 445-478, in Spohn T, Breuer D, Johnson T, eds., The Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 3rd edition, Elsevier, 1336 pp (this volume won the 2015 PROSE Award in Cosmology & Astronomy).
  11. Buongiorno MF, Pieri DC Silvestri M, 2013 Thermal Analysis of Volcanoes Based on 10 Years of ASTER Data on Mt. Etna, pp 409-428 in C. Kuenzer and S. Dech (eds.), Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Sensors, Methods, Applications, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 17, 895pp.
  12. Pieri, DC, Diaz, JA, Bland G, Fladeland M, Madrigal Y, Corrales E, Alan A, Alegria O, Realmuto V, Miles T, and Abtahi A, 2013, In Situ Observations and Sampling of Volcanic Emissions with Unmanned Aircraft: A NASA/UCR Case Study at Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica, p. 321-352 in Remote sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes, Geological Society of London Special Publication, SP380.
  13. Amici S, S, Piscini A , Buongiorno MF, Pieri D, 2013, Geological classification of Volcano Teide by hyperspectral and multispectral satellite data, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 34, 9-10, 3356-3375.
  14. Buongiorno MF, Pieri DC, Silvestri M, 2013, Thermal Analysis of Volcanoes Based on 10 Years of ASTER Data on Mt. Etna, in C. Kuenzer and S. Dech (eds.), Thermal Infrared Remote Sensing: Sensors, Methods, Applications, Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing 17, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6639-6_20.
  15. Pieri, DC, 2013, " Plume hazards as measured from satellites and aircraft-implications for super-eruptions," Chapter 11 in Volcanism and Global Environmental Change, Elkins-Tanton L, Schmidt A, Fristad K, eds., Cambridge University Press, UK, in preparation.
  16. Pieri, DC, Diaz, JA, Bland G, Fladeland M, Madrigal Y, Corrales E, Alan A, Alegria O, Realmuto V, Miles T, and Abtahi A, 2013, In Situ Observations and Sampling of Volcanic Emissions with Unmanned Aircraft: A NASA/UCR Case Study at Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica, in Remote sensing of volcanoes and volcanic processes, Geological Society of London Special Publication, 2011 William Smith Conference, in press.
  17. Stefanescu ER, Bursik M, Cordoba G, Dalbey K, Jones MD, Patra AK, Pieri DC, Pitman EB, Sheridan MF, 2012, Digital elevation model uncertainty and hazard analysis using a geophysical flow model, Proceedings of The Royal Society A-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 468, 2142, 1543-1563 doi: 10.1098/rspa.2011.0711
  18. Diaz JA, Pieri D, Arkin RC, Gore E, Griffin TP, Fladeland M, Bland G, Soto C, Madrigal Y, Castillo D, Rojas E, Achí S, 2010, "Utilization of In-Situ Airborne MS based Instrumentation for the Study of Gaseous Emissions at Active Volcanoes," Int. Journ. Mass Spectr (Spec. Ed. on Harsh Env.Mass Spectrometry)
  19. Song WZ...Pieri D, et al., 2010, "Optimized Autonomous Space In-Situ Sensor Web for Volcano Monitoring," in IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 3, 4, pp. 541-546, doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2010.2066549
  20. Urai M and Pieri D, 2010, "ASTER Applications in Volcanology," in Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: NASA's EOS and the Science of ASTER And MODIS, B. Ramachandran, ed., Springer-Verlag.
  21. Bursik MI, Kobs SE, Burns A, Braitseva OA, Bazanova LI, Melekestsev IV, Kurbatov A, Pieri DC, 2009, Volcanic plumes and wind: Jetstream interaction examples and implications for air traffic, JVGR, 186, 60-67.
  22. Vaughan, RG, Abrams MJ, Hook SJ, and Pieri, DC, 2007, Observations of New Volcanic Island in Tonga, EOS Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 88(4), 37-41.
  23. Pieri, D.C. and A. Dziewonski, 2006, "The Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior," revised for Encyclopedia of the Solar System 2nd Ed, Weissman, McFadden, and Johnson, eds. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.
  24. Pieri, D. and M. Abrams, 2005, ASTER observations of thermal anomalies preceding the April 2003 eruption of Chikurachki volcano, Kurile Islands, Russia, Remote Sensing of Environment, 99, 1-2, 84-94.
  25. Lombardo V, Buongiorno M.F., Pieri D, Merucci L, 2004, Differences in Landsat TM derived lava flow thermal structures during summit and flank eruption at Mount Etna, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 134 (1-2), p. 15-34.
  26. Pieri, D. and M. Abrams, 2004, ASTER Watches the World's Volcanoes: A New Paradigm for Volcanological Observations from Orbit, Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 135 (1-2): 13-28.
  27. Simpson J.J., Hufford G.L., Servranckx R., Berg J., Pieri , D., 2003, Airborne Asian dust: case study of long-range transport and implications for the detection of volcanic ash, Weather And Forecasting, 18 (2): 121-141.
  28. Pieri, D.C., C. Ma, J.J. Simpson, G.L. Hufford, C. Grove, and T. Grindle, 2002, Analyses of In-situ Airborne Volcanic Ash from the February 2000 Eruption of Hekla, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 29, 16, p. 19-1-4.
  29. Simpson, J.J., G. Hufford, D. C. Pieri,, and J. Berg, 2001, Response to "Comments on Failures in Detecting Volcanic Ash from Satellite Data," Remote Sensing of Environment, 72, 191-217.
  30. Simpson, J.J., G.L. Hufford, D. C. Pieri,, R. Severanchx, J. Berg, and C. Bauer, 2001, The February, 2001 Eruption of Mt. Cleveland, Alaska: Case Study of an Aviation Hazard, Weather and Forecasting, 17: 691-704.
  31. Hufford, G., J.J. Simpson, L. Salinas, E. Barske, and D. C. Pieri,, 2000, Operational considerations of volcanic ash for airlines, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 8, 745-755.
  32. Simpson, J.J., G. Hufford, D. C. Pieri,, and J. Berg, 2000, Failures in Detecting Volcanic Ash from Satellite Data, Remote Sensing of Environment, 72, 191-217.
  33. Wright R., D. A. Rothery, and D. C. Pieri,, 2000, Improved Remote Sensing Estimates Of Lava Flow Cooling: A Case Study Of The 1991 To 1993 Mount Etna Eruption, Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth 105: (B10), 23681-23694.
  34. Urai, M., K. Fukui, Y. Yamaguchi, and D. C. Pieri,, 1999, Volcano Observation Potential and Global Volcano Monitoring Plan with ASTER, Journal of the Volcanological Society of Japan, 44 (3), 131-141. of the EOS Terra ASTER sensor to high-temperature volcanic targets Geophys. Res. Lett. 26, 12, p. 1773-1775.
  35. Wright R, D.A. Rothery, S. Blake, D. C. Pieri,, 2000, Visualising active volcanism with high spatial resolution satellite data: the 1991-1993 eruption of Mount Etna,Bulletin of Volcanology 62:(4-5), 256-265.
  36. Pieri, D.C., 1999, Geomorphology of selected massifs on the plains of Cydonia, Mars, Journal of Scientific Exploration, 13 (3).
  37. Khrenov, A.P, D. C. Pieri,, A.N. Blinkov, V.V. Zaitsev, and V.E. Shkarin, 1999, Airborne Remote Sensing of Active Volcanoes in Russia in 1993-1996, Proc. Acad. Nauk, 6, 70-82.
  38. Pieri, D.C. and A. Dziewonski, 1998, "The Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior," pp. 209-246, in Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Weissman, McFadden, and Johnson, eds. Academic Press, San Diego, California, 992pgs.
  39. Pieri, D.C., et al., 1997, Joint Effort Results in First TIMS Survey of Kamchatka Volcanoes, EOS, Transactions, AGU, 78 (12), 125-128.
  40. Abrams, M., R. Bianchi, and D. C. Pieri, 1996, Revised mapping of lava flows on Mt. Etna, Sicily Photogramm. Eng. Rem. Sens..,62, 1353-1359 (SocPE&RS Autometrics Paper of the Year Award).
  41. Pieri, D.C., J. Crisp, and A. B. Kahle, 1995, Observing volcanism and other transient events with ASTER, Journ. Remote Sens Soc. of Japan, 15(2), 56-61.
  42. Crisp, J., K.V. Cashman, J.A. Bonini, S.B. Hougen, and D. C. Pieri,, 1994, Crystallization history of the 1984 Mauna Loa lava flow, Jour. Geophys. Res., 99, 7177-7198.
  43. Realmuto, V.J., M.J. Abrams, M.F. Boungiorno, and D. C. Pieri,, 1994, The use of multispectral thermal IR image data to estimate the SO2 flux from volcanoes&Mt. Etna&JGR, 99, 481-488.
  44. Keszthelyi, L.P., and D. C. Pieri,, 1993, Emplacement of the 75-km-long Carrizozo lava flow field, south-central New Mexico, Jour. Volc. Geotherm. Res., 59, 59-75.
  45. Rothery, D.A., and D. C. Pieri,, 1993, Remote sensing of active lava, p. 203-233 in Kilburn and Luongo., Active Lavas, University College of London Press, 374pp.
  46. Realmuto, V.J.,. et al., & D. Pieri,, 1992, Multispectral thermal IR mapping (at)&Kilauea, B. Volc., 55, p. 33-44.
  47. Oppenheimer, C., D.A. Rothery, D. C. Pieri,, M.J. Abrams, and V. Carrere, 1993, Analysis of Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) data of volcanic hot spots, Int. Journ. Remote Sensing, 14, p.2919-2934.
  48. Pieri, D.C., L.S. Glaze, and M.J. Abrams, 1990, Thermal Radiance Observations of an Active Lava Flow during the 1984 eruption of Mount Etna, Geology, 18, p. 1023 1027 (cover).
  49. Baloga, S. M. and D. C. Pieri, 1986, Time dependent profiles of lava flows, JGR 91, 9543 9553.
  50. Pieri, D.C. and S. M. Baloga, 1986, Eruption rate, area and length relationships for some Hawaiian lava flows, J. Volc. and Geotherm. Res., 30, 29 45.
  51. Pieri, D., S.Baloga, R.Nelson and Carl Sagan, 1984, Sulfur flows at Ra Patera&Icarus, 60, 685 700.
  52. Pieri, D. C., 1984, Junction angles in drainage networks, J. Geophys. Res., 89, 6878 6884.
  53. Pieri, D. C., 1981, Lineament and polygon patterns on Europa, Nature, 289, 17 21.
  54. Pieri, D. C., 1980, Geomorphology of Valleys on Mars: A summary of morphology, distribution, age and origin, Science, 210, 895 897.

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