4800 Oak Grove Drive
Dr. JT Reager is an Earth Scientist specializing in the topic of freshwater. His research focuses on measuring changes in Earth's water cycle with a particular focus on hydrologic extremes, changing water resources, and implications for society.
The Earth is presently undergoing a dynamic evolution, due to the combined influences of natural variability and the direct/indirect impacts of human development. As the Earth changes in time, it is important to quantify and monitor the form and shape of this evolution, to better enable the prediction of potential future states, as well as to better understand the connected nature of natural and man-made processes on our home planet. Dr. Reager leverages innovative approaches in space-based observation to quantify changes in the cycling of water between the global ocean and global land, and to connect those changes to local and regional hydrologic hazards like extreme floods and droughts, or to measure the availability of water resources in snow, surface water and groundwater.
J.T. studied aerospace engineering as an undergraduate, and physical oceanography as a masters student. Upon realizing a predisposition to kinetosis (sea sickness), he switched fields to remote sensing hydrology and Earth System Science for his PhD. He joined JPL in 2014, and is a member of the NASA GRACE/GRACE-FO science team, the NASA Sea Level Change science team, and the NASA Applied Science Water Resources science team.
Citations: 4066; h-index: 27; i-10 index: 45 (as of 8/2021)
*See CV for full list