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Karl Rittger

  • PhD, Environmental Science and Management. Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (2012)
  • MESM, Environmental Science and Management. Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, California (2006)
  • ScB, Geology-Physics/Mathematics. Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of snow
  • Earth surface energy and water balance
  • Cryosphere
  • Hydrology

Professional Experience
  • Postdoc, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2012-present)
  • Assistant Researcher, Earth Research Institute (2012-present)
  • Graduate student researcher, Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara (2004-2012)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) (2009-2012)
  • Jeff and Linda Dozier Fellowship (2005/2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Thurber, C., Roecker, S., Roberts, K., Gold, M., Powell, L., and Rittger, K. (2003). Earthquake locations and three-dimensional fault zone structure along the creeping section of the San Andreas fault near Parkfield, CA: Preparing for SAFOD. Geophysical Research Letters, 30, 1112, doi: 10.1029/2002gl016004.
  2. Adams, N., Allen, H., Burgard, A., Dietz, C., Fung, P.-C., and Rittger, K. (2006). Analysis of water resources management strategies for the Santa Ana River watershed region: Water reuse, recharge and use efficiency. MESM Thesis, University of California, Santa Barbara, 204 pp.
  3. Dozier, J., Painter, T.H., Rittger, K., & Frew, J.E. (2008). Time-space continuity of daily maps of fractional snow cover and albedo from MODIS. Advances in Water Resources, 31, 1515-1526, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2008.08.011.
  4. Painter, T.H., Rittger, K., McKenzie, C., Slaughter, P., Davis, R.E., & Dozier, J. (2009). Retrieval of subpixel snow-covered area, grain size, and albedo from MODIS. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 868-879, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2009.01.001.
  5. Raleigh, M.S., Rittger, K., & Lundquist, J.D. (2011). What lies beneath? Comparing MODIS fractional snow covered area against ground-based observations under forest canopies and in the meadows of the Sierra Nevada. Proceedings, Western Snow Conference, 79, 3-14.
  6. Rittger, K., Kahl, A., & Dozier, J. (2011). Topographic distribution of snow water equivalent in the Sierra Nevada. Proceedings, Western Snow Conference, 79, 37-46.
  7. Jepsen, S.M., Molotch, N.P., Williams, M.W., Rittger, K.E., & Sickman, J.O. (2012). Interannual variability of snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada and Rocky Mountains, United States: Examples from two alpine watersheds. Water Resources Research, 48, W02529, doi: 10.1029/2011wr011006.
  8. Rittger, K., Painter, T.H., & Dozier, J. (2012). Assessment of methods for mapping snow cover from MODIS. Advances in Water Resources, doi: 10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.03.002.

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