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Dr. Brett Buzzanga

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

M/S 300-323

Pasadena, CA 91109


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Sea Level And Ice

JPL Postdoctoral Fellow

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Dr. Brett Buzzanga is an Earth Scientist focused on the coast. As a postdoctoral fellow at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, he works with satellite observations to better understand how climatic and geophysical processes contribute to sea-level change. In addition to using radar and laser altimetry to measure the ocean, he applies the remote sensing technique of InSAR to assess vertical land motion, which can worsen the impacts of sea-level rise in coastal communities. More generally, he's interested in the interface between science and society, and how a systemic understanding of Earth can enable a healthy relationship between people and planet.


  • Ph. D. Oceanography, Old Dominion University, 2021
  • M.S. Earth Science, Old Dominion University, 2017
  • A.S. Math and Science, Brookdale Community College, 2013
  • B.A. Political Science, Rutgers University, 2011

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2021 – present)
  • Research Assistant, Old Dominion University (2014 – 2021)

Research Interests

  • Global and coastal sea-level changes
  • Mass exchanges in the Earth System
  • InSAR remote sensing
  • Coastal impacts

Selected Awards

  • ICESat-2 Science Team (2023-2026)
  • NISAR Team Award (Tropospheric Model Downselection)

Selected Publications

  1. Buzzanga, B., Bekaert, D., Hamlington, B., Kopp, R., Govorcin, M., and Miller, K. (2023). Widespread Subsidence and Localized Uplift in the NYC Metropolitan Area, Science Advances
  2. Buzzanga, B., Heijkoop, E., Hamlington, B., Nerem, R. S., & Gardner, A. (2021). An assessment of regional ICESat-2 sea-level trends. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, 2020GL092327.
  3. Buzzanga, B., Bekaert, D. P. S., Hamlington, B., & Sangha, S. S. (2020). Toward sustained monitoring of subsidence at the coast using InSAR and GPS: An application in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Geophysical Research Letters, 47,