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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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Curriculum Vitae:

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Sea Level And Ice

JPL Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Brett Buzzanga is an Earth Scientist focused on the coast. As a member of the Sea Level and Ice Group, he uses satellite observations of the ocean to understand how climate and geophysical processes vary in space and time. With the Radar Science group, he applies the remote sensing technique of InSAR to measure vertical land motion, which impacts sea-level rise and flooding in coastal communities worldwide. 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

  • NISAR Team Award (Tropospheric Model Downselection)

Selected Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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,