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Kerry Cawse-Nicholson
Scientist

Dr. Kerry Cawse-Nicholson is a member of the Carbon Cycle and Ecosystems group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She is an expert in spectroscopic imagery, particularly in fusing datasets acquired over different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Kerry works as part of several product development and applications teams, including ECOSTRESS, HyTES, and HyspIRI. Kerry is also the Project Manager for the MEaSUREs Land Surface Temperature and Emissivity (LST&E) project, which provides global estimates of LST&E, as well as hourly temperature estimates over North America.


Education

Ph.D.,Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand (2012)

M.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand (2009)

B.S., Computational and Applied Mathematics, University of the Witwatersrand (2008)


Research Interests
  • Using spectroscopic imagery to study the properties of Earth's surface
  • Dimensionality estimation for the study of diversity on land and in water
  • Fusion of different data sources for a full understanding of scene composition
  • The use of evapotranspiration in water resource management
  • Uncertainty characterization

Projects

ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station) Icon ECOSTRESS (ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station)
The ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) mission will study how the worlds ecosystems use water..

HyTES Icon HyTES
The Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer

HyspIRI Mission Study Icon HyspIRI Mission Study
The Hyperspectral Infrared Imager or HyspIRI mission will study the worlds ecosystems and provide critical information on natural disasters.


Professional Experience
  • Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2016 - present)
  • Image Processing Specialist, TerraCore Africa (2015 - 2016)
  • Remote Sensing Specialist, Southern Mapping Company (2014 - 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Center for Imaging Science, Rochester Institute of Technology (2012 - 2014)
  • Student Researcher, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (2009 - 2012)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Voyager Award, 2017
  • Best PhD Thesis in Computational and Applied Mathematics, 2012
  • Best Honours Student in Computational and Applied Mathematics, 2008
  • Best Student Contribution at the Math in Industry Study Group Workshop, 2008

Selected Publications
  1. K. Cawse-Nicholson, J.B. Fisher, C.A. Famiglietti, A. Braverman, F.M. Schwandner, J.L. Lewicki, P.A. Townsend, D.S. Schimel, R. Pavlick, K.J. Bormann, A. Ferraz, E.L. Kang, P. Ma, R.R. Bogue, T. Youmans, D.C. Pieri, Ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 using airborne remote sensing at Mammoth Mountain, California, Biogeosciences, under review.
  2. K. Cawse-Nicholson, G. Hulley, S. Hook, An investigation on spectral noise in the Hyperspectral Thermal Emission Spectrometer (HyTES), IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), under review.
  3. D. Kelbe, J. van Aardt, P. Romanczyk, M. van Leeuwen, K. Cawse-Nicholson, Marker-free registration of forest terrestrial laser scanner data pairs with embedded confidence metrics, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGARS), Vol. 54 (7), 4314 - 4330, 2016.
  4. A. Robin, K. Cawse-Nicholson, A. Mahmood, M. Sears, Estimation of the Intrinsic Dimension of Hyperspectral Images: Comparison of Current Methods, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), Vol. 8 (6), pp. 2854 - 2861, 2015.
  5. D. Kelbe, J. van Aardt, P. Romanczyk, M. van Leeuwen, K. Cawse-Nicholson, Single-scan stem reconstruction using sparse terrestrial laser scanner data, Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), Vol. 8 (7), pp. 3414 - 3427, 2015.
  6. J. McGlinchy, J. van Aardt, B. Erasmus, G. Asner, R. Mathieu, K. Wessels, D. Knapp, T. Kennedy-Bowdoin, H. Rhody, J. Kerekes, E. Ientilucci, J. Wu, D. Sarrazin, K. Cawse-Nicholson, Extracting structural vegetation components from smallfootprint waveform lidar for biomass estimation in Savanna ecosystems, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), Vol. 7 (2), pp. 480 - 490, 2014.
  7. K. Cawse-Nicholson, S. Damelin, A. Robin, M. Sears, Determining the intrinsic dimension of a hyperspectral image using Random Matrix Theory, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Vol. 22 (4), pp. 1301 -1310, 2013.
  8. K. Cawse-Nicholson, A. Robin, M. Sears, The effect of correlation on determining the intrinsic dimension of a hyperspectral image, Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, Vol. 6 (2), pp. 482 - 487, 2013.
  9. P. Romanczyk, J. van Aardt, K. Cawse-Nicholson, D. Kelbe, J. McGlinchy, K. Krause, Assessing the impact of broadleaf tree structure on airborne full-waveform small-footprint lidar signals through simulation, Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol 39 (S1), pp. S60 - S72, 2013.
  10. J. Wu, K. Cawse-Nicholson, J. van Aardt, 3D tree reconstruction from small footprint waveform lidar, Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS), Vol. 79 (12), pp. 1147 - 1157, 2013.

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