Doug Alsdorf

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Director of the CWC

School of Earth Sciences

Address:Scott Hall, Byrd Polar Research Center
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210
Country:United States


Professor Alsdorf is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from Cornell University and an M.Sc in Geophysics from Ohio State University. Currently he is leading the U.S. segment of an international satellite mission to study the elevation and circulation of water within bodies of freshwater and the oceans. The Surface Water Ocean Topography (SWOT) mission was one of only 14 approved by the National Academy for NASA to launch in the decade of 2010 to 2020.

Professor Alsdorf conducts research in hydrology, tropical wetlands and geophysics. Currently he is focused on floodplain levels in the lowland Amazon and Congo River systems. His analysis of satellite radar data has shown that small scale changes in water levels beneath vegetation provides new and valuable insights into water flow across flood plains.

Previously he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor and an Assistant Research Scientist in the Department of Geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was also an Assistant Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Institute for Computational Earth System Science.

He has been the lead author of 21 papers, co-author on an additional 28 papers, and has published in a variety of journals including Science, Nature, Reviews of Geophysics, and Geophysics Research Letters.

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Selected Publications

Alsdorf, D.E., E. Rodriguez and D. Lettenmaier. 2007. "Measuring Surface Water from Space". Reviews of Geophysics, Vol. 45, No. 2

Alsdorf, D.E., L-L. Fu, N. Mognard, A. Cazenave, E. Rodriguez, D. Chelton and D. Lettenmaier. 2007. "Measuring the Global Oceans and Terrestrial Fresh Water from Space". Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, Vol. 88, Pg. 253

Alsdorf, D.E., P. Bates, J. Melack, M. Wilson and T. Dunne. 2007. "The Spatial and Temporal Complexity of the Amazon Flood Measured from Space". Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 34

Alsdorf, D.E., E. Rodriguez, D. Lettenmaier and J. Famiglietti. 2005. "WatER: The Water Elevation Recovery Satellite Mission". Response to the National Research Council Decadal Survey Request for Information,

Alsdorf, D.E., T. Dunne, J. Melack, L.C. Smith and L.L. Hess. 2005. "Diffusion Modeling of Recessional Flow on Central Amazonian Floodplains". Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 32

Alsdorf, D.E., and D. Lettenmaier. 2003. "Tracking Fresh Water from Space". Science, Vol. 301, Pgs. 1485-1488

Alsdorf, D.E., J. Melack, T. Dunne, L.A.K. Mertes, L.L. Hess, and L.C. Smith. 2000. "Interferometric Radar Measurements of Water Level Changes on the Amazon Flood Plain". Nature, Vol. 404, Pgs.174-177

Alsdorf, D.E., and L.C. Smith. 1999. "". International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 20