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Son V. Nghiem, PhD

Son V. Nghiem -
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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 300-235
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Biography:

Dr. Nghiem has published over 220 scientific articles including refereed journal papers, book chapters, and conference papers. He received the 1999 Lew Allen Award for Excellence in recognition of his pioneering research in the areas of polarimetric scatterometry for Earth science remote sensing and contributions to future advanced satellite instrument concepts. He is a recipient of the 2006 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for developing scientific applications of scatterometry in land, ice, and snow processes. He received the 2008 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for his contributions to understanding the melt state of the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, its significance in Earth science missions, and its implications in climate change. His research results have been reported by major news networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, BBC, The Weather Channel, National Geographic, Reuters, Associated Press, UPI, and about 1000 radio stations) in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.


Education:

PhD, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991.
MS, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1988.
BS, Summa Cum Laude, Electrical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1985.


Research Interests:

Environmental remote sensing and Earth science and applications including: electromagnetic scattering and emission, radar polarimetry, polarimetric interferometry, polarimetric radiometry, sea ice and lake ice, Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, global snow cover, ocean wind and lake wind, soil moisture, vegetation, wetlands, flood, drought, wildfire, river discharge, urban and suburban environments.


Professional Experience:

In 1991, Dr. Nghiem joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where he is the Science Applications Development Lead of the Radar Science & Engineering Section. His research encompasses active and passive remote sensing, development of advanced satellite radars and radiometers, electromagnetic scattering and emission modeling, Earth science and applications.


Selected Publications:

J. L. Foster, D. K. Hall, J. B. Eylander, G. A. Riggs, S. V. Nghiem, M. Tedesco, E. Kim, P. M. Montesano, R. E. J. Kelly, K. A. Casey, and B. Choudhury, "A Blended Global Snow Product Using Visible, Passive Microwave and Scatterometer Satellite Data," International Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 32., No. 5, pp. 1371-1395. March 2011.

S. V. Nghiem, K. Steffen, R. Huff, and G. Neumann, "Snow accumulation and snowmelt monitoring in Greenland and Antarctica," Dynamic Planet, Eds. P. Tregoning and C. Rizos, Part I, pp. Chapter 5, pp. 31-38, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg. 2007.

S. V. Nghiem and G. A. Leshkevich, "Satellite SAR Remote Sensing of Great Lakes Ice Cover – Part 1. Ice Backscatter Signatures," Journal of Great Lakes Research, Vol. 33, No. 4, pp. 722-735. December 2007.

S. V. Nghiem, I. G. Rigor, D. K. Perovich, P. Clemente-Colon, J. W. Weatherly, and G. Neumann, "Rapid Reduction of Arctic Perennial Sea Ice," Geophys. Res. Lett., Vol. 34, pp. L19504, doi:10.1029/2007GL031138. October 2007.

G. R. Brakenridge, S. V. Nghiem, E. Anderson, and R. Mic, "Orbital Microwave Measurement of River Discharge and Ice Status," Water Resources Research, Vol. 43, pp. W04405, doi:10.1029/2006WR005238. April 2007.

S. V. Nghiem and W.-Y. Tsai, "Global Snow Monitoring with Ku-Band Scatterometer," IEEE Transitions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 39, No. 10, pp. 2118-2134. 2001.

S. V. Nghiem, F. K. Li, and G. Neumann, "The Dependence of Ocean Backscatter at Ku-Band on Oceanic and Atmospheric Parameters," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 35, No. 3, pp. 581-600. May 1997.

S. V. Nghiem, S. H. Yueh, R. Kwok, and F. K. Li, "Symmetry Properties in Polarimetric Remote Sensing," Radio Science, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 693-711. September 1992.

S. V. Nghiem, M. Borgeaud, J. A. Kong, and R. T. Shin, "Polarimetric Remote Sensing of Geophysical Media with Layer Random Medium Model," Progress in Electromagnetics Research, edited by J. A. Kong, Vol. 3, Chap. 1, pp. 1-73. 1990.

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