and global water and energy cycling.development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methodsin-situ observation and numerical simulationlocal to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing
Dr. Houser is an expert in local to global land surface-atmospheric remote sensing, in-situ observation and numerical simulation, development and application of hydrologic data assimilation methods, and global water and energy cycling. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Hydrology and Water Resources from the University of Arizona in 1992 and 1996 respectively. His dissertation research, titled "Remote Sensing Soil Moisture using Four-Dimensional Data Assimilation" introduced data assimilation into hydrological models, and demonstrated the benefit of including information from soil moisture observations in land-surface energy and water balance simulations. Dr. Houser's previous experience includes exploration of surface water quality issues at the U.S. Geological Survey, development of landfill cover technology at Los Alamos National Laboratory, study of fracture flow in volcanic tuff near Globe Arizona, hydrometerological instrumentation design and measurment of surface water and energy fluxes throughout Arizona, and teaching general hydrology, hydrologic field camp, and graduate hydrometerology seminar classes. Dr. Houser joined the NASA-GSFC Hydrological Sciences Branch and the Data Assimilation Office in 1997, and served as manager of NASA’s Land Surface Hydrology Program from 1999-2000, and served as branch head of the Hydrological Science Branch from 2000-2005. In 2005, he joined the George Mason University Climate Dynamics Program as the Professor of Global Hydrology, and formed the Center for Research for Environment and Water with the mission to quantify and predict water cycle and environmental consequences of earth system variability and change through focused research investments in observation, modeling, and application. During 2008-2010, Dr. Houser worked with EarthWater Global to help countries solve their fresh water shortages, where he was responsible for providing satellite-based“local short term statistical information on rainfall, snowpack and glaciers, especially in heavily fractured mountainous regions. Dr. Houser has led numerous scientific contributions, including the development of Land Data Assimilation Systems (LDAS), the Hydrospheric States Mission (Hydros), the Land Information System (LIS), the NASA Energy and Water cycle Study (NEWS), and the Water Cycle Solutions Network (WaterNet). Dr. Houser’s current research focuses on integrating water cycle research across traditional disciplines in an end-to-end program that transitions theoretical research to academic/public education and real-world application, through partnerships with universities, governments, and international agencies.