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Thu, 30 Dec 2021 13:00 EST

In 2021, Hurricane Ida left over 1 million people without power, tornadoes tore across the American Midwest, volcanoes forced people to evacuate their homes, wildfires covered the American West and unusual flooding wreaked havoc on Central Europe.

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Thu, 21 Oct 2021 10:00 EDT

Instruments, like this flux tower, are used by scientists to verify the accuracy of the data available in OpenET, a powerful new web-based platform that puts Earth science data about water use by crops and other vegetation into the hands of farmers and water managers.

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Thu, 07 Oct 2021 13:00 EDT

The U.S. Forest Service now has a powerful way to view near-real time fire detection from NASA satellite data that they can include in their hourly air quality forecasts.

Mr. Michael J. Abrams

US ASTER Science Team Leader

Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 183-501
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109

Phone: 818.354.0937

Email: mjabrams@jpl.nasa.gov


Michael Abrams has been the US ASTER Science Team Leader since 2003. Abrams joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1973. In addition to leading the ASTER science team, Abrams is a research scientist and project manager for NASA/AASG Technology Transfer and a Department of Defense contract to develop thermal time change software. Prior to moving to JPL, he was a staff scientist for IBM Paris. His research interests include applications of remote sensing data for volcano monitoring and eruption prediction and the development of new instruments for Earth observation.

Abrams has been recognized with a number of awards including the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2009), the Award of Distinguished Technical Communication from the Society of Technical Communication, a Service Award from the Department of the Interior, and the Fairchild and Merit Awards from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Abrams has degrees in biology and geology from the California Institute of Technology.