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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.