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Our group in Stanford's Department of Earth System Science, led by Prof. Alexandra Konings, studies how ecosystems and the carbon cycle respond to variations in water availability at large scales, and how ecosystems will change under future climate. Our research questions are quite varied, but many of them surround the role of soil moisture and vegetation water content in predicting plant health, associated carbon fluxes and growth. In order to answers these questions, we primarily use remote sensing data analysis and model development. In particular, we often use new microwave measurements of vegetation water content. We believe that a deep understanding of remote sensing background helps us do better science and therefore also work on developing new remote sensing datasets and their validation.


Isohydricity datasets can be found on Github.


June 14, 2018

Krishna Rao was awarded the 3-yr fellowship to support his PhD studies on using SAR for canopy mortality studies. Nathan Dadap will use the fellowship to support his PhD work on mapping soil moisture in Southeast Asian peatlands to better estimate fire and CO2 emissions. Congratulations, Nathan and Krishna!

June 4, 2018

SMAP MT-DCA data are now available via anonymous ftp. Instructions are on the datasets page.

June 1, 2018

Yanlan is currently a PhD student at Duke. Welcome, Yanlan!

June 1, 2018

The paper shows that the photosyntheis of taller Amazon forests is up to tree times less sensitive to precipitation than than of shorter forests. You can find it here