Dr. Paul Rosen is Project Scientist for the NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) mission. NISAR will measure Earth’s changing ecosystems, dynamic land surfaces, and ice masses, providing critical measurements for carbon cycle modeling, natural hazards research, sea level rise, groundwater exploitation, and more. With its all-weather, day/night, multi-frequency, polarimetric capability, NISAR will also support a host of other applications.
Dr. Rosen is applying 35 years of experience in Earth and planetary radar remote sensing to guiding NISAR science and the potential benefits and impact of these data in the science and applications community. This entails interacting with scientists, engineers, managers, and the public, at all levels and in many capacities. He expects NISAR to have a major impact on how science and applications are developed using synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data, noting that NISAR will provide the world with an unprecedented source of data, processing tools, and educational materials. NASA’s Alaska Satellite Facility Distributed Active Archive Center (ASF DAAC) will take a leading role in NISAR data distribution and education.