Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Akiko Elders


Akiko Elders's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.5911
Org Code: 610.1
Mail Code 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Employer: US - Visiting Rearcher

Brief Bio

Akiko is a post-doctoral researcher in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA GSFC. She investigates the predictability of crop composition and production of small African fields using moderate and high-resolution satellite imagery. Prior to working at GSFC Akiko was a PhD candidate at George Mason University evaluating the relationship between sea ice decline and mid-latitude weather and climate using Global Climate Models (GCMs).

Research Interests

Atmospheric Response to Sea Ice Decline

Earth Science: Atmospheric Dynamics

Understanding the teleconnections between sea ice decline in the Arctic and winter weather and climate extremes in the mid-latitudes.

The Utility of Earth Observing Systems to address Land Cover, Land Use and Food Insecurity

Earth Science: Remote Sensing

Understanding the skill of Earth Observing Systems and Machine Learning to estimate crop composition and production in regions vulnerable to food insecurity.


Assistant Research Scientist

Morgan State University - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

July 2019 - Present

Research Assistant

George Mason University - Fairfax, VA

August 2013 - August 2019


PhD Climate Dynamics, George Mason University, 2019

MA Geography, University of Maryland, 2010

BS Environmental Science, University of Maryland, 2008



2022. "Estimating crop type and yield of small holder fields in Burkina Faso using multi-day Sentinel-2." Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 27 100820 [10.1016/j.rsase.2022.100820] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Diagnosing sea ice from the north american multi model ensemble and implications on mid-latitude winter climate." Climate Dynamics 53 (12): 7237-7250 [10.1007/s00382-017-4049-3] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Development of an operational land water mask for MODIS Collection 6, and influence on downstream data products." International Journal of Digital Earth 10 (2): 207-218 [10.1080/17538947.2016.1232756] [Journal Article/Letter]