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Batuhan Osmanoglu


Batuhan Osmanoglu's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6690
Org Code: 618
Mail Code 618
Greenbelt, MD 20771

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Brief Bio

Batu holds a B.Sc. in telecommunications engineering and a Ph.D. in synthetic aperture radar interferometry time-series analysis. His dissertation was selected to be the most original research, and he is the winner of the University of Miami Rosenstiel School F.G. Walton Smith Prize for 2012. . He worked on glacier remote sensing as a Post-Doc at the University of Alaska Fairbanks between 2011 and 2013. His primary area of expertise is radar remote sensing, and he has worked on applications for observing surface deformation, measuring target velocities, boosting signal-to-noise ratio in target detection algorithms, and radar design and instrumentation.

Since 2013 he has been working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He has been working on the instrument and algorithm development of P-, L-, X- and Ku-band synthetic aperture radar systems. He is the recipient of the 2015 NASA Goddard Heliophysics and Biospheric Sciences Award and the 2020 NASA Early Career Achievement Medal (ECAM) for his contributions.

He is a member of the IEEE and American Geophysical Union, chairs the Microwave Remote Sensing working group under International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote-Sensing Technical Commission III. He is the principal investigator for the Snow Water Equivalent SAR and Radiometer (SWESARR). He serves as one of the NISAR Deputy Application Leads, candidate architecture and architecture assessment deputy lead for Surface Deformation and Change mission study, and one of the Disasters Program coordinators at GSFC. He is a subject matter expert for the NASA Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program, and is the stakeholder engagement program lead for the Observational Products for End-Users from Remote Sensing Analysis (OPERA) project. He contributed to the Surface Topography and Vegetation Incubation Study team report. He is working on several radar remote sensing projects on various topics such as surface deformation, snow water equivalent, flood and topography mapping at NASA.


University of Miami, RSMAS, Key Biscayne, FL
    Ph.D. in Marine Geology and Geophysics
    Dissertation Title: “Development and Application of Algorithms for InSAR Time Series”
Istanbul Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey
    Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications Engineering


2015 NASA GSFC Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences (HOBI) Award
2013 F.G. Walton Smith Prize for Ph.D. Dissertation, RSMAS, University of Miami
2007-2010 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship



2021. "Review Article: Global Monitoring of Snow Water Equivalent using High Frequency Radar Remote Sensing." The Cryosphere [10.5194/tc-2021-295] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "The Future of SAR Processing is in the Cloud." Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing 87 (1): 5–8 [10.14358/PERS.87.1.5] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "A multi-scaled analysis of forest structure using individual-based modeling in a costa rican rainforest." Ecological Modelling 433 109226 [10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2020.109226] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Detecting differential ground displacements of civil structures in fast-subsiding metropolises with interferometric SAR and band-pass filtering." Scientific Reports 10 (1): 15460 [10.1038/s41598-020-72293-z] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "A Systematic, Regional Assessment of High Mountain Asia Glacier Mass Balance." Frontiers in Earth Science 7 [10.3389/feart.2019.00363] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Adaptive Antenna Pattern Notching of Interference in Synthetic Aperture Radar Data Using Digital Beamforming." Remote Sensing 11 (11): 1346 [10.3390/rs11111346] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Earth Observations and Integrative Models in Support of Food and Water Security." Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences [10.1007/s41976-019-0008-6] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Sensors and Platforms." Manual of Remote Sensing 4 121-210 [] [Article in Book]

2018. "Detection and Geolocation of P-Band Radio Frequency Interference Using EcoSAR." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 11 (10): 3608-3616 [10.1109/jstars.2018.2830745] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Evidence for Tear Faulting from New Constraints of the 23 October 2011 Mw 7.1 Van, Turkey, Earthquake Based on InSAR, GPS, Coastal Uplift, and Field Observations." Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 108 (4): 1929-1946 [10.1785/0120170314] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Detecting Surface Changes Triggered by Recent Volcanic Activities at Kilauea, Hawai'i, by using the SAR Interferometric Technique: Preliminary Report." Korean Journal of Remote Sensing 34 (6): 1545--1553 [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "Editorial for Special Issue “Advances in SAR: Sensors, Methodologies, and Applications”." Remote Sensing 10 (8): [] [Other]

2016. "Time series analysis of InSAR data: Methods and trends." ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 115 90-102 [10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2015.10.003] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Combining Lidar and Synthetic Aperture Radar Data to Estimate Forest Biomass: Status and Prospects." Forests 6 (1): 252-270 [10.3390/f6010252] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Surface velocity and mass balance of Livingston Island ice cap, Antarctica." The Cryosphere 8 (5): 1807-1823 [10.5194/tc-8-1807-2014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Three-Dimensional Phase Unwrapping for Satellite Radar Interferometry, I: DEM Generation." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 52 (2): 1059-1075 [10.1109/tgrs.2013.2247043] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Surface velocity and ice discharge of the ice cap on King George Island, Antarctica." Annals of Glaciology 54 (63): 111--119 [] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Mexico City subsidence observed with persistent scatterer InSAR." International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 13 (1): 1-12 [10.1016/j.jag.2010.05.009] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "On the importance of path for phase unwrapping in synthetic aperture radar interferometry." Applied optics 50 (19): 3205--3220 [Journal Article/Letter]


2021. "Understanding Active Layer Thickness Variability Under Changing Climatic Conditions Across the North American Taiga-Tundra Ecotone." AGU 2021 Fall Meeting [10.1002/essoar.10509696.1] [Proceedings]

2021. "High Resolution Simulations of Forest Structure Project Heterogeneous Change Across the North American Taiga-Tundra Ecotone." AGU Fall Meeting 2021 [Proceedings]

2021. "Advancing Global SWE Observations Through the NASA SnowEx Campaign." AGU Fall Meeting 2021 [Proceedings]

2021. "Dissemination of Global Surface Water Mapping from SAR and Optical Data to Global Stakeholders." AGU Fall Meeting 2021 [Proceedings]

2021. "Monitoring Weather-Related Hazards Using the HydroSAR Service: Application to the 2020 South Asia Monsoon Season." 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS [10.1109/igarss47720.2021.9553203] [Proceedings]

2021. "NISAR's Capabilities in Support of the Applications Community." 2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS [10.1109/igarss47720.2021.9554122] [Proceedings]

2021. "Optical Time-Transfer for Bistatic SAR Small Spacecraft." Proceedings of Small Satellite Conference 2021 [Proceedings]

2021. "NASA's Surface Deformation and Change Mission Study." 2021 IEEE Aerospace Conference (50100) [10.1109/aero50100.2021.9438290] [Proceedings]

2021. "Satellites Reveal the Impact of the Izmir Earthquake." GIM International [Full Text] [Magazine]

2020. "Airborne observations from SWESARR SnowEx 2020." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 2020 C005-0003 [Proceedings]

2020. "Generating Flood Probability Map Based on Combined Use of Synthetic Aperture Radar and Optical Imagery." IGARSS 2020 - 2020 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [10.1109/igarss39084.2020.9324346] [Proceedings]

2019. "Preliminary results from SWESARR SnowEx Snow-off Flights." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts 2019 C33E-1635 [Proceedings]

2019. "NASA’s Next Generation Surface Deformation and Change Observing System Architecture." IGARSS 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [10.1109/igarss.2019.8899231] [Proceedings]

2018. "SWESARR: Snow Water Equivalent Radar and Radiometer." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts [Proceedings]

2016. "Development of Next Generation Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radar architectures." 2016 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) [10.1109/igarss.2016.7729544] [Proceedings]

2016. "Ground-level digital terrain model (DTM) construction from TanDEM-X InSAR data and WorldView stereo-photogrammetric images." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2016 IEEE International 6040--6042 [10.1109/IGARSS.2016.7730578] [Proceedings]

2016. "Radio frequency interference detection and mitigation techniques using data from EcoSAR 2014 Flight Campaign." Proceedings of EUSAR 2016: 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar 1-4 [Proceedings]

2016. "ECOSAR: P-Band Digital Beamforming Polarimetric and Single Pass Interferometric SAR: Instrument Performance." Proceedings of EUSAR 2016: 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar 1-5 [Proceedings]

2015. "Large-scale mangrove canopy height map generation from TanDEM-X data by means of Pol-InSAR techniques." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) [10.1109/igarss.2015.7326420] [Proceedings]

2015. "Next generation Digital Beamforming Synthetic Aperture Radar (DBSAR-2)." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 2774-2777 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7326389] [Proceedings]

2015. "Digital beamforming synthetic aperture radar (DBSAR): Single-pass interferometry for forest structure estimation." 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) 200-202 [10.1109/igarss.2015.7325734] [Proceedings]

2015. "ECOSAR: P-band digital beamforming polarimetric and single pass interferometric SAR." 2015 IEEE Radar Conference (RadarCon) [10.1109/radar.2015.7131086] [Proceedings]

2014. "The ecosystems SAR (EcoSAR) an airborne P-band polarimetric InSAR for the measurement of vegetation structure, biomass and permafrost." Radar Conference, 2014 IEEE 1443-1445 [10.1109/RADAR.2014.6875827] [Proceedings]

2014. "Polarimetric SAR interferometry evaluation in mangroves." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2014 IEEE International 4584 - 4587 [10.1109/IGARSS.2014.6947513] [Proceedings]