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Eric Brown De Colstoun


Eric Brown De Colstoun's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6597
Org Code: 618
Mail Code 618
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Eric Brown de Colstoun is a Physical Scientist in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory, NASA/GSFC, where he has been working for over 15 years. His expertise in the field of remote sensing is broad, having used data collected at various spatial scales, with a variety of instrumentation (laboratory, field, airborne, satellite). Currently, he is the PI on a NASA project to map global urbanization from Landsat data for the first time. He served as Coordinator of Earth Science Education and Public Engagement at GSFC and was science advisor to the NASA Earth Science EPO Forum and as such has extensive experience with NASA Education programs, including the GLOBE Program (he is a certified GLOBE Land Cover Trainer), and with connecting his peers with educators, students and the broader NASA education community. His passion is to engage students/educators and the general public to actively participate in the NASA Earth Science experience through hands-on data collection/use and to follow STEM careers.


Physical Scientist (2010-Present). Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and Earth Sciences Division, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD.

NASA - Greenbelt

2010 - Present


Ph.D. Geography (Remote Sensing and Applied Climatology Emphasis), University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 2001.

M.A. Geography (Remote Sensing, Biogeography and Quantitative Statistical Analysis Emphasis), University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 1993.

B.A. Mathematics, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO. 1986.




2012. "Mapping impervious surface expansion using medium-resolution satellite image time series: a case study in the Yangtze River Delta, China." International Journal of Remote Sensing 33 (24): 7609-7628 [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Generating ground reference data for a global impervious surface survey." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International (5993-5996): 5993-5996 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352242] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Evaluation of ISLSCP Initiative II satellite-based land cover data sets and assessment of progress in land cover data for global modeling." Journal of Geophysical Research 111 (D22): D22S07 [10.1029/2006jd007453] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "ISLSCP Initiative II global data sets: Surface boundary conditions and atmospheric forcings for land-atmosphere studies." J. Geophys. Res. 111 (D22): D22S01 [10.1029/2006JD007366] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "Improving global scale land cover classifications with multi-directional POLDER data and a decision tree classifier." Remote Sens Environ 100 474-485 [Journal Article/Letter]

2003. "National Park vegetation mapping using multitemporal Landsat 7 data and a decision tree classifier." Remote Sens. Environ. 85 (3): 316–327 [10.1016/S0034-4257(03)00010-5] [Journal Article/Letter]

2000. "Estimating corn leaf chlorophyll concentration from leaf and canopy reflectance." Remote Sensing of Environment 74 229-239 [Journal Article/Letter]

1998. "Evidence from rain-use efficiencies does not indicate extensive Sahelian degradation." Global Change Biology 4 359-374 [Journal Article/Letter]

1997. "Land cover characterization of the west central supersite with satellite data." HAPEX Sahel west central supersite: Methods, measurements and selected results Report 130 241-258 [Article in Book]

1997. "Medium altitude bidirectional imaging spectroradiometer measurements over the HAPEX-Sahel west central super site using the advanced solid-state array spectroradiometer (ASAS),." HAPEX Sahel west central supersite: Methods, measurements and selected results 149-164 [Article in Book]

1997. "Variability of boreal forest reflectances as measured from a helicopter platform." Journal of Geophysical Research 102 29495-29503 [Journal Article/Letter]

1995. "Estimating the fraction of absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (ƒAPAR) at FIFE with airborne bidirectional spectral reflectance data." J. Geophys. Res 100 (D12): 25523–25535 [10.1029/95JD01045] [Journal Article/Letter]

1995. "Comparison of airborne and surface spectral bidirectional reflectance factors, spectral hemispherical reflectance and spectral vegetation indices." J. Geophys. Res. 100 (D12): 25509–25522 [10.1029/95JD01643] [Journal Article/Letter]