Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Michael J. Croteau (he/him)

(Rsch AST, Solid Earth Geophysical Std)


Org Code: 61A

Mail Code: 61A
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA

Brief Bio

Mike Croteau is a satellite geodesist and focuses on time-variable gravity estimation with GRACE and SLR, including Level-1B combinatorial solutions with other datasets. He is also involved in the Geodesy and Geophysics Laboratory's Global Mean Sea Level work. Mike is a NASA TOPS Champion, advocating for open science and teaching open science best practices at GSFC and in the scientific community.

Current Projects

GRACE / GRACE Follow-On Science Team

NASA Sea Level Change Team

Earth Information System - Sea Level Team

NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS) GSFC Champions


Research Geophysicist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

September 2020 - Present

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, administered by USRA - Greenbelt, MD

February 2019 - September 2020


2019 - Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

  • Dissertation: "Daily GRACE Water Storage Estimates for Improving Hydrology Models and Forecasting"
  • Advisor: Dr. Steve Nerem

2014 - M.S. Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

2012 - M.Ed., University of Notre Dame

2010 - B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Notre Dame


AGU Outstanding Reviewer of 2022, JGR: Solid Earth

NASA GSFC HBG Scientific Achievement Award, October 2022

Professional Service

Science Director's Committee (Chair, 2022-2023; Vice Chair, 2021-2022)

610 Early and Mid Career Council (EMC2)



Felikson, D., S. Nowicki, I. Nias, et al. B. Csatho, A. Schenk, M. J. Croteau, and B. Loomis. 2023. Choice of observation type affects Bayesian calibration of Greenland Ice Sheet model simulations The Cryosphere 17 (11): 4661-4673 [10.5194/tc-17-4661-2023]

Felikson, D., S. Nowicki, I. Nias, et al. B. Csatho, A. Schenk, M. Croteau, and B. Loomis. 2022. Choice of observation type affects Bayesian calibration of ice sheet model projections EGUsphere [preprint] [10.5194/egusphere-2022-1213]

Croteau, M. J., T. J. Sabaka, and B. D. Loomis. 2021. GRACE Fast Mascons From Spherical Harmonics and a Regularization Design Trade Study Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 126 (8): [10.1029/2021jb022113]

Cullather, R. I., L. C. Andrews, M. J. Croteau, et al. N. E. Digirolamo, D. K. Hall, Y.-K. Lim, B. D. Loomis, C. A. Shuman, and S. M. Nowicki. 2020. Anomalous circulation in July 2019 resulting in mass loss on the Greenland ice sheet Geophysical Research Letters 47 (17): [10.1029/2020GL087263]

Croteau, M. J., R. S. Nerem, B. D. Loomis, and T. J. Sabaka. 2020. Development of a Daily GRACE Mascon Solution for Terrestrial Water Storage Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth 125 (3): [10.1029/2019jb018468]

Scanlon, B. R., Z. Zhang, A. Rateb, et al. A. Sun, D. Wiese, H. Save, H. Beaudoing, M. H. Lo, H. Müller‐Schmied, P. Döll, R. Beek, S. Swenson, D. Lawrence, M. Croteau, and R. C. Reedy. 2019. Tracking Seasonal Fluctuations in Land Water Storage Using Global Models and GRACE Satellites Geophysical Research Letters 46 (10): 5254-5264 [10.1029/2018gl081836]


Colombo, O. L., and M. J. Croteau. 2023. Tsunami Early-Warning CubeSat Design Reference Mission (DRM) NASA/TM–20230003987

Talks, Presentations and Posters


Recent Misclosure in the Sea Level Budget 

June 9, 2023

GISS Sea Level Seminar Series

Weighing the Cryosphere and monitoring its changes with the GRACE Follow-On satellite mission 

June 3, 2023

The Geological Society of Washington

Optimizing GRACE/GRACE-FO time variable gravity products through advanced estimation strategies

July 28, 2022

AGU Geodesy Lecture Series webinar: