Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Natasha Sadoff


Org Code: 616

Mail Code: 616.2
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Ms. Natasha Sadoff is a geographer and social scientist who works at the nexus of environmental management, governance, and Earth science. She has nearly fifteen years of experience connecting data users and stakeholders to resources to improve decision-making, communication, and environmental management in areas such as climate change adaptation and resilience; energy management; air quality; water quality; and other areas. Toward that end, she uses principles of Design Thinking and co-production to design and implement stakeholder needs assessments, user engagement activities, training and outreach, and capacity building/development, particularly in the usage of Earth observations for societal benefit. She recently received a certificate from IDEO U on Foundations in Design Thinking. She is currently serving as the NASA PACE Project Applications Deputy Coordinator.


PACE Project Applications Deputy Coordinator

NASA GSFC;SSAI - Greenbelt, MD

July 2021 - Present

Senior Research Scientist

Battelle Memorial Institute - Columbus, Ohio

July 2009 - July 2021

Research Associate and Teaching Assistant

University of Vermont - Burlington, Vermont

October 2006 - June 2007


M.A., Human Geography - 2015

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA

Advisor: Kendra McSweeney

Thesis: Hyper-Development, Waste, and Uneven Urban Spaces in Panama City


B.S., Environmental Studies - 2007

The University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, USA

Advisor: Katharine (Kit) Anderson

Professional Service

  • Nominated member, World Meteorological Organization Study Group on Energy and Climate, 2020-present
  • Co-lead to the Group on Earth Observations Vision for Energy (GEO-VENER) Initiative, 2019-2020


  • Battelle Outstanding Performance Awards, various awards made between 2009-2021
  • Battelle Emerging Scientist and Engineers Council, elected member, 2013–2016
  • Rayner Scholarship for Field Work, Ohio State University, 2015
  • Tinker Scholarship for Field Work in Latin America, Ohio State University, 2015
  • Superior Paper Award, Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, 2014



Seay, B., A. Adetona, N. Sadoff, M. C. Sarofim, and M. Kolian. 2021. Impact of South Asian brick kiln emission mitigation strategies on select pollutants and near-term Arctic temperature responses Environmental Research Communications 3 (6): 061004 [10.1088/2515-7620/ac0a66]

Maslak, T. M., and N. Sadoff. 2021. Marine Health Hubs: Building Interdisciplinary Regional Hubs of Excellence to Research and Address the Societal Impacts of Marine Debris Marine Technology Society Journal 55 (3): 96-97 [10.4031/mtsj.55.3.50]

Maslak, T., K. Henry, N. Sadoff, et al. D. M. Jones, J. Glasser, and A. Leibrand. 2020. Mission Mosquito: building and expanding an international network for innovation in health communication Journal of Science Communication 19 (03): N01 [10.22323/2.19030801]

Leibrand, A., N. Sadoff, T. Maslak, and A. Thomas. 2019. Using Earth Observations to Help Developing Countries Improve Access to Reliable, Sustainable, and Modern Energy Frontiers in Environmental Science 7 [10.3389/fenvs.2019.00123]

Weber, S., N. Sadoff, E. Zell, and A. de Sherbinin. 2015. Policy-relevant indicators for mapping the vulnerability of urban populations to extreme heat events: A case study of Philadelphia Applied Geography 63 231-243 [10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.07.006]


Urquhart, E., and N. Sadoff. 2021. Partnerships, Co-Production, and Transdisciplinary Science: The 2021 PACE Applications Workshop The Earth Observer 33 (6): 14-23

Talks, Presentations and Posters


User-Driven Air Quality Management using future NASA PACE Mission Data

July 8, 2023

Oral presentation at the 2023 Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Annual Conference and Exhibition

Hyperspectral & polarimetric ocean observations from space! How the NASA PACE Mission will advance environmental & societal applications in disaster management

June 11, 2023

Oral presentation and the Annual Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop (CPASW)

Pursuing Data Product Co-Production and Co-Development through NASA Applications Programs

April 29, 2023

Oral presentation and subsequent panel discussion during the launch webinar of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Document: Best Practices for ’Integrated Weather and Climate Services in support of Net Zero Energy Transition

User-Driven, Inclusive, and Actionable Environmental Management using Future PACE Mission Data

April 25, 2023

Oral presentation at the American Assocation of Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting during the Human Dimension of Global Change (HDGC) Symposium: Global Change and Local People – Remote Sensing for Human-Environment Science

User-Driven Air Quality and Applied Atmospheric Science via the NASA PACE Applications Program

October 22, 2022

Keynote presentation given during the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2022 in Brussels, Belgium 

Leveraging Design Thinking to Assess User Requirements for the NASA PACE Mission

October 20, 2022

Oral presentation during the EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference 2022 in Brussels, Belgium 

User-Driven Air Quality Management via the NASA PACE Applications Program 

July 29, 2022

Oral presentation during the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) Annual Meeting in San Fransisco, CA 

The NASA Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, ocean Ecology (PACE) Mission: Opportunities for Furthering Dust Research and Applications

June 13, 2022

Webinar presentation during the Dust Alliance for North America (DANA) May 13, 2022 seminar

Earth Observations for Air Quality and Energy Management: Best Practices for User-Driven Capacity Development

7, 2020

Oral presentation at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) virtual conference.

Building Capacity of Electric Utilities to Use NASA Data for Energy Management

August 22, 2020

MIT Media Lab Event: SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. Virtual Webinar Event


Using a Capacity Building Approach to Build Electric Utility Resilience using NASA Data Resources

11, 2019

Oral presentation at the American Geophysical Union conference, San Francisco, California

Earth Observations for Energy Management: Global Engagement and Networks via GEO-VENER

10, 2019

Oral presentation at the American Geophysical Union conference, San Francisco, California

A Capacity Building Approach for Community-Engaged Environmental Health Research: Best Practices from Latin America

October 15, 2017

Global Environmental Health Day, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Durham, North Carolina

Toward Cross-sectoral and Integrated Energy Sector Resilience: From National to Community

June 11, 2017

Facilitated session at the National Adaptation Forum, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Context and Local Strategies on Air Pollution and Climate Change

November 26, 2016

SERVIR Outreach and Communication Workshop: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Health in Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica

Satellite Products and Tools for Air Quality and Climate Change

November 25, 2016

SERVIR Outreach and Communication Workshop: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Health in Costa Rica; San Jose, Costa Rica

Effective Governance: Best Practices for Communication and Public Participation

July 21, 2016

SERVIR Outreach and Communication Workshop: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Health in El Salvador; San Salvador, El Salvador

Developing and transitioning numerical air quality models to improve air quality and public health decision-making in El Salvador and Costa Rica as part of the SERVIR applied sciences team

17, 2014

Poster session presented at: American Geophysical Union conference; San Francisco, CA

Using NASA earth science datasets for national climate assessment indicators: urban impacts of heat waves associated with climate change

17, 2014

Poster session presented at: American Geophysical Union conference; San Francisco, CA

Hyper-development and environmental injustice in Panama City: conceptualizing Panama City

February 7, 2014

Paper presented at: Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers; Panama City, Panama

Leveraging public participation for improving air quality communication: considerations for Panama

November 16, 2013

NASA SERVIR/University of Panama Air Quality Communication Workshop, Panama City, Panama.