Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman

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  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NPP POST-DOC CONTRACT
  • Brief Bio

    Andrew is currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working with Ben Poulter in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and collaborating with Joanna Joiner, Randy Koster, and Abhishek Chatterjee. He is a hydrologist who studies how the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum exchanges water, carbon, and energy. Andrew's goal is to identify and understand soil and plant mechanisms that drive the land surface's response to variability and change. His current project at NASA involves investigating the effects of rainfall intermittency on the terrestrial biosphere using NASA satellites and modeling tools.

    In April 2021, Andrew received his Ph.D. from MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working with Professor Dara Entekhabi. At MIT, he used Earth-observing satellites to understand fundamentally how water moves through the soil-plant continuum following rainfall events at large spatial scales. Andrew studied these interactions using soil moisture and plant water content observations from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite as well as using meteorological observations from the LandSAF SEVIRI satellite. A portion of his work included developing and improving algorithms for retrieving soil and plant water content from microwave satellite brightness temperature observations.

    In 2016, Andrew graduated from Drexel University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. Working with Professor Franco Montalto, his master's thesis was on integrating green infrastructure into urban parks in NYC for stormwater management. Andrew was also a member of Drexel's Division I golf team.

    Research Interests

    Global Water, Carbon, and Energy Cycles; Ecohydrology; Microwave Remote Sensing

    Education

    Ph.D., 2021, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Advisor: Dara Entekhabi)

    M.S., 2018, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civil and Environmental Engineering (Advisor: Dara Entekhabi)

    M.S., 2016, Drexel University, Civil Engineering (Advisor: Franco Montalto)

    B.S., 2016, Drexel University, Civil Engineering (Summa Cum Laude, Honors)

    Positions/Employment

    7/2021 - Present

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

    USRA, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    4/2021 - 7/2021

    Research Scientist (Temporary)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    9/2016 - 4/2021

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    4/2020 - 5/2021

    Communication Laboratory Fellow

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    1/2015 - 1/2016

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

    Awards

    NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship, 2021

    Harvard University Center for the Environment Postdoctoral Fellowship (Awarded, but recipient declined), 2021

    USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship (Recommended for award, but recipient declined), 2021

    Louis Berger Fellowship, MIT, 2016

    Teaching Experience

    Fall 2020, MIT, 1.070 Introduction to Hydrology (Recitation Lecturer, Teaching Assistant)

    Fall 2018, MIT, 1.070 Introduction to Hydrology (Recitation Lecturer, Teaching Assistant)

    Fall 2012, Drexel University, CS121/122 Computation Laboratory (Teaching Assistant)

    Publications

    Refereed

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2022. "Observed Landscape Responsiveness to Climate Forcing." Water Resources Research, 58 (1): [10.1029/2021wr030316]

    Baur, M. J., T. Jagdhuber, A. F. Feldman, et al. D. Chaparro, M. Piles, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Time-variations of zeroth-order vegetation absorption and scattering at L-band." Remote Sensing of Environment, 267: 112726 [10.1016/j.rse.2021.112726]

    Feldman, A., D. Chaparro, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Error Propagation in Microwave Soil Moisture and Vegetation Optical Depth Retrievals." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 14: 11311-11323 [10.1109/jstars.2021.3124857]

    Xu, X., A. G. Konings, M. Longo, et al. A. Feldman, L. Xu, S. Saatchi, D. Wu, J. Wu, and P. Moorcroft. 2021. "Leaf surface water, not plant water stress, drives diurnal variation in tropical forest canopy water content." New Phytologist, 231 (1): 122-136 [10.1111/nph.17254]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, A. G. Konings, P. Gentine, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Patterns of plant rehydration and growth following pulses of soil moisture availability." Biogeosciences, 18 (3): 831-847 [10.5194/bg-18-831-2021]

    Feldman, A. F., A. Chulakadabba, D. J. Short Gianotti, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Landscape‐Scale Plant Water Content and Carbon Flux Behavior Following Moisture Pulses: From Dryland to Mesic Environments." Water Resources Research, 57 (1): [10.1029/2020wr027592]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2020. "Land‐Atmosphere Drivers of Landscape‐Scale Plant Water Content Loss." Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (22): [10.1029/2020gl090331]

    Gao, L., M. Sadeghi, A. F. Feldman, and A. Ebtehaj. 2020. "A Spatially Constrained Multichannel Algorithm for Inversion of a First-Order Microwave Emission Model at L-Band." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 58 (11): 8134-8146 [10.1109/tgrs.2020.2987490]

    Short Gianotti, D. J., R. Akbar, A. F. Feldman, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2020. "Terrestrial Evaporation and Moisture Drainage in a Warmer Climate." Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (5): [10.1029/2019gl086498]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2019. "Satellite‐Based Assessment of Land Surface Energy Partitioning–Soil Moisture Relationships and Effects of Confounding Variables." Water Resources Research, 55 (12): 10657-10677 [10.1029/2019wr025874]

    Baur, M. J., T. Jagdhuber, A. F. Feldman, R. Akbar, and D. Entekhabi. 2019. "Estimation of relative canopy absorption and scattering at L-, C- and X-bands." Remote Sensing of Environment, 233: 111384 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.111384]

    Feldman, A., R. Foti, and F. Montalto. 2019. "Green Infrastructure Implementation in Urban Parks for Stormwater Management." Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment, 5 (3): 05019003 [10.1061/jswbay.0000880]

    Feldman, A. F., R. Akbar, and D. Entekhabi. 2018. "Characterization of higher-order scattering from vegetation with SMAP measurements." Remote Sensing of Environment, 219: 324-338 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.10.022]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, A. G. Konings, et al. K. A. McColl, R. Akbar, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2018. "Moisture pulse-reserve in the soil-plant continuum observed across biomes." Nature Plants, 4 (12): 1026-1033 [10.1038/s41477-018-0304-9]

    Professional Societies

    Ecological Society of America, 2020 - Present
    IEEE, 2018 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2017 - Present

    Brief Bio

    Andrew is currently a NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center working with Ben Poulter in the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory and collaborating with Joanna Joiner, Randy Koster, and Abhishek Chatterjee. He is a hydrologist who studies how the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum exchanges water, carbon, and energy. Andrew's goal is to identify and understand soil and plant mechanisms that drive the land surface's response to variability and change. His current project at NASA involves investigating the effects of rainfall intermittency on the terrestrial biosphere using NASA satellites and modeling tools.

    In April 2021, Andrew received his Ph.D. from MIT's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering working with Professor Dara Entekhabi. At MIT, he used Earth-observing satellites to understand fundamentally how water moves through the soil-plant continuum following rainfall events at large spatial scales. Andrew studied these interactions using soil moisture and plant water content observations from NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite as well as using meteorological observations from the LandSAF SEVIRI satellite. A portion of his work included developing and improving algorithms for retrieving soil and plant water content from microwave satellite brightness temperature observations.

    In 2016, Andrew graduated from Drexel University with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering. Working with Professor Franco Montalto, his master's thesis was on integrating green infrastructure into urban parks in NYC for stormwater management. Andrew was also a member of Drexel's Division I golf team.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2022. "Observed Landscape Responsiveness to Climate Forcing." Water Resources Research 58 (1): [10.1029/2021wr030316]

    Baur, M. J., T. Jagdhuber, A. F. Feldman, et al. D. Chaparro, M. Piles, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Time-variations of zeroth-order vegetation absorption and scattering at L-band." Remote Sensing of Environment 267 112726 [10.1016/j.rse.2021.112726]

    Feldman, A., D. Chaparro, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Error Propagation in Microwave Soil Moisture and Vegetation Optical Depth Retrievals." IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 14 11311-11323 [10.1109/jstars.2021.3124857]

    Xu, X., A. G. Konings, M. Longo, et al. A. Feldman, L. Xu, S. Saatchi, D. Wu, J. Wu, and P. Moorcroft. 2021. "Leaf surface water, not plant water stress, drives diurnal variation in tropical forest canopy water content." New Phytologist 231 (1): 122-136 [10.1111/nph.17254]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, A. G. Konings, P. Gentine, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Patterns of plant rehydration and growth following pulses of soil moisture availability." Biogeosciences 18 (3): 831-847 [10.5194/bg-18-831-2021]

    Feldman, A. F., A. Chulakadabba, D. J. Short Gianotti, and D. Entekhabi. 2021. "Landscape‐Scale Plant Water Content and Carbon Flux Behavior Following Moisture Pulses: From Dryland to Mesic Environments." Water Resources Research 57 (1): [10.1029/2020wr027592]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2020. "Land‐Atmosphere Drivers of Landscape‐Scale Plant Water Content Loss." Geophysical Research Letters 47 (22): [10.1029/2020gl090331]

    Gao, L., M. Sadeghi, A. F. Feldman, and A. Ebtehaj. 2020. "A Spatially Constrained Multichannel Algorithm for Inversion of a First-Order Microwave Emission Model at L-Band." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 58 (11): 8134-8146 [10.1109/tgrs.2020.2987490]

    Short Gianotti, D. J., R. Akbar, A. F. Feldman, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2020. "Terrestrial Evaporation and Moisture Drainage in a Warmer Climate." Geophysical Research Letters 47 (5): [10.1029/2019gl086498]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, I. F. Trigo, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2019. "Satellite‐Based Assessment of Land Surface Energy Partitioning–Soil Moisture Relationships and Effects of Confounding Variables." Water Resources Research 55 (12): 10657-10677 [10.1029/2019wr025874]

    Baur, M. J., T. Jagdhuber, A. F. Feldman, R. Akbar, and D. Entekhabi. 2019. "Estimation of relative canopy absorption and scattering at L-, C- and X-bands." Remote Sensing of Environment 233 111384 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.111384]

    Feldman, A., R. Foti, and F. Montalto. 2019. "Green Infrastructure Implementation in Urban Parks for Stormwater Management." Journal of Sustainable Water in the Built Environment 5 (3): 05019003 [10.1061/jswbay.0000880]

    Feldman, A. F., R. Akbar, and D. Entekhabi. 2018. "Characterization of higher-order scattering from vegetation with SMAP measurements." Remote Sensing of Environment 219 324-338 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.10.022]

    Feldman, A. F., D. J. Short Gianotti, A. G. Konings, et al. K. A. McColl, R. Akbar, G. D. Salvucci, and D. Entekhabi. 2018. "Moisture pulse-reserve in the soil-plant continuum observed across biomes." Nature Plants 4 (12): 1026-1033 [10.1038/s41477-018-0304-9]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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