Dr. Eric Brown De Colstoun

Dr. Eric Brown De Colstoun

  • 301.614.6597
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 618
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • 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.

    Research Interests

    * Land cover/use classification and monitoring, with a focus on urbanization. * Earth science and public outreach. * Development of consistent satellite-based long-term data records for global Earth system studies. * Land cover and land use change dynamics. * Modeling the impact of land cover/use change on Earth systems.

    Positions/Employment

    2010 - Present

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

    NASA, Greenbelt

    Education

    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.

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gao, F., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, R. Ma, et al. Q. Weng, J. Masek, J. Chen, Y. Pan, and C. Song. 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.

    Tilton, J. C., E. C. Brown de colstoun, R. E. Wolfe, B. Tan, and C. Q. Huang. 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]

    Hall, F. G., E. C. Brown de colstoun, G. J. Collatz, et al. D. R. Landis, P. Dirmeyer, A. Betts, G. J. Huffman, L. Bounoua, and B. W. Meeson. 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]

    Brown de Colstoun, E., and C. L. Walthall. 2006. "Improving global scale land cover classifications with multi-directional POLDER data and a decision tree classifier." Remote Sens Environ, 100: 474-485.

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., R. S. DeFries, and J. R. Townshend. 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]

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., M. H. Story, C. Thompson, et al. K. Commisso, T. G. Smith, and J. Irons. 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]

    Daughtry, C. S., C. L. Walthall, M. S. Kim, E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and J. E. McMurtrey III. 2000. "Estimating corn leaf chlorophyll concentration from leaf and canopy reflectance." Remote Sensing of Environment, 74: 229-239.

    Prince, S. D., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and L. L. Kravitz. 1998. "Evidence from rain-use efficiencies does not indicate extensive Sahelian degradation." Global Change Biology, 4: 359-374.

    Prince, S. D., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and H. Strand. 1997. "Land cover characterization of the west central supersite with satellite data." HAPEX Sahel west central supersite: Methods, measurements and selected results, Report 130: Wageningen, The Netherlands: 241-258.

    Brown De Colstoun, E. C., and C. L. Walthall. 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, Wageningen, The Netherlands: 149-164.

    Loechel, S. E., C. L. Walthall, E. C. Brown De Colstoun, et al. J. Chen, B. L. Markham, and J. Miller. 1997. "Variability of boreal forest reflectances as measured from a helicopter platform." Journal of Geophysical Research, 102: 29495-29503.

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., C. L. Walthall, C. A. Russell, and J. Irons. 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]

    Russell, C. A., C. L. Walthall, J. R. Irons, and E. C. Brown de colstoun. 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]

    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.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gao, F., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, R. Ma, et al. Q. Weng, J. Masek, J. Chen, Y. Pan, and C. Song. 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

    Tilton, J. C., E. C. Brown de colstoun, R. E. Wolfe, B. Tan, and C. Q. Huang. 2012. "Generating ground reference data for a global impervious surface survey." Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012 IEEE International 5993-5996 [10.1109/IGARSS.2012.6352242]

    Hall, F. G., E. C. Brown de colstoun, G. J. Collatz, et al. D. R. Landis, P. Dirmeyer, A. Betts, G. J. Huffman, L. Bounoua, and B. W. Meeson. 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]

    Brown de Colstoun, E., and C. L. Walthall. 2006. "Improving global scale land cover classifications with multi-directional POLDER data and a decision tree classifier." Remote Sens Environ 100 474-485

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., R. S. DeFries, and J. R. Townshend. 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]

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., M. H. Story, C. Thompson, et al. K. Commisso, T. G. Smith, and J. Irons. 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]

    Daughtry, C. S., C. L. Walthall, M. S. Kim, E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and J. E. McMurtrey III. 2000. "Estimating corn leaf chlorophyll concentration from leaf and canopy reflectance." Remote Sensing of Environment 74 229-239

    Prince, S. D., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and L. L. Kravitz. 1998. "Evidence from rain-use efficiencies does not indicate extensive Sahelian degradation." Global Change Biology 4 359-374

    Prince, S. D., E. C. Brown De Colstoun, and H. Strand. 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

    Brown De Colstoun, E. C., and C. L. Walthall. 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

    Loechel, S. E., C. L. Walthall, E. C. Brown De Colstoun, et al. J. Chen, B. L. Markham, and J. Miller. 1997. "Variability of boreal forest reflectances as measured from a helicopter platform." Journal of Geophysical Research 102 29495-29503

    Brown de Colstoun, E. C., C. L. Walthall, C. A. Russell, and J. Irons. 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]

    Russell, C. A., C. L. Walthall, J. R. Irons, and E. C. Brown de colstoun. 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]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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