Dr. Jeffrey G Masek

Dr. Jeffrey G Masek

  • RSCH AST, EARTH SCIENCES REMOTE SENS
  • 301.614.6629 | 301.614.6695
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 618
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Masek currently serves as Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA GSFC. His research interests include satellite-based monitoring forest dynamics, climate-change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, and remote sensing techniques. In 2015 he was appointed Project Scientist for the Landsat-9 mission, and from 2001-2010 he served as the Deputy Project Scientist for Landsat-8.  Dr. Masek received a B.A. in Geology from Haverford College (1989) and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University (1994), and has held previous research positions with University of Maryland, Hughes Information Systems, and Cornell University.

    Positions/Employment

    10/2014 - Present

    Chief, Biospheric Sciences Laboratory

    NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
    1/2001 - Present

    Research Scientist

    NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD
    5/1997 - 1/2001

    Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, College Park, MD
    1/1996 - 5/1997

    Research Scientist

    Hughes Information System, Landover, MD
    5/1994 - 1/1996

    Postdoctoral Associate

    Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

    Education

    B.A. Geology, Haverford College, Haverford PA, 1989
    Ph.D. Geological Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1994

    Awards

    2012 NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
    2011 Robert H. Goddard Award for Scientific Achievement
    1991 NASA Graduate Researchers Program Fellow
    1989 John C. McMullen Graduate Fellow, Cornell University

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Rogers, B. M., K. Solvik, E. H. Hogg, et al. J. Ju, J. G. Masek, M. Michaelian, L. T. Berner, and S. J. Goetz. 2018. "Detecting early warning signals of tree mortality in boreal North America using multiscale satellite data." Global Change Biology, [10.1111/gcb.14107]

    Dolan, K. A., G. C. Hurtt, S. A. Flanagan, et al. J. P. Fisk, R. Sahajpal, C. Huang, Y. L. Page, R. Dubayah, and J. G. Masek. 2017. "Disturbance Distance: quantifying forests' vulnerability to disturbance under current and future conditions." Environmental Research Letters, 12 (11): 114015 [10.1088/1748-9326/aa8ea9]

    Markham, B. L., T. Arvidson, J. A. Barsi, et al. M. Choate, E. Kaita, R. Levy, M. Lubke, and J. Masek. 2017. "Landsat Program." Comprehensive Remote Sensing, 1: Oxford: Elsevier, 27–90, ISBN: 978-0-12-803221-3.

    Cohen, W. B., Z. Yang, S. V. Stehman, et al. T. A. Schroeder, D. M. Bell, J. G. Masek, C. Huang, and G. W. Meigs. 2016. "Forest disturbance across the conterminous United States from 1985–2012: The emerging dominance of forest decline." Forest Ecology and Management, 360: 242–252 [10.1016/j.foreco.2015.10.042]

    Neigh, C. S., J. G. Masek, P. Bourget, et al. K. Rishmawi, F. Zhao, C. Huang, B. D. Cook, and R. F. Nelson. 2016. "Regional rates of young US forest growth estimated from annual Landsat disturbance history and IKONOS stereo imagery." Remote Sensing of Environment, 173: 282–293 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.09.007]

    Ju, J., and J. G. Masek. 2016. "The vegetation greenness trend in Canada and US Alaska from 1984–2012 Landsat data." Remote Sensing of Environment, 176: 1-16 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.01.001]

    Williams, C. A., H. Gu, R. MacLean, J. G. Masek, and G. J. Collatz. 2016. "Disturbance and the carbon balance of US forests: A quantitative review of impacts from harvests, fires, insects, and droughts." Global and Planetary Change, 143: 66-80 [10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.06.002]

    Bounoua, L., P. Zhang, K. J. Thome, et al. J. G. Masek, A. Safia, M. L. Imhoff, and R. E. Wolfe. 2015. "Mapping Biophysical Parameters for Land Surface Modeling over the Continental US Using MODIS and Landsat." Dataset Papers in Science, 2015 (Article ID 564279): 11 pp. [10.1155/2015/564279]

    Rosette, J., B. Cook, R. Nelson, et al. Chengquan Huang, J. Masek, C. Tucker, Guoqing Sun, Wenli Huang, P. Montesano, J. Rubio-Gil, and J. Ranson. 2015. "Sensor Compatibility for Biomass Change Estimation Using Remote Sensing Data Sets: Part of NASA's Carbon Monitoring System Initiative." IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett., 12 (7): 1511-1515 [10.1109/lgrs.2015.2411262]

    Ghimire, B., C. A. Williams, G. J. Collatz, et al. M. Vanderhoof, J. Rogan, D. Kulakowski, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Large carbon release legacy from bark beetle outbreaks across Western United States." Global Change Biology, 21 (8): 3087–3101 [10.1111/gcb.12933]

    Bounoua, L., P. Zhang, G. Mostovoy, et al. K. J. Thome, J. G. Masek, M. L. Imhoff, M. Shepherd, D. Quattrochi, J. A. Santanello, J. Silva, R. E. Wolfe, and A. Mounirou Toure. 2015. "Impact of urbanization on US surface climate." Environ. Res. Lett., 10 (8): 084010 [10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084010]

    Claverie, M., E. F. Vermote, B. Franch, et al. T. He, O. Hagolle, M. Kadiri, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Evaluation of Medium Spatial Resolution BRDF-Adjustment Techniques Using Multi-Angular SPOT4 (Take5) Acquisitions." Remote Sens., 7 (9): 12057-12075 [10.3390/rs70912057]

    Masek, J. G., D. J. Hayes, M. Joseph Hughes, S. P. Healey, and D. P. Turner. 2015. "The role of remote sensing in process-scaling studies of managed forest ecosystems." Forest Ecology and Management, 355: 109-123 [10.1016/j.foreco.2015.05.032]

    Claverie, M., E. F. Vermote, B. Franch, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Evaluation of the Landsat-5 TM and Landsat-7 ETM + surface reflectance products." Remote Sensing of Environment, 169: 390–403 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.08.030]

    Vanderhoof, M., C. A. Williams, Y. Shuai, et al. D. Jarvis, D. Kulakowski, and J. Masek. 2014. "Albedo-induced radiative forcing from mountain pine beetle outbreaks in forests, south-central Rocky Mountains: magnitude, persistence, and relation to outbreak severity." Biogeosciences, 11: 563-575 [10.5194/bg-11-563-2014]

    Williams, C. A., G. J. Collatz, J. Masek, C. Huang, and S. N. Goward. 2014. "Impacts of disturbance history on forest carbon stocks and fluxes: Merging satellite disturbance mapping with forest inventory data in a carbon cycle model framework." Remote Sensing of Environment, 151: 57–71 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.034]

    Shuai, Y., J. Masek, F. Gao, C. B. Schaaf, and T. He. 2014. "An approach for the long-term 30-m land surface snow-free albedo retrieval from historic Landsat surface reflectance and MODIS-based a priori anisotropy knowledge." Remote Sensing of Environment, 152: 467–479 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.07.009]

    Pickell, P., T. Hermosilla, N. Coops, et al. J. G. Masek, S. Franks, and C. Huang. 2014. "Monitoring anthropogenic disturbance trends in an industrialized boreal forest with Landsat time series." Remote Sensing Letters, 5: [10.1080/ 2150704X.2014.967881]

    Gao, F., T. He, B. Wang, et al. B. Ghimire, Y. Shuai, J. G. Masek, C. Schaaf, and C. Williams. 2014. "Multiscale climatological albedo look-up maps derived from moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer BRDF/albedo products." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, 8: [10.1117/1.JRS.8.083532]

    Masek, J., S. Goward, R. Kennedy, et al. W. Cohen, G. Moisen, K. Schleweiss, and C. Huang. 2013. "United States forest disturbance trends observed using Landsat time series." Ecosystems, 16: 1087-1104.

    Wulder, M., J. Masek, W. Cohen, T. Loveland, and C. Woodcock. 2012. "Opening the archive: How free data has enabled the science and monitoring promise of Landsat." Remote Sensing of Environment, 18: 2313-2323.

    Williams, C. A., G. J. Collatz, J. Masek, and S. N. Goward. 2012. "Carbon consequences of forest disturbance and recovery across the conterminous United States." Global Biogeochem. Cycles, 26 (1): GB1005 [10.1029/2010GB003947]

    Wang, D., D. Morton, J. Masek, et al. A. Wu, J. Nagol, J. Xiong, R. Levy, E. Vermote, and R. Wolfe. 2012. "Impact of sensor degradation on the MODIS NDVI time series." Remote Sensing of Environment, 119: 55-61 [10.1016/j.rse.2011.12.001]

    McManus, K. M., D. Morton, J. Masek, et al. D. Wang, J. Sexton, J. Nagol, B. Ropars, B. Ropars, and B. Ropars. 2012. "Satellite-based evidence for shrub and graminoid tundra expansion in northern Quebec from 1986 to 2010." Global Change Biology, 18 (7): 2313-2323 [10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02708.x]

    Dolan, K. A., J. G. Masek, C. Huang, and G. Sun. 2009. "Regional forest growth measured by combining ICESat GLAS and Landsat data." Journal of Geophysical Research, 114: Issue G2 [doi:10.1029/2008JG000893]

    Masek, J., C. Huang, R. E. Wolfe, et al. W. Cohen, F. G. Hall, J. Kutler, and P. Nelson. 2008. "North American forest disturbance mapped from a decadal Landsat record." Remote Sensing of Environment, 112 (6): 2914-2926 [10.1016/j.rse.2008.02.010]

    Gao, F., J. Masek, M. Schwaller, and F. G. Hall. 2006. "On the Blending of the Landsat and MODIS Surface Reflectance: Predicting Daily Landsat Surface Reflectance." IEEE Trans Geosci Remote Sens, 44 (8): 2207-2218.

    Masek, J., and G. J. Collatz. 2006. "Estimating forest carbon fluxes in a disturbed southeastern landscape: Integration of remote sensing forest inventory and biogeochemical modeling." J Geophys Res, 111 (G01006): 15 pp.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Masek currently serves as Chief of the Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA GSFC. His research interests include satellite-based monitoring forest dynamics, climate-change impacts on terrestrial ecosystems, and remote sensing techniques. In 2015 he was appointed Project Scientist for the Landsat-9 mission, and from 2001-2010 he served as the Deputy Project Scientist for Landsat-8.  Dr. Masek received a B.A. in Geology from Haverford College (1989) and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from Cornell University (1994), and has held previous research positions with University of Maryland, Hughes Information Systems, and Cornell University.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Rogers, B. M., K. Solvik, E. H. Hogg, et al. J. Ju, J. G. Masek, M. Michaelian, L. T. Berner, and S. J. Goetz. 2018. "Detecting early warning signals of tree mortality in boreal North America using multiscale satellite data." Global Change Biology [10.1111/gcb.14107]

    Dolan, K. A., G. C. Hurtt, S. A. Flanagan, et al. J. P. Fisk, R. Sahajpal, C. Huang, Y. L. Page, R. Dubayah, and J. G. Masek. 2017. "Disturbance Distance: quantifying forests' vulnerability to disturbance under current and future conditions." Environmental Research Letters 12 (11): 114015 [10.1088/1748-9326/aa8ea9]

    Markham, B. L., T. Arvidson, J. A. Barsi, et al. M. Choate, E. Kaita, R. Levy, M. Lubke, and J. Masek. 2017. "Landsat Program." Comprehensive Remote Sensing 1 27–90

    Cohen, W. B., Z. Yang, S. V. Stehman, et al. T. A. Schroeder, D. M. Bell, J. G. Masek, C. Huang, and G. W. Meigs. 2016. "Forest disturbance across the conterminous United States from 1985–2012: The emerging dominance of forest decline." Forest Ecology and Management 360 242–252 [10.1016/j.foreco.2015.10.042]

    Neigh, C. S., J. G. Masek, P. Bourget, et al. K. Rishmawi, F. Zhao, C. Huang, B. D. Cook, and R. F. Nelson. 2016. "Regional rates of young US forest growth estimated from annual Landsat disturbance history and IKONOS stereo imagery." Remote Sensing of Environment 173 282–293 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.09.007]

    Ju, J., and J. G. Masek. 2016. "The vegetation greenness trend in Canada and US Alaska from 1984–2012 Landsat data." Remote Sensing of Environment 176 1-16 [10.1016/j.rse.2016.01.001]

    Williams, C. A., H. Gu, R. MacLean, J. G. Masek, and G. J. Collatz. 2016. "Disturbance and the carbon balance of US forests: A quantitative review of impacts from harvests, fires, insects, and droughts." Global and Planetary Change 143 66-80 [10.1016/j.gloplacha.2016.06.002]

    Bounoua, L., P. Zhang, K. J. Thome, et al. J. G. Masek, A. Safia, M. L. Imhoff, and R. E. Wolfe. 2015. "Mapping Biophysical Parameters for Land Surface Modeling over the Continental US Using MODIS and Landsat." Dataset Papers in Science 2015 (Article ID 564279): 11 pp. [10.1155/2015/564279]

    Rosette, J., B. Cook, R. Nelson, et al. Chengquan Huang, J. Masek, C. Tucker, Guoqing Sun, Wenli Huang, P. Montesano, J. Rubio-Gil, and J. Ranson. 2015. "Sensor Compatibility for Biomass Change Estimation Using Remote Sensing Data Sets: Part of NASA's Carbon Monitoring System Initiative." IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett. 12 (7): 1511-1515 [10.1109/lgrs.2015.2411262]

    Ghimire, B., C. A. Williams, G. J. Collatz, et al. M. Vanderhoof, J. Rogan, D. Kulakowski, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Large carbon release legacy from bark beetle outbreaks across Western United States." Global Change Biology 21 (8): 3087–3101 [10.1111/gcb.12933]

    Bounoua, L., P. Zhang, G. Mostovoy, et al. K. J. Thome, J. G. Masek, M. L. Imhoff, M. Shepherd, D. Quattrochi, J. A. Santanello, J. Silva, R. E. Wolfe, and A. Mounirou Toure. 2015. "Impact of urbanization on US surface climate." Environ. Res. Lett. 10 (8): 084010 [10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084010]

    Claverie, M., E. F. Vermote, B. Franch, et al. T. He, O. Hagolle, M. Kadiri, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Evaluation of Medium Spatial Resolution BRDF-Adjustment Techniques Using Multi-Angular SPOT4 (Take5) Acquisitions." Remote Sens. 7 (9): 12057-12075 [10.3390/rs70912057]

    Masek, J. G., D. J. Hayes, M. Joseph Hughes, S. P. Healey, and D. P. Turner. 2015. "The role of remote sensing in process-scaling studies of managed forest ecosystems." Forest Ecology and Management 355 109-123 [10.1016/j.foreco.2015.05.032]

    Claverie, M., E. F. Vermote, B. Franch, and J. G. Masek. 2015. "Evaluation of the Landsat-5 TM and Landsat-7 ETM + surface reflectance products." Remote Sensing of Environment 169 390–403 [10.1016/j.rse.2015.08.030]

    Vanderhoof, M., C. A. Williams, Y. Shuai, et al. D. Jarvis, D. Kulakowski, and J. Masek. 2014. "Albedo-induced radiative forcing from mountain pine beetle outbreaks in forests, south-central Rocky Mountains: magnitude, persistence, and relation to outbreak severity." Biogeosciences 11 563-575 [10.5194/bg-11-563-2014]

    Williams, C. A., G. J. Collatz, J. Masek, C. Huang, and S. N. Goward. 2014. "Impacts of disturbance history on forest carbon stocks and fluxes: Merging satellite disturbance mapping with forest inventory data in a carbon cycle model framework." Remote Sensing of Environment 151 57–71 [10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.034]

    Shuai, Y., J. Masek, F. Gao, C. B. Schaaf, and T. He. 2014. "An approach for the long-term 30-m land surface snow-free albedo retrieval from historic Landsat surface reflectance and MODIS-based a priori anisotropy knowledge." Remote Sensing of Environment 152 467–479 [10.1016/j.rse.2014.07.009]

    Pickell, P., T. Hermosilla, N. Coops, et al. J. G. Masek, S. Franks, and C. Huang. 2014. "Monitoring anthropogenic disturbance trends in an industrialized boreal forest with Landsat time series." Remote Sensing Letters 5 [10.1080/ 2150704X.2014.967881]

    Gao, F., T. He, B. Wang, et al. B. Ghimire, Y. Shuai, J. G. Masek, C. Schaaf, and C. Williams. 2014. "Multiscale climatological albedo look-up maps derived from moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer BRDF/albedo products." Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 8 [10.1117/1.JRS.8.083532]

    Masek, J., S. Goward, R. Kennedy, et al. W. Cohen, G. Moisen, K. Schleweiss, and C. Huang. 2013. "United States forest disturbance trends observed using Landsat time series." Ecosystems 16 1087-1104

    Wulder, M., J. Masek, W. Cohen, T. Loveland, and C. Woodcock. 2012. "Opening the archive: How free data has enabled the science and monitoring promise of Landsat." Remote Sensing of Environment 18 2313-2323

    Williams, C. A., G. J. Collatz, J. Masek, and S. N. Goward. 2012. "Carbon consequences of forest disturbance and recovery across the conterminous United States." Global Biogeochem. Cycles 26 (1): GB1005 [10.1029/2010GB003947]

    Wang, D., D. Morton, J. Masek, et al. A. Wu, J. Nagol, J. Xiong, R. Levy, E. Vermote, and R. Wolfe. 2012. "Impact of sensor degradation on the MODIS NDVI time series." Remote Sensing of Environment 119 55-61 [10.1016/j.rse.2011.12.001]

    McManus, K. M., D. Morton, J. Masek, et al. D. Wang, J. Sexton, J. Nagol, B. Ropars, B. Ropars, and B. Ropars. 2012. "Satellite-based evidence for shrub and graminoid tundra expansion in northern Quebec from 1986 to 2010." Global Change Biology 18 (7): 2313-2323 [10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02708.x]

    Dolan, K. A., J. G. Masek, C. Huang, and G. Sun. 2009. "Regional forest growth measured by combining ICESat GLAS and Landsat data." Journal of Geophysical Research 114 Issue G2 [doi:10.1029/2008JG000893]

    Masek, J., C. Huang, R. E. Wolfe, et al. W. Cohen, F. G. Hall, J. Kutler, and P. Nelson. 2008. "North American forest disturbance mapped from a decadal Landsat record." Remote Sensing of Environment 112 (6): 2914-2926 [10.1016/j.rse.2008.02.010]

    Gao, F., J. Masek, M. Schwaller, and F. G. Hall. 2006. "On the Blending of the Landsat and MODIS Surface Reflectance: Predicting Daily Landsat Surface Reflectance." IEEE Trans Geosci Remote Sens 44 (8): 2207-2218

    Masek, J., and G. J. Collatz. 2006. "Estimating forest carbon fluxes in a disturbed southeastern landscape: Integration of remote sensing forest inventory and biogeochemical modeling." J Geophys Res 111 (G01006): 15 pp

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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