Dr. Susan Moran is a Hydrologist with
the USDA Agricultural Research Service and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Arizona Dept.
of Soil, Water and Environmental Science, Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Moran began her ARS career at the
USDA-ARS U.S. Water Conservation Laboratory in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1984. In 1999, she was
selected as Research Leader for the USDA ARS Southwest Watershed Research Center in Tucson,
Arizona. Dr. Moran has also served on the NASA Landsat Science Team and EO-1 Validation Team
to evaluate selected technologies for meeting science needs in the 21st Century.
Her research addresses the development of theory, principles, and methods
for estimation of soil moisture and evapotranspiration, detection of physical and biological
stress in plants, and evaluation of energy balance and water balance at local and regional
scales utilizing a combination of models and remote sensing techniques.
Satellite-based tools derived from Dr. Moran's research are now being used
to monitor forest fire risk assessment in France, drought in Africa, and grassland
degradation in the U.S. and China. She has a keen interest in practical research
that will put high technology, particularly remote sensing, into the hands of resource