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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Mary Susan. Moran (Susan)
susan.moran@ars.usda.gov
Hydrologist

 

 Dr. M. Susan Moran, Hydrologist

USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, 2000 E. Allen Rd., Tucson, Az. 85719

Phone: 520-670-6380 X171, email: susan.moran@ars.usda.gov

 

Education:        Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, 1990, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Az.

                        M.A., Geography, 1982, U.C.S.B., Santa Barbara, Ca.

                        B.A., Geography, 1976, S.D.S.U., San Diego, Ca.

 

Employment:   

2006-present: Hydrologist, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, AZ

2000-2005:      Research Leader, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, Az.

1991-present: Adjunct Professor, U.A. Dept. of Soil, Water and Env. Sci., Tucson, Az.

1984-1999:      Physical Scientist, USDA U.S. Water Conservation Lab., Phoenix, Az.

 

Research Interest:   Research is concentrated on arid and semiarid regions with a broad focus on the impact of global change on natural resources management and a specialized focus on the application of remote sensing to agricultural research.  

 

Professional Service:

Fellow: Amer. Society of Agronomy (ASA) & Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Senior Member: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Associate Editor: J. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Editorial Board: J. Remote Sensing of Environment

 

Recent Publications(full list and pdf available at http://www.tucson.ars.ag.gov/unit/Publications):

 

Moran, M.S., R.L. Scott, T.O. Keefer, M. Hernandez, G.S. Nearing, W.E. Emmerich, G.B. Paige, M.H. Cosh and P.E. O’Neill, Partitioning evapotranspiration in semiarid grassland and shrubland ecosystems using time series of soil surface temperature, Agric. For. Meteorol. 149:59-72, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2008.07.004. 2009.

Moran, M.S., B. Hutchinson, S.E. Marsh, M.P. McClaran and A. Olsson, Archiving and distributing three long-term interconnected geospatial data sets, Trans. Geoscience and Remote Sensing 47:59-71. 2009.

Verhoest, N.E.C., H. Lievens, W. Wagner, J. Álvarez-Mozos, M.S. Moran, and F. Mattia, On the soil roughness parameterization problem in soil moisture retrieval of bare surfaces from Synthetic Aperture Radar, Sensors 8:4213-4248; doi: 10.3390/s8074213. 2009.

Moran, M.S., D.C. Peters, M.P. McClaran, M.H. Nichols and M.B. Adams, Long-term data collection at USDA experimental sites for studies of ecohydrology, Ecohydrology 1:377-393. 2008.

Holifield Collins, C.D., W.E. Emmerich, M.S. Moran, M. Hernandez, R.L. Scott, R. Bryant, D.M. King, and C.L. Verdugo, A remote sensing approach for estimating distributed daily net carbon dioxide flux in semiarid grasslands. Water Resour. Research. Vol. 44, W05S17, doi:10.1029/2006WR005699. 2008.

Peters-Lidard, C.D., D.M. Mocko, J.A. Santanello, Jr. M.A. Tischler, M.S. Moran, M.E. Garcia and Y. Wu, The role of precipitation uncertainty for soil property estimation using soil moisture retrievals in a semi-arid environment, Water Resour. Res. Vol. 44, W05S18, doi:10.1029/2007WR005884. 2008.

Thoma, D.P., M.S. Moran, R. Bryant, M.M. Rahman, C.D. Holifield Collins, T.O. Keefer, R. Noriega, I. Osman, S.M. Skirvin, M.A. Tischler, D.D. Bosch, P.J. Starks and C.D. Peters-Lidard, Appropriate scale of soil moisture retrieval from high-resolution radar imagery for bare and minimally vegetated soils, Rem. Sens. Env. 112 :403-414. 2008.

Rahman, M.M., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, R. Bryant, C.D. Holifield Collins, T. Jackson, B. J. Orr and M. Tischler, Mapping surface roughness and soil moisture using multi-angle radar imagery without ancillary data, Rem. Sens. Env. 112:391-402. 2008.

Bryant, R., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S. Skirvin, M.M. Rahman, K. Slocum, P. Starks, D. Bosch and   M.P. Gonzalez-Dugo, Measuring surface roughness to parameterize radar backscatter models for retrieval of surface soil moisture, IEEE Geosci. & Rem. Sens. Letters 4:137-141. 2007.

Rahman, M.M., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, R. Bryant, E.E. Sano, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S. Skirvin, C. Kershner and B. J. Orr, A derivation of roughness correlation length for parameterizing radar backscatter models, Intl. J. Rem. Sens. 1-18, doi: 10.1080/01431160601075533. 2007.

Thoma, D.P., M.S. Moran, R. Bryant, M. Rahman, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S. Skirvin, E.E. Sano and K. Slocum, Comparison of four models for determining surface soil moisture from C-band radar imagery, Water Resour. Res. 42:1-12. 2006.

González-Dugo, M.P., L. Mateos, M.S. Moranand R. Bryant, Canopy temperature variability as an indicator of crop water stress severity, J. Irrig. Science 24:233-240. 2006.

Tischler, M., M. Garcia, M.S. Moran, C. Peters-Lidard, S. Miller, D. Goodrich, D. Mocko, D. Thoma, S. Kumar and J. Geiger, A GIS framework for surface-layer soil moisture estimation combining satellite radar measurements and land surface modeling with soil physical property estimation, J. Environ. Modeling and Software 22:891-898. 2006.

Moran, M.S., C.D. Peters-Lidard, J.M. Watts, and S.A. McElroy, Estimating soil moisture at the watershed scale with satellite-based radar and land surface models, Canadian J. Rem. Sens. 30:805-826. 2004.

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