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William A White (Alex)

Physical Scientist
William White (Alex)
Physical Scientist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-6542
Fax: (301) 504-8931


  • 2006 B.S. (Environmental Science and Policy) University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
  • 2013 M.P.S. (Geospatial Information Sciences) University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Professional Experience:

  • 2004 - 2006: Physical Science Aid, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.
  • 2005 - 2006: Technology Teaching Assistant, UMCP, College of Chemical and Life Sciences, College Park, MD.
  • 2006 - 2021: Physical Science Technician, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.
  • 2021 - present: Physical Scientist, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.


  • College Park Scholars: Environmental Studies - 2006
  • USDA Spot Awards for Extra Effort - Various years

Publication Databases:

Selected Publications:

Caldwell TG, Cosh MH, Evett SR, Edwards N, Hofman H, Illston BG, Meyers T, Skumanich M, Sutcliffe K. In situ soil moisture sensors in undisturbed soils. JoVE. 2022;189:e64498. doi:10.3791/64498-v

Baker CB, Cosh M, Bolten J, Brusberg M, Caldwell T, Connolly S, Dobreva I, Edwards N, Goble PE, Ochsner TE, Quiring SM, Robotham M, Skumanich M, Svoboda M, White WA, Woloszyn M. Working toward a National Coordinated Soil Moisture Monitoring Network: vision, progress, and future directions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2022;103(12):E2719-E2732. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-21-0178.1

Kang Y, Ozdogan M, Gao F, Anderson MC, White WA, Yang Y, Yang Y, Erickson TA. A data-driven approach to estimate leaf area index for Landsat images over the contiguous US. Remote Sensing of Environment. 2021;258:112383. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2021.112383

Rodrigues JCV, Cosh MH, Hunt ER, Jr, de Moraes GJ, Barroso G, White WA, Ochoa R. Tracking red palm mite damage in the western hemisphere invasion with Landsat remote sensing data. Insects. 2020;11(9):627. doi:10.3390/insects11090627

Cosh MH, White WA, Colliander A, Jackson TJ, Prueger JH, Hornbuckle BK, Hunt ER, McNairn H, Powers J, Walker VA, Bullock P. Estimating vegetation water content during the Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Experiment 2016. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing. 2019;13(01):1. doi:10.1117/1.jrs.13.014516

White WA, Alsina MM, Nieto H, McKee LG, Gao F, Kustas WP. Determining a robust indirect measurement of leaf area index in California vineyards for validating remote sensing-based retrievals. Irrigation Science. 2018;37(3):269-280. doi:10.1007/s00271-018-0614-8

Nieto H, Kustas WP, Torres-Rua A, Alfieri JG, Gao F, Anderson MA, White WA, Song L, Alsina M, Prueger JH, McKee M, Elarab M, McKee LG. Evaluation of TSEB turbulent fluxes using different methods for the retrieval of soil and canopy component temperatures from UAV thermal and multispectral imagery. Irrigation Science. 2018;37(3):389-406. doi:10.1007/s00271-018-0585-9

Kustas WP, Anderson MC, Alfieri JG, Knipper K, Torres-Rua A, Parry CK, Nieto H, Agam N, White WA, Gao F, McKee L, Prueger JH, Hipps LE, Los S, Alsina M, Sanchez L, Sams B, Dokoozlian N, McKee M, Jones S, Yang Y, Wilson TG, Lei F, McElrone A, Heitman JL, Howard AM, Post K, Melton F, Hain C. The Grape Remote Sensing Atmospheric Profile and Evapotranspiration Experiment. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. 2018;99(9):1791-1812. doi:10.1175/bams-d-16-0244.1

Sun L, Gao FN, Anderson MC, Kustas WP, Alsina M, Sanchez L, Sams B, McKee LG, Dulaney WP, White WA, Alfieri JG, Prueger JH, Melton F. Daily mapping of 30 m LAI and NDVI for grape yield prediction in California vineyards. Remote Sensing. 2017;9(4):317. doi:10.3390/rs9040317

White WA. 2013. JECAM-USA [Internet]. Beltsville (MD): USDA-ARS-HRSL. Available from


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