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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Michael H Cosh

Research Hydrologist


 photo of Mike Cosh Michael H. Cosh, Ph.D.
Research Hydrologist
USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Bldg. 007, Rm. 104, BARC-West
Beltsville, MD 20705-2350 USA
Voice: (301) 504-6461
Fax: (301) 504-8931
Michael.Cosh@ars.usda.gov

 

Research Interests: (click here to see a list of current research projects)

  • In-situ soil moisture network validation.
  • Scaling of land surface parameters to satellite scale.
  • Validation of satellite soil moisture products, such as AMSR-E, SMOS, Aquarius, and SMAP.

Education:

  • 1995 B.A. (Engineering, minors in Math, Physics) Department of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physical Sciences, Saint Francis College, Loretto, PA. (Graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors)
  • 1996 B.S. (Civil and Environmental Engineering) Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
  • 1998 M.S. (Hydraulics and Hydrology) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2002 Ph.D. (Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Professional Experience:

  • 1998 - 2001: Research Assistant, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2002 - 2005: Post-Doctoral Researcher, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.
  • 2005 - present: Research Hydrologist, USDA-ARS-Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville, MD.

Awards:

  • 2003: ARS Outstanding Performance Award, USDA-ARS Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Beltsville MD.
  • 2008: ARS Beltsville Area Early Career Scientist of the Year.
  • 2013: NASA Group Achievement Award, 2013 for the Soil Moisture Active Passive Validation Field Experiment 2012 Field Campaign Team.
  • 2015: IEEE Highest Impact Paper Award 2015, for “Validation of Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer Soil Moisture Products” from 2010.
  • 2016: Interagency Partnership Award, Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer for the SMAP Applications Working Group for promoting integration of SMAP data into operational applications.
  • 2016: ARS Outreach, Diversity & Equal Opportunity Award, 2016 in the Supervisory/Managerial Category.

Professional Service:

  • American Geophysical Union Member
  • AGU Hydrology Remote Sensing Technical Committee Chairperson
  • AGU Hydrology Large Scale Field Experimentation Technical Committee Chairperson
  • AGU Fall Meeting Hydrology Program Chairperson
  • USDA Remote Sensing Coordination Committee, ARS Representative
  • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Member
  • American Meteorological Society Member

Selected Publications: (please contact the author to determine reprint availability)

(view author's publications/interpretive summaries/technical abstracts since 1999)

Coopersmith, E.J., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J. E., Boyles, R., “Lifting in situ soil moisture measurements with machine learning: A multi-depth analysis of USCRN profiles and an application for AMSR-E satellite validation with ECONet Sensors, doi:10.1017/j.advwatres.2016.10.007. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J. E., Kelly, V., Hall, M., Palecki, M. A., Temimi, M. Deploying temporary networks for upscaling of sparse network stations, International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation. 52: 433-444. 2016.

Colliander, A., Njoku, E. G., Jackson, T. J., Chazanoff, S., McNairn, H., Powers, J., Cosh, M. H. Retrieving soil moisture for non-forested areas using PALS radiometer measurements in SMAPVEX12 field campaign, Remote Sensing of Environment, 184:86-100. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M.H., Jacobs, J. Comparison Of In Situ Soil Moisture Measurements: An Examination of the Neutron and Dielectric Measurements within the Illinois Climate Network Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. doi:10.1175/JTECH-D-16-0029.1. 2016.

Cosh, M.H., Ochsner, T., McKee, L.G., Dong, G., Basara, J., Evett, S.R., Hatch, C., Small, E., Steele-Dunne, S., Zreda, M., Sayde, C. The Soil Moisture Active Passive Marena Oklahoma In Situ Sensor Testbed (SMAP-MOISST): Design and Initial Results. Vadose Zone Journal. 15(4). DOI:10.2136/vzj2015.09.0122. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M.H., Bindlish, R., Bell, J. Comparing AMSR-E soil moisture estimates to the extended record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) Advances in Water Resources. 85:79-85. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.09.003. 2016.

Coopersmith, E., Cosh, M. H., Bell, J., Crow, W.T. Multi-profile analysis of soil moisture within the U.S. Climate Reference Network. Vadose Zone Journal.15(1). doi:10.2136/vzj2015.01.0016. 2016.

Coopersmith, E.J., Bell, J., Cosh, M.H. Improving the soil moisture data record of the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) and Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN). Advances in Water Resources. 79:80-90. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.02.006. 2015.

Coopersmith, E. J., Cosh, M. H., Petersen, W. A., Prueger, J. H., and Niemeier, J. J. Soil Moisture Model Calibration and Validation: An ARS Watershed on the South Fork Iowa River. J. Hydrometeor, 16, 1087–1101. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0145.1. 2015.

Cosh, M. H., Starks, P., Guzman, J., Moriasi, D. Long-term agro-hydrological research in upper Washita River experimental watersheds: Inter-annual persistence of soil water content profiles. Journal of Environmental Quality. 43:1328-1333. doi:10.2134/jeq2013.08.0318. 2013.

Cosh, M.H., Jackson, T.J., Smith, Craig, Toth, Brenda, Berg, A. Validating the BERMS in situ soil water content data record with a large scale temporary network, Vadose Zone Journal. 12(2). doi:10.2136/vzj2012.0151. 2013.

 

 

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