Chief Scientist, SARD
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2000
M.S., Arizona State University, 1992
B.S., University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 1988
Registered Geologist, Arizona
Professional Geoscientist (Geology), Texas
Science Applications, Research and Development; ESCG/KA
NASA Johnson Space Center
Houston, TX 77058 USA
William Stefanov is Chief Scientist for the Science Applications, Research and Development
(SARD) Department of Jacobs/ESCG supporting the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science Directorate at NASA Johnson Space Center. He works with ESCG
and NASA on strategic planning and roadmap development for future science activities, future exploration and technology development, and establishment
of new collaborations both within NASA and with external agencies, universities, NGOs, etc.
In association with the International Space Station (ISS) Program Science
Office, he works with the international partners and instrument science/operation teams to coordinate collection, distribution, and analysis of remotely
sensed data from the ISS in response to catastrophic events such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and flooding. He also trains International Space Station astronauts
in various Earth Science topics, and conducts research on land surface processes using remotely sensed data. His research interests include the use of visible through microwave remote sensing
techniques to investigate urban and peri-urban geology/geohazards, climatology, and ecology.
Selected Recent Publications:
Stefanov, W.L., Evans, C.A., Runco, S.K., Wilkinson, M.J., and Willis, K., Astronaut
photography: Handheld camera imagery from Low Earth Orbit. In Pelton, J.N.,
Madry, S., and Camacho-Lara, S. (eds.), Handbook of Satellite Applications.
Springer, Berlin (in press, expected publication date 2012).
Stefanov, W.L., and Green, D., Geology and soils in deserts of the southwestern USA.
In Malloy, R., Brock, J., Floyd, A., Livingston, M., and Webb, R. (eds.), Design with
the Desert: Conservation and Sustainable Development. CRC Press, New York
(in press, expected publication date 2012).
Evans, C.A., Wilkinson, M.J., Stefanov, W.L., and Willis, K. (2011) Training astronauts to
observe Earth from the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. In Garry, W.B.,
and Bleacher, J.E. (eds.), Analogs for Planetary Exploration. Geological Society of
America Special Paper 483, pp. 67-73.
Jenerette, G.D., Harlan, S.L., Stefanov, W.L., and Martin, C.A. (2011) Ecosystem services
and urban heat riskscape moderation: Water, green spaces, and social inequality in
Phoenix, USA. Ecological Applications 21 (7):2637-2651.
Grossman-Clarke, S., Stefanov, W.L., and Zehnder, J.A. (2011) Urban weather, climate,
and air quality modeling: Increasing resolution and accuracy using improved urban
morphology. In Yang, X. (ed.), Urban Remote Sensing: Monitoring, Synthesis and Modeling
in the Urban Environment. Wiley-Blackwell, New York, pp. 305-319.
Stefanov, W.L., and Netzband, M. (2010) Characterization and monitoring of urban/peri-urban
ecological function and landscape structure using satellite data. In Rashed, T., and
Jürgens, C. (eds.), Remote Sensing of Urban and Suburban Areas, Remote Sensing and
Digital Image Processing Volume 10. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 219-244.
Golden, J.S., Chuang, W.C., and Stefanov, W.L. (2009) Enhanced classifications of engineered
paved surfaces for urban systems modeling. Earth Interactions 13 (5):1-18.
Shochat E., Stefanov W.L., Whitehouse M.E.A., and Faeth S. H. (2008) Urbanization and spider
diversity: Influences of human modification of habitat structure and productivity.
In Marzluff, J.M., Shulenberger, E., Endlicher, W., Alberti, M., Bradley, G., Ryan, C.,
ZumBrunnen, C., and Simon, U. (eds.), Urban Ecology: An International Perspective on the
Interaction Between Humans and Nature. Springer, New York, pp. 455-472.
Stefanov, W.L., and Brazel, A.J. (2007) Challenges in characterizing and mitigating urban
heat islands - a role for integrated approaches including remote sensing.
In Netzband, M., Stefanov, W.L., and Redman, C. (eds.), Applied Remote Sensing for
Urban Planning, Governance and Sustainability. Springer, Berlin, pp. 117-135.