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(NASA Crew Earth Observations)

"We catch a glimpse of a huge swirl of clouds out the window over the middle of the Pacific Ocean, or the boot of Italy jutting down into the Mediterranean, or the brilliant blue coral reefs of the Caribbean strutting their beauty before the stars. And...we experienced those uniquely human qualities: awe, curiosity, wonder, joy, amazement." (Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo Astronaut ("The Home Planet")

Photographing the Earth from the International Space Station

William Stefanov

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
Voice: 281-483-5139
Fax: 281-483-2911

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.