SERVIR Team Publications

  1. Andreadis, K., et al., 2015. A GIS-enabled, modular modeling framework for hydrologic forecasting and data assimilation, submitted to Environmental Modeling & Software.

  2. Andreadis, K., et al., 2015. Evaluating satellite observations for hydrologic forecast initialization. J. Hydrometeorology, Submitted

  3. Blackman, A, L. Goff, J. Siikamaki, and J. Chu. 2014. Two birds with one stone? Targeting forest conservation for multiple benefits. Working Paper. Resources for the Future. Washington, DC. Accepted for presentation at Southern Economic Association Annual Meetings. November.

  4. Blackman, A. 2015. Strict versus mixed use protected areas: Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve. Ecological Economics 112. 14-24

  5. Blackman, A.  2014. A tale of two parks (in one). Common Resources RFF Blog. March 18, 2014. [summary of and commentary on above paper].

  6. Blackman, A. , A. Pfaff and J. Robalino. 2014. Paper park performance: Mexico’s Natural Protected Areas. Global Environmental Change 31: 50-61.

  7. Blackman, A. 2015b. Targeting Forest Conservation Investments. Resources 188 Spring: 13-15. [Interview about FCTT]

  8. Blackman, A., L. Goff, and M. Rivera. Does Eco-certification Stem Tropical Deforestation? Forest Stewardship Council Certification in Mexico. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future Discussion Paper 15-36. Submitted to Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Revision requested.

  9. Blackman, A. Raimondi and F. Cubbage. Does Forest Certification in Developing Countries have Environmental Benefits? Insights from Mexican Corrective Action Requests. Washington, DC: Resources for the Future Discussion Paper 14-06. Submitted to International Forestry Review. Revision requested.

  10. Bonnema*, M., S. Sikder, F. Hossain, D. Bjerklie, M. Durand and C. Gleason (2015). Discharge Estimation in Humid Deltas in an Era of Increasing Satellite Observations: The Ganges River System. Water Resources Res. , (In review)

  11. Bonnema, M. G., S. Sikder, F. Hossain, M. Durand, C. J. Gleason, and D. M. Bjerklie (2016), Benchmarking wide swath altimetry-based river discharge estimation algorithms for the Ganges river system, Water Resour. Res., 52, 2439–2461, doi:10.1002/2015WR017296.

  12. Ceccato, P. , McDonald, K. C. , Jensen, K. , Podest, E. , De La Torre Juarez, M. (2013). Development and implementation of flood risk mapping, water bodies monitoring and climate information for human health. Poster presented at AGU, San Francisco.

  13. Demaria, E.M. and Serrat-Capdevila, A. (2016) PART III: Validation of Remote Sensing Estimated Meteorological Variables; in the Book Earth Observations for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector, García, Luis E., Rodríguez, Diego, Wijnen, Marcus, Pakulski, Inge, (Eds.),  The Water Partnership Program, The World Bank. ISBN 978-1-4648-0475-5 e-ISBN: 978-1-4648-0476-2

  14. Funk, C. A. Hoell, S. Shukla, I. Bladé, B. Liebmann, J. B. Roberts, F. R. Robertson, and G. Husak, 2014: Predicting East African spring droughts using Pacific and Indian Ocean sea surface temperature indices. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss. , 11, 3111–3136. doi:10. 5194/hessd-11-3111-2014.

  15. Funk, C. , Peterson P. , Landsfeld M. , Pedreros D. , Verdin J. , Rowland, J. , Romero B. , Husak, G. , Michaelsen, J. , Verdin A. (2014) A Quasi-global Precipitation Time Series for Drought Monitoring. USGS Data Series 832.

  16. Galford GL, Soares-Filho BS, Sonter LJ, Laporte N (2015) Will Passive Protection Save Congo Forests? PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128473. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128473

  17. Gebregiorgis, A. S. and F. Hossain (2014). Making Satellite Precipitation Data Work for the Developing World, IEEE Magazine on Transactions in Geosciences and Remote Sensing, June 2014 Issue, pp. , 24-36 (doi: 10. 1109/MGRS. 2014. 2317561).

  18. Gilani, H. , et al. , Decadal land cover change dynamics in Bhutan, Journal of Environmental Management (2014),

  19. Goetz, S. J., Hansen, M., Houghton, R. A., Walker, W., Laporte, N., & Busch, J. Measurement and monitoring needs, capabilities and potential for addressing reduced emissions from deforestation and forest degradation under REDD+. Environmental Research Letters - Reviews, 10(12), 123001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/12/123001

  20. Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P. V, Moore, R., Hancher, M., Turubanova, S. A., Tyukavina, A., Thau, D., Stehman, S.V., Goetz, S.J., Loveland, T.R., Kommareddy, A., Egorov, A., Chini, L., Justice, C.O. and Townshend, J. R. G. (2013). High-Resolution Global Maps of 21st-Century Forest Cover Change. Science, 342(6160), 850–853. 

  21. Harrison, S., John Reynolds, Christian Huggel, Andy Wiltshire, Jeffrey S. Kargel, V’t Vil’mek, Liam Reinhardt, Adam Emmer, Yvonne Schaub, Neil Glasser, Richard Betts (submitted 2015). Climate change and the global pattern of moraine-dammed glacial lake outburst floods. NATURE Climate Change

  22. Hossain, F., M. Maswood, A.H.M. Siddique-E-Akbor, W. Yigzaw, L.C. Mazumder, T. Ahmed, M. Hossain, S. Shah-Newaz, A. Limaye, H. Lee, S. Pradhan, B. Shrestha, B. Bajracharya, C K Shum, F. J. Turk. (2014). A Promising Radar Altimetry Satellite System for Operational Flood Forecasting in Flood-prone Bangladesh IEEE Magazine on Geosciences and Remote Sensing, (doi:0.1109/MGRS.2014.2345414)

  23. Hossain, F., A. Serrat-Capdevila, S. Granger, A. Thomas, D. Saah, D. Ganz, R. Mugo, M. S. R. Murthy, V. H. Ramos, C. Fonseca, E. Anderson, G. Schumann, R. Lewison, D. Kirschbaum, V. Escobar, M. Srinivasan, C. Lee, N. Iqbal, E. Levine, N. Searby, L. Friedl, A. Flores, D. Coulter, D. Irwin, A. Limaye, T. Stough, J. Skiles, S. Estes, B. Crosson and A.S. Akanda (2016). A Global Capacity Building Vision For Societal Applications Of Earth Observing Systems And Data: Key Questions and Recommendations, BAMS, July 2016 (doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00198.1).

  24. Hossain, F., C. K. Shum, F.J. Turk, S. Biancamaria, H. Lee, A. Limaye, , M. Hossain, S. Shah-Newaz, L.C. Mazumder, T. Ahmed, W. Yigzaw and A.H.M. Siddique-E-Akbor (2014). A Guide for Crossing the Valley of Death: Lessons Learned from Making a Satellite based Flood Forecasting System Operational and Independently Owned by a Stakeholder Agency, Bulletin of American Meteorological Society (BAMS), August 2014 (doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00176.1).

  25. Hossain, F., A.H.M. Siddique-E-Akbor*, S. Biancamaria, H. Lee, and C. K. Shum. (2013). Proof of Concept of Altimeter-based Forecasting System for Transboundary Flooding, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observation and Remote Sensing , 7(2): 587-601 (doi:10.1109/JSTARS.2013.2283402)

  26. Iqbal*, N., F. Hossain, H. Lee, and M.G. Akhtar. (2015). Integrated Groundwater Resource Management Using Satellite Gravimetry And Physical Modeling Tools Hydrogeology , (In review)

  27. Iqbal*, N., F. Hossain, H. Lee, and M.G. Akhtar. (2015). Satellite Gravimetric Estimation Of Groundwater Storage Variations Over Indus Basin In Pakistan IEEE JSTARS. , (In review).

  28. Jantz, P. , S. J. Goetz and N. T. Laporte. (2014). Carbon stock corridors to mitigate climate change and promote biodiversity in the tropics. Nature Climate Change,

  29. Jensen, K. , McDonald, K. C. , Ceccato, P. (2014). The use of remote sensing-based surface inundation products in human health applications in Eastern Africa. Poster presented at AMS, Atlanta.

  30. Kargel, J.S., A.B.G. Bush, J.G. Cogley, G.J. Leonard, B.H. Raup, C. Smiraglia, M. Pecci, and R. Ranzi, 2014, A world of changing glaciers: Summary and climatic context, chapter 33, in Kargel, J.S., G.J. Leonard, M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab, B. Raup (Eds), Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (Springer-Praxis), Heidelberg, pp lvii-lxxiii, ISBN 978-3-540-79817-0 e-ISBN 978-3-540-79818-7, DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-79818-7, pp 781-840.

  31. Kargel, J.S., Leonard, G.J., Bishop, M.P., Kaab, A., Raup, B.H. (Eds.) 2014. Global Land Ice Measurements from Space. Springer.

  32. Kargel, J.S., Leonard, G.J., Shugar, D.H., Haritashya, U.K., Bevington, A., Fielding, E.J., Fujita, K., Geertsema, M., Miles, E.S., Steiner, J., Anderson, E.R., Bajracharya, S., Bawden, G.W., Breashears, D.F., Byers, A., Collins, B., Czyzowska-Wisniewski, E., Dhital, M.R., Donnellan, A., Evans, T.L., Geai, M.L., Glasscoe, M.T., Green, D., Gurung, D.R., Heijenk, R., Hilborn, A., Hudnut, K., Huyck, C., Immerzeel, W.W., Liming, J., Jibson, R., Kääb, A., Khanal, N.R., Kirschbaum, D., Kraaijenbrink, P.D.A., Lamsal, D., Shiyin, L., Mingyang, L.V., McKinney, D., Nahirnick, N.K., Zhuoton, N., Ojha, S., Olsenholler, J., Painter, T.H., Pleasants, M., Pratima, KC., Yuan, Q,. Raup, B.H., Regmi, D., Rounce, D.R., Sakai, A., Donghu, S., Shea, J.M., Shrestha, A.B., Shukla, A., Stumm, D., van der Kooij, M., Voss, K., Xin, W., Weihs, B., Wolfe, D., Lizong, W., Xiaojun Y., Yoder, M.R., and Young, N., 2016, Geomorphic and Geologic Controls of Geohazards Induced by Nepal’s 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. Science 351: DOI: 10.1126/science.aac8353.

  33. Kirschbaum, D. (2014). Global Rainfall-Triggered Landslide Catalog for Spatiotemporal Hazard Characterization, Proceedings of the World Landslide Forum 3, 2-6 June, 2014, Beijing, in press.

  34. Kirschbaum, D.B. Cappelaere, P., Frye, S., Mandl, D., Stanley, T., in preparation, 2015. Multi-scale, Multi-architecture for Disasters and Science. Computers & Geoscience.

  35. Kirschbaum, D.B., Stanley, T., Zhou, Y., 2015. Spatial and Temporal Analysis of a Global Landslide Catalog. Geomorphology. doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.03.016

  36. Kirschbaum, D. B. , Stanley, T. , Yatheendradas, S. , & Cepeda, J. (2014). Applying a Fuzzy Logic Model to Estimate Regional Landslide Susceptibility. Landslides, submitted.

  37. Kirschbaum, D.B., Stanley, T., Simmons, J., 2015. A Dynamic Landslide Hazard Assessment System for Central America and Hispaniola. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 1–32. (in review/discussion phase), available at:

  38. Kirschbaum, D.B., Stanley, T., Yatheendradas, S., 2015. Modeling Landslide Susceptibility over Large Regions with Fuzzy Overlay. Landslides. doi:10.1007/s10346-015-0577-2 (in press)

  39. Kruczkiewicz, Andrew. (2014). Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Deadly leishmaniasis outbreak feared in South Sudan. ”

  40. Lambin, E., P. Meyfroidt, X. Rueda, A. Blackman, J. Börner, P. Cerutti, T. Dietsch, L. Jungmann, P. Lamarque, J. Lister, N. Walker, S. Wunder. 2014. “Effectiveness and Synergies of Private and Public Actions for Land Use Governance in Tropical Regions.” Global Environmental Change 28: 129-140.

  41. Leonard, G. J. , and Kargel, J. S. (Eds. ), 2014, Select chapter highlights from the Global land Ice Measurements from Space book, (Springer-Praxis - Publisher). 16 pages. Document available at:

  42. Maswood*, M., F. Hossain (2015). Advancing River Modeling in Ungauged River Basins using Remote Sensing: The Case of Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Basins. Journal of River Basin Management, doi:10.1080/15715124.2015.1089250.

  43. Merino, M. , Serrat-Capdevila, A. , Valdes, J. B. , Durcik, M. (2014) Evaluation of the Performance of three satellite precipitation products over Africa (In preparation, to be submitted)

  44. Miranda, J.J., L. Corral, A. Blackman, E. Lima, and G. Asner. Effect of Protected Areas on Forest Cover Change and Local Communities: Evidence from the Peruvian Amazon. World Development 78: 288-307

  45. Mishra, A. Ines A. M, Das N D., Khedun C. P., Singh V. P., Sivakumar B.,Hansen J. W., (2015) Anatomy of a local-scale drought: Application of assimilated remote sensing products, crop model, and statistical methods to an agricultural drought study. Journal of Hydrology. Volume 526, July 2015, Pages 15–29

  46. Paiva, R., M. Durand, F. Hossain (2014). Spatiotemporal interpolation of discharge across a river network in the context of the SWOT mission. Water Resources Research, (doi:10.1002/2014WR015618).

  47. Pelletier, J., & Goetz, S. J. (2015). Baseline data on forest loss and associated uncertainty: advances in national forest monitoring. Environmental Research Letters, 10(2), 021001. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/2/021001 

  48. Pelletier, J., Siampale, A, Legendre, P., Jantz, P., Laporte, N., Goetz, S. (2016). Human and natural controls of the variation in aboveground tree biomass of Zambia. Submitted to Global Change Biology

  49. Qamer, F.M.; Shehzad, K.; Abbas, S.; Murthy, M.; Xi, C.; Gilani, H.; Bajracharya, B. 2016. Mapping Deforestation and Forest Degradation Patterns in Western Himalaya, Pakistan. Remote Sens. 8, no. 5: 385.

  50. Racoviteanu, A. and 16 others, including Kargel, 2014, Himalayan glaciers (India, Bhutan, Nepal), chapter 24, in Kargel, J.S., G.J. Leonard, M.P. Bishop, A. Kaab, B. Raup (Eds), Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (Springer-Praxis), Heidelberg, pp lvii-lxxiii, ISBN 978-3-540-79817-0 e-ISBN 978-3-540-79818-7, DOI 10.1007/978-3-540-79818-7, pp. 549-582.

  51. Roberts, J. B., & Robertson, F. R. (2016). Multivariate Correction and Statistical Disaggregation for Seasonal Multi-Model Ensemble Forecast Applications. American Meterological Society, 13 January, 2016. 7B.5

  52. Roberts, J. B., F. R. Robertson and C. C. Funk. Use of machine learning techniques for identification of robust teleconnections to East African rainfall variability in observations and models. Amer. Meteor, Soc. 12th Conference on Artificial and Computational Intelligence and its Applications to the Environmental Sciences, Atlanta GA, February 02 - 06, 2014.

  53. Robertson, F. R. , J. B. Roberts, B. Lyon, C. C. Funk, and M. Bosilovich. Climate Scenarios for the NASA/USAID SERVIR Project: Challenges for Multiple Planning Horizons. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 28th Conference on Hydrology, Atlanta GA, February 02 - 06, 2014.

  54. Roy, T., Serrat-Capdevila, A., Gupta, H., Valdes, J.(2016) A Platform for Probabilistic Multi-model and Multi-product Streamflow Forecasting. Submitted to Water Resources Research (March 4th, 2016).

  55. Schumann, G., D. Kirschbaum, E. Anderson, and K. Rashid. (2016). Role of Earth Observation data in disaster response and recovery: from science to capacity building. Hossain, F. (Ed.), Earth Science Satellite Applications: Current and Future Prospects (Springer), ISBN 978-3-319-33436-3, e-ISBN 978-3-319-33438-7 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-33438-7_5, pp 119-146.

  56. Serrat-Capdevila, A., Alejandra García, D., Tayebi, N. (2016), PART I: Water and Earth Observations in the World Bank; in the book Earth Observations for Water Resources Management: Current Use and Future Opportunities for the Water Sector, García, Luis E., Rodríguez, Diego, Wijnen, Marcus, Pakulski, Inge, (Eds.),  The Water Partnership Program, The World Bank. ISBN 978-1-4648-0475-5 e-ISBN: 978-1-4648-0476-2

  57. Serrat-Capdevila, A., Valdes, J.B., Stakhiv, E.Z. (2014) Water Management Applications for Satellite precipitation products: Synthesis and Recommendations. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 1-17. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12140.

  58. Shrestha, B. Bajracharya and S. Pradhan, H. Lee, C. K. Shum, S. Biancamaria, A Limaye, and F. J. Turk. (2014). Can a Radar Altimetry Satellite Deliver on the Promise of an Operational and Real-Time Transboundary Flood Forecasting System for Flood-prone Bangladesh? Submitted to Water Resources Research.

  59. Shukla, S. , C. Funk C. and A. Hoell. 2014: Using constructed analogs to improve the skill of National Multi-Model Ensemble March-April-May precipitation forecasts in equatorial East Africa , Env. Res. Letters, In Review.

  60. Siddique-E-Akbor, A. H. M. , F. Hossain, C K Shum, F. J. Turk, Steven Tseng, and Yuchan Yi (2014). Satellite Precipitation Data Driven Hydrologic Modeling For Water Resources Management In the Ganges, Brahmaputra And Meghna Basins. Earth Interactions, (In press).

  61. Sikder, S. and F. Hossain (2014). Understanding and Minimizing the Geophysical Sources of Uncertainy of Satellite Interferometric-based Dischange Estimation, IEEE JSTARS (doi:10. 1109/JSTARS. 2014. 2326893)

  62. Sikder, S., Chen, X., Hossain, F., Roberts, J. B., Robertson, F., Shum, C. K., & Turk, F. J. (2016). Are General Circulation Models Ready for Operational Streamflow Forecasting for Water Management in the Ganges and Brahmaputra River Basins? Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17(1), 195-210.

  63. Sikder*, S. F. Hossain, J. Roberts, F. Robertson, CK Shum and J. Turk (2014). How Skillful is Precipitation Forecast from General Circulation Models for Making Seasonal Water Management Decisions in South Asia?, Journal of Hydrometeorology.

  64. Stampoulis D., Andreadis M.K., Granger L.S., Fisher B.J., Turk J.F., Behrangi A., Das N.N., Ines V.A., (2015) Assessing the hydrologic vulnerability and adaptive capacity at regional scales using microwave remote sensing Remote Sensing of Environment (In revision)

  65. Stampoulis et al. 2014. Quantifying the resilience of vegetation and soil moisture during dry spells using satellite remote sensing (in preparation).

  66. Sweeney, A., Kruczkiewicz, A., Reid, C., Seaman, J., Abubakar, A., Ritmeijer, K., Doggale, C., Jensen, K., McDonald, K.C., Thomson, M., Elnaiem, D., Ceccato, P. (2014). Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Explore the Relationship between Environmental Factors and Visceral Leishmaniasis in the Northern States of the Republic of South Sudan. Earthzine IEEE.

  67. Tang, G., Zeng, Z., Long, D., Guo, X., Yong, B., Zhang, W., & Hong, Y. (2016). Statistical and Hydrological Comparisons between TRMM and GPM Level-3 Products over a Midlatitude Basin: Is Day-1 IMERG a Good Successor for TMPA 3B42V7? Journal of Hydrometeorology, 17(1), 121-137.

  68. Tyukavina, A., Baccini, A., Hansen, M. C., Potapov, P. V, Stehman, S. V, Houghton, R. A., Krylov, A. M.,  Turubanova, S., Goetz, S. J. (2015). Aboveground carbon loss in natural and managed tropical forests from 2000 to 2012.Environmental Research Letters, 10(7), 074002.

  69. Tyukavina, A., Hansen, M.C., Potapov, P.V., Krylov, A.M. and Goetz, S.J., 2016. Pan‐tropical hinterland forests: mapping minimally disturbed forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25(2), pp.151-163.

  70. Tyukavina, S. V, Stehman, S., Potapov, P. V, Turubanova, S. A., Baccini, A., Goetz, S. J., Laporte, N T, Houghton, R A, Hansen, M. C. (2013). National-scale estimation of gross forest aboveground carbon loss: a case study of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Environmental Research Letters, 8(4), 044039. 

  71. Uddin, K. , et al. , Development of 2010 national land cover database for the Nepal, Journal of Environmental Management (2014),

  72. Verdin, A. , Rajagopalan, B. Kleiber, W. and Funk C (2014) A Bayesian Hierarchical Kriging Approach for Blending Satellite and Ground Precipitation Observations.   Water Resources Research. In Review.

  73. Yatheendradas, S. , D. Kirschbaum, R. Baum, J. Godt (2014). Evaluating a slope-stability model for shallow rain-induced landslides using gage and satellite data, Proceedings of the World Landslide Forum 3, 2-6 June, 2014, Beijing, in press.

  74. Yigzaw*, W. and F. Hossain (2014). Inferring Anthropogenic Trends from Satellite Data for Water-sustainability of US Cities near Artificial Reservoirs, Global and Planetary Change, Vol 133, October 2015, pp 330-345.

  75. Zhuravleva, I., Turubanova, S., Potapov, P., Hansen, M., Tyukavina, A., Minnemeyer, S., Laporte, N., Goetz, S., Verbelen, F., Thies, C. (2013). Satellite-based primary forest degradation assessment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2000-2010. Environmental Research Letters, 8(2), 24034.