University of Massachusetts Boston
Dr. Crystal Schaaf is a Professor in the School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research is focused the use of remotely sensed data to generate reflectance anisotropy and albedo products for climate and biogeochemical models, to monitor the reflective character of various land surfaces, and to monitor vegetation disturbance and phenology. She is a science team member for NASA’s MODerate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) sensors, which monitor the Earth's environment from the Terra and Aqua polar-orbiting space platforms. She is also a science team member for the Visible/Infrared Imager/Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on board the NOAA/NASA Suomi National Polar orbiting Partnership (NPP) and for the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on board the USGS/NASA Landsat-8 and upcoming Landsat-9. Her more recent interests have been focused on the reconstruction of biomass and vegetation structure from terrestrial, airborne, and spacebourne lidar systems and passive multi-angular measures of surface anisotropy.