This online course covers precipitation (rainfall and snow fraction), soil moisture, evapotranspiration, runoff and streamflow, groundwater, and lake level heights. Participants are introduced to a number of NASA data products.


Participants will be able to use NASA remote sensing observations and land-atmosphere models to: 

  • Access global freshwater data for applications in drought, agricultural, flooding and reservoir management
  • Conduct a GIS-based analysis of regional water budgets

Level and Format:

  • Introductory
  • Five one-hour webinars


  • Session One: NASA Satellite Missions and Land-Atmosphere Models Relevant to Water Resource Management
    An overview of the ARSET program; an overview of water resource management; satellites and earth science models useful for water resource management; water resource data search, access, analysis and visualization tools; and water resource data applications.
  • Session Two: Overview of Precipitation and Soil Moisture Data
    Precipitation data products from GPM and TRMM, snow cover data from MODIS (Terra and Aqua), and an overview of soil moisture data from SMAP.
  • Session Three: Overview of Runoff,
    Streamflow and Reservoir Level Data

    An overview of runoff and streamflow data and access, as well as lake level height data and access.
  • Session Four: Overview of Evapotranspiration and Ground Water Data, Featuring Guest Speaker: Brian F. Thomas
    The importance of evapotranspiration (ET), challenges of measuring ET, benefits and opportunities of using remote sensing for ET, methods of deriving ET using remote sensing, GRACE satellites, global groundwater stress, site-specific examples, and uncertainty in global groundwater storage.
  • Session Five: Regional Water Budget Estimation and Water Resource Data Applications
    An overview of land data assimilation models, a GIS demonstration, training summary and important announcements.