Daniel Jensen

Daniel is a postdoctoral fellow at JPL with the NASA Postdoctoral Program under the supervision of Marc Simard and David Thompson. He completed his PhD at UCLA with Kyle Cavanaugh and Marc Simard, where he used airborne imaging spectrometer data to study coastal wetland ecosystems in Louisiana.


BA in Geography, UC Berkeley; MA in Geography, CSU Long Beach; PhD in Geography, UCLA

Research Interests: 

Imaging spectroscopy, Environmental remote sensing, Data integration, Wetland ecology

Professional Experience: 
  • NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, JPL (2020-present)
  • Teaching Assistant, UCLA (2015-2019)
  • Intern, JPL (2016)
  • Participant, Geoinformatics Fellow, and Assistant Center Lead, DEVELOP National Program at JPL (2014-2015)
  • Participant, DEVELOP National Program at Langley Research Center (2014)

Selected Awards: 

NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship; UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Award

Selected Publications: 
  1. Jensen, D., Cavanaugh, K.C., Simard, M., Okin, G.S., Castañeda-Moya, E., McCall, A., & Twilley, R.R. (2019). Integrating Imaging Spectrometer and Synthetic Aperture Radar Data for Estimating Wetland Vegetation Aboveground Biomass in Coastal Louisiana. Remote Sensing, 11(21), 2533. DOI: 10.3390/rs11212533
  2. Jensen, D., Simard, M., Cavanaugh, K., Sheng, Y., Fichot, C.G., Pavelsky, T., & Twilley, R. (2019). Improving the Transferability of Suspended Solid Estimation in Wetland and Deltaic Waters with an Empirical Hyperspectral Approach. Remote Sensing, 11(13), 1629. DOI: 10.3390/rs11131629
  3. Jensen, D., Reager, J.T., Zajic, B., Rousseau, N., Rodell, M., & Hinkley, E. (2018). The sensitivity of US wildfire occurrence to pre-season soil moisture conditions across ecosystems. Environmental Research Letters, 13(1). DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa9853
  4. Jensen, D.J., Simard, M., Cavanaugh, K.C., & Thompson, D.R. (2017). Imaging Spectroscopy BRDF Correction for Mapping Louisiana’s Coastal Ecosystems. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 56(3), 1739–1748. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2017.2767607
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