Dr. Scott Hensley

Scott Hensley received his BS degrees in Mathematics and Physics from the University of California at Irvine and the Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stony Brook University where he specialized in the study of differential geometry. In 1991, Dr. Hensley joined the staff of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is currently a Senior Research Scientist studying advanced radar techniques for geophysical applications. He has worked on the Magellan and Cassini radars, was the GeoSAR Chief Scientist, lead the SRTM Interferometric Processor Development Team, lead a team using GSSR data to generate topographic maps of the moon and was Principal Investigator and is currently the Project Scientist for the NASA UAVSAR program which is an airborne electronically scanned L-band radar designed for repeat pass applications. Most recently he has been very active in developing proposals for exploring the solar system that require radar observations.  


Stony Brook University

Ph.D. in Mathematics 1985 - Specialized in Differential Geometry


University of California Irvine

B.S. Mathematics and Physics 1980

Research Interests: 

My primary area of interest is the use of radar remote sensing for geophysical applications in particular the use of radar interferometric techniques. Areas of interest include topographic mapping, archeology, earthquake and volcanoes, vegetation structure and biomass, ice cap and glacier dynamics, sea ice thickness and planetary geology and geophysics.

Professional Experience: 

2013 – Present: Adjunct Professor University of New South Wales

1995 – Present: Principal

2015 – Present Senior Research Scientist


Selected Key Assignments:

1989 – 1992: Magellan Radar Team Member

1996 – 2003: GeoSAR Principal Investigator

1997 – 2002: SRTM Topographic Processor Lead

2003 – 2017: Cassini Radar Team Member

2004 – 2008: UAVSAR Principal Investigator

2008 – Present: UAVSAR Project Scientist

2008 – 2012: Assistant Section Manager

Selected Awards: 

2016 – NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal

2015 – JPL Research Poster Award

2014 – JPL Leadership Award

2014 – IEEE Fellow

2011 – JPL Magellan Bonus Award Winner for UAVSAR

2010 – NASA Medal of Excellence for the GSSR Lunar Mapping Project

2010 – NASA Group Achievement Award for the Glistin Ka-band Radar Development

2008 – NASA Medal for Excellence for Leading the UAVSAR Development Effort

2003 – NASA Medal for Excellence for Leading the SRTM Processing Effort

Selected Publications: 
  1. Scott Hensley and Tom Farr, Microwave Remote Sensing and Geomorphology, Chapter 3.5 in Treatise on Geomorphology, Elsevier, April, 2012.
  2. Hensley S., Moller D, Oveisgharan S, Michel T & Wu X (2016) Ka-band Mapping and Measurements of Interferometric Penetration of the Greenland Ice Sheets by the GLISTIN Radar IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, 9(6), DOI: 10.1109/JSTARS2560626.
  3. S. Zwieback, S. Hensley, I. Hajnsek. Assessment of soil moisture effects on L- band radar interferometry. Remote Sens. Environ., 164, 77-89, 2015
  4. M. Lavalle and S. Hensley, Extraction of Structural and Dynamic Properties of Forests from Polarimetric-Interferometric SAR Data Affected by Temporal Decorrelation, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 09/2015; 53(9):1-16. DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2015.2409066.
  5. Brent G Delbridge, B. G., R. Bürgmann, E. Fielding, S. Hensley, and W. H. Schulz (2016), Three-dimensional surface deformation derived from airborne interferometric UAVSAR: Application to the Slumgullion Landslide, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2015JB012559.
  6. M. Lavalle, M. Simard, and S. Hensley, "A Temporal Decorrelation Model for Polarimetric Radar Interferometers," IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 50, pp. 2880-2888, July 2012.
  7. Zebker, H.A., Hensley, S., Shanker, P., Wortham, C., "Geodetically Accurate InSAR Data Processor," Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on , vol.48, no.12, pp.4309-4321, Dec. 2010, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2010.2051333.
  8. Bryan W. Stiles, Scott Hensley, Yonggyu Gim, David M. Bates, Randolph L. Kirk, Alex Hayes, Jani Radebaugh, Ralph D. Lorenz, Karl L. Mitchell, Philip S. Callahan, Howard Zebker, William T.K. Johnson, Stephen D. Wall, Jonathan I. Lunine, Charles A. Wood, Michael Janssen, Frederic Pelletier, Richard D. West, Chandini Veeramacheneni and the Cassini RADAR Team, Determining Titan surface topography from Cassini SAR data, Icarus, 202, 2009.
  9. Hensley, S., Oveisgharan, S., Saatchi, S., Simard, M., Ahmed, R., Haddad, Z., "An Error Model for Biomass Estimates Derived From Polarimetric Radar Backscatter," Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on, vol.52, no.7, pp.4065,4082, July 2014, doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2013.2279400
  10. Rosen, P. A. S. Hensley, I. R. Joughin, F. K. Li, S. N. Madsen, E. Rodríguez, R. M. Goldstein, “Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry”, Proc. of IEEE, vol. 88, no. 3, March 2000.
  11. Peltzer, G., F. Crampé, S. Hensley, P. Rosen, Transient strain accumulation and fault interaction in the Eastern California shear zone, Geology, vol. 29, no. 11, November, 2001.
Scott Hensley
4800 Oak Grove Dr.
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 818.354.3322