Scott Goetz, Ph.D.
Woods Hole Research Center
149 Woods Hole Road
Falmouth, MA 02540-1644
Ph.D. - University of Maryland
1996, Department of Geography
Dissertation: Modeling carbon fluxes, net primary production and light utilization of boreal forest stands
M.Sc. - University of California, Santa Barbara
1987, Department of Geography
Thesis: Predictive mapping of coast live oak in California using digital satellite and terrain data
B.Sc. - Pennsylvania State University
1982, Department of Geography
Remote sensing & digital mapping emphasis.
- July 2011 - present: Deputy Director and Senior Scientist
- 2005 - July 2011: Senior Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
- February 2003 - 2005: Associate Scientist, Woods Hole Research Center
- February 2003 - present: Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Maryland
- August 1995 - January 2003: Associate Scientist, University of Maryland, Dept. of Geography
- August 1985 - August 1995: Research Scientist, Hughes/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Analysis of environmental change, including monitoring and modeling links between land use change of various types (e.g., urbanization, fire disturbance), forest productivity, biological diversity, water quality, and epidemiology.
Selected publications (of 130+ in print)
Xu, L., R.B. Myneni, F.S. Chapin III, T.V. Callaghan, J.E. Pinzon, C.J. Tucker, Z. Zhu, J. Bi, P. Ciais, H. Tømmervik, E. S. Euskirchen, B.C. Forbes, S.L. Piao, B.T. Anderson, S. Ganguly, R.R. Nemani, S.J. Goetz, P.S.A. Beck, A.G. Bunn, C. Cao, and J.C. Stroeve. 2013. Temperature and vegetation seasonality diminishment over northern lands. Nature Climate Change. doi:10.1038/nclimate1836
Goetz, S.J., Bond-Lamberty, B., Law, B., Hicke, J., Huang, C., Houghton, R.A., McNulty, S., O’Halloran, T., Harmon, M.E., Meddens, A.J.H., Pfeifer, E.M., Mildrexler, D., & Kasischke, E. (2012). Observations and assessment of forest carbon recovery following disturbance in North America. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 117, doi:10.1029/2011JG001733
Goetz, S. J. & Dubayah, R. O. (2011) Advances in remote sensing technology and implications for monitoring, reporting and verifying forest carbon stocks and emissions. Carbon Management 2, 231-244 , DOI 10.4155/cmt.11.18.
Goetz, S.J., Kimball, J.S., Mack, M., & Kasischke, E. (2011). Scoping study for an arctic boreal vulnerability experiment. AGU Eos Transactions 92, 150-151, doi:10.1029/2011EO180002.
Goetz, S. J., H. E. Epstein, D. Alcaraz, P. S. A. Beck, U. Bhatt, A. Bunn, J. Comiso, G. J. Jia, J. O. Kaplan, H. Lischke, A. Lloyd, Q. Yu, and D. A. Walker (2010). Recent changes in Arctic vegetation: satellite observations and simulation model predictions, in G. Gutman (ed.) Arctic land cover and land use in a changing climate. Springer-Verlag, Amsterdam.
Houghton, R. A., Hall, F. G. & Goetz, S. J. (2009) The importance of biomass in the global carbon cycle. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences, 114, G00E03, doi:10.1029/2009JG000935.
Goetz, S.J., Mack, M., Gurney, K., Randerson, J., & Houghton, R.A. (2007). Ecosystem responses to recent climate change and fire disturbance at northern high latitudes: Observations and model results contrasting northern Eurasia and North America. Environmental Research Letters 045031.
Goetz, S. J., Steinberg, D., Betts, M., Holmes, R., Doran, P., Dubayah, R. & Hofton, M. (2010) Lidar remote sensing variables predict breeding habitat of a Neotropical migrant bird. Ecology, 91:1569-1576.
Bergen, K., Goetz, S., Dubayah, R., Henebry, G., Imhoff, M., Nelson, R., Parker, G. & Radeloff, V. (2009) Measurements of vegetation 3D structure for biodiversity and habitat: review and implications for spaceborne remote sensing missions Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, G00E06 doi:10.1029/2008JG000883.
Goetz, S.J., Jantz, P. & Jantz, C.J. (2009), Connectivity of core habitat in the northeastern United States: parks and protected areas in a landscape context. Remote Sensing of Environment 113:1421-1429
Gross, J. E., Goetz, S. J. & Cihlar, J. (2009) Application of remote sensing to parks and protected area monitoring: Introduction to the special issue. Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 1343-1345.
Goetz, S. J., D. Steinberg, R. Dubayah, and J. B. Blair (2007), Lidar remote sensing of canopy habitat heterogeneity as a predictor of bird species richness in an eastern temperate forest, USA. Remote Sensing of Environment 108(3):254-263.
Land use change and water quality:
Goetz, S.J., & Fiske, G. (2013). On the relationship between stream biotic diversity and exurbanization in the Northeastern USA. In L. Patrick (Ed.), GIS and Geospatial Techniques as applied to Urban Water issues (pp. 61-78): Springer Press
Goetz, S. J., Sun, M. & Jantz, C. A. (2011) Changes in the hydrology of the Upper Delaware watershed with increasing urbanization. Watershed Science Bulletin, Fall 2011, 18-26.
Jantz, C. A., Goetz, S. J., Donato, D. & Claggett, P. (2010) Designing and implementing a regional urban modeling system using the SLEUTH cellular urban model. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 34, 1-16.
Theobald, D.M., Goetz, S.J., Norman, J., & Jantz, P. (2009), Watersheds at risk to increased impervious surface cover in the coterminous United States. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 14:362-368
Goetz, S.J., Gardiner, T., & Viers, J. (2008) Recent advances in monitoring freshwater and estuarine ecosystems with remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:3993-3995
Goetz, S. J., and G. Fiske (2008), Linking the diversity and abundance of stream biota to landscapes in the mid-Atlantic USA. Remote Sensing of Environment 112:4075-4085
Goetz S. J. (2006), Remote sensing of riparian buffers: past progress and future prospects. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 42(1): 133-143.
Goetz, S. J., & P. Jantz (2006). Satellite maps show Chesapeake Bay urban development. Eos Transactions American Geophysical Union 87:149-152.
Remote sensing science:
Goetz, S. J., Sun, M., Baccini, A. & Beck, P. S. A. (2010) Synergistic use of space-borne LiDAR and optical imagery for assessing forest disturbance: an Alaska case study. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 115, G00E07, doi:10.1029/2008JG000898.
Goetz, S.J., Baccini, A., Laporte, N., Johns, T., Walker, W.S., Kellndorfer, J.M., Houghton, R.A., & Sun, M. (2009). Mapping & monitoring carbon stocks with satellite observations:a comparison of methods. Carbon Balance and Management, 4:2 doi:10.1186/1750-0680-1184-1182, Open access journal: http://www.cbmjournal.com/content/4/1/2
Steinberg, D. C. & Goetz, S. J. (2009) Assessment of canopy light harvesting in temperate forests of the eastern U.S. using MODIS data products. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 30, 169-187.
Tatem, A.J., Goetz, S.J., & Hay, S.I. (2008). Fifty years of earth observation satellites. American Scientist 96:390-398.
Achievements and Awards
- Fulbright Research Scholar, 2010, Toulouse France. Center for the Study of the Biosphere from Space.
- Associate Editor, 2008-present. Remote Sensing of Environment
- Editorial Board, 2011-present. Environmental Research Letters
- Editorial Board, 2007-2010. Journal of Geophysical Research
- Editorial Board, 2005-2007. Remote Sensing of Environment
- O.E. Baker Award, 1996. Doctoral Dissertation
- NASA Team Award, 1995. Boreal Ecosystem Atmosphere Study (BOREAS).
- NASA Team Award, 1989. First International Land Surface Climatology Project (FIFE)
- Mapping and Modeling Patterns of Habitat and Biodiversity
- Assessing conservation areas and their vulnerability to climate and land use change
- Boreal Forest & Arctic Tundra Dynamics
- Fire and Carbon Sequestration in Boreal North America
- Remote Sensing Tools in Boreal Regions
- Understanding Human Impacts on the Chesapeake Bay
- Land Use and Land Cover in the Chesapeake Bay
- Modeling Land Cover Change in the Chesapeake Bay
- Pan-tropical Forest Carbon Mapped with Satellite and Field Observations
- Capacity Building in the Pan-tropical Region
- Investigating the Changing Arctic