updated April 2008
Ph.D., Soil and Water Science, 1990, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Az.
M.A., Geography, 1982, U.C.S.B., Santa Barbara, Ca.
B.A., Geography, 1976, S.D.S.U., San Diego, Ca.
2006-present:Hydrologist, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, AZ
2000-2005:Research Leader, USDA Southwest Watershed Research Center, Tucson, Adjunct Professor, U.A. Dept. of Soil, Water and Env. Sci., Tucson, Az.
1984-1999:Physical Scientist, USDA U.S. Water Conservation Lab., Phoenix, Az.
Professional Societies and Memberships:
Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
Senior Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Editorial Board of Remote Sensing of Environment
Associate Editor of Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
Fellowships and Awards:
1987,1991,1993,2004. Grant Awards from USDA Off. of Intl. Coop. Dev., Wash. D.C.
1992-1999. Research Grant Award from NASA/Eos Interdis. Sci. Prog., Co-I.
1993-1994. USDA-ARS Remote Sensing Tech. Trans. Award
1994-1997. Research Grant Award from Natl. Inst. for Ag. and Env. Studies, Japan,
1994-1995. Research Grant Award from Natl. Sci. Foundation, P.I.
1994. USDA-ARS Research Grant Award, P.I.
1995-1997. Research Grant Award from Electric Power Res. Inst., Palo Alto, Ca., P.I.
1996-1999. Research Grant Award: NASA Landsat Science Team, P.I.
1996. Award for Best Symposium Paper from Canadian Rem. Sens. Society
2000-2002. Research Grant Award: NASA EO1 Validation Team, P.I.
2000. Award for Best Conference Paper from Veridian ERIM International
2001. Group Honor Award from the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
2002. USDA ARS Outstanding Senior Research Scientist of the Year
2002-2007. Interagency Research Agreement with U.S. Army, P.I.
Research Interest: Research is concentrated on critical arid and semiarid regions with a broad focus on the impact of global change on natural resources management and a specialized focus on the application of remote sensing to difficult problems. Research is conducted in cooperation with scientists from Europe, Asia and the Americas, including large scale experiments in France, Niger, Argentina and the US/Mexico border.
Dr. Moran has co-authored over 200 scientific publications, including:
Holifield, C.D., S. McElroy, M.S. Moran, R. Bryant and T. Miura, Temporal and spatial changes in grassland transpiration detected using Landsat TM and ETM+ imagery (2003) Canadian J. of Rem. Sens. 29:259‑270.
Moran, M.S., Bryant, R., Thome, K., Ni, W., Nouvellon, Y., Gonzalez-Dugo, M.P., Qi, J., Clarke, T.R. A refined empirical line approach for reflectance factor retrieval from Landsat-5 TM and Landsat-7 ETM+ (2001) Rem. Sens. Env. 78:71-82.
Moran, M.S., C.D. Peters-Lidard, J.M. Watts, and S. McElroy, Estimating soil moisture at the watershed scale with satellite-based radar and land surface models (2004) Canadian J. Rem. Sens. 30:1-22.
Moran, M.S., Clarke, T.R., Inoue, Y., Vidal, A. Estimating crop water deficit using the relation between surface-air temperature and spectral vegetation index (1994) Rem. Sens. Env.49:246-263. ;
Moran, M.S., D.C. Hymer, J. Qi and Y. Kerr, Comparison of ERS-2 SAR and Landsat TM imagery for monitoring agricultural crop and soil conditions (2001) Rem. Sens. Env. 79:243-252.
Moran, M.S., Inoue, Y., Barnes, E.M., Opportunities and limitations for image-based remote sensing in precision crop management (1997) Rem. Sens. Env. 61:319-346.
Moran, M.S., Jackson, R.D. Assessing the spatial distribution of evapotranspiration using remotely sensed inputs (1991);J. Env. Quality, 20:725-737.
Moran, M.S., Kustas, W.P., Vidal, A., Stannard, D.I., Blanford, J.H., Nichols, W.D. Use of ground-based remotely sensed data for surface energy balance evaluation of a semiarid rangeland (1994) Water Res. Research, 30:1339-1350.
Moran, M.S., Maas, S.J., Pinter Jr, P.J. Combining remote sensing and modeling for estimating surface evaporation and biomass production (1995) Rem. Sens. Reviews 12:335-353.
Moran, M.S., Rahman, A.F., Washburne, J.C., Goodrich, D.C., Weltz, M.A., Kustas, W.P. Combining the Penman-Monteith equation with measurements of surface temperature and reflectance to estimate evaporation rates of semiarid grassland (1996) Agr. For. Meteorol. 80:87-109.
Moran, M.S., Vidal, A., Troufleau, D., Qi, J., Clarke, T.R., Pinter Jr., P.J., Mitchell, T.A., [...], Neale, C.M.U. Combining multifrequency microwave and optical data for crop management (1997) Rem. Sens. Env. 61:Pages 96-109.
Nouvellon, Y., Moran, M.S., Lo Seen, D., Bryant, R., Rambal, S., Ni, W., Bégue, A., [...] Coupling a grassland ecosystem model with Landsat imagery for a 10-year simulation of carbon and water budgets (2001) Rem. Sens. Env. 78:131-149.
Rahman, M.M., M.S. Moran, D.P. Thoma, R. Bryant, C.D. Holifield Collins, T. Jackson, B. J. Orr and M. Tischler (2008) Mapping surface roughness and soil moisture using multi-angle radar imagery without ancillary data, Rem. Sens. Env. 112:391-402.
Thoma, D.P., M.S. Moran, R. Bryant, M. Rahman, C.D. Holifield-Collins, S. Skirvin, E.E. Sano and K. Slocum. Comparison of four models for determining surface soil moisture from C-band radar imagery (2006) Water Res. Research 42:1-12.