Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science

Spatial Analysis. GeoSpatial Intelligence. Remote Sensing.
Geographic Information Systems and Science.

Paul Houser

Professor
Ph.D University of Arizona

Telephone: (703) 993-9238

Email: phouser@gmu.edu
Website: http://prhouser.com/houser.html

Office: 2209 Exploratory Hall

Expertise | Recent Publications | Research | Academic and Professional Activities | Awards

Expertise

  • Water cycle dynamics
  • Land surface hydrology

Recent Publications

  • de Goncalves, L., W. J. Shuttleworth, D. Vila, E. Larroza, M. J. Bottino, D. L. Herdies, J. A. Aravequia, J. G. Z. De Mattos, D. L. Toll, M. Rodell, P. Houser, 2009: The South American Land Data Assimilation System (SALDAS) 5-Year Retrospective Atmospheric Forcing Datasets”, Journal of Hydrometeorology, in press.
  • Sahoo, A. K.; Dirmeyer, P. A.; Houser, P. R. and Kafatos, M., 2008: A study of Land surface processes using land surface models over the Little River Experimental Watershed, Georgia, J. Geophysical Research-Atmosphere, (in review).
  • Sahoo, A. K.; Houser, P. R.; Ferguson, C.; Wood, E. F., Dirmeyer, P. A. and Kafatos, M., 2008: Evaluation of AMSR-E soil moisture results using the in-situ data over the Little River Experimental Watershed, Georgia, Remote Sensing of Environment, (in press).
  • Feng, W., M. Bosilovich, P. Houser and J. Chern, 2009: Impact of the Land Surface Conditions on the North American Monsoon, J. Climate, submitted.
  • Feng, X., M. Bosilovich, P. Houser and J. Chern, 2009: Land-Atmosphere Coupling during 2004 North American Monsoon, J. Climate, submitted.
  • Luo, Y., P. Houser, and X. Zhan, 2009: Land Data Assimilation with Statistical Estimation and Correction of Model Errors, J. Geophys. Res., submitted.
  • Tao, W.-K., D. Anderson, R. Atlas, J. Chern, P. Houser, A. Hou, S. Lang, W. Lau, C. Peters-Lidard, R. Kakar, S. Kumar, W. Lapenta, X. Li, T. Matsui, R. Rienecker, B.-W. Shen, J. J. Shi, J. Simpson, and X. Zeng, 2008: A Goddard Multi-Scale Modeling System with Unified Physics. World Climate Research Programme Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (WCRP/GEWEX) Newsletter, Vol 18, No 1, 6-8.
  • Kelly Elder, Don Cline, Angus Goodbody, Paul Houser, Glen E. Liston, Larry Mahrt, and Nick Rutter, 2009: NASA Cold Land Processes Experiment (CLPX 2002/03): Ground-Based and Near-Surface Meteorological Observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, Vol. 10, Iss. 1, pp. 330–337.
  • Feng, X., A. Sahoo, K. Arsenault, P. Houser, Y. Luo, T. J. Troy, 2008: The Impact of Snow Model Complexity at Three CLPX Sites, J. Hydromet., in press.
  • Houser, P., G. De Lannoy, J. Walker, W. Lahoz, 2009: Land Surface Data Assimilation, in Data Assimilation Book, Springer-Verlag, submitted.
  • De Lannoy, G., 2008: Adaptive soil moisture profile filtering for horizontal information propagation in the independent column-based CLM2.0, J. Geophys. Res., accepted.
  • Kumar, S., C. Peters-Lidard, Y. Tian, R. Reichle, C. Alonge, J. Geiger, J. Eylander, and P. Houser, 2008: An integrated hydrologic modeling and data assimilation framework enabled by the Land Information System (LIS), IEEE Computer Special Issue, accepted.
  • Kumar, Sujay V., Rolf H. Reichle, Christa D. Peters-Lidard, Randal D. Koster, Xiwu Zhan, Wade T. Crow, John B. Eylander, and Paul R. Houser, 2008. A Land Surface Data Assimilation Framework using the Land Information System: Description and Applications, In press, Advances in Water Resources.
  • Tian, Y., C. D. Peters-Lidard, S. V. Kumar, J. Geiger, P. R. Houser, J. L. Eastman, P. Dirmeyer, B. Doty and J. Adams, 2008: High Performance Land Surface Modeling with a Linux Cluster. In press, Computers & Geosciences.
  • Goncalves, L. G. G. ; Shuttleworth, W. J. ; Larroza, E. G. ; Villa, D. ; Bottino M. J. ; Toll, D. ; Herdies, D. L. ; Aravequia, J. A. ; Mattos, J. G. Z. ; Rodell, M. ; Houser, P., 2008: The South American Land Data Assimilation System (SALDAS) 5-Year Retrospective Atmospheric Forcing Datasets. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2009.
  • Feng, X., and P. Houser, 2008: An Investigation of GSWP-2 Mississippi River basin surface water and energy budgets, J. Geophys. Res., 113, D15118, doi:10.1029/2007JD009144.
  • Tian, Y., C. D. Peters-Lidard, S. V. Kumar, J. Geiger, P. R. Houser, J. L. Eastman, P. Dirmeyer, B. Doty and J. Adams, 2007. High Performance Land Surface Modeling with a Linux Cluster. Computers & Geosciences, accepted.
  • Pozzi, W., P. Houser, D. Matthews, 2007: Enhancements for California-Nevada River Forecasting Center's (CNRFC) Streamflow Forecasting by High Resolution Data Assimilation, Atmospheric and Land Surface Models, NASA Formulation Report, peer reviewed and publically disseminated via the NASA Solutions Networks Hub.
  • De Lannoy, G. J. M., R. H. Reichle, P. R. Houser, V. R. N. Pauwels, and N. E. C. Verhoest , 2007: Correcting for forecast bias in soil moisture assimilation with the ensemble Kalman filter, Water Resour. Res., 43, W09410, doi:10.1029/2006WR005449
  • De Lannoy, G. J. M., P. R. Houser, V. R. N. Pauwels, and N. E. C. Verhoest, 2007: State and bias estimation for soil
  • moisture profiles by an ensemble Kalman filter: Effect of assimilation depth and frequency, Water Resour. Res., 43, W06401, doi:10.1029/2006WR005100.
  • Dong, J., W. Ni-Meister, and P. R. Houser, 2007 . Impacts of vegetation and cold season processes on soil moisture and climate relationships over Eurasia, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D09106, doi:10.1029/2006JD007774.
  • Schlosser CA, and Houser PR ,2007. Assessing a Satellite-Era Perspective of the Global Water Cycle. Journal of Climate: Vol. 20, No. 7 pp. 1316–1338
  • Peters-Lidard, C. D., P. R. Houser, Y. Tian, S. V. Kumar, J. Geiger, S. Olden, L. Lighty, B. Doty, P. Dirmeyer, J. Adams, K. Mitchell, E.F. Wood, J. Sheffield, 2007: High Performance Earth System Modeling with NASA/GSFC’s Land Information System. Innovations in Systems and Software Engineering, 3(3), 157-165, DOI=http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11334-007-0028-x.
  • Dong, J., J. P. Walker, P. R. Houser, and C Sun, 2007. Scanning multic http://groups.google.com/group/NEWSintegration2 hannel microwave radiometer snow water equivalent assimilation, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D07108, doi:10.1029/2006JD007209.

Research

  • 2005 – Present Associate Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia Geography and Geoinformation Science Department; Atmosphere, Ocean and Earth Science Department
  • 2008 – Present Director of Hydrometeorology, EarthWater Global, Arlington, Virginia
  • 2008 – 2009 Adjunct Research Scientist, Center for Research on Environment and Water, Calverton, Maryland
  • 2005 – 2008 Director, Center for Research on Environment and Water, Calverton, Maryland
  • 2007 – 2010 Affiliate Faculty, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • 2000 – 2005 Head (GS-15), Hydrological Sciences Branch, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland
  • 1999 – 2000 Visiting Senior Scientist (GS-13), NASA Headquarters, Washington D.C.
  • 1997 – 2005 Research Scientist (GS-15), NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland

Academic and Professional Activities

CLASSES TAUGHT
  • Principles of Hydrology; HWR 250, University of Arizona, 1992-1995.
  • Land-Climate Interactions, CLIM 714, George Mason University, 2006-2010.
  • The Hydrosphere, EOS 656/EVPP 652/GEOG 570, George Mason University, 2010.
  • Cold Land Processes and Atmosphere Interactions, Special Topics Course, CSI 996, George Mason University, 2006, 2007.
  • Equivalent Water Thickness Analysis, Special Topics Course, CSI 796, George Mason University, Fall 2006.

Awards

  • Fulbright Senior Specialists Candidate, 2006-2011.
  • NASA Software of the Year Award, 2005
  • NASA Space Act Award, Land Information System Software, Version 4.0; June 1, 2005.
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2000
  • Goddard Space Flight Center Special Act Award, December 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004.
  • American Geophysical Union Hydrology Section Outstanding Student Paper, 1996.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration Fellow in Global Change Research, 1992-1995.
  • The National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1992.
  • Department of Energy Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Scholarship, 1990.
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1984.
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