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USRA’s Ludovic Brucker and Team Win IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Transactions Prize Paper Award

Columbia, MD—May 28, 2021. The Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS)--a technical Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)—announced the winner of the IEEE GRSS Transactions Prize paper. The award was given to a team of authors that includes Universities Space Research Association’s Ludovic Brucker and S.J. Munchak from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Dr. Ludovic Brucker

Dr. Ludovic Brucker

The award-winning paper is entitled “An-Active Passive Microwave Land Surface Database from GPM.” The full citation of the paper is as follows: S. J. Munchak, S. Ringerud, L. Brucker, Y. You, I. de Gelis and C. Prigent, "An Active–Passive Microwave Land Surface Database From GPM," in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 58, no. 9, pp. 6224-6242, Sept. 2020, doi:10.1109/TGRS.2020.2975477.

An overall aim of the paper was to improve the satellite Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Combined Radar-Radiometer Algorithm (CORRA) by developing a statistical model to represent the surface with joint properties of radar and microwave radiometer observations.

 Brucker, a scientist at USRA,  whose expertise is in snow and sea ice microwave remote sensing, said: This work has substantial benefits for the research field and their scientific applications requiring improved estimates of the amount of rainfall. In my research, I foresee a major step forward in our monitoring capabilities of rain-on-snow events. Working on this topic as part of an award-winning team is gratifying.”

The award recognizes an exceptional paper in terms of content and impact on the Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. It recognizes the authors who have published in the IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGRS) during the calendar year.

Selection criteria of the award includes originality, clarity, and timeliness of the paper. The award- winning paper is selected through a rigorous review process by TGRS reviewers, associate editors, and Editor-in Chief.

The awarded team of authors receives a certificate and check for US$2000. The award is presented annually to one recipient. In 2021, the award will be presented in Brussels, Belgium, at the IGRASS 2021.


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