Colin Gleason

Dr. Colin J Gleason is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. His focus is on basic science in several interrelated hydrologic disciplines, and his work is at once local and global in scope, as he seeks to develop new fundamental understanding of basic hydrologic processes and then apply them across the globe, particularly in the Arctic. Dr. Gleason also engages in extensive Arctic fieldwork where he attempts to fill in hydrologic data gaps and provide validation for satellite based products in this data-sparse but vulnerable region. Finally, he is also a member of the NASA Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) Science Team, in which capacity he works with the other Science Team members to guide NASA’s development of the novel SWOT satellite instrument by providing hydrologic rationale for measurement precision and accuracy considerations. Dr. Gleason is also part of the calibration and validation efforts for this mission, and enjoys camping, hiking, photography, playing bass guitar, and board games with complicated rules.

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