Dr. Clay B. Blankenship

Dr. Clay B. Blankenship

Dr. Clay B. Blankenship

Dr. Blankenship has been at the NSSTC since 2007 with the Universities Space Research Association. He joined SPoRT in 2012 and also works with SERVIR and other MSFC scientists. Dr. Blankenship has led NASA-funded efforts to assimilate satellite soil moisture observations from SMOS and SMAP into the Land Information System (LIS) ), assessing their impact on modeled soil moisture and subsequently on weather forecasts. He currently maintains the experimental Alaska LIS run for SPoRT. He is also involved in other remote sensing and numerical modeling projects including using LIS in forecast mode to provide soil moisture conditions for locust monitoring in Africa (with SERVIR), and radiative transfer modeling for aerosol studies and ocean flux estimation. His previous projects include developing physical satellite retrievals, investigations of interannual changes in water vapor and precipitation, and development of a global climatology of severe hailstorms from microwave satellite observations.

Dr. Blankenship was previously employed by the Naval Research Laboratory's Marine Meteorology Division, where he worked on satellite data assimilation in a global weather model. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M University, with a focus on radiative transfer and microwave remote sensing and the retrieval of water vapor profiles.

Contact at: clay.blankenship@nasa.gov



  • Atmospheric Scientist, 2007 - Current, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), Space Technology Institute at NASA-MSFC, Huntsville, AL
  • Meteorologist, 2003 - 2007, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, CA
  • ASEE Postdoc, 2000 - 2003, Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, CA
  • Graduate Assistant-Research, 1993 - 2000, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University


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