Mahsa Moussavi

Postdoctoral Research Associate


PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2015


Remote sensing of snow and ice; satellite laser and radar altimetry; remote sensing of vegetation; satellite image processing

  • ICESat-2 Science Liaison at NSIDC

Current Research

  • Conducting research on ice shelf stability in Antarctica, using satellite radar altimetry data from the Cryostat-2 mission


  • ICESat-2 Science Liaison at NSIDC



Brunt, K. M., T. A. Neumann, J. M. Amundson, J. L. Kavanaugh, M. S. Moussavi, K. M. Walsh, and W. B. Cook. 2016. MABEL photon-counting laser altimetry data in alaska for ICESat-2 simulations and development. The Cryosphere 10(4): 1,707-1,719. doi:

Colgan, W., H. Rajaram, W. Abdalati, C. McCutchan, R. Mottram, M. Moussavi, and S. Grigsby. 2016. Glacier crevasses: Observations, models and mass balance implications. Reviews of Geophysics 54(1): 119-161. doi:10.1002/2015RG000504.

Moussavi, M. S., W. Abdalati, A. Pope, T. Scambos, M. Tedesco, M. MacFerrin, and S. Grigsby. 2016. Derivation and validation of supraglacial lake volumes on the Greenland Ice Sheet from high-resolution satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment 183: 294-303. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.05.024.

Pope, A., T. A. Scambos, M. Moussavi, M. Tedesco, M. Willis, D. Shean, and S. Grigsby. 2016. Estimating supraglacial lake depth in West Greenland using Landsat 8 and comparison with other multispectral methods. The Cryosphere 10: 15-27. doi:10.5194/tc-10-15-2016.


Moussavi, M. S., W. Abdalati, T. Scambos, and A. Neuenschwander. 2014. Applicability of an automatic surface detection approach to micro-pulse photon-counting lidar altimetry data: implications for canopy height retrieval from future ICESat-2 data. International Journal of Remote Sensing 35(13): 5,263-5,279. doi:10.1080/01431161.2014.939780.


Moussavi, M. S., M. J. Zoej, F. Vaziri, M. R. Sahebi, and Y. Rezaei. 2010. A new glacier inventory of Iran. Annals of Glaciology 50(53): 93–103.


Fattahi, H., M. R. Sahebi, M. J. Valadan Zoej, and M. S. Moussavi. 2008. Separation of soil surface components of the radar signal backscattered from bare soil. World Applies Sciences Journal 4(3): 377-383.

Moussavi, M. S., M. J. V. Zoej, M. R. Sahebi, and Y. Rezaei. 2008. Change detection of mountain glacier surface using aerial and satellite imagery: a case study in Iran, Alamchal Glacier. The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences 37(4): 1,013–1,016.

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Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)