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


  • 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): 1707-1719. doi:10.5194/tc-10-1707-2016.

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): 5263-5279. 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. doi:10.3189/172756410790595886.


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): 1013–1016.


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)