Dr. Sassan Saatchi is a senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and a Adjunct Professor at the Center for Tropical Research, Institute of Environment at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received the Ph.D. degree from George Washington University in 1988 with concentration in electrophysics and applied mathematics. The focus of his Ph.D. dissertation was the modeling of wave propagation in natural media. Dr. Saatchi has been involved in a number of international research studies in modeling global biogenic carbon distribution in tropical and boreal forests, hydrological processes in arid and semi-arid regions, spatial modeling of species distributions, design and scientific applications of several earth science spaceborne sensors.
His present research activities include land cover classification, biomass and soil moisture estimation in boreal forests, land use and land cover change, forest structure and carbon stock in tropical forests, applications of remote sensing in biodiversity and conservation. His research interests also include wave propagation in disordered/random media and EM scattering theory. Sassan Saatchi has been involved in developing and teaching courses in the use of remote sensing for environmental problems.