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Dr. Susanna Werth

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Dr. Susanna Werth is a geodesist / engineer specialized in satellite gravimetry, large-scale hydrology and water resource management. Her research interests are the time-dependent Earth and planetary gravity field, hydrology, terrestrial water cycle and resources management, interaction of the water, climate, environmental and human societies as well as signal processing. A main focus of her research is on monitoring, modeling and forecasting the Earth’s water mass budget variations using remote sensing data. This multifaceted research effort includes: Enhancing techniques for monitoring water mass budget variations with a focus on gavity and deformation data; Obtaining and analyzing large-scale estimates of temporal changes in continental water mass budget; and Investigating impact of changes in water availability on environment, human societies as well as crisis management.

Dr. Werth has received her Ph.D. at the University of Potsdam in German, for which she was supported by a scholarship from the German Research Center for Geosciences focusing on the integration of satellite gravimetry data into global hydrological modeling. After graduation, she worked as a post-doc at both institutions, which included hydrological and geophysical field campaigns to Spain and South Africa. Since a post-doc position at Arizona State University, Dr. Werth focuses her research on monitoring of large scale groundwater aquifers. And in 2015, she began building her own research and teaching program as research professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration and the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at the Arizona State University.