Kimberly Casey, Ph.D.

Kimberly Casey is a Physical Scientist in the National Land Imaging Program at the U.S. Geological Survey Headquarters.  Dr. Casey's research focuses on high spectral resolution investigations of Earth's cryospheric, land, ocean and atmospheric processes.   Dr. Casey also serves as the Earth Observation capabilities lead within the National Land Imaging Program.


Dr. Casey conducts high spectral resolution research investigations of cryospheric, land, ocean and atmospheric processes. She has particular interest in radiative characterization, biogeochemical cycling, and investigation of pollutant, biota, black carbon, dust and debris geology and geochemistry in the cryosphere via remotely sensed and in situ measurements. These studies aid in the understanding of particulate provenance, cycling and radiative impacts. She is adept in use of remote sensing observations to map ice radiance, stratigraphy, geochemistry, and atmospheric influences and works to quantify and differentiate sensor performance and detection of change over time.  She has experience in analytical chemistry techniques, including ice core and surface ice composition characterization, aquatic and tree core digestion analysis. Her field experience includes sampling on glaciers, ice core retrieval, and ground penetrating radar acquisition. She has conducted field work and led observation campaigns at glaciers and ice sheets on all 7 continents on Earth.  

Dr. Casey also aides in the National Land Imaging requirements, analysis and capabilities branch providing Earth Observation capability support toward internal, Federal and international sensor programs and initiatives.  She oversees an Earth Observation sensor capability working group, and the publication of the annual Earth Observation sensor compendium. Dr. Casey serves as the USGS lead for the World Meteorological Organization's international Polar Space Task Group.  She is in the NASA Surface Biology and Geology algorithm and applications working groups.



  • PhD Remote Sensing Geoscience, University of Oslo, Norway, European Space Agency GlobGlacier project research fellow
  • MS Environmental Science, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
  • AB Environmental Sciences, foci Chemistry, Computer Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA


Recent publications include: 

Casey, K., C. Rousseaux, W. Gregg, E. Boss, A. Chase, S. Craig, C. Mouw, R. Reynolds, D. Stramski, S. Ackleson, A. Bricaud, B. Schaeffer, M. Lewis, S. Maritorena, A global compilation of in situ aquatic high spectral resolution inherent and apparent optical property data for remote sensing applications. Earth System Science Data, [doi:10.5194/essd-2019-105], (in review)

Casey, K., C. Rousseaux, W. Gregg, E. Boss, A. Chase, S. Craig, C. Mouw, R. Reynolds, D. Stramski, S. Ackleson, A. Bricaud, B. Schaeffer, M. Lewis, S. Maritorena, 2019, In situ high spectral resolution inherent and apparent optical property data from diverse aquatic environments, PANGAEA, [doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.902230]

Myers, B., S. Weiskopf, D. Beard, S. Ferrier, A. Shiklomanov, E. Weng, K. Casey, M. Harfoot, S. Jackson, A. Leidner, T. Lenton, G. Luikart, H. Matsuda, N. Pettorelli, I. Rosa, A. Ruane, G. Senay, S. Serbin, D. Tittensor, A New Framework to Test Model-based Biodiversity Projections for Policy Formulation and Implementation, BioScience, (submitted).

Winski, D., T.J. Fudge,  D. Ferris, E. Osterberg, J. Fegyveresi, J. Cole-Dai, Z. Thudercloud, T. Cox, K. Kreutz, N. Ortman, C. Buizert, J. Epifanio, E. Brook, R. Beaudette, J. Severinghaus, T. Sowers, E. Steig, E. Kahle, T. Jones, M. Aydin, M. Nicewonger, K. Casey, R. Alley, E. Waddington, N. Iverson, R. Bay, J. Souney, 2019, The SP19 Chronology for the South Pole Ice Core - Part 1: Volcanic matching and annual-layer counting, Climate of the Past, [doi:10.5194/cp-2019-61]

Casey, K., C. Polashenski, J. Chen, M. Tedesco. 2017. Impact of MODIS sensor calibration updates on Greenland ice sheet surface reflectance and albedo trends. The Cryosphere, [doi:10.5194/tc-11-1781-2017]

Thomas, J., C. Polashenski, A. Soja, L. Marelle, K. Casey, H. Choi, J. C. Raut, C. Wiedinmyer, L. Emmons, J. Fast, J. Pelon, K. Law, M. Flanner, J. Dibb. 2017. Quantifying black carbon deposition over the Greenland ice sheet from forest fires in Canada. Geophysical Research Letters, [doi:10.1002/2017GL073701]

Casey, K., S. Kaspari, S. Skiles, K. Kreutz, M. Handley. 2017. The spectral and chemical measurement of pollutant impacts on snow near South Pole, Antarctica. Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, [doi:10.1002/2016JD026418]

Wang, Z., A. Erb, C. Schaaf, Q. Sun, Y. Liu, Y. Yang, Y. Shuai, K. Casey, M. Roman. 2016. Early spring post-fire snow albedo dynamics in high latitude boreal forests using Landsat-8 OLI data." Remote Sensing of Environment, [doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.02.059]

Koenig, L., D. Lampkin, L. Montgomery, S. Hamilton, J. Turrin, C. Joseph, S. Moutsafa, B. Panzer, K. Casey, J. Paden, C. Leuschen, P. Gogineni. 2015. Wintertime storage of water in buried supraglacial lakes across the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere, 9: 1333-1342 [doi:10.5194/tc-9-1333-2015]

Casey, K., T.J. Fudge, T. Neumann, E. Steig, M. Cavitte, D. Blankenship. 2014. The 1500m South Pole ice core: recovering a 40 ka environmental record. Annals of Glaciology, 55 (68): 137-146 [doi:10.3189/2014AoG68A016]

Kääb, A., T. Bolch, K. Casey, T. Heid, J. Kargel, G. Leonard, F. Paul, B. Raup. 2014. Glacier mapping and monitoring using multispectral data. Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Berlin Heidelberg, Chapter 4, 75-112, ISBN: 978-3-540-79817-0. [doi:10.1007/978-3-540-79818-7_4]

Paul, F., N. Barrand, E. Berthier, T. Bolch, K. Casey, H. Frey, S. Joshi, V. Konovalov, R. Bris, N. Moelg, G. Nosenko, C. Nuth, A. Pope, A. Racoviteanu, P. Rastner, B. Raup, K. Scharrer, S. Steffen, S. Winsvold. 2013. On the accuracy of glacier outlines derived from remote-sensing data. Annals of Glaciology, 54 (63): 171-182 [doi:10.3189/2013AoG63A296]

Casey, K., A. Kääb. 2012. Estimation of Supraglacial Dust and Debris Geochemical Composition via Satellite Reflectance and Emissivity. Remote Sensing, 4 (9): 2554-2575 [doi:10.3390/rs4092554]

Casey, K.  2012. Supraglacial dust and debris: geochemical compositions from glaciers in Svalbard, southern Norway, Nepal and New Zealand. Earth Systems Science Data Discussions, 5 (1): 107-145 [doi:10.5194/essdd-5-107-2012]

Casey, K., A. Kääb, D. Benn. 2012. Geochemical characterization of glacier debris via in situ and optical remote sensing methods: a case study in the Khumbu Himalaya Nepal. The Cryosphere, 685-100. [doi:10.5194/tc-6-85-2012].

Lang, S., A. Kääb, J. Pechstädt, W.-A. Flügel, P. Zeil, E. Lanz, D. Kahuda, R. Frauenfelder, K. Casey, P. Füreder, I. Sossna, I. Wagner, G. Janauer, N. Exler, Z. Boukalova, R. Tapa, J. Lui, and N. Sharma. 2011. Assessing components of the natural environment of the Upper Danube and Upper Brahmaputra river basins. Adv. Sci. Res., 7: 21-36 [doi:10.5194/asr-7-21-2011]

Foster, J., D. Hall, J. Eylander, G. Riggs, S. Nghiem, M. Tedesco, E. Kim, P. Montesano, R. Kelly, K. Casey, B. Choudhury. 2011. A blended global snow product using visible, passive microwave and scatterometer satellite data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32 (5): 1371-1395 [doi:10.1080/01431160903548013]

Hall, D., J. Box, K. Casey, S. Hook, C. Shuman, K. Steffen. 2008. Comparison of satellite-derived and in-situ observations of ice and snow surface temperatures over Greenland. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112 (10): 3739-3749 [doi:10.1016/j.rse.2008.05.007]

Hall, D., R. Williams Jr., K. Casey, N. Digirolamo, Z. Wan. 2006. Satellite-derived, melt-season surface temperature of the Greenland Ice Sheet (2000–2005) and its relationship to mass balance. Geophysical Research Letters, 33 (11): L11501 [doi:10.1029/2006GL026444]

Hall, D., J. Key, K. Casey, G. Riggs, D. Cavalieri. 2004. Sea ice surface temperature product from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). IEEE Trans Geosci Remote Sensing, 421076-1087.  [doi:10.1109/TGRS.2004.825587]

Sholkovitz, E., H. Elderfield, R. Szymczak, K. Casey. 1999. Island weathering: river sources of rare earth elements to the Western Pacific Ocean. Marine Chemistry, 68: 39-57 [doi:10.1016/S0304-4203(99)00064-X]