Dorothy K. Hall

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Dorothy K. Hall
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Maryland
💼 Occupation

Dorothy K. Hall is a known for her research on snow and ice, which she studies through satellites and by making direct measurements from land. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union.

Education and career[edit]

Hall grew up near Washington, D.C. and was interested in the space program, astronomy, and geology. By high school, she had her pilot's license and was taking photographs from planes. In college, she combined these interests by pursuing a degree in geographic sciences at the University of Maryland.[1] Hall also earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland where she combined field measurements and satellite data to measure aufeis in Alaska.[2]

Hall was a scientist at the National Aeronautics and Space Agency's (NASA) Goddard Space Flight Center, where she served as a scientist in the hydrology division from 1975 until 2003, with a promotion to Senior Scientist in 1989.[3] Hall worked in the cryospheric sciences laboratory at NASA where she led the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer snow and ice imaging program.[3] After retiring from NASA,[when?] Hall spent two years at Michigan State University before taking a visiting scientist position at the University of Maryland.[4]

In 2018, Hall was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union who cited her "for pioneering, innovative, and sustained research for 44 years on global remote sensing of the Earth's cryosphere".[5]


Hall is known for her research measuring the temperature of the snow and sea, and mapping its spatial extent.

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Coverage of research[6][7][8]

Greenland ice cover melting[9][10]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Hall, Dorothy K. (1985). Remote Sensing of Ice and Snow. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-94-009-4842-6. Search this book on Logo.png

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Exceptional Service Medal, NASA (2009)[11]
  • Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2018)[5]


  1. Jenner, Lynn (2015-05-12). "Dorothy Hall - Fan of Frozen -- Places". NASA. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  2. Hall, Dorothy K (1980). Analysis of the origin of water which forms large aufeis fields on the Arctic Slope of Alaska using ground and landsat data (Thesis).
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Dorothy K. Hall bio". Retrieved 26 August 2021.
  4. West, Teri (2018-02-14). "Dr. Dorothy Hall". Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center. Retrieved 2021-08-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hall". Honors Program. Retrieved 22 August 2021.
  6. "Snowmelt Timing Near the Great Salt Lake". 2021-02-04. Retrieved 2021-08-26.
  7. Lee, Cheril (February 28, 2017). "NASA Views Snow from Space". Retrieved 2021-08-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Giese, Jordan (2015-04-03). "Snowpack In Wyoming Melting Earlier". Wyoming Public Media. Retrieved 2021-08-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. Connor, Steve (2012-07-26). "The big thaw: Greenland ice cover is melting away". The Independent. Retrieved 2021-08-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. Zielinski, Sarah (May 19, 2014). "Nearly All of Greenland's Surface Melted Overnight in 2012—Here's Why". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "Agency Honor Award 2009 Winners" (PDF). Retrieved August 25, 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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