Dr. Yann H. Kerr

 Field: the theory and techniques for microwave and thermal infrared

        remote sensing of the Earth, with emphasis on hydrology, water resources 

management and vegetation monitoring

Education: Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Geophysics & Space Techniques,                       Toulouse Academy, Paul Sabatier University

 Affiliation:  PI of the Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission


WMO (Norbert Gerbier / Mumm) First Prize for the best paper in agrometeorology, 1991
Magellan Three Stars for the Hydrologic Atmospheric Pilot EXperiment (HAPEX) Sahel web site, 1996
USDA Secretary's team award for excellence (SALSA Program) 2001
Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) “Certificate for leadership in development of the first synthetic aperture microwave radiometer in space and success of the SMOS mission, 2010”
Distinguished lecturer for GRSS 2012-2015
ESA Team award for the SMOS project 2013
Highly Cited Researcher (Thomson Reuters) 2015
Highest impact paper for IEEE GRSS 2012-2017
NASA Group Achievement Award for the SMAP Science Team in 2017


Early Career - Development and teaching of several courses (SMOS Training Workshop, European research Course on Atmosphere (ERCA) course, Sup Aero Masters' degree). Mentored and advised over 20 PhD students since 1982

Current Advising as Committee Director:

Beatriz Molero Rodenas on soil moisture spatial and temporal variability (2015-2018)

Co-director of Vivien Stephan (Olivier Merlin) on disaggregation techniques for SMOS (2014-2017)

Committee member for Roberto Fernandez Rodriguez (INRA ISPA and Valencia University 2014-2017), Neelam Maheshwari (Texas A&M University), soil moisture retrieval by accounting for higher order interactions