Heather Hunter is a Ph.D student in Applied Marine Physics. She also has degrees in electrical engineering and earth science, and spent several years working as a contractor for NASA. Her research interests include satellite remote sensing of the Earth System and the Earth-Space environment, from satellite mission design, to data mining and image processing. Aside from her main research interests, she is also interested in the emerging use of CubeSats for operational Earth observation and the challenges involved in CubeSat mission design. She tweets at @DrSpectra.
While we can measure properties of these upper layers using ground-based instruments, satellite-borne remote sensing instruments can give us a more frequent, global, and often higher spatial resolution perspective. And that is precisely what NASA’s Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission will deliver.