João Encarnação

    Center for Space Research, The University of Texas at Austin

    Areas of Interest: Space Geodesy, Gravity Field, Mass Transport Processes, Space Systems Engineering, Signal Processing, Numerical Simulation.

    NameJoão Encarnação
    RoleScientist Associate
    InstitutionCenter for Space Research, The University of Texas at Austin
    Contactteixeira@csr.utexas.edu
    Key Words / Areas of InterestSpace Geodesy, Gravity Field, Mass Transport Processes, Space Systems Engineering, Signal Processing, Numerical Simulation
    Expertise SoughtI look forward to cooperate with colleagues in developing space instruments or platforms for scientific applications, in particular those related to gravimetric measurements or the study of the neutral thermospheric density. I particularly favor CubeSats and distributed systems as the means to bring this innovative technology to the Earth Observation domain.

     

    Bio:

    I study ways of exploiting the maximum resolution and accuracy of the measurements collected by the GRACE satellites. My work focuses on a) the calibration of the accelerometers, particular relevant after 2011, when the thermal control on the satellites was switched off, b) testing large number of unconventional parametrization schemes, c) developing time-series analysis methods and processing suitable gravimetric data to predict the long-term trends in the GRACE gravity field models over the GRACE/GRACE-FO gap, and d) developing novel methods of connecting the L1B data directly to parameters describing hydrological, solid Earth and glaciological models.
    In additional to my geophysical interests, I am an aerospace engineer. I worked in numerous areas, including Structural Mechanics, Aerodynamics, Preliminary Vehicle Design, Single Stage to Orbit and Laser Propulsion, which have given me the opportunity to broaden my understanding of Physics and Satellite System Engineering.