JoBea Way Holt (born 1954) is an American planetary scientist who has worked for NASA. Holt studied the carbon cycle in Earth's atmosphere.Template:Sfn She is also a member of the Climate Project,[1] and is the author of several books and research papers.


Holt was born in Lorain, Ohio.[2] Holt states that she was inspired to get into science by watching the Apollo 11 moon landing.Template:Sfn She attended University of California, Berkeley for her undergrad degree in chemistry and did her master's and Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in planetary sciences.[2] At Caltech, she worked with Tom Jukes studying decontamination procedures used with the Viking spacecraft.Template:Sfn

Holt began working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1976.[2] When the second space shuttle flight carrying the first shuttle-borne imaging radar (SIR) went up, Holt became interested in how to study the Earth from space.Template:Sfn Her discoveries about carbon flux in the atmosphere around boreal forests contributed to a greater understanding of the carbon cycle.Template:Sfn

She was an elected member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Administrative Committee (AdCom) from 1990 through 1995, and was one of the first women involved in that capacity.Template:Sfn

Holt is one of the creators of KidSat (later named Sally Ride EarthKAM) in 1995.[3] She first became involved in the project in 1993.Template:Sfn

Holt has been published in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing,[4][5] Ecology,[6] BioScience,[7] the International Journal of Remote Sensing,[8] the Journal of Geophysical Research,[9] and the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing.[10] She also does research for NASA.[11]

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