Frederick S Policelli

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Frederick S Policelli

  • AST, TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT
  • 301.614.6573 | 301.614.5620
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 617
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    Mr. Policelli is a member of the NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, where he is engaged in applied research including water balance analyses, surface water and flood water mapping, and hydrological modeling.  The goal of this work is to provide NASA research results to operational end-users for societal benefit. Mr. Policelli studied mechanical engineering, and worked in propulsion systems development and testing during his early career.  Mr. Policelli has extensive experience in applied sciences, systems engineering, and project management. Currently, Mr. Policelli is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several NASA Research and Analysis, and Applied Sciences funded projects that address the development of global to regional scale flood forecasting and flood mapping products and extend the results to operational partners for use in disaster management.  Additionally, Mr. Policelli is a PhD candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

    Research Interests

    Water Balance

    Basin-level water balance analyses on a global basis.

    Surface Water Extent and Flood Mapping

    Near real time, global water and flood extent mapping for disaster management and related research and analysis.

    Flood Modeling

    Near real time, basin level flood modeling for disaster management and related research and analysis.

    Current Projects

    Global Flood Mapping

    Near real time global surface water extent and flood mapping for disaster management and research use.

    Predicting the Impact of Climatic/Hydrologic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa

    Predicting Climatic/Hydrologic Extremes in the Greater Horn of Africa under Evolving Climate Conditions to Support Adaptation Strategies

    Interactions between Biomass Burning and the Water Cycle

    Study of the Interactions and Feedbacks between Biomass Burning and Water Cycle Dynamics across the Northern Sub-Saharan African Region.

    Teaching Experience

    Student mentoring as part of the NASA Applied Sciences Program's DEVELOP project.

    Education

    1986 B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University,(Ithaca, NY)

    1990 M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hartford Graduate Center, (Hartford,CT)

    2004 to 2014 Graduate level course work in applied physics and Earth sciences, Johns Hopkins University Engineering and Applied Science Program for Professionals (Laurel, MD), and Johns Hopkins University Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (Baltimore, MD)

    2014 – present Ph.D Candidate, Johns Hopkins University Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (Baltimore, MD)

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Long, S., T. E. Fatoyinbo Agueh, and F. S. Policelli. 2014. "Flood extent mapping for Namibia using change detection and thresholding with SAR ." Environ. Res. Lett., 9 (3): 035002 [10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/035002]

    Brown, M. E., A. E. Racoviteanu, D. G. Tarboton, et al. A. Sen Gupta, J. D. Nigro, F. S. Policelli, S. Habib, M. M. Tokay, M. S. Shrestha, S. Bajracharya, P. Hummel, M. Gray, P. Duda, B. Zaitchik, V. Mahat, G. Artan, and S. Tokar. 2014. "An integrated modeling system for estimating glacier and snow melt driven streamflow from remote sensing and earth system data products in the Himalayas." Journal of Hydrology, 519 (Part B): 1859-1869 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.050]

    Wu, H., R. Adler, Y. Hong, Y. Tian, and F. Policelli. 2012. "Evaluation of Global Flood Detection Using Satellite-Based Rainfall and a Hydrologic Model." J. Hydrometeorology, 13 (4): 1268-1284 [10.1175/JHM-D-11-087.1]

    Brown, M. E., H. Ouyang, S. Habib, et al. B. Shrestha, P. Panday, M. Tzortziou, F. Policelli, A. Artan, A. Artan, A. Artan, and A. Racovinteanu. 2010. "HIMALA: Climate Impacts on Glaciers, Snow, and Hydrology in the Himalayan Region." Mountain Research and Development, 30 (4): 401-404 [10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-10-00071.1]

    Brief Bio

    Mr. Policelli is a member of the NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Laboratory, where he is engaged in applied research including water balance analyses, surface water and flood water mapping, and hydrological modeling.  The goal of this work is to provide NASA research results to operational end-users for societal benefit. Mr. Policelli studied mechanical engineering, and worked in propulsion systems development and testing during his early career.  Mr. Policelli has extensive experience in applied sciences, systems engineering, and project management. Currently, Mr. Policelli is Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several NASA Research and Analysis, and Applied Sciences funded projects that address the development of global to regional scale flood forecasting and flood mapping products and extend the results to operational partners for use in disaster management.  Additionally, Mr. Policelli is a PhD candidate in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Long, S., T. E. Fatoyinbo Agueh, and F. S. Policelli. 2014. "Flood extent mapping for Namibia using change detection and thresholding with SAR ." Environ. Res. Lett. 9 (3): 035002 [10.1088/1748-9326/9/3/035002]

    Brown, M. E., A. E. Racoviteanu, D. G. Tarboton, et al. A. Sen Gupta, J. D. Nigro, F. S. Policelli, S. Habib, M. M. Tokay, M. S. Shrestha, S. Bajracharya, P. Hummel, M. Gray, P. Duda, B. Zaitchik, V. Mahat, G. Artan, and S. Tokar. 2014. "An integrated modeling system for estimating glacier and snow melt driven streamflow from remote sensing and earth system data products in the Himalayas." Journal of Hydrology 519 (Part B): 1859-1869 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.050]

    Wu, H., R. Adler, Y. Hong, Y. Tian, and F. Policelli. 2012. "Evaluation of Global Flood Detection Using Satellite-Based Rainfall and a Hydrologic Model." J. Hydrometeorology 13 (4): 1268-1284 [10.1175/JHM-D-11-087.1]

    Brown, M. E., H. Ouyang, S. Habib, et al. B. Shrestha, P. Panday, M. Tzortziou, F. Policelli, A. Artan, A. Artan, A. Artan, and A. Racovinteanu. 2010. "HIMALA: Climate Impacts on Glaciers, Snow, and Hydrology in the Himalayan Region." Mountain Research and Development 30 (4): 401-404 [10.1659/MRD-JOURNAL-D-10-00071.1]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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