Nikki C Privé

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Nikki C Privé

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • 301.614.5251
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: MORGAN STATE UNIV.
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Privé completed a B.S. in mechanical engineering at University of Maryland, College Park in 1999, followed by an M.S. (2002) and Sc.D. (2005) in meteorology at MIT. Her thesis work was on the dynamics of the Hadley circulation and monsoons. From 2005 to 2011, she worked on Observing System Simulation Experiments in support of the NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program at NOAA/ESRL. In 2011, Dr. Privé joined GESTAR to continue working on OSSEs at the NASA Global Modelling and Assimilation Office.

    Positions/Employment

    2/2011 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Morgan State University, NASA/GMAO Greenbelt MD
    9/2005 - 1/2011

    Research Associate

    Colorado State University, Boulder, CO

     

    • Performed diagnostic evaluation of atmospheric dynamics of global forecast model data in comparison to reanalysis and observational data
    • Calibrated synthetic observations using the GSI data assimilation and GFS operational forecast model
    • Carried out observing system simulation experiments to evaluate the potential impact of unmanned aircraft systems observations on hurricane track forecasts
    • Created visualizations of IPCC climate model data for Science On a Sphere®
    • Supervised post-doctoral associate
     

    Education

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA
    Sc.D., Atmospheric Science, June 2005
    Thesis under Prof. R. Alan Plumb on “Axisymmetric Theory and the Interactive, Asymmetric Monsoon”

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA
    M.S., Atmospheric Science, June 2002
    Thesis under Prof. R. Alan Plumb on “Zonally Symmetric Monsoon Dynamics in a General Circulation Model”

    University of Maryland, College Park
    College Park, MD
    B.S., Mechanical Engineering, summa cum laude, June 1999


    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2016. "Temporal and Spatial Interpolation Errors of High-Resolution Modeled Atmospheric Fields." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 33: 303–311 [Full Text (Link)] [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0132.1]

    Errico, R. M., N. C. Privé, and W. Gu. 2015. "Use of an OSSE to evaluate background-error covariances estimated by the NMC method." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 141: 611-618 [10.1002/qj.2384]

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2015. "Spectral analysis of forecast error investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." Tellus A, 67: 25977 [10.3402/tellusa.v67.25977]

    Errico, R. M., and N. C. Prive. 2014. "An estimate of some analysis-error statistics using the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office observing-system simulation framework." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 140 (680): 1005-1012 [10.1002/qj.2180]

    Prive, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2014. "The Impact of Increased Frequency of Rawinsonde Observations on Forecast Skill Investigated with an Observing System Simulation Experiment." Mon. Weather Rev., 142 (5): 1823-1834 [10.1175/MWR-D-13-00237.1]

    Privé, N. C., Y. Xie, S. Koch, et al. R. Atlas, S. J. Majumdar, and R. N. Hoffman. 2014. "An Observing System Simulation Experiment for the Unmanned Aircraft System Data Impact on Tropical Cyclone Track Forecasts." Monthly Weather Review, 142 (11): 4357-4363 [10.1175/MWR-D-14-00197.1]

    Privé, N. C., Y. Xie, J. S. Woollen, et al. S. E. Koch, R. Atlas, and R. E. Hood. 2013. "Evaluation of the Earth Systems Research Laboratory’s global Observing System Simulation Experiment system." Tellus-A, 65: [10.3402/tellusa.v65i0.19011]

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2013. "The role of model and initial condition error in numerical weather forecasting investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." Tellus A, 65: 21740 [10.3402/tellusa.v65i0.21740]

    Privé, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2013. "The influence of observation errors on analysis error and forecast skill investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118 (11): 5332-5346 [10.1002/jgrd.50452]

    Prive, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2013. "Validation of the forecast skill of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office Observing System Simulation Experiment." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 139 (674): 1354-1363 [10.1002/qj.2029]

    Errico, R. M., R. Yang, N. C. Prive, et al. K.-S. Tai, R. Todling, M. E. Sienkiewicz, and J. Guo. 2013. "Development and validation of observing-system simulation experiments at NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 139 (674): 1162-1178 [10.1002/qj.2027]

    Privé, N. C., and R. A. Plumb. 2007. "Monsoon Dynamics with Interactive Forcing. Part II: Impact of Eddies and Asymmetric Geometries." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 64 (5): 1431-1442 [10.1175/jas3917.1]

    Privé, N. C., and R. A. Plumb. 2007. "Monsoon Dynamics with Interactive Forcing. Part I: Axisymmetric Studies." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 64 (5): 1417-1430 [10.1175/jas3916.1]

    Non-Refereed

    Gelaro, R., W. M. Putman, S. Pawson, et al. C. S. Draper, A. M. Molod, P. M. Norris, L. E. Ott, N. C. Privé, O. Reale, D. Achuthavarier, M. G. Bosilovich, V. J. Buchard, W. C. Chao, L. Coy, R. I. Cullather, A. M. Da Silva, A. S. Darmenov, R. M. Errico, M. Fuentes, M.-J. Kim, R. D. Koster, W. R. Mccarty, J. Nattala, G. S. Partyka, S. D. Schubert, G. R. Vernieres, Y. V. Vikhliaev, and K. Wargan. 2015. "Evaluation of the 7-km GEOS-5 Nature Run." NASA Technical Report Series on Global Modeling and Data Assimilation 36 (NASA/TM-2014-104606):

    Talks, Presentations and Posters


    Lessons Learned with the NASA/GMAO OSSE

    1 / 12 / 2016

    20th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface (IOAS-AOLS)

    OSSEs for Fun and Profit

    6 / 2015

    Workshop on Sensitivity Analysis and Data Assimilation in Meteorology and Oceanography

    The impact of supplemental rawinsonde observations on numerical weather prediction investigated in an OSSE 2 / 2014
    Poster presentation at the 18th Conference on Integrated Observing and Assimilation Systems for the Atmosphere, Oceans, and Land Surface, 94th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting
    Investigating Sources of Error in Numerical Weather Forecasting with an Observing System Simulation Experiment 10 / 2013
    Poster presentation at the 6th WMO Symposium on Data Assimilation, College Park. MD
    The impact of observation errors on analysis error and forecast skill investigated with an Observing System Simulation Experiment 2012
    Poster presentation at American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Privé completed a B.S. in mechanical engineering at University of Maryland, College Park in 1999, followed by an M.S. (2002) and Sc.D. (2005) in meteorology at MIT. Her thesis work was on the dynamics of the Hadley circulation and monsoons. From 2005 to 2011, she worked on Observing System Simulation Experiments in support of the NOAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program at NOAA/ESRL. In 2011, Dr. Privé joined GESTAR to continue working on OSSEs at the NASA Global Modelling and Assimilation Office.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2016. "Temporal and Spatial Interpolation Errors of High-Resolution Modeled Atmospheric Fields." Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology 33 303–311 [Full Text (Link)] [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0132.1]

    Errico, R. M., N. C. Privé, and W. Gu. 2015. "Use of an OSSE to evaluate background-error covariances estimated by the NMC method." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 141 611-618 [10.1002/qj.2384]

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2015. "Spectral analysis of forecast error investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." Tellus A 67 25977 [10.3402/tellusa.v67.25977]

    Errico, R. M., and N. C. Prive. 2014. "An estimate of some analysis-error statistics using the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office observing-system simulation framework." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 140 (680): 1005-1012 [10.1002/qj.2180]

    Prive, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2014. "The Impact of Increased Frequency of Rawinsonde Observations on Forecast Skill Investigated with an Observing System Simulation Experiment." Mon. Weather Rev. 142 (5): 1823-1834 [10.1175/MWR-D-13-00237.1]

    Privé, N. C., Y. Xie, S. Koch, et al. R. Atlas, S. J. Majumdar, and R. N. Hoffman. 2014. "An Observing System Simulation Experiment for the Unmanned Aircraft System Data Impact on Tropical Cyclone Track Forecasts." Monthly Weather Review 142 (11): 4357-4363 [10.1175/MWR-D-14-00197.1]

    Privé, N. C., Y. Xie, J. S. Woollen, et al. S. E. Koch, R. Atlas, and R. E. Hood. 2013. "Evaluation of the Earth Systems Research Laboratory’s global Observing System Simulation Experiment system." Tellus-A 65 [10.3402/tellusa.v65i0.19011]

    Privé, N. C., and R. M. Errico. 2013. "The role of model and initial condition error in numerical weather forecasting investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." Tellus A 65 21740 [10.3402/tellusa.v65i0.21740]

    Privé, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2013. "The influence of observation errors on analysis error and forecast skill investigated with an observing system simulation experiment." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118 (11): 5332-5346 [10.1002/jgrd.50452]

    Prive, N. C., R. M. Errico, and K.-S. Tai. 2013. "Validation of the forecast skill of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office Observing System Simulation Experiment." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 139 (674): 1354-1363 [10.1002/qj.2029]

    Errico, R. M., R. Yang, N. C. Prive, et al. K.-S. Tai, R. Todling, M. E. Sienkiewicz, and J. Guo. 2013. "Development and validation of observing-system simulation experiments at NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office." Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc. 139 (674): 1162-1178 [10.1002/qj.2027]

    Privé, N. C., and R. A. Plumb. 2007. "Monsoon Dynamics with Interactive Forcing. Part II: Impact of Eddies and Asymmetric Geometries." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 64 (5): 1431-1442 [10.1175/jas3917.1]

    Privé, N. C., and R. A. Plumb. 2007. "Monsoon Dynamics with Interactive Forcing. Part I: Axisymmetric Studies." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 64 (5): 1417-1430 [10.1175/jas3916.1]

    Non-Refereed

    Gelaro, R., W. M. Putman, S. Pawson, et al. C. S. Draper, A. M. Molod, P. M. Norris, L. E. Ott, N. C. Privé, O. Reale, D. Achuthavarier, M. G. Bosilovich, V. J. Buchard, W. C. Chao, L. Coy, R. I. Cullather, A. M. Da Silva, A. S. Darmenov, R. M. Errico, M. Fuentes, M.-J. Kim, R. D. Koster, W. R. Mccarty, J. Nattala, G. S. Partyka, S. D. Schubert, G. R. Vernieres, Y. V. Vikhliaev, and K. Wargan. 2015. "Evaluation of the 7-km GEOS-5 Nature Run." NASA Technical Report Series on Global Modeling and Data Assimilation 36 (NASA/TM-2014-104606):

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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