Robin M Kovach

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Robin M Kovach

  • SCI. APP. PROGRAMMER
  • 301.614.5805
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Robin M. Kovach graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering. She worked as a Research Associate at the University of Miami, Rosentiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science from 1997-2001. Here she installed, maintained, and collected data on Oceanographic research. She also worked on an Arabian Sea Atlas, Gulf Stream path variability, an oceanographic and atmospheric archival and retrieval system, and an Arabian Sea Monsoon Study.


    In, 2001, she began working at NASA and is a Chief Research Scientist in the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Ocean Data Assimilation group. Her primary responsibilities are ocean data retrieval, assimilation, monitoring, and analysis. She runs ocean data assimilation experiments and develops and maintains the monitoring suite of diagnostic tools for system testing and evaluation. Robin also maintains the websites for the GMAO Ocean Climate and Seasonal Forecasts. She is actively involved in the initialization, post-processing, and analysis of the Seasonal Climate Forecasts each month.

     

     

    Education

    M.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), Melbourne, Florida, 1996
    Thesis: Langenbach, R., (maiden), G. Rae, “Fuzzy Logic Docking Control for an Underwater Vehicle,” proceedings of the 9th International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology.
     

    B.S., Ocean Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology (F.I.T.), Melbourne, Florida, 1994

    Awards

    The GMAO Outstanding Performance Award for “Team effort in preparing the ocean, sea-ice and land initial conditions for the GEOS-5 seasonal predictions and the decadal predictions for AR5”, Jan. 2012


    The GMAO/SRT Outstanding Performance Award for “Outstanding Support in Ocean Observation Processing and Analysis in the GMAO”, Dec. 2005.
     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Lim, Y.-K., R. M. Kovach, S. Pawson, and G. R. Vernieres. 2016. "The 2015/2016 El Nino event in context of the MERRA-2 reanalysis: A comparison of the tropical Pacific with 1982/1983 and 1997/1998." Journal of Climate, (Submitted)

    Storto, A., S. Masina, M. Balmaseda, et al. S. Guinehut, Y. Xue, T. Szekely, I. Fukumori, G. Forget, Y.-S. Chang, S. A. Good, A. Köhl, G. Vernieres, N. Ferry, K. A. Peterson, D. Behringer, M. Ishii, S. Masuda, Y. Fujii, T. Toyoda, Y. Yin, M. Valdivieso, B. Barnier, T. Boyer, T. Lee, J. Gourrion, O. Wang, P. Heimback, A. Rosati, R. Kovach, F. Hernandez, M. J. Martin, M. Kamachi, T. Kuragano, K. Mogensen, O. Alves, K. Haines, and X. Wang. 2015. "Steric sea level variability (1993–2010) in an ensemble of ocean reanalyses and objective analyses." Climate Dynamics, 1-21 [10.1007/s00382-015-2554-9]

    Vernieres, G. R., R. M. Kovach, C. L. Keppenne, et al. S. R. Akella, L. Brucker, and E. P. Dinnat. 2014. "The impact of the assimilation of Aquarius sea surface salinity data in the GEOS ocean data assimilation system." J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 119 (10): 6974-6987 [10.1002/2014JC010006]

    Keppenne, C. L., M. M. Rienecker, J. P. Jacob, and R. M. Kovach. 2008. "Error Covariance Modeling in the GMAO Ocean Ensemble Kalman Filter." Mon. Wea. Rev., 136 (8): 2964-2982 [10.1175/2007MWR2243.1]

    Sun, C., M. M. Rienecker, A. Rosati, et al. M. Harrison, A. Wittenberg, C. L. Keppenne, J. P. Jacob, and R. M. Kovach. 2007. "Comparison and Sensitivity of ODASI Ocean Analyses in the Tropical Pacific." Mon. Wea. Rev., 135 (6): 2242-2264 [10.1175/MWR3405.1]

    Non-Refereed

    Bosilovich, M. G., S. R. Akella, L. Coy, et al. R. I. Cullather, C. S. Draper, R. Gelaro, R. M. Kovach, Q. Liu, A. M. Molod, P. M. Norris, K. Wargan, C. Yang, R. H. Reichle, L. L. Takacs, Y. V. Vikhliaev, S. C. Bloom, A. Collow, S. Firth, G. J. Labow, G. S. Partyka, S. Pawson, O. Reale, S. D. Schubert, and M. J. Suarez. 2015. "MERRA-2: Initial Evaluation of the Climate." NASA Technical Report Series on Global Modeling and Data Assimilation 43 (NASA/TM–2015–10): 139 pp.

    Brief Bio

    Robin M. Kovach graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering. She worked as a Research Associate at the University of Miami, Rosentiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science from 1997-2001. Here she installed, maintained, and collected data on Oceanographic research. She also worked on an Arabian Sea Atlas, Gulf Stream path variability, an oceanographic and atmospheric archival and retrieval system, and an Arabian Sea Monsoon Study.


    In, 2001, she began working at NASA and is a Chief Research Scientist in the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Ocean Data Assimilation group. Her primary responsibilities are ocean data retrieval, assimilation, monitoring, and analysis. She runs ocean data assimilation experiments and develops and maintains the monitoring suite of diagnostic tools for system testing and evaluation. Robin also maintains the websites for the GMAO Ocean Climate and Seasonal Forecasts. She is actively involved in the initialization, post-processing, and analysis of the Seasonal Climate Forecasts each month.

     

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Lim, Y.-K., R. M. Kovach, S. Pawson, and G. R. Vernieres. 2016. "The 2015/2016 El Nino event in context of the MERRA-2 reanalysis: A comparison of the tropical Pacific with 1982/1983 and 1997/1998." Journal of Climate (Submitted)

    Storto, A., S. Masina, M. Balmaseda, et al. S. Guinehut, Y. Xue, T. Szekely, I. Fukumori, G. Forget, Y.-S. Chang, S. A. Good, A. Köhl, G. Vernieres, N. Ferry, K. A. Peterson, D. Behringer, M. Ishii, S. Masuda, Y. Fujii, T. Toyoda, Y. Yin, M. Valdivieso, B. Barnier, T. Boyer, T. Lee, J. Gourrion, O. Wang, P. Heimback, A. Rosati, R. Kovach, F. Hernandez, M. J. Martin, M. Kamachi, T. Kuragano, K. Mogensen, O. Alves, K. Haines, and X. Wang. 2015. "Steric sea level variability (1993–2010) in an ensemble of ocean reanalyses and objective analyses." Climate Dynamics 1-21 [10.1007/s00382-015-2554-9]

    Vernieres, G. R., R. M. Kovach, C. L. Keppenne, et al. S. R. Akella, L. Brucker, and E. P. Dinnat. 2014. "The impact of the assimilation of Aquarius sea surface salinity data in the GEOS ocean data assimilation system." J. Geophys. Res. Oceans 119 (10): 6974-6987 [10.1002/2014JC010006]

    Keppenne, C. L., M. M. Rienecker, J. P. Jacob, and R. M. Kovach. 2008. "Error Covariance Modeling in the GMAO Ocean Ensemble Kalman Filter." Mon. Wea. Rev. 136 (8): 2964-2982 [10.1175/2007MWR2243.1]

    Sun, C., M. M. Rienecker, A. Rosati, et al. M. Harrison, A. Wittenberg, C. L. Keppenne, J. P. Jacob, and R. M. Kovach. 2007. "Comparison and Sensitivity of ODASI Ocean Analyses in the Tropical Pacific." Mon. Wea. Rev. 135 (6): 2242-2264 [10.1175/MWR3405.1]

    Non-Refereed

    Bosilovich, M. G., S. R. Akella, L. Coy, et al. R. I. Cullather, C. S. Draper, R. Gelaro, R. M. Kovach, Q. Liu, A. M. Molod, P. M. Norris, K. Wargan, C. Yang, R. H. Reichle, L. L. Takacs, Y. V. Vikhliaev, S. C. Bloom, A. Collow, S. Firth, G. J. Labow, G. S. Partyka, S. Pawson, O. Reale, S. D. Schubert, and M. J. Suarez. 2015. "MERRA-2: Initial Evaluation of the Climate." NASA Technical Report Series on Global Modeling and Data Assimilation 43 (NASA/TM–2015–10) 139 pp.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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