Karen Mohr

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Karen Mohr

  • SUPV AST, EARTH SCIENCES REMOTE SENS
  • 301.614.6360 | 301.614.6297
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.8
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Education

    2000 Ph.D., Hydrology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
    1995 M.S.,   Meteorology, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
    1987 B.S.,   Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania
    1986 B.A.,   Physics, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts

    Special Experience

    Numerical modeling and observation of land/atmosphere interaction, convective initiation, and organized convective systems using surface, upper air, remote sensing (radar, visible/IR, passive microwave), and reanalysis data and GIS. Special emphasis on the surface hydrology, weather, and short-term climate of arid regions (e.g., Southern Great Plains, West Africa, Andes).

    Professional Societies

    American Meteorological Society, 1989 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 1996 - Present

    Positions/Employment

    2 / 2014 - Present

    Associate Deputy Director for Atmospheres

    NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    2 / 2009 - 2 / 2014

    Research Meteorologist

    NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    8 / 2006 - 2 / 2009

    Associate Professor of Atmospheric Science

    University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
    8 / 2000 - 8 / 2006

    Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science

    University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY
    8 / 1996 - 8 / 2000

    Graduate Fellow

    Department of Geological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
    5 / 1993 - 6 / 1995

    Research Assistant

    Department of Meteorology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
    7 / 1991 - 5 / 1993

    Windplant Operations Meteorologist

    Kenetech, Inc., Livermore, CA
    5 / 1986 - 5 / 1991

    Aviation Meteorologist

    United States Air Force, CONUS and Pacific Air Forces

    Publications

    Refereed

    Mohr, K., W. Tao, J. Chern, S. Kumar, and C. Peters-Lidard. 2013. "The NASA-Goddard Multi-scale Modeling Framework–Land Information System: Global land/atmosphere interaction with resolved convection." Environmental Modelling & Software 39 103-115 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.02.023]

    Herrmann, S., and K. I. Mohr. 2011. "A Continental-Scale Classification of Rainfall Seasonality Regimes in Africa Based on Gridded Precipitation and Land Surface Temperature Products." J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 50 (12): 2504–2513 [10.1175/JAMC-D-11-024.1]

    Schrek, C., M. John, and K. I. Mohr. 2011. "Attributing Tropical Cyclogenesis to Equatorial Waves in the Western North Pacific." J Atmos Sci 68 (2): 195-209 [10.1175/2010JAS3396.1]

    Nicholls, S., and K. I. Mohr. 2010. "An Analysis of the Environments of Intense Convective Systems in West Africa in 2003." Mon. Wea. Rev. 138 (10): 3721-3739 [10.1175/2010MWR3321.1]

    Mohr, K. I., J. Molinari, and C. Thorncroft. 2009. "The Interannual Stability of Cumulative Frequency Distributions for Convective System Size and Intensity." Journal of Climate 22 (19): 5218-5231 [10.1175/2009JCLI2940.1]

    Fan, J., R. Zhang, W.-K. Tao, and K. I. Mohr. 2008. "Aerosol radiative effects on deep convective clouds and associated radiative forcing." J Geophys Res 113 D08209

    Alonge, C., W. Tao, and K. I. Mohr. 2007. "Numerical Studies of Wet versus Dry Soil Regimes in the West African Sahel." J. Hydrometeor 8 (1): 102-116 [10.1175/JHM559.1]

    Mohr, K. I., and C. Thorncroft. 2006. "Intense convective systems in West Africa and their relationship to the African easterly jet." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 132 163-176

    Mohr, K. I. 2004. "Interannual, monthly and regional variability in the wet season diurnal cycle of precipitation in Sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of Climate 17 2441-2453

    Mohr, K. I., R. Baker, W. Tao, and J. Famiglietti. 2003. "The sensitivity of West African convective line water budgets to land cover." J Hydrometeor 4 (1): 62-76

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, and A. Boone. 2001. "The effect of sub-grid variability of soil moisture on the simulation of mesoscale watershed hydrology." A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment Observations and Modeling of Land Surface Hydrologic Processes, V Lakshmi, J Albertson, and J Schaake, Eds, American Geophysical Union 161-176

    Mohr, K. I., J. Famiglietti, A. Boone, and P. Starks. 2000. "Modeling soil moisture and surface flux variability with an untuned land surface scheme: A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment." Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 3314-3326

    Zolman, J., E. Zipser, and K. I. Mohr. 2000. "A comparison of tropical mesoscale convective systems in El Niño and La Niña." Journal of Climate 13 3314-3326

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, A. Boone, and P. J. Starks. 2000. " Modeling soil moisture and surface flux variability with an untuned land surface scheme: A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment." Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 3314-3326

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, and E. J. Zipser. 1999. "he contribution to tropical rainfall with respect to convective system type, size, and intensity estimated from the 85 GHz ice scattering signature." Journal of Applied Meteorology 38 596-606

    Jenkins, G. S., K. I. Mohr, V. R. Morris, and O. Arino. 1997. "The role of convective processes over the Zaire-Congo Basin to the southern hemisphere ozone maximum." Journal of Geophysical Research 102 18,963-18,980

    Mohr, K. I., and E. J. Zipser. 1996. "Mesoscale convective systems defined by their 85 GHz ice scattering signature: Size and intensity comparison over tropical oceans and continents." Monthly Weather Review 124 2417-2437

    Mohr, K. I., and E. J. Zipser. 1996. "Defining mesoscale convective systems by their 85 GHz ice scattering signature." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 77 1179-1189

    Mohr, K. I., E. R. Toracinta, E. J. Zipser, and R. E. Orville. 1996. "A comparison of WSR-88D reflectivities, SSM/I brightness temperatures, and lightning for mesoscale convective systems in Texas Part II: SSM/I brightness temperatures and lightning." Journal of Applied Meteorology 35 919-931

    Toracinta, E. R., K. I. Mohr, E. J. Zipser, and R. E. Orville. 1996. "A comparison of WSR-88D reflectivities, SSM/I brightness temperatures, and lightning for mesoscale convective systems in Texas Part I: Radar reflectivity and lightning." Journal of Applied Meteorology 35 902-918

    Refereed

    Mohr, K., W. Tao, J. Chern, S. Kumar, and C. Peters-Lidard. 2013. "The NASA-Goddard Multi-scale Modeling Framework–Land Information System: Global land/atmosphere interaction with resolved convection." Environmental Modelling & Software 39 103-115 [10.1016/j.envsoft.2012.02.023]

    Herrmann, S., and K. I. Mohr. 2011. "A Continental-Scale Classification of Rainfall Seasonality Regimes in Africa Based on Gridded Precipitation and Land Surface Temperature Products." J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 50 (12): 2504–2513 [10.1175/JAMC-D-11-024.1]

    Schrek, C., M. John, and K. I. Mohr. 2011. "Attributing Tropical Cyclogenesis to Equatorial Waves in the Western North Pacific." J Atmos Sci 68 (2): 195-209 [10.1175/2010JAS3396.1]

    Nicholls, S., and K. I. Mohr. 2010. "An Analysis of the Environments of Intense Convective Systems in West Africa in 2003." Mon. Wea. Rev. 138 (10): 3721-3739 [10.1175/2010MWR3321.1]

    Mohr, K. I., J. Molinari, and C. Thorncroft. 2009. "The Interannual Stability of Cumulative Frequency Distributions for Convective System Size and Intensity." Journal of Climate 22 (19): 5218-5231 [10.1175/2009JCLI2940.1]

    Fan, J., R. Zhang, W.-K. Tao, and K. I. Mohr. 2008. "Aerosol radiative effects on deep convective clouds and associated radiative forcing." J Geophys Res 113 D08209

    Alonge, C., W. Tao, and K. I. Mohr. 2007. "Numerical Studies of Wet versus Dry Soil Regimes in the West African Sahel." J. Hydrometeor 8 (1): 102-116 [10.1175/JHM559.1]

    Mohr, K. I., and C. Thorncroft. 2006. "Intense convective systems in West Africa and their relationship to the African easterly jet." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 132 163-176

    Mohr, K. I. 2004. "Interannual, monthly and regional variability in the wet season diurnal cycle of precipitation in Sub-Saharan Africa." Journal of Climate 17 2441-2453

    Mohr, K. I., R. Baker, W. Tao, and J. Famiglietti. 2003. "The sensitivity of West African convective line water budgets to land cover." J Hydrometeor 4 (1): 62-76

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, and A. Boone. 2001. "The effect of sub-grid variability of soil moisture on the simulation of mesoscale watershed hydrology." A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment Observations and Modeling of Land Surface Hydrologic Processes, V Lakshmi, J Albertson, and J Schaake, Eds, American Geophysical Union 161-176

    Mohr, K. I., J. Famiglietti, A. Boone, and P. Starks. 2000. "Modeling soil moisture and surface flux variability with an untuned land surface scheme: A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment." Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 3314-3326

    Zolman, J., E. Zipser, and K. I. Mohr. 2000. "A comparison of tropical mesoscale convective systems in El Niño and La Niña." Journal of Climate 13 3314-3326

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, A. Boone, and P. J. Starks. 2000. " Modeling soil moisture and surface flux variability with an untuned land surface scheme: A case study from the Southern Great Plains 1997 Hydrology Experiment." Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 3314-3326

    Mohr, K. I., J. S. Famiglietti, and E. J. Zipser. 1999. "he contribution to tropical rainfall with respect to convective system type, size, and intensity estimated from the 85 GHz ice scattering signature." Journal of Applied Meteorology 38 596-606

    Jenkins, G. S., K. I. Mohr, V. R. Morris, and O. Arino. 1997. "The role of convective processes over the Zaire-Congo Basin to the southern hemisphere ozone maximum." Journal of Geophysical Research 102 18,963-18,980

    Mohr, K. I., and E. J. Zipser. 1996. "Mesoscale convective systems defined by their 85 GHz ice scattering signature: Size and intensity comparison over tropical oceans and continents." Monthly Weather Review 124 2417-2437

    Mohr, K. I., and E. J. Zipser. 1996. "Defining mesoscale convective systems by their 85 GHz ice scattering signature." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 77 1179-1189

    Mohr, K. I., E. R. Toracinta, E. J. Zipser, and R. E. Orville. 1996. "A comparison of WSR-88D reflectivities, SSM/I brightness temperatures, and lightning for mesoscale convective systems in Texas Part II: SSM/I brightness temperatures and lightning." Journal of Applied Meteorology 35 919-931

    Toracinta, E. R., K. I. Mohr, E. J. Zipser, and R. E. Orville. 1996. "A comparison of WSR-88D reflectivities, SSM/I brightness temperatures, and lightning for mesoscale convective systems in Texas Part I: Radar reflectivity and lightning." Journal of Applied Meteorology 35 902-918

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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