William Robert Mccarty

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William Robert Mccarty

  • (AST, METEOROLOGICAL STUDIES)
  • 301.614.6496 | 301.614.6246
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Positions/Employment

    3 / 2010 - Present

    Research Meteorologist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, Code 610.1

    Satellite Observation Assimilation
    • - Coordinate efforts among GMAO assimilation team management and members focusing on satellite data assimilation
    • - Contribute to the development of research topics beneficial to the development of the data assimilation system
    • - Hold informal bi-weekly meetings with members of the assimilation team to encourage detailed discussion on individual research topics and aid in group problem solving
    • - Attend bi-weekly meetings on satellite data assimilation at NOAA/NWS/NCEP

    Spaceborne Doppler Wind Lidar Measurements
    • - Developing simulated observations from the Joint Observing System Simulation Experiment (Joint OSSE) nature runs
    • - Use simulated observations to estimate sensor impact within a full data assimilation system
    • - Leverage efforts to prepare for the European Space Agency's Aeolus Mission and use this to provide input in planning relevant missions (3D-Winds) in the Decadal Survey portfolio
    Cloudy and Precipitating Radiance Measurements
    • - Develop the methogolodies for the assimilation of cloud-affected infrared measurements to be adapted to NASA's Atmospheric Infrared Sounder and the Cross-Track Infrared Sounder on NPP & future JPSS missions
    • - Prepare for upcoming NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) by coordinating with colleages locally and externally on the methodologies and framework to assimilate measurements sensitive to and affected by clouds and precipitation
    • - Leverage these efforts to work with current and upcoming observation platforms to both maximize their impact as well as prepare for GPM and relevant missions (PATH) in the Decadal Survey portfolio
    Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA)
    • - Serves as the representative of the GMAO for the Microwave, Advanced Instruments, and CRTM working groups
    • - Coordinate Cloudy/Precipitating Measurement efforts with colleages at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    • - Develop initial capability to assimilate data from CrIS and ATMS onboard NPP
    2 / 2013 - Present

    Visiting Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, College Park, MD Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

    Appointment to foster collaboration between GSFC-centered efforts and ESSIC
    • - Three year appointment
    • - Initial collaborations involved funded proposal for NASA sponsorship of the 6th WMO Data Assimilation Symposium
    1 / 2009 - 3 / 2010

    Assistant Research Scientist

    University of Maryland - Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD/Greenbelt, MD Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center

    Spaceborne Doppler Wind Lidar Measurements
    • - Developed local infrastructure to simulated observations from the Joint Observing System Simulation Experiment (Joint OSSE) nature runs
    • - Modified the data assimilation system to properly assimilate DWL measurements
    • - Leverage efforts to prepare for the European Space Agency's Atmospheric Dynamics Mission (ADM) and use this to provide input in planning relevant missions (3D-Winds) in the Decadal Survey portfolio
    Cloudy and Precipitating Microwave Radiance Measurements
    • - Prepare for upcoming NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) by developing the methodologies and framework to properly assimilated passive microwave measurements sensitive to and affected by clouds and precipitation
    • - Leverage these efforts to work with current and upcoming observation platforms to both maximize their impact as well as prepare for GPM and relevant missions (PATH) in the Decadal Survey portfolio
    Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA) Microwave Working Group
    • - Serves as the representative of the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at GSFC to this multi-agency working group
    5 / 2003 - 1 / 2009

    Research Associate III (08/2008 - 01/2009)

    University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
    Graduate Research Assistant III (08/2005 - 08/2008)
    Graduate Research Assistant I (05/2003 - 08/2005)


    University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL

    Earth System Science Center / Dept. of Atmospheric Science

    Short-Term Prediction and Research Transition (SPoRT) Center at NASA/MSFC
    • - Lead Member of the Data Assimilation Focus Team
    • - Associate Member of the Short-Term Forecast Focus and the Data and Transition Focus Team
    • - Experience with the transition of NASA technologies and research to the operational forecasting community
    • - Maintained real-time generation of GOES and AIRS Products
    • - Developed in house CO2 slicing technique for cloud top pressure retrievals for multiple instruments
    • - Developed CO2 sorting technique for determination of cloud contamination within hyperspectral radiances
    • - Led efforts involving in-house radiance assimilation

    Education

    Ph. D., Atmospheric Science (2008)
    Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
    Dissertation: Assimilation of AIRS Cloud-free Radiances for Improved Short-Term Weather Forecasts
    Advisors: Dr. Gary Jedlovec and Dr. Ronald Welch

    M.S., Atmospheric Science (2005)
    Univ. of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL
    Thesis: Cloud Top Pressure from AIRS
    Advisor: Dr. Gary Jedlovec

    B.S., Meteorology (2003)
    Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
    Minors: Mathematics and Geography

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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