Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Abdullah Al Fahad


Org Code: 610.1

Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

I have graduated with a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics from George Mason University in Fall 2020 and joined NASA GSFC at Global Modeling and Assimilation office in December 2020. I like working with numerical models and topics related to Atmospheric Physics. I enjoy using programming tools to analyze big data and finding patterns. My research interest includes but is not limited to large-scale atmospheric circulation, seasonal to decadal variations in large-scale atmospheric properties, and climate response to forcing from anthropogenic and natural sources.

Current Projects

Annual to decadal climate projection

Atmospheric Dynamics

Air-Sea-Ice interaction, Climate model development, High resolution climate modeling, Annual to decadal climate prediction. My current project at Goddard focuses on satellite data assimilation with NASA GEOS and MITgcm model to improve annual to decadal climate projection, collaborated with MIT, NASA JPL, and UT at Austin.


Asst. Research Scientist

GMAO, NASA GSFC - Greenbelt

March 2023 - Present

•GEOS-MITgcm coupled model development

•Extreme events (Tropical Cyclone, Precipitation) under climate change

•High resolution climate modeling.

•Annual to Decadal climate prediction.

•Air-sea-ice interaction.

•Use climate model, and satellite data to do data assimilation for climate prediction.

Research Associate Scientist

GMAO, NASA GSFC - Maryland

December 2020 - March 2023

•High resolution climate modeling.

•Annual to Decadal climate prediction.

•Air-sea-ice interaction.

•Use climate model, satellite data to do data assimilation for climate prediction.

Research Assistant

Dept. of AOES, George Mason University - Fairfax, VA

August 2016 - November 2020

•The Influence of Tropical Diabatic Heating and Midlatitude Static Stability on Large scale Atmospheric circultaion.

•Air-sea interaction

•Analyzing “big data” through time series hindcasting and statistical predictive modeling.

•Employing numerical climate models to assess the influence of climate change.

•Implementing statistical and numerical modeling to analyze large scale atmospheric circulation.

•Analyzing multiple models (CMIP, deepMIP) to understand climate change, and climate sensitivity.


Fall 2016 – Fall 2020: Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics, Department of AOES, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Thesis title: “The Influence of Tropical Diabatic Heating and Midlatitude Static Stability on Subtropical

Anticyclones”, Advisor: Dr. Natalie Burls.

Spring 2010 - Spring 2015: B.Sc. Hons. in Physics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.

Professional Societies

american meteorological society

2016 - Present

American Geophysical Union

2016 - Present

Professional Service

CMIP7 Task Group Co-Lead Scientist (2023-)


• GMU Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence in Research (2020-2021 academic year).

• Summer 2020 Research Fellowship – George Mason University (February 2020).

• Chandra J. Shukla Fellowship awarded for high research productivity & community outreach (October 2019).

• Grant to attend CMIP6 Hackathon at National Center for Atmospheric Research (October 2019).

• Grant to attend CESM workshop at National Center for Atmospheric Research (August 2017).



Fahad, A. A., O. Reale, A. M. Molod, et al. T. A. Sany, M. T. Ahammad, and D. Menemenlis. 2023. The Role of Tropical Easterly Jet on the Bay of Bengal’s Tropical Cyclones: Observed Climatology and Future Projection Journal of Climate 36 (17): 5825-5840 [10.1175/jcli-d-22-0804.1]

Cramwinckel, M. J., N. J. Burls, A. A. Fahad, et al. S. Knapp, C. K. West, T. Reichgelt, D. R. Greenwood, W. Chan, Y. Donnadieu, D. K. Hutchinson, A. M. de Boer, J. Ladant, P. A. Morozova, I. Niezgodzki, G. Knorr, S. Steinig, Z. Zhang, J. Zhu, R. Feng, D. J. Lunt, A. Abe‐Ouchi, and G. N. Inglis. 2023. Global and Zonal‐Mean Hydrological Response to Early Eocene Warmth Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology 38 (6): [10.1029/2022pa004542]

Strobach, E., P. Klein, A. Molod, et al. A. A. Fahad, A. Trayanov, D. Menemenlis, and H. Torres. 2022. Local Air‐Sea Interactions at Ocean Mesoscale and Submesoscale in a Western Boundary Current Geophysical Research Letters 49 (7): [10.1029/2021gl097003]

Fahad, A. A., B. Singh, M. Kamal, et al. T. Ahmed, M. Kibria, and N. R. Chowdhury. 2021. The Role of Local Topography and Sea Surface Temperature on Summer Monsoon Precipitation over Bangladesh and North‐East India International Journal of Climatology [10.1002/joc.7490]

Fahad, A. A., and N. J. Burls. 2021. The influence of direct radiative forcing versus indirect sea surface temperature warming on southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones under global warming Climate Dynamics [10.1007/s00382-021-06006-1]

Simpson, I. R., K. A. McKinnon, F. V. Davenport, et al. M. Tingley, F. Lehner, A. Al Fahad, and D. Chen. 2021. Emergent constraints on the large scale atmospheric circulation and regional hydroclimate: do they still work in CMIP6 and how much can they actually constrain the future? Journal of Climate 1-62 [10.1175/jcli-d-21-0055.1]

Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, E. T. Swenson, and D. M. Straus. 2021. The Influence of South Pacific Convergence Zone Heating on the South Pacific Subtropical Anticyclone Journal of Climate 34 (10): 3787-3798 [10.1175/jcli-d-20-0509.1]

Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, and Z. Strasberg. 2020. How will southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones respond to global warming? Mechanisms and seasonality in CMIP5 and CMIP6 model projections Climate Dynamics 55 (3-4): 703-718 [10.1007/s00382-020-05290-7]

Swenson, E. T., D. M. Straus, C. E. Snide, and A. A. Fahad. 2019. The Role of Tropical Heating and Internal Variability in the California Response to the 2015/16 ENSO Event Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 76 (10): 3115-3128 [10.1175/jas-d-19-0064.1]

Burls, N. J., R. C. Blamey, B. A. Cash, et al. E. T. Swenson, A. A. Fahad, M.-J. M. Bopape, D. M. Straus, and C. J. Reason. 2019. The Cape Town “Day Zero” drought and Hadley cell expansion npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 2 (1): 27 [10.1038/s41612-019-0084-6]

Selected Public Outreach

Summer 2017- 2020: Mentor (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA)-

July 2017 - Present

•Mentored ASSIP (Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program) interns.

•Taught climate physics concepts and scientific programming languages to interns.

•Lead teams of students in organizing and presenting their projects at the end of their internships.