Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Atousa Saberi


Atousa Saberi's Contact Card & Information.
Org Code: 606.4
Mail Code 606.4
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Atousa studies the oceans using observations, theory, and modeling. She has specifically worked on kinematics and dynamics of dense overflows through sea-straits and how that impacts deep ocean circulation. She is currently at the GMAO office learning about the coupled ocean-atmosphere GEOS model and investigating potential sources of predictability in the ocean on seasonal time-scale.

Research Interests

Teaching Experience

  • Instructor:

Atousa was fortunate to receive Johns Hopkins Dean's teaching fellowship. She designed and taught a course on the unifying theme for the Earth Sciences: Natural Hazards. She taught this course in the unique semester, fall 2020, when everyone was impacted by at least one type of hazard, the global pandemic. She wrote about her experience in the innovative instructor blog. Read more here:

  • Teaching Assistant:

Helped facilitating courses on physical oceanography, intro to sustainability and coastal processes.

  • Guest lecturer:

Guest lectured in courses such as Earth & planetary fluid mechanics, covering topics on derivations of equations of fluid motion for geophysical fluids, and concepts such as Eulerian vs Lagrangian reference frames.


Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences | Johns Hopkins University, 2022.

M.Sc. in Ocean Engineering | Florida Institute of Technology, 2015.

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering | Isfahan University of Technology, 2013.



2022. "Using hydraulic theory to monitor dense overflows in a parabolic channel." Journal of Physical Oceanography [] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Lagrangian Perspective on the Origins of Denmark Strait Overflow." Journal of Physical Oceanography 50 (8): 2393-2414 [10.1175/jpo-d-19-0210.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "OceanSpy: A Python package to facilitate ocean model data analysis and visualization." Journal of Open Source Software 4 (39): 1506 [10.21105/joss.01506] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Simulating Tidal Flushing Response to the Construction of a Low-Crested Weir Connecting Port Canaveral to the Banana River, Florida." Journal of Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Engineering 142 (4): [10.1061/(asce)ww.1943-5460.0000337] [Journal Article/Letter]

Selected Public Outreach

Science communication

June 2022 - August 2022

Atousa worked with Krieger School of Arts and Sciences to create a video for the World Ocean Day