Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Augusto Getirana


Org Code: 617

Mail Code: 617
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: Science Application International Corp.

Brief Bio

Dr. Getirana is a Research Scientist at the Science Application International Corp. (SAIC) and works full time at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in the Hydrological Sciences Laboratory. Dr. Getirana’s research involves the development, improvement and application of state-of-the-art computational models and integration of remote sensing data towards a better understanding of the spatiotemporal water availability and forecast, including extreme hydrological events, such as droughts and floods, and anthropogenic impacts on the water cycle. He is the lead developer of the Hydrological Modeling and Analysis Platform (HyMAP) global scale river routing scheme and leads surface hydrology developments in the NASA Land Information System (LIS). Dr. Getirana has more than 80 peer-reviewed publications on the fields of hydrometeorology, geophysics, numerical modeling and remote sensing, including two Nature commentaries on climate and human-driven water issues in Brazil and Bangladesh. He also serves as associate editor to AGU's Earth's Future and as reviewer to top scientific journals. Projects he has been involved in focus on better representing the global scale hydrological processes, the development of land data assimilation systems and capacity building. He has been awarded the NASA's Agency Honor Award and NASA's Robert H. Goddard Honor Award, both for scientific achievements in 2021. Dr. Getirana obtained his Ph.D. degree in Hydrology form the Université de Toulouse III (2009) and Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2009). His B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees are in Civil Engineering, both from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

Current Projects

NASA-Rio de Janeiro Partnership for disaster modeling, crisis response and city management

Hydrology / Water Cycle

NASA's Earth Information System - Freshwater

Hydrology / Water Cycle

NASA's Land Information System

Hydrology / Water Cycle

NASA LIS hydrologic forecasts for hydropower optimization in the Upper Colorado Basin

Hydrology / Water Cycle

Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Forecast of Hydro-Ecological Extremes in the Amazon Basin

Hydrology / Water Cycle


Ph.D., Earth Sciences, 2009, Université Toulouse III, France

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2009,  Civil Engineering Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

M.A., Civil Engineering , 2005, Civil Engineering Department, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 B.Tech., Civil Engineering, 2003, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professional Service

• Associate Editor at Earth's Future (AGU)

• Associate Editor at Frontiers in Water

• Editorial Board Member at Remote Sensing (MDPI)

Journal reviewer for:

Advances in Space Research • Brazilian Journal of Water Resources (RBRH) • Frontiers in Environmental Science • Geophysical Research Letters • Hydrological Processes • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences • IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine • ISPRS Journal of Photogrametry and Remote Sensing • Journal of Climate • Journal of Geophysical Research • Journal of Hydrology • Journal of Hydrometeorology • Nature Communications • Remote Sensing of Environment • Theoretical and Applied Climatology • Water Resources Management • Water Resources Research.


2023 NASA's Hydrosphere, Biosphere, and Geophysics (HBG) Annual Award for Scientific Achievement

2022 NASA's HBG Annual Award for Team Scientific Achievement

2021 NASA's Agency Honor Award - Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal

2021 NASA's Robert H. Goddard Honor Award for Scientific Achievement

2017 NASA's HBG Annual Award for Scientific Achievement

2015 NASA's Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Annual Award for Scientific/Technical support

2013 Honor for outstanding accomplishments during Ph.D. COPPE/UFRJ

2009 Best civil and environmental engineering Ph.D thesis in Brazil. CAPES Ph.D thesis award

2009 Best engineering and Earth sciences Ph.D thesis in Brazil, CAPES Ph.D thesis award

Other Professional Information

H-Index: 33 (Google Scholar), Peer-Reviewed Publications: 76



Getirana, A., F. Mandarino, P. Ney de Montezuma, and D. Kirschbaum. 2023. An urban drainage scheme for large-scale flood models Journal of Hydrology 130410 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2023.130410]

Bechtold, M., S. Modanesi, H. Lievens, et al. P. Baguis, I. Brangers, A. Carrassi, A. Getirana, A. Gruber, Z. Heyvaert, C. Massari, S. Scherrer, S. Vannitsem, and G. D. Lannoy. 2023. Assimilation of Sentinel-1 backscatter into a land surface model with river routing and its impact on streamflow simulations in two Belgian catchments Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/jhm-d-22-0198.1]

Camacho, C. R., A. Getirana, O. C. Rotunno Filho, and M. A. Mourão. 2023. Large‐scale groundwater monitoring in Brazil assisted with satellite‐based artificial intelligence techniques Water Resources Research [10.1029/2022wr033588]

Ndehedehe, C. E., V. G. Ferreira, O. E. Adeyeri, et al. F. M. Correa, M. Usman, F. E. Oussou, I. Kalu, O. Okwuashi, A. O. Onojeghuo, A. Getirana, and A. Dewan. 2023. Global assessment of drought characteristics in the Anthropocene Resources, Environment and Sustainability 12 100105 [10.1016/j.resenv.2022.100105]

de Ávila, Á. V., L. G. de Gonçalves, V. D. Souza, et al. L. E. Alves, G. D. Galetti, B. M. Maske, A. Getirana, A. Ruhoff, M. S. Biudes, N. G. Machado, and D. R. Roberti. 2023. Assessing the Performance of the South American Land Data Assimilation System Version 2 (SALDAS-2) Energy Balance across Diverse Biomes Atmosphere 14 (6): 959 [10.3390/atmos14060959]

Durand, M., C. J. Gleason, T. M. Pavelsky, et al. R. de Prata Moraes Frasson, M. Turmon, C. H. David, E. H. Altenau, N. Tebaldi, K. Larnier, J. Monnier, P. O. Malaterre, H. Oubanas, G. H. Allen, B. Astifan, C. Brinkerhoff, P. D. Bates, D. Bjerklie, S. Coss, R. Dudley, L. Fenoglio, P. Garambois, A. Getirana, P. Lin, S. A. Margulis, P. Matte, J. T. Minear, A. Muhebwa, M. Pan, D. Peters, R. Riggs, M. S. Sikder, T. Simmons, C. Stuurman, J. Taneja, A. Tarpanelli, K. Schulze, M. J. Tourian, and J. Wang. 2023. A framework for estimating global river discharge from the Surface Water and Ocean Topography satellite mission Water Resources Research [10.1029/2021wr031614]

Ferrante, L., A. Getirana, F. B. Baccaro, et al. J. Schöngart, A. C. Leonel, R. Gaiga, M. V. Garey, and P. M. Fearnside. 2023. Effects of Amazonian flying rivers on frog biodiversity and populations in the Atlantic Rainforest Conservation Biology [10.1111/cobi.14033]

Lahmers, T. M., S. V. Kumar, K. A. Locke, et al. S. Wang, A. Getirana, M. L. Wrzesien, P.-W. Liu, and S. K. Ahmad. 2023. Interconnected hydrologic extreme drivers and impacts depicted by remote sensing data assimilation Scientific Reports 13 (1): 3411 [10.1038/s41598-023-30484-4]

Getirana, A., S. Kumar, G. Konapala, et al. W. Nie, K. Locke, B. Loomis, C. Birkett, M. Ricko, and M. Simard. 2023. Climate and human impacts on hydrological processes and flood risk in southern Louisiana Water Resources Research [10.1029/2022wr033238]

Coss, S., M. T. Durand, C. Shum, et al. Y. Yi, X. Yang, T. Pavelsky, A. Getirana, and D. Yamazaki. 2023. Channel water storage anomaly: A new remotely sensed quantity for global river analysis Geophysical Research Letters [10.1029/2022gl100185]

Hazra, A., A. McNally, K. Slinski, et al. K. R. Arsenault, S. Shukla, A. Getirana, J. P. Jacob, D. P. Sarmiento, C. Peters-Lidard, S. V. Kumar, and R. D. Koster. 2023. NASA’s NMME-based S2S Hydrologic Forecast System for Food Insecurity Early Warning in Southern Africa Journal of Hydrology 129005 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.129005]

Getirana, A., N. K. Biswas, A. S. Qureshi, et al. A. Rajib, S. Kumar, M. Rahman, and R. K. Biswas. 2022. Avert Bangladesh’s looming water crisis through open science and better data Nature 610 (7933): 626-629 [10.1038/d41586-022-03373-5]

Ahmad, S. K., S. V. Kumar, T. M. Lahmers, et al. S. Wang, P. Liu, M. L. Wrzesien, R. Bindlish, A. Getirana, K. A. Locke, T. R. Holmes, and J. A. Otkin. 2022. Flash Drought Onset and Development Mechanisms Captured with Soil Moisture and Vegetation Data Assimilation Water Resources Research [10.1029/2022wr032894]

Smith, B., S. Kumar, L. Nguyen, et al. T. Chee, J. Mason, S. Chien, C. Frost, R. Akbar, M. Moghaddam, A. Getirana, L. Capra, and P. Grogan. 2022. Demonstrating a New Flood Observing Strategy on the NOS Testbed IGARSS 2022 - 2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [10.1109/igarss46834.2022.9883411]

Ahmad, J., B. Forman, A. Getirana, and S. Kumar. 2022. Smap Soil Moisture Assimilation to Enhance Streamflow Estimates Across South Asia IGARSS 2022 - 2022 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium [10.1109/igarss46834.2022.9884923]

Cristina Recalde-Coronel, G., B. Zaitchik, W. Pan, and A. Getirana. 2022. Influence of Vegetation on Simulation of the Water Balance and Hydrological Response to the El Niño Southern Oscillation in Western Tropical South America Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/jhm-d-21-0081.1]

Kumar, S., A. Getirana, R. Libonati, et al. C. Hain, S. Mahanama, and N. Andela. 2022. Changes in land use enhance the sensitivity of tropical ecosystems to fire-climate extremes Scientific Reports 12 (1): 964 [10.1038/s41598-022-05130-0]

Getirana, A., R. Libonati, and M. Cataldi. 2021. Brazil is in water crisis — it needs a drought plan Nature 600 (7888): 218-220 [10.1038/d41586-021-03625-w]

Zamora, R. A., B. F. Zaitchik, M. Rodell, et al. A. Getirana, S. Kumar, K. Arsenault, and E. Gutmann. 2021. Contribution of Meteorological Downscaling to Skill and Precision of Seasonal Drought Forecasts Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/jhm-d-20-0259.1]

Getirana, A., S. Kumar, G. Konapala, and C. E. Ndehedehe. 2021. Impacts of fully coupling land surface and flood models on the simulation of large wetland’s water dynamics: the case of the Inner Niger Delta Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 13 (5): [10.1029/2021ms002463]

Abdalla, S., A. Abdeh Kolahchi, S. Adusumilli, et al. S. Aich Bhowmick, E. Alou-Font, L. Amarouche, O. B. Andersen, H. Antich, L. Aouf, B. Arbic, T. Armitage, S. Arnault, C. Artana, G. Aulicino, N. Ayoub, S. Badulin, S. Baker, C. Banks, L. Bao, S. Barbetta, B. Barceló-Llull, F. Barlier, S. Basu, P. Bauer-Gottwein, M. Becker, B. Beckley, N. Bellefond, T. Belonenko, M. Benkiran, T. Benkouider, R. Bennartz, J. Benveniste, N. Bercher, M. Berge-Nguyen, J. Bettencourt, F. Blarel, A. Blazquez, D. Blumstein, P. Bonnefond, F. Borde, J. Bouffard, F. Boy, J.-P. Boy, C. Brachet, P. Brasseur, A. Braun, L. Brocca, D. Brockley, L. Brodeau, S. Brown, S. Bruinsma, A. Bulczak, S. Buzzard, M. Cahill, S. Calmant, M. Calzas, S. Camici, M. Cancet, H. Capdeville, C. C. Carabajal, L. Carrere, A. Cazenave, E. P. Chassignet, P. Chauhan, S. Cherchali, T. Chereskin, C. Cheymol, D. Ciani, P. Cipollini, F. Cirillo, E. Cosme, S. Coss, Y. Cotroneo, D. Cotton, A. Couhert, S. Coutin-Faye, J.-F. Crétaux, F. Cyr, F. d’Ovidio, J. Darrozes, C. David, N. Dayoub, D. De Staerke, X. Deng, S. Desai, J.-D. Desjonqueres, D. Dettmering, A. Di Bella, L. Díaz-Barroso, G. Dibarboure, H. B. Dieng, S. Dinardo, H. Dobslaw, G. Dodet, A. Doglioli, A. Domeneghetti, D. Donahue, S. Dong, C. Donlon, J. Dorandeu, C. Drezen, M. Drinkwater, Y. Du Penhoat, B. Dushaw, A. Egido, S. Erofeeva, P. Escudier, S. Esselborn, P. Exertier, R. Fablet, C. Falco, S. L. Farrell, Y. Faugere, P. Femenias, L. Fenoglio, J. Fernandes, J. G. Fernández, P. Ferrage, R. Ferrari, L. Fichen, P. Filippucci, S. Flampouris, S. Fleury, M. Fornari, R. Forsberg, F. Frappart, M.-L. Frery, P. Garcia, A. Garcia-Mondejar, J. Gaudelli, L. Gaultier, A. Getirana, F. Gibert, A. Gil, L. Gilbert, S. Gille, L. Giulicchi, J. Gómez-Enri, L. Gómez-Navarro, C. Gommenginger, L. Gourdeau, D. Griffin, A. Groh, A. Guerin, R. Guerrero, T. Guinle, P. Gupta, B. D. Gutknecht, M. Hamon, G. Han, D. Hauser, V. Helm, S. Hendricks, F. Hernandez, A. Hogg, M. Horwath, M. Idžanović, P. Janssen, E. Jeansou, Y. Jia, Y. Jia, L. Jiang, J. A. Johannessen, M. Kamachi, S. Karimova, K. Kelly, S. Y. Kim, R. King, C. M. Kittel, P. Klein, A. Klos, P. Knudsen, R. Koenig, A. Kostianoy, A. Kouraev, R. Kumar, S. Labroue, L. S. Lago, J. Lambin, L. Lasson, O. Laurain, R. Laxenaire, C. Lázaro, S. Le Gac, J. Le Sommer, P.-Y. Le Traon, S. Lebedev, F. Léger, B. Legresy, F. Lemoine, L. Lenain, E. Leuliette, M. Levy, J. Lillibridge, J. Liu, W. Llovel, F. Lyard, C. Macintosh, E. Makhoul Varona, C. Manfredi, F. Marin, E. Mason, C. Massari, C. Mavrocordatos, N. Maximenko, M. McMillan, T. Medina, A. Melet, M. Meloni, S. Mertikas, S. Metref, B. Meyssignac, A. Michaël, J.-F. Minster, T. Moreau, D. Moreira, Y. Morel, R. Morrow, J. Moyard, S. Mulet, M. Naeije, R. S. Nerem, H. Ngodock, K. Nielsen, J. E. Nilsen, F. Niño, C. Nogueira Loddo, C. Noûs, E. Obligis, I. Otosaka, M. Otten, B. Oztunali Ozbahceci, R. P. Raj, R. Paiva, G. Paniagua, F. Paolo, A. Paris, A. Pascual, M. Passaro, S. Paul, T. Pavelsky, C. Pearson, T. Penduff, F. Peng, F. Perosanz, N. Picot, F. Piras, V. Poggiali, É. Poirier, S. Ponce de León, S. Prants, C. Prigent, C. Provost, M.-I. Pujol, B. Qiu, Y. Quilfen, A. Rami, R. K. Raney, M. Raynal, E. Remy, F. Rémy, M. Restano, A. Richardson, D. Richardson, R. Ricker, M. Ricko, E. Rinne, S. K. Rose, V. Rosmorduc, S. Rudenko, S. Ruiz, B. J. Ryan, C. Salaün, A. Sanchez-Roman, L. Sandberg Sørensen, D. Sandwell, M. Saraceno, M. Scagliola, P. Schaeffer, M. Scharffenberg, R. Scharroo, A. Schiller, R. Schneider, C. Schwatke, A. Scozzari, E. Ser-giacomi, F. Seyler, R. Shah, R. Sharma, A. Shaw, A. Shepherd, J. Shriver, C. Shum, W. Simons, S. B. Simonsen, T. Slater, W. Smith, S. Soares, M. Sokolovskiy, L. Soudarin, C. Spatar, S. Speich, M. Srinivasan, M. Srokosz, E. Stanev, J. Staneva, N. Steunou, J. Stroeve, B. Su, Y. B. Sulistioadi, D. Swain, A. Sylvestre-baron, N. Taburet, R. Tailleux, K. Takayama, B. Tapley, A. Tarpanelli, G. Tavernier, L. Testut, P. K. Thakur, P. Thibaut, L. Thompson, J. Tintoré, C. Tison, C. Tourain, J. Tournadre, B. Townsend, N. Tran, S. Trilles, M. Tsamados, K.-H. Tseng, C. Ubelmann, B. Uebbing, O. Vergara, J. Verron, T. Vieira, S. Vignudelli, N. Vinogradova Shiffer, P. Visser, F. Vivier, D. Volkov, K. von Schuckmann, V. Vuglinskii, P. Vuilleumier, B. Walter, J. Wang, C. Wang, C. Watson, J. Wilkin, J. Willis, H. Wilson, P. Woodworth, K. Yang, F. Yao, R. Zaharia, E. Zakharova, E. D. Zaron, Y. Zhang, Z. Zhao, V. Zinchenko, and V. Zlotnicki. 2021. Altimetry for the future: Building on 25 years of progress Advances in Space Research [10.1016/j.asr.2021.01.022]

Ndehedehe, C. E., G. Ferreira, A. Getirana, and N. O. Agutu. 2020. Understanding the influence of climate variability on surface water hydrology in the Congo basin Congo Basin Hydrology, Climate, and Biogeochemistry: A Foundation for the Future [10.1002/essoar.10505488.1]

Getirana, A., D. Kirschbaum, F. Mandarino, et al. M. Ottoni, S. Khan, and K. Arsenault. 2020. Potential of GPM IMERG Precipitation Estimates to Monitor Natural Disaster Triggers in Urban Areas: The Case of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Remote Sensing 12 (24): 4095 [10.3390/rs12244095]

Kumar, S. V., T. Holmes, N. Andela, et al. I. Dharssi, Vinodkumar, C. Hain, C. Peters‐Lidard, S. P. Mahanama, K. R. Arsenault, W. Nie, and A. Getirana. 2020. The 2019‐2020 Australian drought and bushfires altered the partitioning of hydrological fluxes Geophysical Research Letters 48 (1): [10.1029/2020gl091411]

Ndehedehe, C. E., G. G. Haile, N. O. Agutu, et al. V. G. Ferreira, A. Getirana, and O. Okwuashi. 2020. Hydrological hotspots of climatic influence in Brazil: A two-step regularization approach Atmospheric Research 246 105116 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2020.105116]

Chul Jung, H., D.-H. Kang, E. Kim, et al. A. Getirana, Y. Yoon, S. Kumar, C. D. Peters-lidard, and E. Hwang. 2020. Towards a Soil Moisture Drought Monitoring System for South Korea Journal of Hydrology 125176 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125176]

Ndehedehe, C. E., V. G. Ferreira, A. O. Onojeghuo, et al. N. O. Agutu, E. Emengini, and A. Getirana. 2020. Influence of global climate on freshwater changes in Africa's largest endorheic basin using multi-scaled indicators Science of The Total Environment 737 1-19 [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.139643]

Shukla, S., K. R. Arsenault, A. Hazra, et al. C. Peters-Lidard, R. D. Koster, F. Davenport, T. Magadzire, C. Funk, S. Kumar, A. McNally, A. Getirana, G. Husak, B. Zaitchik, J. Verdin, F. D. Nsadisa, and I. Becker-Reshef. 2020. Improving early warning of drought-driven food insecurity in Southern Africa using operational hydrological monitoring and forecasting products Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences [10.5194/nhess-20-1187-2020]

Getirana, A., H. C. Jung, J. Van Den Hoek, and C. E. Ndehedehe. 2020. Hydropower dam operation strongly controls Lake Victoria's freshwater storage variability Science of The Total Environment [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.138343]

Ndehedehe, C. E., N. O. Agutu, V. G. Ferreira, and A. Getirana. 2020. Evolutionary drought patterns over the Sahel and their teleconnections with low frequency climate oscillations Atmospheric Research 104700 [10.1016/j.atmosres.2019.104700]

Arsenault, K. R., S. Shukla, A. Hazra, et al. A. Getirana, A. McNally, S. V. Kumar, R. D. Koster, C. D. Peters-Lidard, B. F. Zaitchik, H. Badr, H. C. Jung, B. Narapusetty, M. Navari, S. Wang, D. M. Mocko, C. Funk, L. Harrison, G. J. Husak, A. Adoum, G. Galu, T. Magadzire, J. Roningen, M. Shaw, J. Eylander, K. Bergaoui, R. A. McDonnell, and J. P. Verdin. 2020. The NASA hydrological forecast system for food and water security applications Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. early online release [10.1175/bams-d-18-0264.1]

Rebello, V., A. Getirana, O. C. Rotunno Filho, and V. Lakshmi. 2020. Spatiotemporal vegetation response to extreme droughts in eastern Brazil Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment 100294 [10.1016/j.rsase.2020.100294]

Getirana, A., H. Jung, K. Arsenault, et al. S. Shukla, S. Kumar, C. Peters‐Lidard, I. Maigari, and B. Mamane. 2020. Satellite gravimetry improves seasonal streamflow forecast initialization in Africa Water Resources Research 56 (2): e2019WR026259 [10.1029/2019wr026259]

Getirana, A., M. Rodell, S. Kumar, et al. H. K. Beaudoing, K. Arsenault, B. Zaitchik, H. Save, and S. Bettadpur. 2020. GRACE improves seasonal groundwater forecast initialization over the United States Journal of Hydrometeorology 21 59-71 [10.1175/jhm-d-19-0096.1]

Kim, Lee, Jung, et al. Hwang, Hossain, Bonnema, Kang, and Getirana. 2020. Monitoring River Basin Development and Variation in Water Resources in Transboundary Imjin River in North and South Korea Using Remote Sensing Remote Sensing 12 (1): 195 [10.3390/rs12010195]

Nie, W., B. F. Zaitchik, M. Rodell, et al. S. V. Kumar, K. R. Arsenault, B. Li, and A. Getirana. 2019. Assimilating GRACE Into a Land Surface Model in the Presence of an Irrigation‐Induced Groundwater Trend Water Resources Research 2019WR025363 [10.1029/2019wr025363]

Mao, Y., T. Zhou, L. R. Leung, et al. T. K. Tesfa, H. Li, K. Wang, Z. Tan, and A. Getirana. 2019. Flood Inundation Generation Mechanisms and Their Changes in 1953‐2004 in Global Major River Basins Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 2019JD031381 [10.1029/2019jd031381]

Melo, D., and A. Getirana. 2019. Radar Altimetry as a Proxy for Determining Terrestrial Water Storage Variability in Tropical Basins Remote Sensing 11 (21): 2487 [10.3390/rs11212487]

McNally, A., K. Verdin, L. Harrison, et al. A. Getirana, J. Jacob, S. Shukla, K. Arsenault, C. Peters-Lidard, and J. P. Verdin. 2019. Acute Water-Scarcity Monitoring for Africa Water 11 (10): 1968 [10.3390/w11101968]

Li, B., M. Rodell, S. Kumar, et al. H. K. Beaudoing, A. Getirana, B. F. Zaitchik, L. G. Goncalves, C. Cossetin, S. Bhanja, A. Mukherjee, S. Tian, N. Tangdamrongsub, D. Long, J. Nanteza, J. Lee, F. Policelli, I. B. Goni, D. Daira, M. Bila, G. Lannoy, D. M. Mocko, S. C. Steele‐Dunne, H. Save, and S. Bettadpur. 2019. Global GRACE data assimilation for groundwater and drought monitoring: Advances and challenges Water Resour. Res. 55 7564-7586 [10.1029/2018wr024618]

Jung, H., A. Getirana, K. R. Arsenault, S. V. Kumar, and I. Maigary. 2019. Improving Surface Soil Moisture Estimates in West Africa through GRACE Data Assimilation Journal of Hydrology [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.05.042]

Jung, H. C., A. Getirana, K. R. Arsenault, T. R. Holmes, and A. McNally. 2019. Uncertainties in Evapotranspiration Estimates over West Africa Remote Sensing 11 (8): 892 [10.3390/rs11080892]

Van Den Hoek, J., A. Getirana, H. Jung, M. Okeowo, and H. Lee. 2019. Monitoring Reservoir Drought Dynamics with Landsat and Radar/Lidar Altimetry Time Series in Persistently Cloudy Eastern Brazil Remote Sensing 11 (7): 827 [10.3390/rs11070827]

Toure, A. M., K. Luojus, M. Rodell, H. Beaudoing, and A. Getirana. 2018. Evaluation of Simulated Snow and Snowmelt Timing in the Community Land Model Using Satellite‐Based Products and Streamflow Observations Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 10 (11): 2933-2951 [10.1029/2018ms001389]

Arsenault, K. R., S. V. Kumar, J. V. Geiger, et al. S. Wang, E. Kemp, D. M. Mocko, H. K. Beaudoing, A. Getirana, M. Navari, B. Li, J. Jacob, J. Wegiel, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2018. The Land surface Data Toolkit (LDT v7.2) – a data fusion environment for land data assimilation systems Geosci. Model Dev. 11 (9): 3605-3621 [10.5194/gmd-11-3605-2018]

Getirana, A., H. C. Jung, and K.-H. Tseng. 2018. Deriving three dimensional reservoir bathymetry from multi-satellite datasets Remote Sensing of Environment 217 366-374 [10.1016/j.rse.2018.08.030]

Toure, A. M., R. H. Reichle, B. A. Forman, A. Getirana, and G. J. Lannoy. 2018. Assimilation of MODIS Snow Cover Fraction Observations into the NASA Catchment Land Surface Model Remote Sensing 10 (2): 316 [10.3390/rs10020316]

Jung, H. C., A. Getirana, F. Policelli, et al. A. McNally, K. R. Arsenault, S. Kumar, T. Tadesse, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2017. Upper Blue Nile Basin Water Budget from a Multi-Model Perspective Journal of Hydrology [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.10.040]

Getirana, A., S. V. Kumar, M. Girotto, and M. Rodell. 2017. Rivers and floodplains as key components of global terrestrial water storage variability Geophysical Research Letters 44 (20): 10359-10368 [10.1002/2017GL074684]

Zubieta, R., A. Getirana, J. C. Espinoza, W. Lavado-Casimiro, and L. Aragon. 2017. Hydrological modeling of the Peruvian-Ecuadorian Amazon basin using GPM-IMERG satellite-based precipitation dataset Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 1-21 [10.5194/hess-2016-656]

Getirana, A., A. Boone, C. Peugeot, and A. . 2017. Streamflows over a West African Basin from the ALMIP2 Model Ensemble Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 1831-1845 [10.1175/JHM-D-16-0233.1]

Getirana, A., C. Peters-Lidard, M. Rodell, and P. D. Bates. 2017. Trade-off between cost and accuracy in large-scale surface water dynamic modeling Water Resources Research 53 (6): 4942-4955 [10.1002/2017wr020519]

Salameh, E., F. Frappart, F. Papa, et al. A. Güntner, V. Venugopal, A. Getirana, C. Prigent, F. Aires, D. Labat, and B. Laignel. 2017. Fifteen Years (1993–2007) of Surface Freshwater Storage Variability in the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basin Using Multi-Satellite Observations Water 9 (4): 245 [10.3390/w9040245]

Okeowo, M. A., H. Lee, F. Hossain, and A. Getirana. 2017. Automated Generation of Lakes and Reservoirs Water Elevation Changes From Satellite Radar Altimetry IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 1-17 [10.1109/jstars.2017.2684081]

Luo, X., H.-Y. Li, L. R. Leung, et al. T. K. Tesfa, A. Getirana, F. Papa, and L. L. Hess. 2017. Modeling surface water dynamics in the Amazon Basin using MOSART-Inundation v1.0: impacts of geomorphological parameters and river flow representation Geoscientific Model Development 10 (3): 1233-1259 [10.5194/gmd-10-1233-2017]

Paiva Alcoforado Rebello, V., A. Getirana, V. Lakshmi, and O. Corrêa Rotunno Filho. 2017. Monitoring Drought in Brazil by Remote Sensing Remote Sensing of Hydrological Extremes 197-218 [10.1007/978-3-319-43744-6_10]

Kumar, S. V., B. F. Zaitchik, C. D. Peters-Lidard, et al. M. Rodell, R. H. Reichle, B. Li, M. F. Jasinski, D. M. Mocko, A. Getirana, G. J. De Lannoy, M. H. Cosh, C. R. Hain, M. Anderson, K. R. Arsenault, Y. Xia, and M. Ek. 2016. Assimilation of gridded GRACE terrestrial water storage estimates in the North American Land Data Assimilation System J. Hydrometeor. 17 (7): 1951-1972 [10.1175/jhm-d-15-0157.1]

Getirana, A. 2016. Extreme Water Deficit in Brazil Detected from Space Journal of Hydrometeorology 17 (2): 591-599 [10.1175/jhm-d-15-0096.1]

Zubieta, R., A. Getirana, J. C. Espinoza, and W. Lavado. 2015. Impacts of satellite-based precipitation datasets on rainfall–runoff modeling of the Western Amazon basin of Peru and Ecuador Journal of Hydrology 528 599-612 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.06.064]

Kumar, S. V., C. D. Peters-Lidard, K. R. Arsenault, et al. A. Getirana, D. M. Mocko, and Y. Liu. 2015. Quantifying the added value of snow cover area observations in passive microwave snow depth data assimilation J. Hydrometeor. 16 (4): 1736-1741 [10.1175/JHM-D-15-0021.1]

Li, H.-Y., L. R. Leung, A. Getirana, et al. M. Huang, H. Wu, Y. Xu, J. Guo, and N. Voisin. 2015. Evaluating Global Streamflow Simulations by a Physically Based Routing Model Coupled with the Community Land Model Journal of Hydrometeorology 16 (2): 948-971 [10.1175/jhm-d-14-0079.1]

Getirana, A., A. Boone, and C. Peugeot. 2014. Evaluating LSM-Based Water Budgets over a West African Basin Assisted with a River Routing Scheme J. Hydrometeor. 15 (6): 2331-2346 [10.1175/JHM-D-14-0012.1]

Getirana, A., E. Dutra, M. Guimberteau, et al. J. Kam, H.-Y. Li, B. Decharme, Z. Zhang, A. Ducharne, A. Boone, G. Balsamo, M. Rodell, A. M. Toure, Y. Xue, C. D. Peters-Lidard, S. V. Kumar, K. R. Arsenault, G. Drapeau, L. R. Leung, J. Ronchail, and J. Sheffield. 2014. Water Balance in the Amazon Basin from a Land Surface Model Ensemble J. Hydrometeor 15 (6): 2586-2614 [10.1175/JHM-D-14-0068.1]

Paiva, R. C., W. Collischonn, M.-P. Bonnet, et al. L. G. Gonçalves, S. Calmant, A. Getirana, and J. S. Silva. 2013. Assimilating in situ and radar altimetry data into a large-scale hydrologic-hydrodynamic model for streamflow forecast in the Amazon Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 10 2879-2925 [10.5194/hess-17-2929-2013]

Getirana, A., and C. Peters-Lidard. 2013. Estimating water discharge from large radar altimetry datasets Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 17 (3): 923-933 [10.5194/hess-17-923-2013]

Papa, F., F. Frappart, A. Guntner, et al. C. Prigent, F. Aires, W. Rossow, A. Getirana, and R. Maurer. 2013. Surface freshwater storage and variability in the Amazon basin from multi-satellite observations, 1993-2007 J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 118 (21): 11,951-11,965 [10.1002/2013JD020500]

Getirana, A., and C. Paiva. 2013. Mapping large-scale river flow hydraulics in the Amazon Basin Water Resources Research 49 (5): 2437-2445 [10.1002/wrcr.20212]

Getirana, A., A. Boone, D. Yamazaki, and N. Mognard. 2013. Automatic parameterization of a flow routing scheme driven by radar altimetry data: Evaluation in the Amazon basin Water Resour. Res. 49 (1): 614-629 [10.1002/wrcr.20077]

Getirana, A. C., A. Boone, D. Yamazaki, et al. B. Decharme, F. Papa, and N. Mognard. 2012. The Hydrological Modeling and Analysis Platform (HyMAP): Evaluation in the Amazon Basin Journal of Hydrometeorology 13 (6): 1641-1665 [10.1175/jhm-d-12-021.1]

Getirana, A., J. C. Espinoza, J. Ronchail, and O. C. Rotunno Filho. 2011. Assessment of different precipitation datasets and their impacts on the water balance of the Negro River basin Journal of Hydrology 404 (3-4): 304–322 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.04.037]

Getirana, A., O. Rotunno Filho, W. Mansur, et al. M.-P. Bonnet, F. Seyler, J.-L. Guyot, F. Frappart, J.-M. Martinez, E. Roux, S. Calmant, G. Rammilien, L. Xavier, and W. Collischonn. 2011. Calibração e Validação de Modelo Hidrológico com Observações In Situ, Altimetria e Gravimetria Espaciais Revista Brasileira de Recursos Hídricos 16 (1): 29-45 [10.21168/rbrh.v16n1.p29-45]

Getirana, A., M.-P. Bonnet, O. C. Rotunno Filho, et al. W. Collischonn, J.-L. Guyot, F. Seyler, and W. J. Mansur. 2010. Hydrological modelling and water balance of the Negro River basin: evaluation based on in situ and spatial altimetry data Hydrol. Process. 24 (22): 3219-3236 [10.1002/hyp.7747]

Getirana, A. C., E. Roux, F. Frappart, et al. F. Seyler, G. Ramillien, L. Guyot, M. Martinez, L. Xavier, P. Bonnet, O. C. Rotunno Filho, S. Calmant, W. Collischonn, and W. J. Mansur. 2010. Calibration and validation of an hydrological model using in situ observations, ENVISAT altimetric and GRACE gravimetric data (in Portuguese) Brazilian Journal of Water Resources (RBRH) 16 (1): 29-45

Roux, E., J. S. Silva, A. C. Getirana, et al. P. Bonnet, S. Calmant, and F. Seyler. 2010. Producing time series of river water height by means of satellite radar altimetry—a comparative study Hydrological Sciences Journal 55 (1): 104-120 [10.1080/02626660903529023]

Getirana, A. 2010. Integrating spatial altimetry data into the automatic calibration of hydrological models Journal of Hydrology 387 (3-4): 244–255 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.04.013]

Getirana, A., M.-P. Bonnet, and J.-M. Martinez. 2009. Evaluating parameter effects in a DEM ‘burning’ process based on land cover data Hydrol. Process. 23 (16): 2316-2325 [10.1002/hyp.7303]

Getirana, A. C., E. Roux, P. Bonnet, et al. F. Seyler, W. J. Rotunno Filho, W. J. Rotunno Filho, and W. J. Rotunno Filho. 2009. Hydrological monitoring of poorly gauged basins based on rainfall–runoff modeling and spatial altimetry Journal of Hydrology 379 (3-4): 205-219 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.09.049]

Getirana, A., P. Bonnet, O. C. Rotunno Filho, and W. J. Mansur. 2009. Improving hydrological information acquisition from DEM processing in floodplains Hydrological Processes 23 (3): 502-514 [10.1002/hyp.7167]

Getirana, A., V. F. Malta, and J. P. Azevedo. 2008. Decision Process in a Water Use Conflict in Brazil Water Resources Management 22 (1): 103-118 [10.1007/s11269-006-9146-8]

Getirana, A., V. F. Malta, P. M. Azevedo, P. M. Azevedo, and P. M. Azevedo. 2007. Water use conflicts at Baixada Campista, in the Northern Rio de Janeiro (II): decision process by applying the Graph Model for Conflict Resolution (in Portuguese). Brazilian Journal of Water Resources (RBRH) 12 (2): 39-50.

Getirana, A. C., P. M. Azevedo, P. M. Azevedo, and P. M. Azevedo. 2007. Water use conflicts at Baixada Campista, in the Northern Rio de Janeiro (I): economical analysis of proposed solutions (in Portuguese). Brazilian Journal of Water Resources (RBRH) 12 (2): 27-38.


Getirana, A. 2022. Eventos hidrológicos extremos e a urgência por políticas públicas Folha de Sao Paulo A3

Getirana, A., A. L. Mcnally, J. Roningen, et al. B. Zaitchik, K. R. Arsenault, H. Jung, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2015. Forecasting Water Availability in Data Sparse and Heavily Managed Catchments in Africa and the Middle East GEWEX News 27 (4): 8-11

Getirana, A., and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2012. Water discharge estimates from large radar altimetry datasets in the Amazon basin Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 9 (6): 7591-7611 [10.5194/hessd-9-7591-2012]

Getirana, A. 2011. A new automatic calibration approach based on rating curves: first results with ENVISAT altimetric data IAHS Publ 343 181-186

Boone, A., A. Getirana, J. Demarty, et al. B. Cappelaere, S. Galle, M. Grippa, T. Lebel, E. Mougin, T. Peugeot, T. Peugeot, and T. Peugeot. 2009. AMMA Land Surface Model Intercomparison Project Phase 2 (ALMIP-2) WCRP GEWEX News 9 (4): 9-10

Talks, Presentations and Posters


HyMAP-2 river routing scheme in the NASA Land Information System

September 2017

NASA Land Information System: Workshop for Egyptian Applications. Held by the National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences (NARSS), Cairo, Egypt

Development of a South American Land Data Assimilation System

May 2017

Seminar at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

A West Africa LDAS for Forecasting Extreme Hydrological Events

May 2017

Seminar during the  Locust Monitoring Meeting - Stakeholder Mapping at AGRHYMET, Niamey, Niger.

Recent advances in large-scale flood modeling and its applications


Seminar at the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL), Paris, France

Recent advances in large-scale flood modeling and its applications

December 2014

Seminar at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), College Park, MD

River routing schemes: from LSM (Land Surface Model) benchmarking to a better understanding of surface water dynamics

April 2014

Terrestrial Water Cycle Seminar, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Conocimiento actual del modelado hidrologico en la cuenca Amazonica

November 2013

Seminar at the Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP), Lima, Peru

Integration of radar altimetry data in the hydrological modeling of large basins

December 2012

Seminar during the meeting "Understanding the global freshwater system by combining geodetic and remote sensing information with modeling" at Frankfurt University, Frankfurt, Germany

Modélisation hydrologique en Amazonie et en Afrique de l'Ouest: expériences sur le couplage des modèles de surface et de routage

December 2012

Seminar at HydroSciences - Universite de Montpellier, Montpellier, France

Hydrological processes over the Amazon basin and West Africa

August 2012

Seminar at ECMWF, Reading, UK


Selected Public Outreach

NASA's GRACE Satellites Evaluate Drought in Southeast Brazil

November 2015 - November 2015

NASA Goddard's Youtube video on monitopring the Brazilian drought from space