Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Carl Albert Malings

(Assistant Research Scientist)

 carl.a.malings@nasa.gov

 301.614.6142

Org Code: 610.1

NASA/GSFC
Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: MORGAN STATE UNIV.

Brief Bio


Carl Malings is an Assistant Research Scientist at Morgan State University, working under the GESTAR II cooperative agreement at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Global Modelling and Assimilation Office. He works to combine atmospheric chemistry models, satellite retrievals, and surface monitor data to better estimate & forecast air quality to support air quality decision-making globally. He also participates in capacity building through the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) program, providing guidance on how to best use NASA data products to support air quality monitoring and management. He obtained his PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2017. Following this, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher with low-cost air quality sensors until 2019.

Current Projects


Supporting local government public health and air quality decision-making with a sub-city scale air quality forecasting system from data fusion of models, satellite, in-situ measurements, and low-cost sensors

Pollution

Project PI: K. Emma Knowland

This project aims to develop an online tool for the data fusion of model, satellite, and surface air quality monitoring data, including low-cost sensor data, to improve the estimation and forecasting of air quality at sub-city scales. The tool will be developed in the Google Earth Engine platform, incorporating new and existing air quality datasets. The tool will be made available to the end-users of this project for development and testing in several global and US cities, and following completion of the project will be handed off to the US EPA and UNEP for continued use with stakeholder groups in the US and worldwide.


Forecasting, Modeling Support and Analysis for Asia-AQ

Atmospheric Measurement

Project PI: Patricia Castellanos

This project provides modeling and data analysis support for the NASA ASIA-AQ campaign, including the use of data fusion methods for downscaling regional air quality estimates and forecasts, to be compared and validated with in-situ data obtained during the campaign.


Education


Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, 2012

Master of Science, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2013

PhD, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 2017

Positions/Employment


NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow

Universities Space Research Association - Greenbelt, MD

April 2020 - April 2022


Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Paris, France

February 2019 - February 2020

Worked on a "Make Out Planet Great Again" project, looking at assessing air quality using low-cost sensor systems in France and Africa.


Postdoctoral Researcher

Center for Atmospheric Particle Studies, Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA

June 2017 - December 2018

Worked to characterize, calibrate and deploy low-cost sensors for air quality assessment.


Assistant Research Scientist

Morgan State University GESTAR-II Cooperative Agreement - Goddard Space Flight Center

April 2022 - Present

Professional Service


Working Groups

Co-lead, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Health and Air Quality Working Group, 2021-Present

Co-lead, GEOHealth Community of Practice Air Quality Work Group, 2023-Present


Conferences

Program Committee, Meteorology and Climate - Modeling for Air Quality Conference, 2023

Conference Planning Committee, Air Sensors International Conference, 2024


Other

Community Scientist, AGU Thriving Earth Exchange project "Establishing an Air Quality Monitoring Network to Inform Local Strategies in Columbus, Ohio"

Volunteer Judge, NASA Future Engineers Student Challenges, 2021, 2022, 2023

Volunteer Judge, GLOBE International Virtual Science Symposium student contest, 2022

Volunteer Judge, NASA Power to Explore student challenge, 2022, 2024

Awards


2023 GSFC Earth Sciences Division Atmospheres Peer Distinguished Contribution Group Award

Selected Publications


Refereed

Bittner, A. S., E. S. Cross, D. H. Hagan, et al. C. Malings, E. Lipsky, and A. P. Grieshop. 2022. Performance characterization of low-cost air quality sensors for off-grid deployment in rural Malawi Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 15 (11): 3353-3376 [10.5194/amt-15-3353-2022]

Duncan, B. N., C. A. Malings, K. E. Knowland, et al. D. C. Anderson, A. I. Prados, C. A. Keller, K. R. Cromar, S. Pawson, and H. Ensz. 2021. Augmenting the Standard Operating Procedures of Health and Air Quality Stakeholders With NASA Resources GeoHealth 5 (9): [10.1029/2021gh000451]

McFarlane, C., G. Raheja, C. Malings, et al. E. K. Appoh, A. F. Hughes, and D. M. Westervelt. 2021. Application of Gaussian Mixture Regression for the Correction of Low Cost PM2.5 Monitoring Data in Accra, Ghana ACS Earth and Space Chemistry 5 (9): 2268-2279 [10.1021/acsearthspacechem.1c00217]

Li, J., A. Hauryliuk, C. Malings, et al. S. R. Eilenberg, R. Subramanian, and A. A. Presto. 2021. Characterizing the Aging of Alphasense NO2 Sensors in Long-Term Field Deployments ACS Sensors 6 (8): 2952-2959 [10.1021/acssensors.1c00729]

Malings, C., K. E. Knowland, C. A. Keller, and S. E. Cohn. 2021. Sub‐City Scale Hourly Air Quality Forecasting by Combining Models, Satellite Observations, and Ground Measurements Earth and Space Science 8 (7): [10.1029/2021ea001743]

McFarlane, C., P. K. Isevulambire, R. S. Lumbuenamo, et al. A. M. Ndinga, R. Dhammapala, X. Jin, V. F. McNeill, C. Malings, R. Subramanian, and D. M. Westervelt. 2021. First Measurements of Ambient PM2.5 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo Using Field-calibrated Low-cost Sensors Aerosol and Air Quality Research 21 [10.4209/aaqr.200619]

Talks, Presentations and Posters


Invited

Satellite Data for Air Quality

February 18, 2024

University of Ghana & Columbia University Air Quality Certificate Program for West Africa, remote presentation.


Air Quality Data Fusion with Sensors, Satellites, and Models

December 15, 2023

Google Sustainability Air Quality Journal Club, remote presentation.


Satellites and Low-Cost Sensors: Advantages, Limitations, and Opportunities for Integration

December 8, 2023

Seminar on Air Quality and IoT-based Air Sensors, remote presentation.


Air Quality Analysis with Sensors, Satellites, and Models

November 13, 2023

University of Arkansas Little Rock, Donaghey College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Colloquium Series, remote presentation.


Air Sensors as Input to an Air Quality Data Fusion System

August 26, 2023

US Environmental Protection Agency Air Sensors Quality Assurance Workshop 2023, Durham, North Carolina, USA.


Satellites and Low-Cost Sensors: Advantages, Limitations, and Opportunities for Integration

August 13, 2023

African Centre for Clean Air Webinar on Understanding the Use of Satellite Data for Air Quality Management, remote presentation.


NASA Data for Air Quality

July 29, 2023

CanAIRy Alert training: Tools for AQ management and capacity building, remote presentation.


NASA Resources to Support Air Quality Monitoring and Forecasting

June 3, 2023

Training Course for Jakarta City: Air Quality Monitoring Best Practices: Data Collection, Management, and Use, remote presentation.


Air Quality Analysis with Sensors, Satellites, and Models

May 3, 2023

Montclair State University Sustainability Seminar Series of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Science & Management, remote presentation.


Supporting Local Government Public Health and Air Quality Decision-Making with a Sub-City Scale Air Quality Forecasting System from Data Fusion of Models, Satellite, In Situ Measurements, and Low-Cost Sensors

April 29, 2023

NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Program Annual Program Review Meeting, Asheville, NC, USA.


Creating & Using Open Global and Local Air Quality Data at NASA GMAO

February 26, 2023

ESIP Meeting January 2023, remote presentation.


Towards a flexible data fusion tool incorporating model, satellite, regulatory monitor and low-cost sensor data for air quality estimation and forecasting

February 12, 2023

American Meteorological Society 103rd Annual Meeting, 25th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, remote presentation.


Towards a Flexible Data Fusion Tool for Air Quality Estimation and Forecasting with a Global Scope in Google Earth Engine

13, 2022

Presentation at the Google exhibition booth, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL, USA. (recording)


Air quality forecasting at sub-city-scale by combining models, satellites, and surface measures

December 21, 2022

Air Sensors International Conference Fall Webinar Series, remote presentation.


Air quality forecasting at sub-city-scale by combining models, satellites, and surface measures

November 31, 2022

6th AfriGEO Symposium, remote presentation.


Air Quality Analysis with Sensors, Satellites, and Models

October 23, 2022

American University Fall Colloquium Series, Washington, DC, USA.


Air Quality Forecasting with NASA GEOS-CF

July 23, 2022

Presentation to Ghana EPA on behalf of Dr. Danial Westervelt and Mr. Emmanuel Appoh, remote presentation.


Other

Supporting Global Air Quality Management Needs with a Flexible Data Fusion Tool for Estimation and Forecasting in Google Earth Engine

February 29, 2024

American Meteorological Society 2024 Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


Data fusion with uncertainty quantification for sub-city-scale air quality assessment and forecasting (poster)

October 13, 2023

Meteorology and Climate Modeling for Air Quality Conference 2023, Davis, California, USA.


Towards a Flexible Data Fusion Tool for Air Quality Estimations & Forecasting with a Global Scope in Google Earth Engine

June 23, 2023

“Hyperwall” presentation at the NASA exhibition booth at the American Thoracic Society 2023 Conference, Washington, DC, USA.


Towards a Flexible Data Fusion Tool for Air Quality Estimation and Forecasting with a Global Scope in Google Earth Engine

16, 2022

American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, USA.


Forecasting with the GEOS-CF System and Other NASA Resources to Support Air Quality Management

November 12, 2022

International Conference on Air Quality in Africa, remote presentation.


Air quality forecasting at sub-city scale by combining models, satellites, and surface measures

June 11, 2022

Air Sensors International Conference, Pasadena, CA, USA.