Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Carrie M Vuyovich



Org Code: 617

Mail Code: 617
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Employer: NASA


Ph.D., Civil Engineering, 2016, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Advisor: Dr. Jennifer Jacobs

M.S., Civil Engineering, 2010, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

B.E., Civil Engineering, Computing Science minor, 2002, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN


Research Physical Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

October 2018 - Present

Conducts research on seasonal, terrestrial snow to understand its impact on Earth's hydrological and land-atmosphere interaction processes. Specific areas of research include developing and evaluating remote sensing and modeling techniques to improve estimates of snowpack water supply and snowmelt runoff magnitude and timing. Conducts analyses related to future satellite-based approaches to snow mapping and estimation. Uses numerical, field and laboratory investigations to support analysis of snow and snowmelt characterization and streamflow prediction capabilities. Serves as the Deputy Project Scientist for the NASA Snow Experiment (SnowEx) 2019/20 field campaign. 

Research Hydraulic Engineer

ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) - Hanover, NH

July 2002 - October 2018

Perform research in the field of cold regions hydrology and hydraulics to study ice and snow in support of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Civil Works and Military mission. Specific areas of study include evaluation of snowpack water supply; risk analysis of ice affected structures; and snowmelt and ice jam flood forecasting. Conduct impact analyses of dam removal and stream stabilization structures in ice-affected rivers. Snow hydrology research includes regional and global analyses using remote sensing and modeling techniques to improve spatial characterization of snow and snowmelt, specifically in how it relates to streamflow and water supply.

Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

2010 - Present

American Meteorological Society

2016 - Present

Professional Service

Outgoing Chair, Snow International working group (SINTER), 2018 - Present

Member of Planning Committee, Eastern Snow Conference, 2016 – Present

Mentor, Women in Science Program, Dartmouth College, 2015-2017

Associate Editor, The Cryosphere, 2020


Department of the Army, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service, Military Hydrology, 2011
ERDC Award for Excellence in Operational Support, Snow Hydrology Analyses Support, 2009
USACRREL Award, Building Sustainable Programs, 2008
Gerard Medal for contributions to the field of river ice engineering, 2007
USACRREL Award, Building Sustainable Programs, 2007
USACRREL Team Effort Award, Snow Assessment Team, 2006
ERDC Award for Outstanding Team Effort, Discrete Element Modeling, April 2005
USACRREL Team Effort Award, Ice Jam Conditions Monitoring & Support, 2003

Other Professional Information

Licensed Professional Engineer, State of New Hampshire, 2007 - Present



Moradi, M., E. Cho, J. M. Jacobs, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2023. Seasonal soil freeze/thaw variability across North America via ensemble land surface modeling Cold Regions Science and Technology 209 103806 [10.1016/j.coldregions.2023.103806]

Cho, E., C. M. Vuyovich, S. V. Kumar, et al. M. L. Wrzesien, R. S. Kim, and J. M. Jacobs. 2022. Precipitation biases and snow physics limitations drive the uncertainties in macroscale modeled snow water equivalent Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 26 (22): 5721-5735 [10.5194/hess-26-5721-2022]

Cho, E., C. M. Vuyovich, S. V. Kumar, M. L. Wrzesien, and R. S. Kim. 2022. Evaluating the Utility of Active Microwave Observations as a Snow Mission Concept Using Observing System Simulation Experiments The Cryosphere Discussions [10.5194/tc-2022-220]

Cho, E., Y. Kwon, S. V. Kumar, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2022. Assimilation of airborne gamma observations provides utility for snow estimation in forested environments Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 1-26 [10.5194/hess-2022-332]

Wrzesien, M., S. V. Kumar, C. M. Vuyovich, and R. Kim. 2022. Development of a “nature run” for observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) for snow mission development Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/jhm-d-21-0071.1]

Tsang, L., M. Durand, C. Derksen, et al. A. P. Barros, D.-H. Kang, H. Lievens, H.-P. Marshall, J. Zhu, J. Johnson, J. King, J. Lemmetyinen, M. Sandells, N. Rutter, P. Siqueira, A. Nolin, B. Osmanoglu, C. Vuyovich, E. J. Kim, D. Taylor, I. Merkouriadi, L. Brucker, M. Navari, M. Dumont, R. Kelly, R. S. Kim, T.-H. Liao, and X. Xu. 2021. Review Article: Global Monitoring of Snow Water Equivalent using High Frequency Radar Remote Sensing The Cryosphere [10.5194/tc-2021-295]

Johnston, J. M., P. R. Houser, V. Maggioni, R. S. Kim, and C. Vuyovich. 2021. Informing Improvements in Freeze/Thaw State Classification Using Subpixel Temperature IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 1-19 [10.1109/tgrs.2021.3099292]

Kim, R., S. Kumar, C. Vuyovich, et al. P. Houser, J. Lundquist, L. Mudryk, M. Durand, A. Barros, E. J. Kim, B. A. Forman, E. D. Gutmann, M. L. Wrzesien, C. Garnaud, M. Sandells, H.-P. Marshall, N. Cristea, J. M. Pflug, J. Johnston, Y. Cao, D. Mocko, and S. Wang. 2021. Snow Ensemble Uncertainty Project (SEUP): quantification of snow water equivalent uncertainty across North America via ensemble land surface modeling The Cryosphere 15 (2): 771-791 [10.5194/tc-15-771-2021]

Gibson, S., C. Vuyovich, and M. Weidel. 2020. Incorporating sediment non‐stationarity into ice‐affected flood‐risk projections River Research and Applications 36 (9): 1790-1802 [10.1002/rra.3714]

Kumar, S., D. M. Mocko, C. M. Vuyovich, and C. Peters-Lidard. 2020. Impact of surface albedo assimilation on snow estimation Remote Sensing 12 (4): 645 [10.3390/rs12040645]

Kraatz, S., J. M. Jacobs, R. Schröder, et al. E. Cho, H. J. Miller, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2020. Improving SMAP freeze-thaw retrievals for pavements using effective soil temperature from GEOS-5: Evaluation against in situ road temperature data over the U.S Remote Sensing of Environment 237 111545 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.111545]

Cho, E., J. M. Jacobs, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2020. The Value of Long‐Term (40 years) Airborne Gamma Radiation SWE Record for Evaluating Three Observation‐Based Gridded SWE Data Sets by Seasonal Snow and Land Cover Classifications Water Resources Research 56 (1): [10.1029/2019wr025813]

Schroeder, R., J. M. Jacobs, E. Cho, et al. C. M. Olheiser, M. M. DeWeese, B. A. Connelly, M. H. Cosh, X. Jia, C. M. Vuyovich, and S. E. Tuttle. 2019. Comparison of Satellite Passive Microwave With Modeled Snow Water Equivalent Estimates in the Red River of the North Basin IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing 12 (9): 3233-3246 [10.1109/jstars.2019.2926058]

Gibson, S. A., K. Ramos, T. A. Dahl, J. B. Webber, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2019. Comparing Hydraulic and Hindcasting Ice Jam Models with Tree Scar Data ASCE Journal of Cold Regions Engineering 33 (3): pp. 11 [10.1061/(ASCE)CR.1943-5495.0000186]

Tuttle, S. E., J. M. Jacobs, C. M. Vuyovich, C. Olheiser, and E. Cho. 2018. Intercomparison of snow water equivalent observations in the Northern Great Plains Hydrological Processes 32 (6): 817-829 [10.1002/hyp.11459]

Vuyovich, C. M., J. M. Jacobs, C. A. Hiemstra, and E. J. Deeb. 2017. Effect of spatial variability of wet snow on modeled and observed microwave emissions Remote Sensing of Environment 198 310-320 [10.1016/j.rse.2017.06.016]

Carr, M., C. M. Vuyovich, and A. M. Tuthill. 2017. Benefit Analysis of Ice Control Structures in Oil City, Pennsylvania Journal of Cold Regions Engineering 31 (2): 05016003 [10.1061/(asce)cr.1943-5495.0000120]

Tuttle, S. E., E. Cho, P. J. Restrepo, et al. X. Jia, C. M. Vuyovich, M. H. Cosh, and J. M. Jacobs. 2016. Remote Sensing of Drivers of Spring Snowmelt Flooding in the North Central U.S. Remote Sensing of Hydrological Extremes 21-45 [10.1007/978-3-319-43744-6_2]

Follum, M. L., C. W. Downer, J. D. Niemann, S. M. Roylance, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2015. A radiation-derived temperature-index snow routine for the GSSHA hydrologic model Journal of Hydrology 529 723-736 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.08.044]

Vuyovich, C. M., J. M. Jacobs, and S. F. Daly. 2014. Comparison of passive microwave and modeled estimates of total watershed SWE in the continental United States Water Resources Research 50 (11): 9088-9102 [10.1002/2013wr014734]

Carr, M. L., and C. M. Vuyovich. 2014. Investigating the effects of long-term hydro-climatic trends on Midwest ice jam events Cold Regions Science and Technology 106-107 66-81 [10.1016/j.coldregions.2014.06.003]

Daly, S. F., C. M. Vuyovich, E. J. Deeb, et al. S. D. Newman, T. B. Baldwin, and J. J. Gagnon. 2012. Assessment of the snow conditions in the major watersheds of Afghanistan using multispectral and passive microwave remote sensing Hydrological Processes 26 (17): 2631-2642 [10.1002/hyp.9367]

Vuyovich, C., and J. M. Jacobs. 2011. Snowpack and runoff generation using AMSR-E passive microwave observations in the Upper Helmand Watershed, Afghanistan Remote Sensing of Environment 115 (12): 3313-3321 [10.1016/j.rse.2011.07.014]

Vuyovich, C. M., S. F. Daly, J. J. Gagnon, P. Weyrick, and M. Zaitsoff. 2009. Monitoring River Ice Conditions Using Web-Based Cameras Journal of Cold Regions Engineering 23 (1): 1-17 [10.1061/(asce)0887-381x(2009)23:1(1)]

Tuthill, A., K. White, C. Vuyovich, and L. Daniels. 2009. Effects of proposed dam removal on ice jamming and bridge scour on the Clark Fork River, Montana Cold Regions Science and Technology 55 (2): 186-194 [10.1016/j.coldregions.2008.09.004]


Vuyovich, C., H.-P. Marshall, S. L. Stuefer, et al. M. T. Durand, B. Osmanoglu, and K. Elder. 2021. Advancing Global SWE Observations Through the NASA SnowEx Campaign AGU Fall Meeting 2021

Kim, E., B. A. Forman, L. Wang, et al. J. Lemoigne-Stewart, S. Nag, S. Kumar, C. Vuyovich, B. Blair, and M. Hofton. 2019. Space-Time Coverage Scenarios for A Global Snow Satellite Constellation IGARSS 2019 - 2019 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Yokohama, Japan, 28 July - 2 August 2019 [10.1109/igarss.2019.8899017]

Vuyovich, C., E. Deeb, C. Polashenski, et al. Z. Courville, C. Hiemstra, A. Wagner, J. Eylander, and R. Davis. 2018. Snow Strategic Science Plan ERDC/CRREL Technical Report, TR-18-17 [10.21079/11681/29554]

Affleck, R., C. M. Vuyovich, M. A. Knuth, and S. F. Daly. 2012. Drainage assessment and flow monitoring at McMurdo Station during austral summer ERDC/CRREL TR-12-3

Vuyovich, C. M., and S. F. Daly. 2012. The Chena River Watershed Hydrology Model ERDC/CRREL Technical Report, TR-12-1

Vuyovich, C. M. 2011. Assessing the accuracy of passive microwave estimates of snow water equivalent in data-scarce regions for use in water resource applications ERDC-CRREL Technical report, TR-11-8

Daly, S. F., C. M. Vuyovich, and D. C. Finnegan. 2011. Situk River hydrology following closure of Russell Fiord by Hubbard Glacier ERDC/CRREL TR-11-05

Vuyovich, C. M., A. M. Tuthill, and J. J. Gagnon. 2009. Physical Model Study of Cross Vanes and Ice ERDC/CRREL TR-09-7

Vuyovich, C. M., and K. D. White. 2007. Evaluation of dam decommissioning in an ice-affected river case study ERDC/CRREL TR-07-18

Vuyovich, C. M., and K. D. White. 2006. Assessment of the Effectiveness of the Israel River Ice Control Structure, Lancaster , NH ERDC/CRREL TR-06-1

Daly, S. F., J. E. Friddell, K. F. Jones, and C. M. Vuyovich. 2004. Severe Winter Weather in the Continental U.S. and Global Climate Cycles ERDC/CRREL-TR 04-19