Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Lauren M. Zamora

(Assistant Research Scientist)

Lauren M. Zamora's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.6353
Org Code: 613
Mail Code 613
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Zamora is an Associate Research Scientist at ESSIC (the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland) and a contractor in the Climate and Radiation Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She studies a combination of interactions between aerosols, clouds, climate, and marine biogeochemistry. Dr. Zamora holds a Ph.D. in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry from the University of Miami.



Ph.D. (2010) Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Miami

B.S. with Honors (2004) Environmental Science and Policy, University of Maryland, College Park



2023. "A review of the factors influencing Arctic mixed-phase clouds: progress and outlook." Clouds and their Climatic Impacts: Radiation, Circulation, and Precipitation 103-132 [Full Text] [10.1002/9781119700357.ch5] [Article in Book]

2022. "Comparisons between the distributions of dust and combustion aerosols in MERRA-2, FLEXPART, and CALIPSO and implications for deposition freezing over wintertime Siberia." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 22 (18): 12269--12285 [10.5194/acp-22-12269-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Saharan dust aerosols change deep convective cloud prevalence, possibly by inhibiting marine new particle formation." Journal of Climate 33 (21): 9467-9480 [10.1175/jcli-d-20-0083.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Anthropogenic nitrogen inputs and impacts on oceanic N2O fluxes in the northern Indian Ocean: The need for an integrated observation and modelling approach." Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 166 104-113 [10.1016/j.dsr2.2019.03.007] [Journal Article/Letter]

2018. "A satellite-based estimate of combustion aerosol cloud microphysical effects over the Arctic Ocean." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 18 (20): 14949-14964 [10.5194/acp-18-14949-2018] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Observation- and model-based estimates of particulate dry nitrogen deposition to the oceans." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (13): 8189--8210 [10.5194/acp-17-8189-2017] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Aerosol indirect effects on the nighttime Arctic Ocean surface from thin, predominantly liquid clouds." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17 (12): 7311-7332 [10.5194/acp-17-7311-2017] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "A reevaluation of the magnitude and impacts of anthropogenic atmospheric nitrogen inputs on the ocean." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 31 289–305 [10.1002/2016gb005586] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Oceanic nitrogen cycling and N2O flux perturbations in the Anthropocene." Global Biogeochemical Cycles 31 [10.1002/2017GB005633] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Aircraft-measured indirect cloud effects from biomass burning smoke in the Arctic and subarctic." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16 (2): 715-738 [10.5194/acp-16-715-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Surface nitrification: a major uncertainty in marine N2O emissions." Geophysical Research Letters 41 (12): 4247-4253 [10.1002/2014GL060556] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "INTERCAL: Results from the 2008 GEOTRACES aerosol intercalibration study." Limnology and Oceanography: Methods 11 62-78 [doi:10.4319/lom.2013.11.62] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Atmospheric P deposition to the subtropical North Atlantic: sources, properties, and relationship to N deposition." Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres 118 1546-1562 [doi:10.1002/jgrd.50187] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Nitrous oxide dynamics in low oxygen regions of the Pacific: Insights from the MEMENTO database." Biogeosciences 9 5007-5022 [doi:10.5194/bg-9-5007-2012] [Journal Article/Letter]

2012. "Atmospheric fluxes of organic N and P to the global ocean." Global Biogeochem. Cycles 26 (3): GB3026 [10.1029/2011GB004277] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Organic nitrogen in aerosols and precipitation at Barbados and Miami: implications regarding sources, transport and deposition to the subtropical North Atlantic." Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres 116 D20309 [doi:10.1029/2011JD015660] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Atmospheric deposition of nutrients and excess N formation in the North Atlantic." Biogeosciences 7 (777-793): [doi:10.5194/bg-7-777-2010] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Impacts of atmospheric anthropogenic nitrogen on the open ocean." Science 320 893-897 [doi:10.1126/science.1150369] [Journal Article/Letter]

2007. "Assessment of excess nitrate development in the subtropical North Atlantic." Marine Chemistry 106 562-579 [doi:10.1016/j.marchem.2007.06.005] [Journal Article/Letter]


2021. "US SOLAS Science Report." [10.1575/1912/27821] [Report]

2020. "Arctic Radiation-Cloud-Aerosol-Surface Interaction Experiment (ARCSIX): Concept Paper for NASA Aircraft Investigation." NASA Earth Science Project Office [Full Text] [Report]

2011. "Phosphorus stress induced by atmospheric deposition to the surface waters of the subtropical North Atlantic." SOLAS Newsletter 13 34-36 [Newsletter]

Special Experience

Member of the Arctic Radiation-Cloud-Aerosol-Surface Interaction Experiment (ARCSIX) science and leadership team


Aerosol forecasting constrained with satellite data to support flight planning as well as ARCSIX remote sensing, modeling, and cloud life cycle research objectives

Arctic Radiation-Cloud-Aerosol-Surface Interaction Experiment - NASA - Awarded: 2022-09-11

Aerosol microphysical effects on clouds in a warming Arctic

CloudSat and CALIPSO Science Team Recompete - NASA - Awarded: 2022-05-24

Characterizing and quantifying the impacts of Arctic marine aerosol emissions on low, liquid-containing clouds

Atmospheric Composition: Modeling and Analysis Program - NASA - Awarded: 2019-03-15

Dates: 2019-07-07  - 2022-09-10

Global aerosol type maps – the next generation

Atmospheric Composition: Aura Science Team and Atmospheric Composition Modeling and Analysis Program - NASA - Awarded: 2017-03-15

Dates: 2017-03-15  - 2019-06-30

Effects of biomass burning aerosols on Arctic net cloud indirect radiation

NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship - NASA Postdoctoral Program at Goddard Space Flight Center, administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities through a contract with NASA - Awarded: 2014-02-03

Dates: 2014-02-03  - 2017-01-02

Synthesis of marine N2O scenarios

SOPRAN Phase III - German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) - Awarded: 2013-02-01

Dates: 2013-02-01  - 2016-01-31

Other Professional Information


  • L. Zamora, N. Evangeliou*, C. Groot Zwaaftink, R. Kahn (2022), FLEXPART black carbon aerosol L4 global daily 1 x 1 degrees, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), 10.5067/XZOC4FV8LV3A
  • L. Zamora, N. Evangeliou*, C. Groot Zwaaftink, R. Kahn (2022), FLEXPART organic carbon aerosol L4 global daily 1 x 1 degrees, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), 10.5067/L4CD2D15VU2G
  • L. Zamora, C. Groot Zwaaftink*, N. Evangeliou, R. Kahn (2022), FLEXPART dust aerosol L4 global daily 1 x 1 degrees, Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC), 10.5067/3QGSHO836JHP

*Generated model output


  • NASA GSFC Earth Science Division Atmospheres best senior author publication (2021)
  • NASA GSFC Climate and Radiation Laboratory best first-authored paper (2018)
  • Young scientist fellowship, 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (2015)