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Melanie B Follette-Cook


Melanie B Follette-Cook's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.614.5992
Org Code: 612
Mail Code 612
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Brief Bio

Dr. Melanie Follette-Cook is a research scientist in the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She is Project Scientist of the NASA Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program as well as a Health and Air Quality trainer. ARSET is part of the Earth Science Applied Science Capacity Building Program and provides cost-free training on NASA observations and tools.  Dr. Follette-Cook also serves as co-lead for aerosol applications for Atmosphere Observing System (AOS) mission. Her research focuses on using global and regional chemical models in combination with satellite, sub-orbital, and ground-based measurements, to explore the coupling between the biosphere and chemistry/climate with respect to fire activity and emissions, examine the evolution and variability of trace gases and aerosols across a variety of temporal and spatial scales, and inform future NASA satellite mission requirements.

Current Projects

Applied Remote Sensing Training (ARSET) Program

Earth Information System (EIS)

Atmosphere Observing System (AOS) Mission


Research Physical Scientist

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center - Greenbelt, MD

July 2022 - Present

Associate Research Scientist

Morgan State University / GESTAR - Greenbelt, MD

June 2009 - July 2022

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Naval Research Laboratory - Washington, DC

February 2007 - June 2009

Graduate Research Assistant

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science - University of Maryland - College Park, MD

August 2000 - January 2007


PhD Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, 2007, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MS Meteorology, 2002, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
BS - Biophysics, 2000, University of Scranton Scranton, PA
Minor - Mathematics


2021 - NASA Earth Sciences Division - Atmospheres - Outstanding Performance Award- Science,” For outstanding contributions in the formulation and writing of the Time-varying Optical Measurements of Clouds and Aerosol Transport (TOMCAT) EVM-3 proposal”.

2016 - NASA Earth Sciences Division - Atmospheres, Outstanding Performance Award- Technical Support, "For outstanding scientific performance on the DISCOVER-AQ field campaign and post-mission analysis and modeling".

2016 - Goddard Earth Sciences Technology and Research (GESTAR) Annual Excellence Award, "For support of the NASA Earth Venture Suborbital DISCOVER-AQ project for five years".

2006 - Postdoctoral Research Associateship Award, National Research Council, The National Academies.

2005 - Helmut Landsberg Student Service Award, University of Maryland, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science.

2000 - Joseph J. Harper Award for Excellence in Physics, University of Scranton, Department of Physics.



2023. "An observation-based, reduced-form model for oxidation in the remote marine troposphere." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 120 (34): [10.1073/pnas.2209735120] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Technical note: Constraining the hydroxyl (OH) radical in the tropics with satellite observations of its drivers – first steps toward assessing the feasibility of a global observation strategy." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 23 (11): 6319-6338 [10.5194/acp-23-6319-2023] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "A SmallSat Concept to Resolve Diurnal and Vertical Variations of Aerosols, Clouds, and Boundary Layer Height." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 104 (4): E815–E836 [10.1175/bams-d-21-0179.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "A machine learning methodology for the generation of a parameterization of the hydroxyl radical." Geoscientific Model Development 15 (16): 6341-6358 [10.5194/gmd-15-6341-2022] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Spatial and temporal variability in the hydroxyl (OH) radical: understanding the role of large-scale climate features and their influence on OH through its dynamical and photochemical drivers." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 21 (8): 6481-6508 [10.5194/acp-21-6481-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Assessment of NO2; observations during DISCOVER-AQ and KORUS-AQ field campaigns." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 13 (5): 2523-2546 [10.5194/amt-13-2523-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "The benefits of lower ozone due to air pollution emissions reductions (2002-2011) in the Eastern US during extreme heat." Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association [10.1080/10962247.2019.1694089] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Impact of the ARSET Program on Use of Remote-Sensing Data." ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 8 (6): 261 [10.3390/ijgi8060261] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Nitrogen dioxide observations from the Geostationary Trace gas and Aerosol Sensor Optimization (GeoTASO) airborne instrument: Retrieval algorithm and measurements during DISCOVER-AQ Texas 2013." Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 9 (6): 2647-2668 [10.5194/amt-9-2647-2016] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Spatial and temporal variability of trace gas columns derived from WRF/Chem regional model output: Planning for geostationary observations of atmospheric composition." Atmospheric Environment 118 28–44 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.07.024] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Evaluation of lightning-induced tropospheric ozone enhancements observed by ozone lidar and simulated by WRF/Chem." Atmospheric Environment 115 185-191 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.05.054] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Impact of Bay-Breeze Circulations on Surface Air Quality and Boundary Layer Export." J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 53 (7): 1697–1713 [10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0323.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "An elevated reservoir of air pollutants over the Mid-Atlantic States during the 2011 DISCOVER-AQ campaign: Airborne measurements and numerical simulations." Atmospheric Environment 85 18-30 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.11.039] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "A multi-decadal history of biomass burning plume heights identified using aerosol index measurements." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10 (14): 6461-6469 [10.5194/acp-10-6461-2010] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Classification of Northern Hemisphere stratospheric ozone and water vapor profiles by meteorological regime." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 9 5989-6003 [10.5194/acp-9-5989-2009] [Journal Article/Letter]

2006. "The total ozone field separated into meteorological regimes – Part II: Northern Hemisphere mid-latitude total ozone trends." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 6 (12): 5183-5191 [10.5194/acp-6-5183-2006] [Journal Article/Letter]

2003. "The Total Ozone Field Separated into Meteorological Regimes. Part I: Defining the Regimes." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 60 (14): 1669-1677 [10.1175/1520-0469(2003)060<1669:ttofsi>;2] [Journal Article/Letter]