Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Nikolay Balashov


Nikolay Balashov's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.2515
Org Code: 610.1
Mail Code 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771

Research Interests

Modeling and Observing Atmospheric Carbon

Earth Science: Carbon Cycle

Quantification of methane and carbon dioxide emissions using a variety of observing platforms (e.g. towers, aircrafts, and satellites) and corresponding models (e.g. NASA GEOS). I am interested in understanding uncertainties in methodologies such as inverse modeling and related statistical optimization techniques.

Modeling and Analysis of Air Quality

Earth Science: Ozone

Air quality prediction (particularly surface ozone) with statistical models, effects of meteorology on surface ozone, interpretation of probabilistic air quality forecasts.


Visiting Assistant Research Scientist

Department of Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at University of Maryland (UMD) - Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), Greenbelt, MD

April 2021 - Present

Evaluation and analysis of CO2 in NASA’s GEOS

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Pennsylvania State University (2015-2016)

Graded assignments and held office hours for Principles of Atmospheric Measurements class; helped teach and assisted in planning computer projects for Application of Computers to Meteorology class


The Pennsylvania State University; BS in Meteorology; December 2012

The Pennsylvania State University; BM in Music Composition; December 2012

The Pennsylvania State University; MS in Meteorology; December 2012

The Pennsylvania State University; PhD in Meteorology; December 2016


ACT-America NASA Group Achievement Award (2020)

3rd Place Poster Presentation, Physical Sciences and Mathematics Category, 30th Penn State Annual Graduate Student Exhibition (2015)

NASA SEAC4RS Group Achievement Award (2015)

1st Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation Session, 14th Penn State Annual Environmental Chemistry Student Symposium (2011)



2021. "The influence of near-field fluxes on seasonal carbon dioxide enhancements: results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX)." Carbon Balance and Management 16 (1): 4 [10.1186/s13021-020-00166-z] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Background heterogeneity and other uncertainties in estimating urban methane flux: results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX)." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 20 (7): 4545-4559 [10.5194/acp-20-4545-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2019. "Forward Modeling and Optimization of Methane Emissions in the South Central United States Using Aircraft Transects Across Frontal Boundaries." Geophysical Research Letters 46 (22): 13564-13573 [10.1029/2019gl084495] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Quantification of urban atmospheric boundary layer greenhouse gas dry mole fraction enhancements in the dormant season: Results from the Indianapolis Flux Experiment (INFLUX)." Elem Sci Anth 5 (0): 27 [10.1525/elementa.127] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Probabilistic Forecasting of Surface Ozone with a Novel Statistical Approach." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 56 (2): 297-316 [10.1175/jamc-d-16-0110.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Surface ozone variability and trends over the South African Highveld from 1990 to 2007." Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 119 (7): 4323-4342 [10.1002/2013jd020555] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Tropospheric ozone increases over the southern Africa region: bellwether for rapid growth in Southern Hemisphere pollution?." Atmos. Chem. Phys. 14 9855-9869 [10.5194/acp-14-9855-2014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Global distribution and trends of tropospheric ozone: An observation-based review." Elementa Sci. Anthropocene 2 000029 [doi:10.12952/journal.elementa.000029] [Journal Article/Letter]