Dr. Abdullah Al Fahad

Dr. Abdullah Al Fahad

  • Post Doctoral Associate
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
  • Brief Bio

    I have graduated with a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics from George Mason University in Fall 2020 and joined NASA GSFC at Global Modeling and Assimilation office in December 2020. I like working with numerical models and topics related to Atmospheric Physics. I enjoy using programming tools to analyze big data and finding patterns. My research interest includes but is not limited to large-scale atmospheric circulation, seasonal to decadal variations in large-scale atmospheric properties, and climate response to forcing from anthropogenic and natural sources.

    Research Interests

    Air-sea interaction

    Annual to decadal climate prediction

    Atmospheric circulation

    Climate Change

    Hydrological cycle

    Numerical climate modeling

    Extreme events

    Current Projects

    Annual to decadal climate projection

    Air-Sea-Ice interaction, Climate model development, High resolution climate modeling, Annual to decadal climate prediction. My current project at Goddard focuses on satellite data assimilation with NASA GEOS and MITgcm model to improve annual to decadal climate projection, collaborated with MIT, NASA JPL, and UT at Austin.


    Positions/Employment

    12/2020 - Present

    Post-Doctoral Scientist

    GMAO, NASA GSFC, Maryland

    •High resolution climate modeling.

    •Annual to Decadal climate prediction.

    •Air-sea-ice interaction.

    •Use climate model, satellite data to do data assimilation for climate prediction.

    8/2016 - 11/2020

    Research Assistant

    Dept. of AOES, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

    •The Influence of Tropical Diabatic Heating and Midlatitude Static Stability on Large scale Atmospheric circultaion.

    •Air-sea interaction

    •Analyzing “big data” through time series hindcasting and statistical predictive modeling.

    •Employing numerical climate models to assess the influence of climate change.

    •Implementing statistical and numerical modeling to analyze large scale atmospheric circulation.

    •Analyzing multiple models (CMIP, deepMIP) to understand climate change, and climate sensitivity.

    Education

    Fall 2016 – Fall 2020: Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics, Department of AOES, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

    Thesis title: “The Influence of Tropical Diabatic Heating and Midlatitude Static Stability on Subtropical

    Anticyclones”, Advisor: Dr. Natalie Burls.


    Spring 2010 - Spring 2015: B.Sc. Hons. in Physics, Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.

    Professional Societies

    american meteorological society, 2016 - Present
    American Geophysical Union, 2016 - Present

    Awards

    • GMU Dean’s Graduate Award for Excellence in Research (2020-2021 academic year).

    • Summer 2020 Research Fellowship – George Mason University (February 2020).

    • Chandra J. Shukla Fellowship awarded for high research productivity & community outreach (October 2019).

    • Grant to attend CMIP6 Hackathon at National Center for Atmospheric Research (October 2019).

    • Grant to attend CESM workshop at National Center for Atmospheric Research (August 2017).

    Publications

    Refereed

    Strobach, E., P. Klein, A. Molod, et al. A. A. Fahad, A. Trayanov, D. Menemenlis, and H. Torres. 2022. "Local Air‐Sea Interactions at Ocean Mesoscale and Submesoscale in a Western Boundary Current." Geophysical Research Letters, 49 (7): [10.1029/2021gl097003]

    Fahad, A. A., B. Singh, M. Kamal, et al. T. Ahmed, M. Kibria, and N. R. Chowdhury. 2021. "The Role of Local Topography and Sea Surface Temperature on Summer Monsoon Precipitation over Bangladesh and North‐East India." International Journal of Climatology, [10.1002/joc.7490]

    Fahad, A. A., and N. J. Burls. 2021. "The influence of direct radiative forcing versus indirect sea surface temperature warming on southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones under global warming." Climate Dynamics, [10.1007/s00382-021-06006-1]

    Simpson, I. R., K. A. McKinnon, F. V. Davenport, et al. M. Tingley, F. Lehner, A. Al Fahad, and D. Chen. 2021. "Emergent constraints on the large scale atmospheric circulation and regional hydroclimate: do they still work in CMIP6 and how much can they actually constrain the future?" Journal of Climate, 1-62 [10.1175/jcli-d-21-0055.1]

    Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, E. T. Swenson, and D. M. Straus. 2021. "The Influence of South Pacific Convergence Zone Heating on the South Pacific Subtropical Anticyclone." Journal of Climate, 34 (10): 3787-3798 [10.1175/jcli-d-20-0509.1]

    Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, and Z. Strasberg. 2020. "How will southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones respond to global warming? Mechanisms and seasonality in CMIP5 and CMIP6 model projections." Climate Dynamics, 55 (3-4): 703-718 [10.1007/s00382-020-05290-7]

    Swenson, E. T., D. M. Straus, C. E. Snide, and A. A. Fahad. 2019. "The Role of Tropical Heating and Internal Variability in the California Response to the 2015/16 ENSO Event." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 76 (10): 3115-3128 [10.1175/jas-d-19-0064.1]

    Burls, N. J., R. C. Blamey, B. A. Cash, et al. E. T. Swenson, A. A. Fahad, M.-J. M. Bopape, D. M. Straus, and C. J. Reason. 2019. "The Cape Town “Day Zero” drought and Hadley cell expansion." npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, 2 (1): 27 [10.1038/s41612-019-0084-6]

    Selected Public Outreach

    Summer 2017- 2020: Mentor (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA)- 6 / 2017 - Present


    •Mentored ASSIP (Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program) interns.

    •Taught climate physics concepts and scientific programming languages to interns.

    •Lead teams of students in organizing and presenting their projects at the end of their internships.

    Brief Bio

    I have graduated with a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics from George Mason University in Fall 2020 and joined NASA GSFC at Global Modeling and Assimilation office in December 2020. I like working with numerical models and topics related to Atmospheric Physics. I enjoy using programming tools to analyze big data and finding patterns. My research interest includes but is not limited to large-scale atmospheric circulation, seasonal to decadal variations in large-scale atmospheric properties, and climate response to forcing from anthropogenic and natural sources.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Strobach, E., P. Klein, A. Molod, et al. A. A. Fahad, A. Trayanov, D. Menemenlis, and H. Torres. 2022. "Local Air‐Sea Interactions at Ocean Mesoscale and Submesoscale in a Western Boundary Current." Geophysical Research Letters 49 (7): [10.1029/2021gl097003]

    Fahad, A. A., B. Singh, M. Kamal, et al. T. Ahmed, M. Kibria, and N. R. Chowdhury. 2021. "The Role of Local Topography and Sea Surface Temperature on Summer Monsoon Precipitation over Bangladesh and North‐East India." International Journal of Climatology [10.1002/joc.7490]

    Fahad, A. A., and N. J. Burls. 2021. "The influence of direct radiative forcing versus indirect sea surface temperature warming on southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones under global warming." Climate Dynamics [10.1007/s00382-021-06006-1]

    Simpson, I. R., K. A. McKinnon, F. V. Davenport, et al. M. Tingley, F. Lehner, A. Al Fahad, and D. Chen. 2021. "Emergent constraints on the large scale atmospheric circulation and regional hydroclimate: do they still work in CMIP6 and how much can they actually constrain the future?" Journal of Climate 1-62 [10.1175/jcli-d-21-0055.1]

    Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, E. T. Swenson, and D. M. Straus. 2021. "The Influence of South Pacific Convergence Zone Heating on the South Pacific Subtropical Anticyclone." Journal of Climate 34 (10): 3787-3798 [10.1175/jcli-d-20-0509.1]

    Fahad, A. A., N. J. Burls, and Z. Strasberg. 2020. "How will southern hemisphere subtropical anticyclones respond to global warming? Mechanisms and seasonality in CMIP5 and CMIP6 model projections." Climate Dynamics 55 (3-4): 703-718 [10.1007/s00382-020-05290-7]

    Swenson, E. T., D. M. Straus, C. E. Snide, and A. A. Fahad. 2019. "The Role of Tropical Heating and Internal Variability in the California Response to the 2015/16 ENSO Event." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 76 (10): 3115-3128 [10.1175/jas-d-19-0064.1]

    Burls, N. J., R. C. Blamey, B. A. Cash, et al. E. T. Swenson, A. A. Fahad, M.-J. M. Bopape, D. M. Straus, and C. J. Reason. 2019. "The Cape Town “Day Zero” drought and Hadley cell expansion." npj Climate and Atmospheric Science 2 (1): 27 [10.1038/s41612-019-0084-6]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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