Abhishek Chatterjee

Abhishek Chatterjee

  • SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.7870 | 301.614.6246
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Chatterjee is a Scientist at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), primarily working on carbon cycle dynamics and carbon-climate feedback problems. Prior to joining GMAO, he was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He received his PhD ('12) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor working with Anna Michalak and Richard Rood. During this time, he also spent a couple of years as a Visiting Investigator at the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (Stanford University). 

    Research Interests

    Constraining Carbon-Climate Feedback using Contemporary Observations

    Dr. Chatterjee's research interests include global carbon cycle dynamics, carbon-climate feedbacks, and coupled biosphere-atmosphere dynamics. His research aims to further the understanding of global carbon cycle processes and the ability to predict future co-evolution of atmospheric CO2 concentrations and climate

    Current Projects

    Carbon-climate dynamics

    Understanding the interactions between climate variability and the carbon cycle, with specific focus on the processes that maintain and alter the composition of the atmosphere and the climate
     

    Coupling between the carbon and the water cycle

    Understanding the linkages between carbon and the hydrological cycle over "hotspots" (e.g., high-latitudes, Tropics) by exploiting the synergy between NASA's remote-sensing missions (OCO-2 and SMAP) and field campaigns (ABoVE)
     

    Next-gen remote sensing missions to observe the carbon cycle

    Developing and implementing Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE) efforts to define NASA's next-generation of missions for observing greenhouse gases from space
     

    Education

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Environmental Engineering                                          PhD  2012
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Environmental and Water Resources Engineering      MSE 2007
    Delhi College of Engineering, New Delhi     Civil and Environmental Engineering                            BE    2006

    Positions/Employment

    11/2017 - Present

    Scientist III

    USRA GESTAR/GMAO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    1/2015 - 11/2017

    Scientist II

    USRA GESTAR/GMAO, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    1/2013 - 12/2014

    NOAA CGC Postdoctoral Fellow

    UCAR, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO  

    Publications

    Refereed

    Fisher, J., D. J. Hayes, C. R. Schwalm, et al. D. N. Huntzinger, E. Stofferahn, K. Schaefer, Y. Luo, S. D. Wullschleger, S. Goetz, C. E. Miller, P. Griffith, S. Chadburn, A. Chatterjee, P. Ciais, T. Douglas, H. Genet, A. Ito, C. Neigh, B. Poulter, B. Rogers, O. Sonnentag, H. Tian, W. Wang, Y. Xue, Z.-L. Yang, and N. Zeng. 2018. "Missing pieces to modeling the Arctic-Boreal puzzle." Environmental Research Letters, [10.1088/1748-9326/aa9d9a]

    Zhang, Z., N. E. Zimmermann, L. Calle, et al. G. Hurtt, A. Chatterjee, and B. Poulter. 2018. "Enhanced response of global wetland methane emissions to the 2015-2016 El Niño-Southern Oscillation event." Environmental Research Letters, (In Press) [10.1088/1748-9326/aac939]

    Chatterjee, A., M. M. Gierach, A. J. Sutton, et al. R. A. Feely, D. Crisp, A. Eldering, M. R. Gunson, C. W. O’Dell, B. B. Stephens, and D. S. Schimel. 2017. "Influence of El Niño on atmospheric CO2over the tropical Pacific Ocean: Findings from NASA’s OCO-2 mission." Science, 358 (6360): eaam5776 [10.1126/science.aam5776]

    Eldering, A., P. O. Wennberg, D. Crisp, et al. D. S. Schimel, M. R. Gunson, A. Chatterjee, J. Liu, F. M. Schwandner, Y. Sun, C. W. O’Dell, C. Frankenberg, T. Taylor, B. Fisher, G. B. Osterman, D. Wunch, J. Hakkarainen, J. Tamminen, and B. Weir. 2017. "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 early science investigations of regional carbon dioxide fluxes." Science, 358 (6360): eaam5745 [10.1126/science.aam5745]

    Patra, P. K., D. Crisp, J. W. Kaiser, et al. D. Wunch, T. Saeki, K. Ichii, T. Sekiya, P. O. Wennberg, D. G. Feist, D. F. Pollard, D. W. Griffith, V. A. Velazco, M. De Maziere, M. K. Sha, C. Roehl, A. Chatterjee, and K. Ishijima. 2017. "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) tracks 2–3 peta-gram increase in carbon release to the atmosphere during the 2014–2016 El Niño." Scientific Reports, 7 (1): 13567 [10.1038/s41598-017-13459-0]

    Chatterjee, A., R. J. Engelen, S. R. Kawa, C. Sweeney, and A. M. Michalak. 2013. "Background error covariance estimation for atmospheric CO2 data assimilation." Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 118 (17): 10140-10154 [10.1002/jgrd.50654 ]

    Chatterjee, A., and A. M. Michalak. 2013. "Technical Note: Comparison of ensemble Kalman filter and variational approaches for CO2 data assimilation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13: 11643-11660 [10.5194/acp-13-11643-2013 ]

    Chatterjee, A., A. M. Michalak, J. L. Anderson, K. L. Mueller, and V. Yadav. 2012. "Towards reliable ensemble Kalman filter estimates of CO2 fluxes." Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 117 (D22306): [10.1029/2012JD018176]

    Chatterjee, A., A. M. Michalak, R. A. Kahn, et al. S. R. Paradise, A. J. Braverman, and C. E. Miller. 2010. "A geostatistical data fusion technique for merging remote sensing and ground-based observations of aerosol optical thickness." J. Geophys. Res., 115 (D20): D08201 [10.1029/2009JD013765]

    Grants

    01/01/2017 - 12/31/2020 Terrestrial Ecology: An Airborne Campaign for the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE), NASA

    GEOS-5 Forecasting and Modeling in support of ABoVE airborne research 

    ; Principal Investigator ; 0.25 FTE
    08/01/2016 - 07/31/2019 Science Utilization of the SMAP Mission, NASA

    Use of SMAP observations with OCO-2 data to understand the Carbon-Water cycle coupling 

    ; Principal Investigator ; 0.25 FTE
    04/01/2018 - 03/31/2021 Science Team for the OCO-2 Mission, NASA

    Observing and validating carbon-climate feedbacks with OCO-2 

    ; Co-Principal Investigator ; 0.25 FTE

    Awards

    (selected few - see CV for comprehensive list)

    • NASA Group Achievement Award, OCO2 Science Team Member, NASA, 2018
    • GESTAR Excellence Award, Universities Space Research Association, 2018
    • Outstanding Scientific Contribution by a new GMAO member, NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, 2016-2017
    • AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science Recipient, 2012-2014
    • Distinguished Leadership Award, College of Engineering, University of Michigan, 2008

     

    Professional Societies

    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2012 - Present
    American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2007 - Present
    European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2013 - Present
    American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2010 - Present
    Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), 2010 - Present

    Professional Service

    National Service (selected few, see CV for comprehensive list)

    Committee Member

    • Committee on Atmospheric Chemistry, Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC), American Meteorological Society (AMS)
    • Falkenberg Award Selection Committee, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

    NASA Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment Program (ABoVE)

    • Co-Chair, Carbon Dynamics Working Group
    • Guest Editor, ERL Special Issue/Collection on Resiliency and Vulnerability of Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems to Environmental Change: Advances and Outcomes of ABoVE

    North American Carbon Program (NACP)

    • Member, 2017 NACP Principal Investigators’ Planning Committee
    • 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2), US Climate Change Science Program
      • Co-lead on Chapter 19 - Future of the North American Carbon Cycle
      • Co-author on Chapter 8 – Atmosphere

    Scientific Research Proposal Review Panel Member, 2013 - present

    • Department of Energy Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research
    • NOAA Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections Program
    • European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant
    • NOAA Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle and Climate (AC4) Program
    • NASA Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) Program
    • NASA ROSES Carbon Cycle Science Solicitation Program
    • NASA Earth and Space Science (graduate student) Fellowships

    Journal Reviewer, 2012 - present

    • Nature Climate Change, Journal of Geophysical Research (Atmospheres), Journal of Geophysical Research (Biogeosciences), Monthly Weather Review, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics

    Co-organizer and convener

    • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Session titled “Constraining Biosphere-Atmosphere Exchange using Remote-sensing and In Situ Networks” with M. Goeckede (MPI-BGC), A. Schuh (CSU), T. Lauvaux (Penn State Univ.), 2011 - present
    • American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, Session titled “The Resilience and Vulnerability of Arctic and Boreal Ecosystems to Climate Change” with N. Boelman (LDEO/Columbia Univ.), M. Mack (NAU) and P. Griffith (GSFC), 2017 - present
    • American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Session titled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Quantifying Uncertainties in Measurements and Models and Resultant Climate Impacts” with S. Denning (CSU), S. Crowell (OU), and B. Moore III (OU), 2015 - present

    Universities Space Research Association Service

    • GESTAR People Committee, 2015 - 2016
    • Panel Member, Science Career Panel, Mosaics in Science Career Workshop, National Park Service, 2016

    Other Professional Information

    ORCID ID:           0000-0002-3680-0160

    ResearcherID:     E-6296-2017

    Publons:              https://publons.com/a/1327572

    Google Scholar:  https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SvycV6QAAAAJ&hl=en

    Research Gate:  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Abhishek_Chatterjee7

    Teaching Experience

    Short Courses Taught

    Data Assimilation in Biogeochemical Cycles
    Location: Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy
    Dates: September 21-27, 2014
    Role: Lecturer for atmospheric greenhouse gas inversion and measurement network design
    Enrollment: 42 graduate students

    ASP Summer Colloquium on Carbon-Climate Connections in the Earth System
    Location: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado
    Dates: August 2, 2013
    Role: Co-Instructor with David Schimel (JPL), Matthew Long (NCAR) and Britton Stephens (NCAR) for tutorial session on atmospheric flux constraints
    Enrollment: 25 graduate students

    Workshop on Geostatistical Inverse Modeling
    Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Dates: August 3-6, 2009
    Role: Co-Instructor with Anna Michalak (CIS/Stanford Univ.) for hands-on session on
    inverse modeling
    Enrollment: 12 researchers, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students

    Courses Taught at the University of Michigan

    CEE 270: Statistical Methods for Data Analysis and Uncertainty Modeling
    Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Dates: Fall 2008
    Role: Graduate Student Instructor - responsibilities included developing assignments and teaching MINITAB for the laboratory section, holding office hours, grading midterm and final examination papers
    Enrollment: 54 undergraduate students

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Chatterjee is a Scientist at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), primarily working on carbon cycle dynamics and carbon-climate feedback problems. Prior to joining GMAO, he was a NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-2014) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He received his PhD ('12) from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor working with Anna Michalak and Richard Rood. During this time, he also spent a couple of years as a Visiting Investigator at the Carnegie Department of Global Ecology (Stanford University). 

    Publications

    Refereed

    Fisher, J., D. J. Hayes, C. R. Schwalm, et al. D. N. Huntzinger, E. Stofferahn, K. Schaefer, Y. Luo, S. D. Wullschleger, S. Goetz, C. E. Miller, P. Griffith, S. Chadburn, A. Chatterjee, P. Ciais, T. Douglas, H. Genet, A. Ito, C. Neigh, B. Poulter, B. Rogers, O. Sonnentag, H. Tian, W. Wang, Y. Xue, Z.-L. Yang, and N. Zeng. 2018. "Missing pieces to modeling the Arctic-Boreal puzzle." Environmental Research Letters [10.1088/1748-9326/aa9d9a]

    Zhang, Z., N. E. Zimmermann, L. Calle, et al. G. Hurtt, A. Chatterjee, and B. Poulter. 2018. "Enhanced response of global wetland methane emissions to the 2015-2016 El Niño-Southern Oscillation event." Environmental Research Letters (In Press) [10.1088/1748-9326/aac939]

    Chatterjee, A., M. M. Gierach, A. J. Sutton, et al. R. A. Feely, D. Crisp, A. Eldering, M. R. Gunson, C. W. O’Dell, B. B. Stephens, and D. S. Schimel. 2017. "Influence of El Niño on atmospheric CO2over the tropical Pacific Ocean: Findings from NASA’s OCO-2 mission." Science 358 (6360): eaam5776 [10.1126/science.aam5776]

    Eldering, A., P. O. Wennberg, D. Crisp, et al. D. S. Schimel, M. R. Gunson, A. Chatterjee, J. Liu, F. M. Schwandner, Y. Sun, C. W. O’Dell, C. Frankenberg, T. Taylor, B. Fisher, G. B. Osterman, D. Wunch, J. Hakkarainen, J. Tamminen, and B. Weir. 2017. "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 early science investigations of regional carbon dioxide fluxes." Science 358 (6360): eaam5745 [10.1126/science.aam5745]

    Patra, P. K., D. Crisp, J. W. Kaiser, et al. D. Wunch, T. Saeki, K. Ichii, T. Sekiya, P. O. Wennberg, D. G. Feist, D. F. Pollard, D. W. Griffith, V. A. Velazco, M. De Maziere, M. K. Sha, C. Roehl, A. Chatterjee, and K. Ishijima. 2017. "The Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) tracks 2–3 peta-gram increase in carbon release to the atmosphere during the 2014–2016 El Niño." Scientific Reports 7 (1): 13567 [10.1038/s41598-017-13459-0]

    Chatterjee, A., R. J. Engelen, S. R. Kawa, C. Sweeney, and A. M. Michalak. 2013. "Background error covariance estimation for atmospheric CO2 data assimilation." Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres 118 (17): 10140-10154 [10.1002/jgrd.50654 ]

    Chatterjee, A., and A. M. Michalak. 2013. "Technical Note: Comparison of ensemble Kalman filter and variational approaches for CO2 data assimilation." Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 13 11643-11660 [10.5194/acp-13-11643-2013 ]

    Chatterjee, A., A. M. Michalak, J. L. Anderson, K. L. Mueller, and V. Yadav. 2012. "Towards reliable ensemble Kalman filter estimates of CO2 fluxes." Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres 117 (D22306): [10.1029/2012JD018176]

    Chatterjee, A., A. M. Michalak, R. A. Kahn, et al. S. R. Paradise, A. J. Braverman, and C. E. Miller. 2010. "A geostatistical data fusion technique for merging remote sensing and ground-based observations of aerosol optical thickness." J. Geophys. Res. 115 (D20): D08201 [10.1029/2009JD013765]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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