Dr. Amber Elizabeth Emory

Dr. Amber Elizabeth Emory

  • RESEARCH AST, METEOROLOGICAL STUDIES
  • 301.614.6274 | 301.614.5492
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 612
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Current Projects

    Principal Investigator for the X-Band Atmospheric Doppler Ground-based Radar (X-BADGER)

    This project involves a rebuild of the ER-2 Doppler (EDOP), an X-band (9.6 GHz/3.123 cm) frequency radar and upgrade to a mobile platform. The radar is currently undergoing a major upgrade to a solid-state transmitter from the original traveling-wave tube. The operating system has also been upgraded to an open source platform.

    Global Precipitation Measurement Mission (GPM) Ground Validation

    I perform radar coupled with radiometer analyses of precipitating systems from various GPM field campaigns: MC3E (2011), IFloods (2013), and IPHEX (2014). This work involves developing new techniques for validation of radar data with satellite sensors, which involves comparison of aircraft data with ground-based radars. I also analyze polarimetric variables to further understand mesoscale convective systems, cloud system microphysics, and their relation to the hydrologic cycle.

    Positions/Employment

    6/2012 - Present

    Radar Meteorologist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD • Principal Investigator for the X-Band Atmospheric Doppler Ground-based Radar (X-BADGER) rebuild and upgrade to mobile platform. Implemented hardware and software upgrade to open source platform while delivering ahead of schedule and under budget.
    • Currently working in the High Altitude Radar Lab under the direction of Dr. Gerald Heymsfield in the Mesoscale Atmospheric Processes Laboratory (Code 612). Perform radar analyses and additional research with the NASA Polarimetric Radar (NPOL), the High-altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Airborne Profiler (HIWRAP), and the ER-2 Doppler Radar (EDOP) and actively participated in three field campaigns: GRIP (2010), MC3E (2011), HS3 (2012, 2013).
    • Also work with Dr. Walt Peterson developing new techniques for validation of radar data with satellite sensors as part of the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission’s Ground Validation (GV) efforts, which involves comparison of aircraft radar data (HIWRAP) with ground-based radars (NPOL, DoD CSAPR, XSAPR) to develop L0, L1, and L2 data products for radar data analysis evaluation.
    • Validate radar data and perform analysis of precipitation, WSR-88D dual-Doppler wind retrievals in landfalling hurricanes, and polarimetric variables to further understand mesoscale convective systems, cloud systems, microphysics and their relation to the hydrologic cycle. Research involves the study of precipitating atmospheric cloud systems such as mesoscale convective systems and tropical cyclones and the quantification of rainfall/precipitation type from satellite, airborne, and ground-based radar systems.

    11/2013 - Present

    Adjunct Faculty and Guest Lecturer

    Howard University, Washington, DC Research advisor and committee member for PhD student. Also teach graduate level courses in remote sensing, including radar and satellite meteorology.
    1/2009 - 6/2012

    NASA Co-op Student Trainee

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD Three years experience working in the High Altitude Radar Lab under the direction of Dr. Gerald Heymsfield. Research done using radar data and other ground instrumentation from the NASA African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses (NAMMA) field campaign directly contributed to PhD dissertation.
    8/2007 - 3/2012

    PhD Candidate

    Wind Science & Engineering Research Center. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Dissertation title: "The Collapse of Transitioning Mesoscale Systems off the Coast of West Africa and Links to Downstream Tropical Cyclogenesis"
    8/2007 - 12/2008

    NSF IGERT Fellow

    Wind Science & Engineering Research Center. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX PhD student in Wind Science & Engineering, with emphasis on remote sensing. Part of the fellowship included an internship at Howard University with Dr. Gregory Jenkins researching the links between West African mesoscale convective systems and Saharan Air Layer outbreaks. Also experienced with wind tunnel testing and system integration.
    8/2004 - 8/2007

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Master's student in Atmospheric Science, with emphasis on radar meteorology. Thesis title: "Analysis of 11 June 2003 Mesoscale Convective Vortex Genesis using Weather Surveillance Radar -1988 Doppler (WSR-88D)"
    6/2002 - 8/2005

    Research Student for SOARS (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science)

    National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO Started as an undergraduate and worked for four consecutive summers doing research in atmospheric chemistry and mesoscale meteorology. While in the program, I spent the summer of 2004 stationed at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, OK.

    Education

    PhD in Wind Science & Engineering from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX                                May 2012
    M.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from Texas A&M University, College Station, TX                   Decemeber 2007
    B.S. in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA                                   May 2004

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Emory, A. E., B. Demoz, K. C. Vermeesch, and M. Hicks. 2014. "Double bright band observations with high-resolution vertically pointing radar, lidar, and profilers." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119 (13): 8201-8211 [10.1002/2013JD020063]

    McLinden, M., J. Carswell, L. Li, et al. G. M. Heymsfield, A. E. Emory, J. I. Cervantes Morales, and L. Tian. 2013. "Utilizing Versatile Transmission Waveforms to Mitigate Pulse-Compression Range Sidelobes With the HIWRAP Radar." IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett., 10 (6): 1365-1368 [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2241729]

    Smith, J., A. E. Emory, A. Pratt, et al. S. Salack, B. Klotz, T. Battle, D. Grant, A. Diop, T. Fall, A. Gaye, D. Robertson, M. DeLonge, and S. Chan. 2012. "Observations of an 11 September Sahelian Squall Line and Saharan Air Layer Outbreak during NAMMA-06." International Journal of Geophysics, 2012 (153256): 1-14 [10.1155/2012/153256]

    Jenkins, G., P. Kucera, E. Joseph, et al. J. Fuente, A. Gaye, J. Gerlac, F. Roux, N. Viltard, M. Papazzoni, A. Protat, D. Bouniol, A. E. Emory, J. Arnault, D. Badiane, M. Camara, and S. Sall. 2010. "Coastal observations of weather features in Senegal during the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Special Observing Period 3." J. Geophys. Res., 115 (D18): D18108 [10.1029/2009JD013022]

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Understanding What can be Resolved with Polar-Orbiting Satellite Platforms for Fast Evolving Tropical Convective Systems 3 / 31 / 2014
    American Meteorological Society 31st Conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, San Diego, CA
    Observations of Deep Convection during MC3E using Ground-Based Radars and Airborne Radiometers and Implementation in GPM DPR Off-Nadir Simulations 9 / 16 / 2013
    American Meteorological Society 36th Conference on Radar Meteorology, Breckenridge, Colorado

    Selected Public Outreach

    Morgan State University STEM Education and Outreach Program 11 / 2012 - Present

    NASA HQ Outreach Assistant for Dr. Franco Einaudi, Retired Director of Earth System Science Division at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 2011 - Present

    NASA URC Research Mentor 6 / 2009 - Present

    Northern Virginia Community College "Summoning Our Future Scientists and Engineers" Panel Member 2011 - 2011

    Invited Speaker for Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Summer Program for High School Students at NASA Goddard 2010 - 2011

    Texas Tech Wind Science & Engineering Summer Internship Mentor 2008 - 2008
    Supervised upper-level undergraduate assisting with tornado damage assessment of Super Tuesday tornado outbreak data collected in coordination with ImageCat, Inc.
    Texas A&M Department of Atmospheric Science Geodiversity Summer Program 2006 - 2007
    I was the graduate student in charge of running the program, including selecting student applicants, arranging weekly schedule and faculty mentors for group projects, and acquiring room and board for students to stay on campus.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Emory, A. E., B. Demoz, K. C. Vermeesch, and M. Hicks. 2014. "Double bright band observations with high-resolution vertically pointing radar, lidar, and profilers." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 119 (13): 8201-8211 [10.1002/2013JD020063]

    McLinden, M., J. Carswell, L. Li, et al. G. M. Heymsfield, A. E. Emory, J. I. Cervantes Morales, and L. Tian. 2013. "Utilizing Versatile Transmission Waveforms to Mitigate Pulse-Compression Range Sidelobes With the HIWRAP Radar." IEEE Geosci. Remote Sensing Lett. 10 (6): 1365-1368 [10.1109/LGRS.2013.2241729]

    Smith, J., A. E. Emory, A. Pratt, et al. S. Salack, B. Klotz, T. Battle, D. Grant, A. Diop, T. Fall, A. Gaye, D. Robertson, M. DeLonge, and S. Chan. 2012. "Observations of an 11 September Sahelian Squall Line and Saharan Air Layer Outbreak during NAMMA-06." International Journal of Geophysics 2012 (153256): 1-14 [10.1155/2012/153256]

    Jenkins, G., P. Kucera, E. Joseph, et al. J. Fuente, A. Gaye, J. Gerlac, F. Roux, N. Viltard, M. Papazzoni, A. Protat, D. Bouniol, A. E. Emory, J. Arnault, D. Badiane, M. Camara, and S. Sall. 2010. "Coastal observations of weather features in Senegal during the African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis Special Observing Period 3." J. Geophys. Res. 115 (D18): D18108 [10.1029/2009JD013022]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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