Austin L Conaty

Austin L Conaty

  • PROGRAMMER/ANALYST
  • 301.614.6149 | 301.614.6297
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: SCIENCE SYSTEMS AND APPLICATIONS INC
  • Brief Bio

    Weather observer for the US Air Force 1981-1986 and DC Air National Guard from 1986-1989.  Student worker in UMCP Meteorology Department from 1987-1991 mainly working on network of computers for the department. 1991-1996 Faculty Research Assistant for Dept of Meteorology and UMCP. Since 1996 have been working in GMAO (was DAO) as data programmer and analyst.  Involved in monitoring of GEOS-5 real time DAS and forecast systems and have been involved in supporting SOLVE, POLARIS, and other recent campaigns like HS3, DISCOVER-AQ, ATTREX, SEAC4RS. ORACLES, and KORUS-AQ by providing customized GMAO forecast map products used to assist in flight planning of missions.

    Current Projects

    Monitoring of data assimilation observing system for Global Modeling and Assimilation Office


    Positions/Employment

    2/2012 - Present

    Programmer/Analyst

    SSAI at NASA's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
    5/1996 - 2/2012

    Programmer/Analyst

    SAIC at Data Assimilation Office (DAO) and then Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

    Education

    M.S. Meteorology in 1995 from University of Maryland College Park
    B.S. Physical Science in 1991 from University of Maryland College Park

    Professional Societies

    American Meteorological Society, 1989 - Present
    DC chapter of American Meteorological Society, 2005 - Present
    AGU, 1991 - Present

    Awards

    2015 - NASA Group Achievement Award to Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel. "For outstanding achievements of the  Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel (HS3) airborne mission to investigate the factors influencing hurricane intensity change."

    Other Professional Information

    Citation indices      All        Since 2011
    Citations              1860           1834
    h-index                    3                 3
    i10-index                 2                 1

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gelaro, R., W. McCarty, M. J. Suárez, et al. R. Todling, A. Molod, L. Takacs, C. Randles, A. Darmenov, M. G. Bosilovich, R. Reichle, K. Wargan, L. Coy, R. Cullather, C. Draper, S. Akella, V. Buchard, A. Conaty, A. da Silva, W. Gu, G.-K. Kim, R. Koster, R. Lucchesi, D. Merkova, J. E. Nielsen, G. Partyka, S. Pawson, W. Putman, M. Rienecker, S. D. Schubert, M. Sienkiewicz, and B. Zhao. 2017. "The Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 (MERRA-2)." Journal of Climate, 30: 5419–5454 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0758.1]

    Reichle, R. H., G. J. De Lannoy, Q. Liu, et al. J. V. Ardizzone, A. Colliander, A. Conaty, W. Crow, T. J. Jackson, L. A. Jones, J. S. Kimball, R. D. Koster, S. P. Mahanama, E. B. Smith, A. Berg, S. Bircher, D. Bosch, T. G. Caldwell, M. Cosh, C. D. Holifield Collins, K. H. Jensen, S. Livingston, E. Lopez-Baeza, J. Martínez-Fernández, H. McNairn, M. Moghaddam, A. Pacheco, T. Pellarin, J. Prueger, T. Rowlandson, M. Seyfried, P. Starks, Z. Su, M. Thibeault, R. van der Velde, J. Walker, X. Wu, and Y. Zeng. 2017. "Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using In Situ Measurements." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (10): 2621-2645 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0063.1]

    Reichle, R. H., G. J. De Lannoy, Q. Liu, et al. R. D. Koster, J. Kimball, W. Crow, J. V. Ardizzone, P. Chakraborty, D. W. Collins, A. L. Conaty, M. Girotto, L. Jones, J. Kolassa, H. P. Lievens, R. A. Lucchesi, and E. B. Smith. 2017. "Global Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using Assimilation Diagnostics." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18: 3217-3237 [10.1175/JHM-D-17-0130.1]

    Rienecker, M. M., M. J. Suarez, R. Gelaro, et al. R. Todling, J. Bacmeister, E. Liu, M. G. Bosilovich, S. D. Schubert, L. Takacs, G.-K. Kim, S. Bloom, J. Chen, D. Collins, A. Conaty, A. da Silva, W. Gu, J. Joiner, R. D. Koster, R. Lucchesi, A. Molod, T. Owens, S. Pawson, P. Pegion, C. R. Redder, R. H. Reichle, F. R. Robertson, A. G. Ruddick, M. Sienkiewicz, and J. Woollen. 2011. "MERRA: NASA’s Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications." J. Climate, 24 (14): 3624-3648 [10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00015.1]

    Conaty, A. L., J. C. Jusem, L. Takacs, D. Keyser, and R. Atlas. 2001. "The Structure and Evolution of Extratropical Cyclones, Fronts, Jet Streams, and the Tropopause in the GEOS General Circulation Model." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 82 (9): 1853-1867 [10.1175/1520-0477(2001)082<1853:tsaeoe>2.3.co;2]

    Brief Bio

    Weather observer for the US Air Force 1981-1986 and DC Air National Guard from 1986-1989.  Student worker in UMCP Meteorology Department from 1987-1991 mainly working on network of computers for the department. 1991-1996 Faculty Research Assistant for Dept of Meteorology and UMCP. Since 1996 have been working in GMAO (was DAO) as data programmer and analyst.  Involved in monitoring of GEOS-5 real time DAS and forecast systems and have been involved in supporting SOLVE, POLARIS, and other recent campaigns like HS3, DISCOVER-AQ, ATTREX, SEAC4RS. ORACLES, and KORUS-AQ by providing customized GMAO forecast map products used to assist in flight planning of missions.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Gelaro, R., W. McCarty, M. J. Suárez, et al. R. Todling, A. Molod, L. Takacs, C. Randles, A. Darmenov, M. G. Bosilovich, R. Reichle, K. Wargan, L. Coy, R. Cullather, C. Draper, S. Akella, V. Buchard, A. Conaty, A. da Silva, W. Gu, G.-K. Kim, R. Koster, R. Lucchesi, D. Merkova, J. E. Nielsen, G. Partyka, S. Pawson, W. Putman, M. Rienecker, S. D. Schubert, M. Sienkiewicz, and B. Zhao. 2017. "The Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications, Version 2 (MERRA-2)." Journal of Climate 30 5419–5454 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0758.1]

    Reichle, R. H., G. J. De Lannoy, Q. Liu, et al. J. V. Ardizzone, A. Colliander, A. Conaty, W. Crow, T. J. Jackson, L. A. Jones, J. S. Kimball, R. D. Koster, S. P. Mahanama, E. B. Smith, A. Berg, S. Bircher, D. Bosch, T. G. Caldwell, M. Cosh, C. D. Holifield Collins, K. H. Jensen, S. Livingston, E. Lopez-Baeza, J. Martínez-Fernández, H. McNairn, M. Moghaddam, A. Pacheco, T. Pellarin, J. Prueger, T. Rowlandson, M. Seyfried, P. Starks, Z. Su, M. Thibeault, R. van der Velde, J. Walker, X. Wu, and Y. Zeng. 2017. "Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using In Situ Measurements." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (10): 2621-2645 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0063.1]

    Reichle, R. H., G. J. De Lannoy, Q. Liu, et al. R. D. Koster, J. Kimball, W. Crow, J. V. Ardizzone, P. Chakraborty, D. W. Collins, A. L. Conaty, M. Girotto, L. Jones, J. Kolassa, H. P. Lievens, R. A. Lucchesi, and E. B. Smith. 2017. "Global Assessment of the SMAP Level-4 Surface and Root-Zone Soil Moisture Product Using Assimilation Diagnostics." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 3217-3237 [10.1175/JHM-D-17-0130.1]

    Rienecker, M. M., M. J. Suarez, R. Gelaro, et al. R. Todling, J. Bacmeister, E. Liu, M. G. Bosilovich, S. D. Schubert, L. Takacs, G.-K. Kim, S. Bloom, J. Chen, D. Collins, A. Conaty, A. da Silva, W. Gu, J. Joiner, R. D. Koster, R. Lucchesi, A. Molod, T. Owens, S. Pawson, P. Pegion, C. R. Redder, R. H. Reichle, F. R. Robertson, A. G. Ruddick, M. Sienkiewicz, and J. Woollen. 2011. "MERRA: NASA’s Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis for Research and Applications." J. Climate 24 (14): 3624-3648 [10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00015.1]

    Conaty, A. L., J. C. Jusem, L. Takacs, D. Keyser, and R. Atlas. 2001. "The Structure and Evolution of Extratropical Cyclones, Fronts, Jet Streams, and the Tropopause in the GEOS General Circulation Model." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 82 (9): 1853-1867 [10.1175/1520-0477(2001)082<1853:tsaeoe>2.3.co;2]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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