Fadji Zaouna Maina

Fadji Zaouna Maina

  • Associate Scientist, Earth Sciences
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE CO
  • Brief Bio

    Fadji Zaouna Maina is an Associate Research Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her Ph.D. in Hydrology in 2016 from the University of Strasbourg (France). Before joining NASA GSFC, Fadji had been working on the development of mathematical models to address water resources issues in California, France and Italy. Fadji uses high-performance computing and remote-sensing methods to understand the impacts of climate extremes and changes in land use and land cover on water resources.

    Positions/Employment

    12/2021 - Present

    Associate Research Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Greenbelt, MD
    8/2020 - 11/2021

    Associate Earth Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Universities Space Research Association, Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
    3/2018 - 8/2020

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA
    2/2017 - 3/2018

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Politecnico di Milano , Milan, Italy
    10/2016 - 1/2017

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Laboratory of Hydrology and Geochemistry of Strasbourg, French National Center for Scientific Research , Strasbourg, France
    10/2013 - 9/2016

    Graduate Research Assistant

    French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission , Cadarache, France

    Education

    Ph.D. in Hydrology, University of Strasbourg (France) 2013-2016

    M.S. in Environmental Engineering, University of Strasbourg (France) 2011-2013

    B.S. in Geological Engineering, University of Fes (Morocco) 2008-2011

    Publications

    Refereed

    Maina, F. Z., H. M. Wainwright, P. J. Dennedy-Frank, and E. R. Siirila-Woodburn. 2022. "On the similarity of hillslope hydrologic function: a clustering approach based on groundwater changes." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26 (14): 3805-3823 [10.5194/hess-26-3805-2022]

    Maina, F. Z., A. Rhoades, E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P.-J. Dennedy-Frank. 2022. "Projecting end-of-century climate extremes and their impacts on the hydrology of a representative California watershed." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26 (13): 3589-3609 [10.5194/hess-26-3589-2022]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P.-J. Dennedy-Frank. 2022. "Assessing the impacts of hydrodynamic parameter uncertainties on simulated evapotranspiration in a mountainous watershed." Journal of Hydrology, 608: 127620 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.127620]

    Maina, F. Z., S. V. Kumar, C. Albergel, and S. P. Mahanama. 2022. "Warming, increase in precipitation, and irrigation enhance greening in High Mountain Asia." Communications Earth & Environment, 3 (1): 43 [10.1038/s43247-022-00374-0]

    Maina, F. Z., A. Guadagnini, and M. Riva. 2021. "Impact of multiple uncertainties on gravimetric variations across randomly heterogeneous aquifers during pumping." Advances in Water Resources, 154: 103978 [10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.103978]

    Dobi, F. B., E. K. Kouakou, Y. Nazoumou, et al. B. Abdou Boko, S. N. Edimo, F. Z. Maina, and M. Konaté. 2021. "Aquifer Depletion in the Arlit Mining Area (Tim Mersoï Basin, North Niger)." Water, 13 (12): 1685 [10.3390/w13121685]

    Maavara, T., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, F. Maina, et al. R. M. Maxwell, J. E. Sample, K. D. Chadwick, R. Carroll, M. E. Newcomer, W. Dong, K. H. Williams, C. I. Steefel, and N. J. Bouskill. 2021. "Modeling geogenic and atmospheric nitrogen through the East River Watershed, Colorado Rocky Mountains." PLOS ONE, 16 (3): e0247907 [10.1371/journal.pone.0247907]

    Li, Z., I. Özgen-Xian, and F. Z. Maina. 2021. "A mass-conservative predictor-corrector solution to the 1D Richards equation with adaptive time control." Journal of Hydrology, 592: 125809 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125809]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P. Vahmani. 2020. "Sensitivity of meteorological-forcing resolution on hydrologic variables." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 24 (7): 3451-3474 [10.5194/hess-24-3451-2020]

    Maina, F. Z., and E. R. Siirila‐Woodburn. 2020. "The Role of Subsurface Flow on Evapotranspiration: A Global Sensitivity Analysis." Water Resources Research, 56 (7): [10.1029/2019wr026612]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, M. Newcomer, Z. Xu, and C. Steefel. 2020. "Determining the impact of a severe dry to wet transition on watershed hydrodynamics in California, USA with an integrated hydrologic model." Journal of Hydrology, 580: 124358 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124358]

    Graves, A., L. Rosa, A. M. Nouhou, F. Maina, and D. Adoum. 2019. "Avert catastrophe now in Africa’s Sahel." Nature, 575 (7782): 282-286 [10.1038/d41586-019-03445-z]

    Maina, F. Z., and E. R. Siirila‐Woodburn. 2019. "Watersheds dynamics following wildfires: Nonlinear feedbacks and implications on hydrologic responses." Hydrological Processes, 34 (1): 33-50 [10.1002/hyp.13568]

    Maina, F. H., P. Ackerer, A. Younes, A. Guadagnini, and B. Berkowitz. 2018. "Benchmarking numerical codes for tracer transport with the aid of laboratory-scale experiments in 2D heterogeneous porous media." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 212: 55-64 [10.1016/j.jconhyd.2017.06.001]

    Maina, F. Z., and A. Guadagnini. 2018. "Uncertainty Quantification and Global Sensitivity Analysis of Subsurface Flow Parameters to Gravimetric Variations During Pumping Tests in Unconfined Aquifers." Water Resources Research, 54 (1): 501-518 [10.1002/2017wr021655]

    Maina, F., F. Delay, and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Estimating initial conditions for groundwater flow modeling using an adaptive inverse method." Journal of Hydrology, 552: 52-61 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.06.041]

    Maina, F., and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Ross scheme, Newton–Raphson iterative methods and time-stepping strategies for solving the mixed form of Richards' equation." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21 (6): 2667-2683 [10.5194/hess-21-2667-2017]

    Maina, F., and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Groundwater flow parameter estimation using refinement and coarsening indicators for adaptive downscaling parameterization." Advances in Water Resources, 100: 139-152 [10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.12.013]

    Awards

    NASA GSFC Hydrosphere, Biosphere, Geophysics Peer Award for Scientific Achievement, 2021

    Listed among the African Women of the year 2020 by the New African Women, 2020

    Listed among the 100 most influential Africans, New African Magazine, a bestselling pan-African magazine, 2020

    Forbes 30 Under 30, Class of 2020

    Selected to present my research at the Science Translator Showcase at the California State Capitol, 2020

    Top downloaded paper, 2020, Hydrological Sciences Journal

    Science SLAM finalist at Berkeley Lab, 2019, link to the video

    Rising Star in Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT, 2019

    Rising Star in Hydrology, Gordon Research Conference, 2019

    Kepler Award for the University of Strasbourg’ best PhD Thesis in Science and Engineering, 2017

    Recipient of the French government excellence scholarship, 2012-2013

    Recipient of the Moroccan government excellence scholarship, 2008-2011

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    How does California’s new normal shape its hydrology?

    2021

    Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

    Understanding the impacts of wildfires on water supply in California

    2020

    AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, California, USA

    Understanding the impacts of a changing climate on water supply in California

    2020

    University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylania, USA

    Understanding the impacts of a changing climate on water supply in California

    2020

    Summer Institute, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

    How do wildfires impact water supply in California?”,

    2020

    Midday Science Café, Berkeley, California, USA

    Feedbacks between evapotranspiration and subsurface flow: a global sensitivity analysis

    2020

    SIAM Uncertainty Quantification 2020, Munich, Germany

    Calibrating an integrated hydrologic model using hydraulic heads

    2018

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, USA

    Estimation of groundwater recharge by inversion

    2016

    University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

    Adaptive downscaling parameterization for inverse models

    2016

    CEA Cadarache

    Professional Service

    Member of NSIDC, 2021 - present

    Member of AMS hydrology committee, 2021 – present

    Editor for PloS Water, 2021 – present

    Associate editor for frontiers in climate and the hydrogeology journal, 2021 – present

    Reviewer for NASA ROSES and NSF grants

    Panelist of NASA programs

    Reviewer for the Journal of Hydrology, Water Resources Research, Hydrology Earth and System

    Sciences, Hydrogeology, and MDPI journals

    Professional Societies

    American Geophysical Union, 2018 - Present
    American Meteorological Society, 2021 - Present
    European Geosciences Union, 2018 - Present

    Special Experience

    Invited to a high-level panel on renewable energies in the Sahel by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP Senegal, 2021

    Invited to discuss girls’ education with the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, 2020, Niamey, Niger

    Oasis initiative (an organization aiming to advance women and girls education in Niger) board member, 2020 present

    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Postdoc Association (BLPA) – Communication and outreach committee coordinator, Interview and write ‘Coffee with postdocs’ a blog post highlighting the contribution of Berkeley Lab postdocs to the breakthrough research of the Lab, 2018-2020

    Attended the National Postdoc Association meeting, 2019, Orlando, Florida, USA

    Participated in the DWR workshop and summit “Planning For Change”, 2019, Tahoe City, California, USA

    Served as a judge for master student presentations at GEM conference, 2019, Chicago, Illinois, USA

    Invited to present my research to Congress members visiting Berkeley Lab, 2019, Berkeley, California, USA

    Next Einstein Forum- Africa Science Week, 2018 Niger

    Vice president of the youth parliament of Niger, 2008

    Brief Bio

    Fadji Zaouna Maina is an Associate Research Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. She received her Ph.D. in Hydrology in 2016 from the University of Strasbourg (France). Before joining NASA GSFC, Fadji had been working on the development of mathematical models to address water resources issues in California, France and Italy. Fadji uses high-performance computing and remote-sensing methods to understand the impacts of climate extremes and changes in land use and land cover on water resources.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Maina, F. Z., H. M. Wainwright, P. J. Dennedy-Frank, and E. R. Siirila-Woodburn. 2022. "On the similarity of hillslope hydrologic function: a clustering approach based on groundwater changes." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 26 (14): 3805-3823 [10.5194/hess-26-3805-2022]

    Maina, F. Z., A. Rhoades, E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P.-J. Dennedy-Frank. 2022. "Projecting end-of-century climate extremes and their impacts on the hydrology of a representative California watershed." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 26 (13): 3589-3609 [10.5194/hess-26-3589-2022]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P.-J. Dennedy-Frank. 2022. "Assessing the impacts of hydrodynamic parameter uncertainties on simulated evapotranspiration in a mountainous watershed." Journal of Hydrology 608 127620 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2022.127620]

    Maina, F. Z., S. V. Kumar, C. Albergel, and S. P. Mahanama. 2022. "Warming, increase in precipitation, and irrigation enhance greening in High Mountain Asia." Communications Earth & Environment 3 (1): 43 [10.1038/s43247-022-00374-0]

    Maina, F. Z., A. Guadagnini, and M. Riva. 2021. "Impact of multiple uncertainties on gravimetric variations across randomly heterogeneous aquifers during pumping." Advances in Water Resources 154 103978 [10.1016/j.advwatres.2021.103978]

    Dobi, F. B., E. K. Kouakou, Y. Nazoumou, et al. B. Abdou Boko, S. N. Edimo, F. Z. Maina, and M. Konaté. 2021. "Aquifer Depletion in the Arlit Mining Area (Tim Mersoï Basin, North Niger)." Water 13 (12): 1685 [10.3390/w13121685]

    Maavara, T., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, F. Maina, et al. R. M. Maxwell, J. E. Sample, K. D. Chadwick, R. Carroll, M. E. Newcomer, W. Dong, K. H. Williams, C. I. Steefel, and N. J. Bouskill. 2021. "Modeling geogenic and atmospheric nitrogen through the East River Watershed, Colorado Rocky Mountains." PLOS ONE 16 (3): e0247907 [10.1371/journal.pone.0247907]

    Li, Z., I. Özgen-Xian, and F. Z. Maina. 2021. "A mass-conservative predictor-corrector solution to the 1D Richards equation with adaptive time control." Journal of Hydrology 592 125809 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2020.125809]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, and P. Vahmani. 2020. "Sensitivity of meteorological-forcing resolution on hydrologic variables." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 24 (7): 3451-3474 [10.5194/hess-24-3451-2020]

    Maina, F. Z., and E. R. Siirila‐Woodburn. 2020. "The Role of Subsurface Flow on Evapotranspiration: A Global Sensitivity Analysis." Water Resources Research 56 (7): [10.1029/2019wr026612]

    Maina, F. Z., E. R. Siirila-Woodburn, M. Newcomer, Z. Xu, and C. Steefel. 2020. "Determining the impact of a severe dry to wet transition on watershed hydrodynamics in California, USA with an integrated hydrologic model." Journal of Hydrology 580 124358 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2019.124358]

    Graves, A., L. Rosa, A. M. Nouhou, F. Maina, and D. Adoum. 2019. "Avert catastrophe now in Africa’s Sahel." Nature 575 (7782): 282-286 [10.1038/d41586-019-03445-z]

    Maina, F. Z., and E. R. Siirila‐Woodburn. 2019. "Watersheds dynamics following wildfires: Nonlinear feedbacks and implications on hydrologic responses." Hydrological Processes 34 (1): 33-50 [10.1002/hyp.13568]

    Maina, F. H., P. Ackerer, A. Younes, A. Guadagnini, and B. Berkowitz. 2018. "Benchmarking numerical codes for tracer transport with the aid of laboratory-scale experiments in 2D heterogeneous porous media." Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 212 55-64 [10.1016/j.jconhyd.2017.06.001]

    Maina, F. Z., and A. Guadagnini. 2018. "Uncertainty Quantification and Global Sensitivity Analysis of Subsurface Flow Parameters to Gravimetric Variations During Pumping Tests in Unconfined Aquifers." Water Resources Research 54 (1): 501-518 [10.1002/2017wr021655]

    Maina, F., F. Delay, and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Estimating initial conditions for groundwater flow modeling using an adaptive inverse method." Journal of Hydrology 552 52-61 [10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.06.041]

    Maina, F., and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Ross scheme, Newton–Raphson iterative methods and time-stepping strategies for solving the mixed form of Richards' equation." Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 21 (6): 2667-2683 [10.5194/hess-21-2667-2017]

    Maina, F., and P. Ackerer. 2017. "Groundwater flow parameter estimation using refinement and coarsening indicators for adaptive downscaling parameterization." Advances in Water Resources 100 139-152 [10.1016/j.advwatres.2016.12.013]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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