Dr. Linette Boisvert McPartland

Dr. Linette Boisvert McPartland

  • Research Scientist
  • 301.614.5710
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 615
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: NASA
  • Research Interests

    Arctic Sea Ice, Moisture Flux and Arctic Precipitation

     Using remotely sensed data to study the Arctic sea ice and its interactions with sea surface temperatures, air temperatures and specific humidity. Primary research activities focus on estimating the moisture flux of the Arctic sea ice and ocean. Improving the moisture flux measurements over the Arctic sea ice using new parameterizations in the Monin-Obukhov Similarity Theory model. Expertise in the analysis of various satellite sensor data (e.g. AIRS, SSM/I, AMSR-E, AVHRR).

    Education

    2013: PhD, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland

    2011: MS, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Maryland

    2008: BS, Environmental Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County

    Positions/Employment

    1/2016 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, NASA GSFC
    10/2013 - 1/2016

    Post-Doc

    Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    8/2009 - 8/2013

    Graduate Research Assistant

    Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center  

    Professional Societies

    Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), 2010 - Present
    European Geosciences Union (EGU), 2015 - Present

    Professional Service

    Reviewer for the Remote Sensing – Open Access Journal.
    Reviewer for Geophysical Research Letters.

    Awards

      Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, “Best Dissertation Award”, 2013.

      NASA GSFC HBG Peer Award , "Scientific Achievement", 2017

    Publications

    Refereed

    Taylor, P. C., B. M. Hegyi, R. C. Boeke, and L. N. Boisvert. 2017. "On the increasing importance of Air-Sea energy exchanges in a thawing Arctic: A review." Atmosphere, (Accepted) [doi:10.3390/atmos184948]

    Stroeve, J. C., J. R. Mioduszewski, A. Rennermalm, et al. L. N. Boisvert, M. Tedesco, and D. Robinson. 2017. "Investigating the Local Scale Influence of Sea Ice on Greenland Surface Melt." The Cryosphere Discussions, 1-36 (Accepted) [10.5194/tc-2017-65]

    Graham, R. M., L. Cohen, A. A. Petty, et al. L. N. Boisvert, A. Rinke, S. R. Hudson, M. Nicolaus, and M. A. Granskog. 2017. "Increasing frequency and duration of Arctic winter warming events." Geophysical Research Letters, 44: [10.1002/2017gl073395]

    Forbes, B. C., T. Kumpula, N. Meschtyb, et al. R. Laptander, M. Macais-Fauria, P. Zetterberg, M. Verdonen, A. Skarin, K.-Y. Kim, L. N. Boisvert, J. C. Stroeve, and A. Bartsch. 2016. "Sea Ice, Rain-on-Snow and Tundra Reindeer Nomadism in Arctic Russia." Biology Letters, [DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0466]

    Boisvert, L. N., J. N. Lee, B. Noel, M. R. van den Broeke, and A. W. Nolin. 2016. "Using remotely sensed data from AIRS to estimate the vapor flux on the Greenland Ice Sheet: comparisons with observations and a regional climate model." Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 122: [https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JD025674]

    Boisvert, L. N., A. A. Petty, and J. C. Stroeve. 2016. "The Impact of the Extreme Winter 2015/16 Arctic Cyclone on the Barents–Kara Seas." Monthly Weather Review, [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-16-0234.1]

    Serreze, M., J. C. Stroeve, A. P. Barrett, and L. N. Boisvert. 2016. "Summer Atmospheric Circulation Anomalies over the Arctic Ocean and Their Influences on September Sea Ice Extent: A Cautionary Tale." Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, [10.1002/2016JD025161]

    Cullather, R. I., Y.-K. Lim, L. N. Boisvert, et al. L. Brucker, J. N. Lee, and S. M. Nowicki. 2016. "Analysis of the warmest Arctic winter, 2015-2016." Geophysical Research Letters, [10.1002/2016GL071228]

    Mortin, J., G. Svensson, R. G. Graversen, et al. M.-L. Kapsh, J. C. Stroeve, and L. N. Boisvert. 2015. "Melt onset over Arctic sea ice controlled by atmospheric moisture transport." Geophysical Research Letter, [10.1002/2016GL069330]

    Boisvert, L. N., D. L. Wu, T. Vihma, and J. Susskind. 2015. "Verification of air/surface humidity differences from AIRS and ERA-Interim in support of turbulent flux estimation in the Arctic." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120 (3): 945–963 [10.1002/2014JD021666]

    Boisvert, L. N., and J. C. Stroeve. 2015. "The Arctic is becoming warmer and wetter as revealed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder." Geophys. Res. Lett., 42 (11): 4439-4446 [10.1002/2015GL063775]

    Boisvert, L. N., D. L. Wu, and C.-L. Shie. 2015. "Increasing evaporation amounts seen in the Arctic between 2003 and 2013 from AIRS data." J. Geophy Res. - Atmos, 120 (14): 6865-6881 [doi:10.1002/2015JD023258]

    Stroeve, J., T. Markus, L. Boisvert, J. Miller, and A. Barrett. 2014. "Changes in Arctic melt season and implications for sea ice loss." Geophys. Res. Lett., 41 (4): 1216-1225 [10.1002/2013GL058951]

    Boisvert, L., T. Markus, and T. Vihma. 2013. "Moisture flux changes and trends for the entire Arctic in 2003-2011 derived from EOS Aqua data." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 118 (10): 5829-5843 [10.1002/jgrc.20414]

    Boisvert, L. N., T. Markus, C. L. Parkinson, and T. Vihma. 2012. "Moisture fluxes derived from EOS aqua satellite data for the north water polynya over 2003–2009." Journal of Geophysical Research, 117 (D6): D06119 [10.1029/2011JD016949]

    Kurtz, N., T. Markus, S. Farrell, D. Worthen, and L. Boisvert. 2011. "Observations of recent Arctic sea ice volume loss and its impact on ocean-atmosphere energy exchange and ice production." J. Geophys. Res., 116 (C4): C04015 [10.1029/2010JC006235]

    Special Experience

     • Using remotely sensed data to estimate the moisture flux in the Arctic and improve moisture flux estimates.
    • Experience with using ECMWF ERA-Interim data.
    • Communication of scientific results, though scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference presentations, and poster presentations.
    • Experience with computer operating systems: Mac OS X, Windows
    • Proficient in various programming languages: IDL, MATLAB, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

    Selected Public Outreach

    Arctic Moisture on the Move 4 / 2015 - Present
    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=85624  Scientists such as NASA’s Linette Boisvert want to know how this decline is contributing to a warmer and wetter Arctic.
    Arctic Climate Change Marked by Warmer Wetter Conditions 8 / 2015 - Present
    http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/arctic-climate-change-marked-warmer-wetter-conditions  This causes the Arctic to absorb more sunlight, adding heat to the ocean and causing the increased evaporation, reported Linette Boisvert, a research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
    As sea ice shrinks, the Arctic becomes warmer and wetter, study finds 8 / 2015 - Present
    http://www.adn.com/article/20150809/sea-ice-shrinks-arctic-gets-warmer-and-wetter-study-fi  November saw the biggest increases in “skin temperature” (defined as temperature at the Earth’s surface), and air temperature, with an average annual rise of 0.42 degrees Celsius on the surface and 0.32 degrees Celsius in the air, said the study, by Linette Boisvert of the NASA-affiliated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center at the University of Maryland.
    NSIDC, NASA Say Arctic Melt Season Lengthening, Ocean Rapidly Warming 3 / 2014 - Present
    https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/nsidc-nasa-say-arctic-melt-season-lengthening-ocean-r  "If air and ocean temperatures are similar, the ocean is not going to lose heat to the atmosphere as fast as it would when the differences are greater," said Linette Boisvert, co-author of the paper and a cryospheric scientist at Goddard. "In the last years, the upper ocean heat content is much higher than it used to be, so it’s going to take a longer time to cool off and for freeze up to begin."
    Sea Ice Near Greenland 8 / 2015 - Present
    http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=86322
    February continues streak of record low Arctic sea ice extent - NSIDC Sea Ice News 2 / 2016 - 2 / 2016
    https://nsidc.org/arcticseaicenews/2016/03/february-continues-streak-of-record-low-arctic-

    Arctic sea ice was at a satellite-record low for the second month in a row. The first three weeks of February saw little ice growth, but extent rose during the last week of the month. Arctic sea ice typically reaches its maximum extent for the year in mid to late March.

    Extremely Warm 2015-’16 Winter Cyclone Weakened Arctic Sea Ice Pack 11 / 2016 - Present
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2016/extremely-warm-2015-16-winter-cyclone-weakened-a

    A large cyclone that crossed the Arctic in December 2015 brought so much heat and humidity to this otherwise frigid and dry environment that it thinned and shrunk the sea ice cover during a time of the year when the ice should have been growing thicker and stronger, a NASA study found.

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Boisvert, L. N. (February, 2016), Increases in evaporation rates in the “New Arctic”: New data, University of Southampton National Oceanography Center, Southampton, UK, (Invited)

    1 / 22 / 2016
    Boisvert, L., N., and J. C. Stroeve (2015), The Arctic is becoming warmer and wetter as revealed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, Presented at the Fall Meeting 2015, AGU, San Fransisco, CA, USA. 12 / 2015
     
     Boisvert, L., N., N. Kurtz, and J. C. Stroeve (2015), Using IceBridge data to study changes on multi- and first-year sea ice in the western Arctic between 2009-2015, presented at the Fall Meeting 2015, AGU, San Fracisco, CA, USA. 12 / 2015
     
     Boisvert, L. N., (2015), Measuring Evaporation in the Arctic, presented for the Arctic Science Group at NASA Langley, Hampton, VA, USA.  10 / 2015
     
     Boisvert, L. N. (2014), Moisture flux estimates derived from EOS Aqua data in the Arctic, NASA Climate & Radiation Seminar Series, Goddard, Maryland, Invited. 4 / 2014
     

    Other

    Boisvert, L. N., D. Wu, and C.-L. Shie (2015), Moisture flux increases seen in the Arctic between 2003-2013. Abstract EGU2015-3996 presented at EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria. 4 / 2015
     
     Boisvert, L. N., and J. Stroeve (2015), AIRS satellite data reveal a warmer and wetter Arctic between 2003-2013, Abstract EGU2015-8087 presented at EGU General Assembly 2015, Vienna, Austria. 4 / 2015
     
     Boisvert, L. N., D. Wu, T. Vihma and J. Susskind (2014), Issues with moisture flux estimation in the Arctic and changes in the flux between 2003-2013, Abstract C11B-0369 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. 12 / 2014
     
     Boisvert, L. N. (2014), Validation of AIRS version 6 data to estimate the moisture flux in the Arctic, presented at the NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting, Greenbelt, Maryland. 10 / 2014
     
     Boisvert, L. N., D. Wu, T. Vihma (2014), Improvements of moisture flux estimates using AIRS version 6 data in the Arctic, Abstract SCI-PS237.03 presented at the World Weather Open Science Conference 2014, Montreal, Canada. 8 / 2014
     
     Boisvert, L. N., T. Markus, and T. Vihma (2013), Moisture flux changes and trends for the entire Arctic in 2003-2011 derived from EOS Aqua data, Abstract C11B-01 presented at 2013 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. 12 / 2013
     
     Boisvert, L. N., T. Markus (2011), Sea surface temperatures: high latitude SSTs and their interactions with the Arctic sea ice cover, Poster presented at the World Climate Research Programme 2011, Denver, Colorado. 10 / 2011
     
     Boisvert, L. N., T. Markus, and C. Parkinson (2010), Sea surface temperatures and their relationship to melt and freeze onset in the central Arctic, Abstract C53B-01 presented at 2010 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif. 12 / 2010
     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Taylor, P. C., B. M. Hegyi, R. C. Boeke, and L. N. Boisvert. 2017. "On the increasing importance of Air-Sea energy exchanges in a thawing Arctic: A review." Atmosphere (Accepted) [doi:10.3390/atmos184948]

    Stroeve, J. C., J. R. Mioduszewski, A. Rennermalm, et al. L. N. Boisvert, M. Tedesco, and D. Robinson. 2017. "Investigating the Local Scale Influence of Sea Ice on Greenland Surface Melt." The Cryosphere Discussions (Accepted) 1-36 [10.5194/tc-2017-65]

    Graham, R. M., L. Cohen, A. A. Petty, et al. L. N. Boisvert, A. Rinke, S. R. Hudson, M. Nicolaus, and M. A. Granskog. 2017. "Increasing frequency and duration of Arctic winter warming events." Geophysical Research Letters 44 [10.1002/2017gl073395]

    Forbes, B. C., T. Kumpula, N. Meschtyb, et al. R. Laptander, M. Macais-Fauria, P. Zetterberg, M. Verdonen, A. Skarin, K.-Y. Kim, L. N. Boisvert, J. C. Stroeve, and A. Bartsch. 2016. "Sea Ice, Rain-on-Snow and Tundra Reindeer Nomadism in Arctic Russia." Biology Letters [DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0466]

    Boisvert, L. N., J. N. Lee, B. Noel, M. R. van den Broeke, and A. W. Nolin. 2016. "Using remotely sensed data from AIRS to estimate the vapor flux on the Greenland Ice Sheet: comparisons with observations and a regional climate model." Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 122 [https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/2016JD025674]

    Boisvert, L. N., A. A. Petty, and J. C. Stroeve. 2016. "The Impact of the Extreme Winter 2015/16 Arctic Cyclone on the Barents–Kara Seas." Monthly Weather Review [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-16-0234.1]

    Serreze, M., J. C. Stroeve, A. P. Barrett, and L. N. Boisvert. 2016. "Summer Atmospheric Circulation Anomalies over the Arctic Ocean and Their Influences on September Sea Ice Extent: A Cautionary Tale." Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres [10.1002/2016JD025161]

    Cullather, R. I., Y.-K. Lim, L. N. Boisvert, et al. L. Brucker, J. N. Lee, and S. M. Nowicki. 2016. "Analysis of the warmest Arctic winter, 2015-2016." Geophysical Research Letters [10.1002/2016GL071228]

    Mortin, J., G. Svensson, R. G. Graversen, et al. M.-L. Kapsh, J. C. Stroeve, and L. N. Boisvert. 2015. "Melt onset over Arctic sea ice controlled by atmospheric moisture transport." Geophysical Research Letter [10.1002/2016GL069330]

    Boisvert, L. N., D. L. Wu, T. Vihma, and J. Susskind. 2015. "Verification of air/surface humidity differences from AIRS and ERA-Interim in support of turbulent flux estimation in the Arctic." J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. 120 (3): 945–963 [10.1002/2014JD021666]

    Boisvert, L. N., and J. C. Stroeve. 2015. "The Arctic is becoming warmer and wetter as revealed by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder." Geophys. Res. Lett. 42 (11): 4439-4446 [10.1002/2015GL063775]

    Boisvert, L. N., D. L. Wu, and C.-L. Shie. 2015. "Increasing evaporation amounts seen in the Arctic between 2003 and 2013 from AIRS data." J. Geophy Res. - Atmos 120 (14): 6865-6881 [doi:10.1002/2015JD023258]

    Stroeve, J., T. Markus, L. Boisvert, J. Miller, and A. Barrett. 2014. "Changes in Arctic melt season and implications for sea ice loss." Geophys. Res. Lett. 41 (4): 1216-1225 [10.1002/2013GL058951]

    Boisvert, L., T. Markus, and T. Vihma. 2013. "Moisture flux changes and trends for the entire Arctic in 2003-2011 derived from EOS Aqua data." Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 118 (10): 5829-5843 [10.1002/jgrc.20414]

    Boisvert, L. N., T. Markus, C. L. Parkinson, and T. Vihma. 2012. "Moisture fluxes derived from EOS aqua satellite data for the north water polynya over 2003–2009." Journal of Geophysical Research 117 (D6): D06119 [10.1029/2011JD016949]

    Kurtz, N., T. Markus, S. Farrell, D. Worthen, and L. Boisvert. 2011. "Observations of recent Arctic sea ice volume loss and its impact on ocean-atmosphere energy exchange and ice production." J. Geophys. Res. 116 (C4): C04015 [10.1029/2010JC006235]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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