Dr. Manuela Girotto

Dr. Manuela Girotto

  • RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.6545
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: USRA
  • Research Interests

    Hydrologic Data Assimilation, snow hydrology modeling and remote sensing, Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment (GRACE and GRACE-FO) missions, groundwater.

    Education

    Ph.D in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - 01/2009-01/2014
    Minors in Atmospheric Science and Geospatial Statistics, GPA: 3.9/4.0
    Thesis: “A snow water equivalent reanalysis approach to explore spatial and temporal variability of the sierra nevada snowpack”

    M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Università degli studi di Padova, Padova (Italy) - 09/2005-10/2008
    Thesis: “Analysis of the historic data and estimation of the recharge of a groundwater basin in California.”, Final Mark: 110/110

    B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Università degli studi di Padova, Padova (Italy). 09/2002-09/2005
    Thesis: “Analysis of a contaminated groundwater basin in an Industrial Area in Villorba, Treviso”, Final Mark: 110/110 Cum Summa Laude

    Publications

    Refereed

    Girotto, M., R. H. Reichle, M. Rodell, et al. Q. Liu, S. Mahanama, and G. J. De Lannoy. 2019. "Multi-sensor assimilation of SMOS brightness temperature and GRACE terrestrial water storage observations for soil moisture and shallow groundwater estimation." Remote Sensing of Environment, 227: 12-27 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.04.001]

    Reichle, R. H., C. S. Draper, Q. Liu, et al. M. Girotto, S. P. Mahanama, R. D. Koster, and G. J. De Lannoy. 2017. "Assessment of MERRA-2 Land Surface Hydrology Estimates." Journal of Climate, 30 (8): 2937-2960 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0720.1]

    Girotto, M., G. J. Lannoy, R. H. Reichle, et al. M. Rodell, C. Draper, S. N. Bhanja, and A. Mukherjee. 2017. "Benefits and Pitfalls of GRACE Data Assimilation: a Case Study of Terrestrial Water Storage Depletion in India." Geophysical Research Letters, 44: 4107-4115 [10.1002/2017gl072994]

    Lievens, H. P., R. H. Reichle, M. Girotto, L. Brucker, and E. J. Kim. 2017. "Observing snow depth and snow water equivalent with Sentinel-1." Geophysical Research Letters, (Submitted)

    Getirana, A., S. V. Kumar, M. Girotto, and M. Rodell. 2017. "Rivers and floodplains as key components of global terrestrial water storage variability." Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (20): 10359-10368 [10.1002/2017GL074684]

    Vieira Getirana, A. C., S. V. Kumar, M. Girotto, and M. Rodell. 2017. "Rivers and floodplains as key components of global terrestrial water storage variability." Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (20): 10,359-10,368 [10.1002/2017GL074684]

    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]

    Cortés, G., M. Girotto, and S. Margulis. 2016. "Snow Process Estimation over the Extratropical Andes using a Data Assimilation Framework Integrating MERRA data and Landsat Imagery." Water Resources Research, [10.1002/2015WR018376]

    Margulis, S. A., G. Cortés, M. Girotto, and M. Durand. 2016. "A Landsat-era Sierra Nevada (USA) Snow Reanalysis (1985-2015)." Journal of Hydrometeorology, (2016): [10.1175/JHM-D-15-0177.1]

    Girotto, M., G. J. De Lannoy, R. H. Reichle, and M. Rodell. 2016. "Assimilation of gridded terrestrial water storage observations from GRACE into a Land Surface Model." Water Resour. Res., 52: 4164-4183 [10.1002/2015wr018417]

    Margulis, S. A., G. Cortes, M. Girotto, et al. L. S. Huning, D. Li, and M. Durand. 2016. "Characterizing the Extreme 2015 Snowpack Deficit in the Sierra Nevada (USA) Range and the Implications for Drought Recovery." Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (12): 6341–6349 [10.1002/2016GL068520]

    Margulis, S. A., M. Girotto, G. Cortés, and M. Durand. 2015. "A Particle Batch Smoother Approach to Snow Water Equivalent Estimation." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16 (4): 1752--1772 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0177.1]

    Girotto, M., S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Probabilistic SWE reanalysis as a generalization of deterministic SWE reconstruction techniques." Hydrological Processes, 28 (12): 3875--3895 [10.1002/hyp.9887]

    Girotto, M., G. Cortés, S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Examining spatial and temporal variability in snow water equivalent using a 27 year reanalysis: Kern River watershed, Sierra Nevada." Water Resources Research, 50 (8): 6713--6734 [10.1002/2014WR015346]

    Cortés, G., M. Girotto, and S. A. Margulis. 2014. "Analysis of sub-pixel snow and ice extent over the extratropical Andes using spectral unmixing of historical Landsat imagery." Remote Sensing of Environment, 141: 64--78 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.023]

    Girotto, M., S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Probabilistic SWE reanalysis as a generalization of deterministic SWE reconstruction techniques." Hydrological Processes, 28 (12): 3875--3895.

    Barco, J., T. S. Hogue, M. Girotto, D. R. Kendall, and M. Putti. 2010. "Climate signal propagation in southern California aquifers." Water Resources Research, 46 (10): [10.1029/2009WR008376]

    Publications

    Refereed

    Girotto, M., R. H. Reichle, M. Rodell, et al. Q. Liu, S. Mahanama, and G. J. De Lannoy. 2019. "Multi-sensor assimilation of SMOS brightness temperature and GRACE terrestrial water storage observations for soil moisture and shallow groundwater estimation." Remote Sensing of Environment 227 12-27 [10.1016/j.rse.2019.04.001]

    Reichle, R. H., C. S. Draper, Q. Liu, et al. M. Girotto, S. P. Mahanama, R. D. Koster, and G. J. De Lannoy. 2017. "Assessment of MERRA-2 Land Surface Hydrology Estimates." Journal of Climate 30 (8): 2937-2960 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0720.1]

    Girotto, M., G. J. Lannoy, R. H. Reichle, et al. M. Rodell, C. Draper, S. N. Bhanja, and A. Mukherjee. 2017. "Benefits and Pitfalls of GRACE Data Assimilation: a Case Study of Terrestrial Water Storage Depletion in India." Geophysical Research Letters 44 4107-4115 [10.1002/2017gl072994]

    Lievens, H. P., R. H. Reichle, M. Girotto, L. Brucker, and E. J. Kim. 2017. "Observing snow depth and snow water equivalent with Sentinel-1." Geophysical Research Letters (Submitted)

    Getirana, A., S. V. Kumar, M. Girotto, and M. Rodell. 2017. "Rivers and floodplains as key components of global terrestrial water storage variability." Geophysical Research Letters 44 (20): 10359-10368 [10.1002/2017GL074684]

    Vieira Getirana, A. C., S. V. Kumar, M. Girotto, and M. Rodell. 2017. "Rivers and floodplains as key components of global terrestrial water storage variability." Geophysical Research Letters 44 (20): 10,359-10,368 [10.1002/2017GL074684]

    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]

    Cortés, G., M. Girotto, and S. Margulis. 2016. "Snow Process Estimation over the Extratropical Andes using a Data Assimilation Framework Integrating MERRA data and Landsat Imagery." Water Resources Research [10.1002/2015WR018376]

    Margulis, S. A., G. Cortés, M. Girotto, and M. Durand. 2016. "A Landsat-era Sierra Nevada (USA) Snow Reanalysis (1985-2015)." Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/JHM-D-15-0177.1]

    Girotto, M., G. J. De Lannoy, R. H. Reichle, and M. Rodell. 2016. "Assimilation of gridded terrestrial water storage observations from GRACE into a Land Surface Model." Water Resour. Res. 52 4164-4183 [10.1002/2015wr018417]

    Margulis, S. A., G. Cortes, M. Girotto, et al. L. S. Huning, D. Li, and M. Durand. 2016. "Characterizing the Extreme 2015 Snowpack Deficit in the Sierra Nevada (USA) Range and the Implications for Drought Recovery." Geophysical Research Letters 43 (12): 6341–6349 [10.1002/2016GL068520]

    Margulis, S. A., M. Girotto, G. Cortés, and M. Durand. 2015. "A Particle Batch Smoother Approach to Snow Water Equivalent Estimation." Journal of Hydrometeorology 16 (4): 1752--1772 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0177.1]

    Girotto, M., S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Probabilistic SWE reanalysis as a generalization of deterministic SWE reconstruction techniques." Hydrological Processes 28 (12): 3875--3895 [10.1002/hyp.9887]

    Girotto, M., G. Cortés, S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Examining spatial and temporal variability in snow water equivalent using a 27 year reanalysis: Kern River watershed, Sierra Nevada." Water Resources Research 50 (8): 6713--6734 [10.1002/2014WR015346]

    Cortés, G., M. Girotto, and S. A. Margulis. 2014. "Analysis of sub-pixel snow and ice extent over the extratropical Andes using spectral unmixing of historical Landsat imagery." Remote Sensing of Environment 141 64--78 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2013.10.023]

    Girotto, M., S. A. Margulis, and M. Durand. 2014. "Probabilistic SWE reanalysis as a generalization of deterministic SWE reconstruction techniques." Hydrological Processes 28 (12): 3875--3895

    Barco, J., T. S. Hogue, M. Girotto, D. R. Kendall, and M. Putti. 2010. "Climate signal propagation in southern California aquifers." Water Resources Research 46 (10): [10.1029/2009WR008376]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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