Melissa Wrzesien

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Melissa Wrzesien

  • ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST
  • 919.624.3495 | 111.111.1111
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 617
  • COLUMBIA , MD 21044
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Melissa Wrzesien is currently an Assistant Research Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland. She works with the Land Information System (LIS) team. Melissa received her BS in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 2013. She completed her PhD in Earth Sciences from the Ohio State University in 2018. Melissa started at GSFC in 2020.

    Positions/Employment

    8/2021 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    ESSIC/UMD, NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Lab, Greenbelt, MD
    3/2020 - 7/2021

    Associate Scientist

    GESTAR/USRA, NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Lab, Greenbelt, MD
    7/2018 - 2/2020

    Postdoctoral Researcher

    Global Hydrology Labratory, Department of Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

    Education

    Ph.D. in Earth Sciences, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2018

    B.S. in Environmental Sciences and Applied Mathematics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Wrzesien, M., S. V. Kumar, C. M. Vuyovich, and R. Kim. 2022. "Development of a “nature run” for observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) for snow mission development." Journal of Hydrometeorology, [10.1175/jhm-d-21-0071.1]

    Kim, R., S. Kumar, C. Vuyovich, et al. P. Houser, J. Lundquist, L. Mudryk, M. Durand, A. Barros, E. J. Kim, B. A. Forman, E. D. Gutmann, M. L. Wrzesien, C. Garnaud, M. Sandells, H.-P. Marshall, N. Cristea, J. M. Pflug, J. Johnston, Y. Cao, D. Mocko, and S. Wang. 2021. "Snow Ensemble Uncertainty Project (SEUP): quantification of snow water equivalent uncertainty across North America via ensemble land surface modeling." The Cryosphere, 15 (2): 771-791 [10.5194/tc-15-771-2021]

    Daloz, A. S., M. Mateling, T. L'Ecuyer, et al. M. Kulie, N. B. Wood, M. Durand, M. Wrzesien, C. W. Stjern, and A. P. Dimri. 2020. "How much snow falls in the world's mountains? A first look at mountain snowfall estimates in A-train observations and reanalyses." The Cryosphere, 14 (9): 3195-3207 [10.5194/tc-14-3195-2020]

    Holtzman, N. M., T. M. Pavelsky, J. S. Cohen, M. L. Wrzesien, and J. D. Herman. 2020. "Tailoring WRF and Noah‐MP to Improve Process Representation of Sierra Nevada Runoff: Diagnostic Evaluation and Applications." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12 (3): [10.1029/2019ms001832]

    Wrzesien, M. L., and T. M. Pavelsky. 2020. "Projected Changes to Extreme Runoff and Precipitation Events From a Downscaled Simulation Over the Western United States." Frontiers in Earth Science, 7: [10.3389/feart.2019.00355]

    Wrzesien, M. L., T. M. Pavelsky, M. T. Durand, J. Dozier, and J. D. Lundquist. 2019. "Characterizing Biases in Mountain Snow Accumulation From Global Data Sets." Water Resources Research, 55 (11): 9873-9891 [10.1029/2019wr025350]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, and T. M. Pavelsky. 2019. "A Reassessment of North American River Basin Cool‐Season Precipitation: Developments From a New Mountain Climatology Data Set." Water Resources Research, 55 (4): 3502-3519 [10.1029/2018wr024106]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, T. M. Pavelsky, et al. S. B. Kapnick, Y. Zhang, J. Guo, and C. K. Shum. 2018. "A New Estimate of North American Mountain Snow Accumulation From Regional Climate Model Simulations." Geophysical Research Letters, 45 (3): 1423-1432 [10.1002/2017gl076664]

    Li, D., M. L. Wrzesien, M. Durand, J. Adam, and D. P. Lettenmaier. 2017. "How much runoff originates as snow in the western United States, and how will that change in the future?" Geophysical Research Letters, 44 (12): 6163-6172 [10.1002/2017gl073551]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, T. M. Pavelsky, et al. I. M. Howat, S. A. Margulis, and L. S. Huning. 2017. "Comparison of Methods to Estimate Snow Water Equivalent at the Mountain Range Scale: A Case Study of the California Sierra Nevada." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (4): 1101-1119 [10.1175/jhm-d-16-0246.1]

    Wise, E. K., M. L. Wrzesien, M. P. Dannenberg, and D. L. McGinnis. 2015. "Cool-Season Precipitation Patterns Associated with Teleconnection Interactions in the United States." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 54 (2): 494-505 [10.1175/jamc-d-14-0040.1]

    Wrzesien, M. L., T. M. Pavelsky, S. B. Kapnick, M. T. Durand, and T. H. Painter. 2014. "Evaluation of snow cover fraction for regional climate simulations in the Sierra Nevada." International Journal of Climatology, 35 (9): 2472-2484 [10.1002/joc.4136]

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Melissa Wrzesien is currently an Assistant Research Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center with the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) at the University of Maryland. She works with the Land Information System (LIS) team. Melissa received her BS in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of North Carolina in 2013. She completed her PhD in Earth Sciences from the Ohio State University in 2018. Melissa started at GSFC in 2020.

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Wrzesien, M., S. V. Kumar, C. M. Vuyovich, and R. Kim. 2022. "Development of a “nature run” for observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs) for snow mission development." Journal of Hydrometeorology [10.1175/jhm-d-21-0071.1]

    Kim, R., S. Kumar, C. Vuyovich, et al. P. Houser, J. Lundquist, L. Mudryk, M. Durand, A. Barros, E. J. Kim, B. A. Forman, E. D. Gutmann, M. L. Wrzesien, C. Garnaud, M. Sandells, H.-P. Marshall, N. Cristea, J. M. Pflug, J. Johnston, Y. Cao, D. Mocko, and S. Wang. 2021. "Snow Ensemble Uncertainty Project (SEUP): quantification of snow water equivalent uncertainty across North America via ensemble land surface modeling." The Cryosphere 15 (2): 771-791 [10.5194/tc-15-771-2021]

    Daloz, A. S., M. Mateling, T. L'Ecuyer, et al. M. Kulie, N. B. Wood, M. Durand, M. Wrzesien, C. W. Stjern, and A. P. Dimri. 2020. "How much snow falls in the world's mountains? A first look at mountain snowfall estimates in A-train observations and reanalyses." The Cryosphere 14 (9): 3195-3207 [10.5194/tc-14-3195-2020]

    Holtzman, N. M., T. M. Pavelsky, J. S. Cohen, M. L. Wrzesien, and J. D. Herman. 2020. "Tailoring WRF and Noah‐MP to Improve Process Representation of Sierra Nevada Runoff: Diagnostic Evaluation and Applications." Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems 12 (3): [10.1029/2019ms001832]

    Wrzesien, M. L., and T. M. Pavelsky. 2020. "Projected Changes to Extreme Runoff and Precipitation Events From a Downscaled Simulation Over the Western United States." Frontiers in Earth Science 7 [10.3389/feart.2019.00355]

    Wrzesien, M. L., T. M. Pavelsky, M. T. Durand, J. Dozier, and J. D. Lundquist. 2019. "Characterizing Biases in Mountain Snow Accumulation From Global Data Sets." Water Resources Research 55 (11): 9873-9891 [10.1029/2019wr025350]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, and T. M. Pavelsky. 2019. "A Reassessment of North American River Basin Cool‐Season Precipitation: Developments From a New Mountain Climatology Data Set." Water Resources Research 55 (4): 3502-3519 [10.1029/2018wr024106]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, T. M. Pavelsky, et al. S. B. Kapnick, Y. Zhang, J. Guo, and C. K. Shum. 2018. "A New Estimate of North American Mountain Snow Accumulation From Regional Climate Model Simulations." Geophysical Research Letters 45 (3): 1423-1432 [10.1002/2017gl076664]

    Li, D., M. L. Wrzesien, M. Durand, J. Adam, and D. P. Lettenmaier. 2017. "How much runoff originates as snow in the western United States, and how will that change in the future?" Geophysical Research Letters 44 (12): 6163-6172 [10.1002/2017gl073551]

    Wrzesien, M. L., M. T. Durand, T. M. Pavelsky, et al. I. M. Howat, S. A. Margulis, and L. S. Huning. 2017. "Comparison of Methods to Estimate Snow Water Equivalent at the Mountain Range Scale: A Case Study of the California Sierra Nevada." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (4): 1101-1119 [10.1175/jhm-d-16-0246.1]

    Wise, E. K., M. L. Wrzesien, M. P. Dannenberg, and D. L. McGinnis. 2015. "Cool-Season Precipitation Patterns Associated with Teleconnection Interactions in the United States." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54 (2): 494-505 [10.1175/jamc-d-14-0040.1]

    Wrzesien, M. L., T. M. Pavelsky, S. B. Kapnick, M. T. Durand, and T. H. Painter. 2014. "Evaluation of snow cover fraction for regional climate simulations in the Sierra Nevada." International Journal of Climatology 35 (9): 2472-2484 [10.1002/joc.4136]

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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