Dr. Niama Boukachaba

Dr. Niama Boukachaba

  • Visiting Associate Scientist
  • 301.286.5325
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITIES SPACE RESEARCH ASSOCIATION
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Niama Boukachaba is a visiting associate scientist working at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  She is working on two different projects. The first project involves evaluating gridded MERRA-2 data assimilation innovations (called Gridded Innovations and Observations - GIO), and associated datasets such as OmF and OmA, for weather and climate case studies. The second project involves defining an optimal comprehensive cloud-clearing strategy for AIRS, CrIS and IASI with the ultimate goal of assimilating adaptively thinned cloud-cleared hyperspectral data. Both these projects are aimed at enhancing GMAO’s emergent capabilities in data assimilation and contributing to existing projects and research.

     

    Research Interests

    Satellite data assimilation

    Numerical weather prediction

    Remote sensing

    Land Use Land Cover Change

    Positions/Employment

    8/2019 - Present

    Visiting associate scientist

    Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD.
    11/2017 - 9/2018

    Post-Doctoral Associate

    Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), University of Maryland (UMD), Maryland state.

    Education

    • PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, National Center of Meteorological Research (CNRM) of Météo-France and National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (INPT), Toulouse, France, 2017. Thesis: "Contribution of IASI IR hyperspectral satellite observations over land in the convective scale AROME model".
    • MS in Space Science and Technology, African Regional Center for Space Science and Technology in French Language, Rabat, Morocco, 2014. Thesis: "Analysis and comparison of dynamic surface albedo and estimated radiative forcing resulting using in situ and satellite data".
    • MS in Green Engineering & Analytical Methodologies and Management of Biodiversity, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2012. Thesis: "Development of an indicator system for monitoring climate change in the region of Marrakesh Tensift Al Haouz".
    • Bachelor in Life Sciences, Cadi Ayyad University, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2010.
       
       
       


     

    Other Professional Information

    Fluent in Arabic and French.

    Publications

    Refereed

    Boukachaba, N., V. Guidard, and N. Fourrie. 2017. "Toward an improved assimilation of IASI over continents in the convective scale AROME France model." Contribution of IASI IR hyperspectral satellite observations over land in the convective scale AROME model. PhD thesis, Doctoral School ED173 "Geosciences, Astrophysics, Space and Environmental Sciences" (Toulouse, France), [www.sudoc.fr/221084290]

    Boukachaba, N., V. Guidard, and N. Fourrie. 2015. "Improved assimilation of IASI land surface temperature data over continents in the convective scale AROME France model." The 20th International TOVS Study Conference. 28 October - 3 November 2015, At Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA. https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/itwg/itsc/itsc20/papers/10_03_boukachaba_paper.pdf.,

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    2019

    McGrath-Spangler, E., Reale, O., Ganeshan, M., McCarty, W., Gelaro, R. and Boukachaba, N., 2019. Progress in the assimilation of cloud-cleared infrared radiances in the GEOS to improve tropical cyclone representation. Oral presentation, GMAO science theme meetings, NASA/GSFC, USA.

    2019

    Ganeshan, M., McGrath-Spangler, E., Reale, O., McCarty, W. , Gelaro, R. and Boukachaba, N., 2019. Continued research on the impact of assimilating AIRS cloud-cleared radiances on mesoscale warm-core cyclones outside the tropics. Oral presentation, NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting, Hyattsville, USA.

    2019

    Reale, O., McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., McCarty, W., Gelaro, R, Karpowicz, B. and Boukachaba, N., 2019. Advances towards ingestion of multi-instrument cloud-cleared infrared radiances in a global data assimilation and forecast framework. Oral presentation, NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting, Hyattsville, USA.

    2019

    McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., Reale, O., McCarty, W., Gelaro, R. and Boukachaba, N., 2019. Sensitivity to data density of assimilated cloud-cleared AIRS radiances in the new hybrid 4dEnVAR GEOS. Oral presentation, NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting, Hyattsville, USA.

    2017

    Fourrié, N., Guidard, V., Boukachaba, N., Farouk, I., 2017. Toward a better use of IASI over land and in cloudy areas in Météo-France NWP models at global and meso scales. 7th International WMO Symposium on Data Assimilation. 11-15 September, 2017, Florianópolis, Brazil. 

    http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/iswg/meetings/2017/presentations/Session01/ISWG2017_S01_05.pdf.

    2017

    Fourrié, N., Guidard, V., Boukachaba, N., BIRMAN, C., 2017. Toward a better use of Infrared radiances over land in NWP models at global and meso scales. The 1st International Surface Working Group. 19-20 July, 2017,Monterey, California, USA.

    http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/iswg/meetings/2017/presentations/Session01/ISWG2017_S01_05.pdf

    2016

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2016. Improvement of the assimilation of IASI radiances over land in the regional numerical weather prediction AROME-France model. EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference. 26 - 30 September 2016. Darmstadt , Germany.

    2016

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2016. Assimilation of IASI surface-sensitive channels over land at convective scale AROME Model. The 4th IASI Conference. 11 - 15 April 2016, Antibes Juanles-Pins, France.

    2016

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2016. The improvement of assimilation of IASI surfacesensitive channels over land at convective scale AROME Model. The 4th edition of “Remote Sensing and Modeling of Surface properties (RSMSP)” workshop. 14 - 16 March 2016, Grenoble, France.

    2016

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2016. Surface temperature retrievals from IASI and SEVIRI channels in the convective scale numerical prediction AROME-France model. The 4th IASI Conference. 11 - 15 April 2016, Antibes Juan-lesPins, France.

    2015

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2015. Land surface temperature retrieval from IASI for assimilation over the AROME-France domain. EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference. September 21 - 25, 2015, Toulouse, France.
    http://www.eumetsat.int/website/home/News/ConferencesandEvents/DAT_2305526.html.

    2015

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2015. Improved assimilation of IASI land surface temperature data over continents in the convective scale AROME France model. The 20th International TOVS Study Conference. 28 October - 3 November 2015, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA.

    2015

    Boukachaba, N., Guidard, V., Fourrié, N., 2015. Land surface temperature retrieval from IASI for assimilation over the AROME-France domain. EUMETSAT Meteorological Satellite Conference. September 21 - 25, 2015, Toulouse, France.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Niama Boukachaba is a visiting associate scientist working at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.  She is working on two different projects. The first project involves evaluating gridded MERRA-2 data assimilation innovations (called Gridded Innovations and Observations - GIO), and associated datasets such as OmF and OmA, for weather and climate case studies. The second project involves defining an optimal comprehensive cloud-clearing strategy for AIRS, CrIS and IASI with the ultimate goal of assimilating adaptively thinned cloud-cleared hyperspectral data. Both these projects are aimed at enhancing GMAO’s emergent capabilities in data assimilation and contributing to existing projects and research.

     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Boukachaba, N., V. Guidard, and N. Fourrie. 2017. "Toward an improved assimilation of IASI over continents in the convective scale AROME France model." Contribution of IASI IR hyperspectral satellite observations over land in the convective scale AROME model. PhD thesis, Doctoral School ED173 "Geosciences, Astrophysics, Space and Environmental Sciences" (Toulouse, France) [www.sudoc.fr/221084290]

    Boukachaba, N., V. Guidard, and N. Fourrie. 2015. "Improved assimilation of IASI land surface temperature data over continents in the convective scale AROME France model." The 20th International TOVS Study Conference. 28 October - 3 November 2015, At Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, USA. https://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/itwg/itsc/itsc20/papers/10_03_boukachaba_paper.pdf.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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