Dr. Niama Boukachaba

Dr. Niama Boukachaba

  • ASSOCIATE SCIENTIST
  • 301.286.5325
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: MORGAN STATE UNIV.
  • Brief Bio

    Dr. Niama Boukachaba is an 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 is focusing on the enhancement of the use of hyperspectral IR radiances, such as CrIS and IASI, in the NASA GEOS data assimilation system through enhanced data selection techniques, error modeling, and data sampling. Update implementation of CrIS and other JPSS measurements in GEOS systems and examine impacts on analysis quality and long-term stability using the GMAO’s present hybrid 4D-ensemble-variational data assimilation framework. 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

    12/2021 - Present

    Assistant Research Scientist

    Morgan State University, NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD.
    7/2020 - 11/2021

    Associate Scientist

    Universities Space Research Association (USRA), NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD.
    8/2019 - 6/2020

    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) & NASA GSFC, Greenbelt, MD.

    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.
       
       
       


     

    Publications

    Refereed

    Ganeshan, M., O. Reale, E. McGrath-Spangler, and N. Boukachaba. 2022. "Impact of assimilating adaptively thinned AIRS cloud-cleared radiances on the analysis of Polar Lows and Mediterranean Sea Tropical-like Cyclone in a global modeling and data assimilation framework." Weather and Forecasting, 37 (7): 1117–1134 [10.1175/waf-d-21-0068.1]

    McGrath‐Spangler, E. L., M. Ganeshan, O. Reale, et al. N. Boukachaba, W. McCarty, and R. Gelaro. 2021. "Sensitivity of low tropospheric Arctic temperatures to assimilation of AIRS cloud‐cleared radiances: Impact on mid‐latitude waves." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 147 (741): 4032-4047 [10.1002/qj.4166]

    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

    2022

    Boukachaba, N., Zhu, Y., Pawson, S., 2022. "Toward improving the assimilation of IASI and CrIS radiances over land in the NASA GEOS".  Oral presentation, GMAO virtual science theme meetings, 03 Feb. 2022, NASA/GSFC, USA.

    2022

    Reale, O., McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., Boukachaba, N., 2022. Two decades of Observing System Experiments to investigate the impact resulting from the assimilation of AIRS data in the NASA GEOS system". Invited talk, hybrid NASA AIRS/Sounder Science Team Meeting 20th Anniversary, 10-12 May, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA.


    2021

    Ganeshan, M., McGrath-Spangler, E. L., Reale, O., Boukachaba, N., McCarty, W., and Gelaro, R. 2021. “Impact of assimilating infrared cloud-cleared radiances on the representation of Polar Lows and Tropical-like Cyclone in a global modeling and data assimilation framework”. Poster at the Virtual AMS Annual Meeting, 10-15 January, USA.


    2021

    Boukachaba, N., Reale, O., McGrath-Spangler, E. L. Ganeshan, M., Barnet, C., McCarty, W., and Gelaro, R, 2021. “An Efficient Approach to Assimilate IR Cloud-Cleared Radiances in a Global Data Assimilation System: Application and Impact Assessment Using AIRS”. Oral presentation at the Virtual AMS's 101st Annual Meeting, Ninth AMS Symposium on the Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), 10-15 January, USA.

    2021

    Boukachaba, N., Reale, O., L. McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., McCarty, W., and Gelaro, R.: Progress toward Cloud-Cleared Infrared radiance assimilation in a global modeling framework: Application to the 2017 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Season., EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-2870, https://doi.org/10.5194/egusphere-egu21-2870, 2021.

    2021

    L. McGrath-Spangler, E., Boukachaba, N., Reale, O., Ganeshan, M., McCarty, W., and Gelaro, R., Barnet, C.: Assimilation of hyperspectral infrared radiances from the cloud-clearing methodology: Results from the 2017 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone season. The 23rd International TOVS Study Conference (ITSC-23), Virtual, 25 June 2021.

    2021

    Boukachaba, N., Zhu, Y., Pawson, S., 2021. “Improving the assimilation of IASI surface-sensitive radiances over land in the NASA GMAO GEOS data assimilation framework”. Poster at the AGU Fall Meeting (virtual), 13-17 December, USA.

    2021

    Zhu, Y., Arnold, N., EL Akkraoui, A., Boukachaba, N., Ganeshan, M., Jin, J., Josephs, H., Karpowicz, B., Lewis, J., McGrath-Spangler, E., Molod, A., Munchak, J., Palm, S., Pawson, S., Piepmeier, J., Salmun, H., Santanello, J., Todling, R., Welton, E., Wu, L., and Yorks, J., 2021. “Strategies and Development of Global PBL Data Assimilation Including PBL Height in the GMAO GEOS System”. Oral Presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting (virtual), 13-17 December, USA.

    2020

    Boukachaba, N., Bosilovich, M. and da Silva, A., 2020. Development of Gridded Innovations and Observations Data for Reanalysis Diagnostics. Oral presentation, GMAO virtual science theme meetings, 23 Apr. 2020, NASA/GSFC, USA.

    2020

    Reale, O., Boukachaba, N., McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., Barnett, C., McCarty, W., and Gelaro, R., 2020. Advances towards an efficient multi-instrument assimilation of cloud-clear radiances in a global data assimilation and forecast framework. Oral presentation, Virtual AIRS Science Team Meeting, 7-13 May, USA.

    2020

    Akbari Asanjan, A., Ganeshan, M., Boukachaba, N., McGrath-Spangler, E., Reale, O., Sorek-Hamer, M., 2020. Fine-Delineated Tropical Cyclone Detection from Geostationary Satellites and IBTrACS data using Advanced Neural Networks. The 2nd NOAA Workshop on Leveraging AI in Environmental Sciences: Exploiting Space- and Ground-Based Observations and Enhancing Earth System Prediction. Workshop in Slow Motion (WiSM), July 2020 - February 2021.

     

    2020

    Reale, O., McGrath-Spangler, E., Ganeshan, M., Boukachaba, N., McCarty, W., Barnett, C., Gelaro, R., 2020. Impact of assimilating multi-instrument hyperspectral infrared cloud-cleared radiances on hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria during the 2017 Atlantic season. Fall 2020 virtual NASA Sounder Science Team Meeting, Oct 2-16, 2020.

     

    2020

    McGrath-Spangler, E., Reale, O., Ganeshan, M., Boukachaba, N.,  Barnett, C., McCarty, W., Gelaro, R. 2020. Impact of hyperspectral infrared radiance assimilation in cloudy regions: A study of the 2017 Atlantic tropical cyclone season with the NASA GEOS. Oral presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting on 7-11 December, USA.

    2020

    Akbari Asanjan, A., Ganeshan, M., Boukachaba, N., McGrath-Spangler, E., Reale, O., Sorek-Hamer, M., 2020. Boundary-aware Tropical Cyclone Detection from Geostationary Satellites and Climatic Archive Data using Advanced Neural Networks. Poster presented at the AGU Fall Meeting on 1-17 December, USA.

    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, 12 Sep, 2019, 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, 25-27 September 2019, College Park, MD, 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, 25-27 September 2019, College Park, MD, 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, 25-27 September 2019, College Park, MD, 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.

    Professional Service

    Reviewer for the Remote Sensing of Environment journal.

    Brief Bio

    Dr. Niama Boukachaba is an 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 is focusing on the enhancement of the use of hyperspectral IR radiances, such as CrIS and IASI, in the NASA GEOS data assimilation system through enhanced data selection techniques, error modeling, and data sampling. Update implementation of CrIS and other JPSS measurements in GEOS systems and examine impacts on analysis quality and long-term stability using the GMAO’s present hybrid 4D-ensemble-variational data assimilation framework. 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

    Ganeshan, M., O. Reale, E. McGrath-Spangler, and N. Boukachaba. 2022. "Impact of assimilating adaptively thinned AIRS cloud-cleared radiances on the analysis of Polar Lows and Mediterranean Sea Tropical-like Cyclone in a global modeling and data assimilation framework." Weather and Forecasting 37 (7): 1117–1134 [10.1175/waf-d-21-0068.1]

    McGrath‐Spangler, E. L., M. Ganeshan, O. Reale, et al. N. Boukachaba, W. McCarty, and R. Gelaro. 2021. "Sensitivity of low tropospheric Arctic temperatures to assimilation of AIRS cloud‐cleared radiances: Impact on mid‐latitude waves." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 147 (741): 4032-4047 [10.1002/qj.4166]

    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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