Erica McGrath-Spangler, Scientist, Earth Sciences

Erica McGrath-Spangler


Phone: (301) 614-5838


Data assimilation, Infrared radiances, numerical weather prediction


Dr. McGrath-Spangler received her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in mathematics and in atmospheric and oceanic sciences. She then continued her education at Colorado State University working under Dr. Scott Denning and received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in atmospheric science. Her Ph.D. work investigated the impact of boundary layer turbulence on land-atmosphere interactions and on the carbon budget using a coupled land-atmosphere regional model. Since joining GESTAR, she has worked with the GEOS data assimilation and forecast system, investigating the impact of assimilation strategy of hyperspectral infrared radiances on global skill and tropical cyclone representation. Previously, Dr. McGrath-Spangler was the PI on a funded NASA Atmospheric Composition grant and is currently a co-I of a funded NASA Terra, Aqua, and Suomi NPP grant on the impact of AIRS and CrIS on tropical cyclone structure.