March 15, 2019

March 15, 2019

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) held its annual Peer Awards Ceremony, and two GESTAR scientists were recognized for their contributions. Dr. Oreste Reale (Director, GESTAR) presented each scientist a certificate. GESTAR congratulates them on their accomplishments.


Min-Jeong Kim (USRA) for Scientific Achievement:

“For her essential contributions to GMAO’s assimilation of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) Microwave Imager (GMI) observations into GMAO’s Forward Processing (FP) system.”


Brad Weir (USRA) for Scientific Achievement:

“For successfully implementing Microwave Limb Sounder constituent data assimilation in the GEOS-DAS with a full stratospheric chemistry model, coding the assimilation capability for stratospheric water vapor, HCl, HNO3 and N2O, and conducting highly effective testing and tuning.”



NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland, has been in operation for 50 years -- chartered on May 1, 1959. The Goddard Space Flight Center is a major U.S. laboratory for developing and operating unmanned scientific spacecraft. During the past 50-years, Goddard has been at the forefront in exploration, in technological achievement, in space science, and in studying the Earth as a system.


GESTAR conducts research collaboratively, mainly within NASA GSFC's Earth Sciences Division, but also with Solar Systems Exploration Division, Office of Education, and Office of Public Affairs. Scientists and staff at GESTAR, in collaboration with NASA and other investigators, conceive and develop new, space-based missions; provide mission requirements; conduct research that explains the behavior of Earth and other planetary systems; and create engaging media that tell NASA's story of exploration and discovery on Earth and beyond.


Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is an independent, nonprofit research corporation where the combined efforts of in-house talent and university-based expertise merge to advance space science and technology. USRA works across disciplines including biomedicine, astrophysics, and engineering and integrates those competencies into applications ranging from fundamental research to facility management and operations. USRA engages the creativity and authoritative expertise of the research community to develop and deliver sophisticated, forward-looking solutions to Federal agencies and other government sponsors.