2015-2019: Predicting Middle Eastern and African Seasonal Water Deficits using NASA Data and Models (Supported by NASA Water Resources)
Project Lead: Dr. Christa Peters-Lidard (NASA-GSFC)
Objective: To develop a seasonal scale water deficit forecasting system for Africa and the Middle East.
Role: As the UCSB PI leading the seasonal scale-forecasting component of the project. Evaluated the skill of NMME rainfall and temperature forecasts in Eastern Africa, working on evaluation, bias correcting and downscaling of GEOS5 forecasts to generate forecasts of water deficits. Presented research accomplishment at AGU Fall meeting and AMS Annual Union meeting 2016 and published a journal article. Collaborators:NASA's GSFC, John Hopkins University, FEWS NET, ICBA.
2015-2018: Drought Early Warning for the California and Nevada Region (Supported by NOAA-CIMEC)
Project Lead: Dr. Daniel Cayan (UCSD)
Role: As the UCSB PI, leading the efforts to evaluate NMME seasonal forecasts for California and Nevada (CA-NV) and develop sub-seasonal and seasonal forecasting products to support the upcoming CA-NV Drought Early Warning System.
2016-2019: Enhancing Eastern and Southern Africa climate services by increasing access to remote sensing and model datasets (Supported by NASA and USAID's SERVIR Applied Science Team Program)
Objective: To enhance the access and usage of NASA and FEWS NET's earth observations in Eastern and Southern Africa
Role: As the lead PI, overseeing the project management and coordination among different partners, development of work plan and new monitoring datasets. Prepare quarterly reports and provide updates to thematic leads as needed. Organized in-person meeting and training at RCMRD on NASA and FEWS NET datasets and web-services, and participated in the training with different national and regional end users.