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SMCD shieldShobha Kondragunta

Satellite Meteorology and Climatology Division

Satellite Calibration and Data Assimilation Branch
Research Scientist

Recent Publications

To see Dr. Kondragunta's complete list of publications, abstracts, and citation metrics, visit her ResearcherID page.

photo: Shobha KondraguntaShobha Kondragunta received an M.S. degree in chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in 1990, and a Ph.D degree in chemistry from University of Maryland in 1997. She worked as a UCAR postdoctoral fellow at the Environmental Protection Agency for over a year before joining NOAA/NESDIS in 1999. She is the principal investigator for the Air Quality Remote Sensing Program at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR. As the air quality team lead, her duties involve building multi-agency collaborative projects in the area of satellite- based air quality product development and their applications, holding workshops to discuss the status of on-going projects, and briefing management on air quality activities.

She is currently leading the following projects:

  • Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) product development from the current (GOES) and next generation (GOES-R) geostationary satellites
  • Biomass burning emissions from a network of global geostationary satellites
  • Trace gas retrievals from GOME-2
  • GOES-R Algorithm Working Group (AWG) aerosols/air quality/atmospheric chemistry related products (aerosols and ozone)
  • Projects in support of NWS operational air quality forecast verification efforts
  • Improving operational PM2.5 forecasts by assimilation of satellite data
  • Collaborative work with University of Maryland at College Park (Russ Dickerson), University of Maryland in Baltimore County (Raymond Hoff), and University of Alabama at Huntsville (Sundar Christopher and Michael Newchurch) on air quality related work
  • Air Quality Remote Sensing Program

In 2010, Dr. Kondragunta received Department of Commerce gold medal for scientific achievement in developing and advancing satellite-based products in support of national air quality monitoring and forecasting.

In 2002, Dr. Kondragunta received NOAA bronze medal for developing a new total ozone product by combining information from two different instruments, one measuring in the Infrared and one in the Ultraviolet.

Dr. Kondragunta routinely reviews proposals for EPA and NASA, and manuscripts for journals such as Geophysical Research letters, Atmospheric Environment, and Journal of Geophysical Research.

Dr. Kondragunta's work is supported by Trevor Beck, Pubu Ciren, Jessica Ram, Chuanyu Xu, Xiaoyang Zhang, Jian Zeng, Qiang Zhao, and Hai Zhang.


Yang, E., S. A. Christopher, S. Kondragunta, and X. Zhang (2011), Use of hourly Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) fire emissions in a Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model for improving surface particulate matter predictions, J. Geophys. Res., 116, D04303, doi:10.1029/2010JD014482.

Mark Green, Shobha Kondragunta, Pubu Ciren, Chuanyu Xu, 2009, Comparison of GOES and MODIS Aerosol Optical Depth (AOD) to AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET) AOD and IMPROVE PM2.5 mass at Bondville, Illinois, Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association (in press).

Christopher, S., P. Gupta, U. Nair, T. A. Jones, S. Kondragunta, Y-L Wu, J. Hand, and X. Zhang (2009), Satellite Remote Sensing and Mesoscale Modeling of the 2007 Georgia/Florida Fires, IEEE J. of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Sciences and Remote Sensing.

Neil, D., S. Kondragunta, K. Pickering, R. Pinder, G. Osterman, and J. Szykman, Satellite observations for detecting and tracking changes in atmospheric composition, J. of Environmental Monitoring, in review, 2009

Rolph, G., A. F. Stein, R. D. Draxler, A. Taylor, M. Ruminski, S. Kondragunta, H-C. Huang, J. T. McQueen, and P. Davidson, Verification of the NOAA Smoke Forecast: the 2007 Smoke Season, Weather and Forecasting, 2009

Hoff, R., H. Zhag, N. Jordan, A. Prados, J. Engel-Cox, A. Huff, S. Weber, E. Zell, S. Kondragunta, J. Szykman, B. Johns, F. Dimmick, A. Wimmers, Applications of the Three-Dimensional Air Quality System to Western U.S. Air Qulaity: IDEA, Smog Blog, Smog Stories, AirQuest, and the Remote Sensing Information Gateway, J. of Air and Waste Management, 2009

Al-Saadi, J. A. Soja, R. B. Pierce, J. Szykman, C. Wiedinmyer, L. Emmons, S. Kondragunta, X. Zhang, C. Kittaka, T. Schaack, K. Bowman, Intercomparison of Near-Real Time Biomass Burning Emissions Estimates Constrained by Satellite Fire Detection, J. of Applied Remote Sensing, 2009

Zhang, X., S. Kondragunta, C. Schmidt, and F. Kogan, Near real time monitoring of biomass burning particulate emissions (PM2.5) across contiguous United States using multiple satellite instruments, Atmos. Environment, 42, 2008

Zhang, X. and S. Kondragunta, Temporal and spatial variability in biomass burned area across the USA derived from the GOES fire product, Remote Sensing of Environment, 2008

Paciorek, C.J., Liu, Y., Moreno-Macias, H. and S. Kondragunta. 2008. Spatio-temporal associations between GOES aerosol optical depth retrievals and ground-level PM2.5. Environmental Science and Technology 42:5800-5806. DOI: 10.1021/es703181j.

Kondragunta. S., et al., Air quality forecast verification using satellite data, J. of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, doi:10.1175/2007JAMC1392.1, 2008

Prados, A., S. Kondragunta, P. Ciren, K. Knapp, The GOES Aerosol/Smoke Product (GASP) over North America: Comparisons to AERONET and MODIS Observations, J. of Geophys. Res., 112, D15201, doi:10.1029/2006JD007968, 2007

Laszlo, I., P. Ciren, H. Liu, S. Kondragunta, J. D. Tarpley, and M. Goldberg, Remote sensing of aerosol and radiation from geostationary satellites, Advances in Space Research, 2007

Knapp, K., R. Fourin, S. Kondragunta, A. Prados, Toward aerosol optical depth retrievals over land from GOES visible radiances: Determining surface reflectance, Int. J. of Remote Sensing, 26, 4097-4116, 2005. (PDF, 960KB)

Pu, R., Z. Li, P. Gong, I. Csiszar, F. Fraser, W-M. Hao, S. Kodnragunta, and F. Weng, Development and analysis of 12-year daily 1-km forest fire dataset across North America from NOAA/AVHRR data, Remote Sensing and Environment, 2006

Zhang, Xiaoyang and Shobha Kondragunta, 2006: Estimating forest biomass in the USA using generalized allometric models and MODIS land products. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L09402, doi:10.1029/2006GL025879. (PDF, 3.9MB)

Kondragunta, S., L. E. Flynn, A. Neuendorffer, A. J. Miller, C. Long, R. Nagatani, S. Zhou, T. Beck, E. Beach, R. McPeters, R. Stolarski, P. K. Bhartia, M. T. DeLand, L. -K. Huang, Vertical structure of the anomalous 2002 Antarctic ozone hole, J. of Atmospheric Science, 2005

Miller, A. J., R. Nagatani, L. E. Flynn, S. Kondragunta, E. Beach, R. Stolarski, R. McPeters, P. K. Bhartia, M. T. DeLand, C. H. Jackman, D. J. Wuebbles, K. O. Patten, and R. P. Cebula, A cohesive total ozone data set from the NOAA satellite system, J. Geophys. Res., 107(0), doi:10.1029/2001JD000853, 2002.

Planet, W. G., A. J. Miller, K. Horvath, R. Nagatani, L. E. Flynn, E. Hilsenrath, S. Kondragunta, R. P. Cebula, and M. T. DeLand, Total Ozone determinations from NOAA operational SBUV/2 observations: an update, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 17,471-17,478, 2001

Park, R. J., G. L. Stenchikov, K. E. Pickering, R. R. Dickerson, D. J. Allen, S. Kondragunta, Regional air pollution and its radiative forcing: studies with a single column chemical and radiation transport model, J. Geophys. Res., 106, 28, 751-28, 770, 2001.

Dickerson, R. R., S. Kondragunta, G. Stenchikov, K. L. Civerolo, B. G. Doddridge, B. Holben, The Impact of Aerosols on Solar UV Radiation and Photochemical Smog, Science, 278, 827-830, 1997.

Ellis, W.G., Jr., A. M. Thompson, S. Kondragunta, K. E. Pickering, R. R. Dickerson, J. R. Scala, and W.-K. Tao, Potential Ozone Production Following Convective Transport Based on Future Emission Scenarios, Atmospheric Environment, 1996.

Stenchikov, G., R. R. Dickerson, K. Pickering, W. G. Ellis, B. Doddridge, S. Kondragunta, O. Poulida, Troposphere-Stratosphere Exchange in a Mid Latitude Mesoscale Convective Complex:Part 2, Numerical Simulations, J. of Geophys. Res., 1996

Haky, J.E. and S. Vemulapalli, Comparison of octadecyl-bonded alumina and other stationary phases for lipophilicity estimation by high performance liquid chromatography, J. of Liquid Chromatography, 13, 1990

Haky, J. E., S. Vemulapalli, and L. Wieserman, Comparison of octadecyl- bonded alumina and silica for reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatography, J. of Chromatography, 505, 1990.


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