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Sid-Ahmed Boukabara

STAR Senior Data Assimilation Scientist



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photo: Sid-Ahmed BoukabaraSid-Ahmed Boukabara received the Ingénieur degree in electronics and signal processing from the National School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), in Toulouse, France (1994), the M.S. degree from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France (1994) and the Ph.D. degree in remote sensing from the Denis Diderot University, Paris, France (1997). Until 2005 he was a scientist with Atmospheric Environmental Research (AER) Inc., working on various projects including MonoRTM, NPOESS CrIS, CMIS and QuikSCAT. He then joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) center for SaTellite Applications and Research (STAR), where he has led over the years several efforts including (1) the development of variational algorithms and data assimilation approaches to all-weather conditions and over all surface backgrounds for a variety of new sensors (including JPSS and GOES-R), (2) observing systems impact assessments of existing and future satellites using OSE and OSSE tools including for small satellites and (3) environment data fusion tools to combine traditional data (space-based and conventional ground-based) with emerging new sources of environmental observations. After an assignment to NOAA headquarters where he worked as a senior policy advisor on policy-making and strategic planning related to satellite systems, he came back home to NESDIS/STAR to engage with strategic new initiatives and pilot projects to explore new technologies and new numerical approaches such as cognitive leaning, to handling big data, remote sensing algorithms, data assimilation and data fusion.


2017 - Present
Senior Data Assimilation Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, College Park, Maryland
2015 - 2017
Senior Policy Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Environmental Observation & Prediction (AS/EOP), NOAA headquarters, Washington DC
2014 - 2015
Director (Acting), U.S. Joint Center for Satellite Data Assimilation (JCSDA), NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, College Park, MD
2009 - 2015
Deputy Director, JCSDA, Executive Team NESDIS Rep., NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, Camp Springs & College Park, MD
2007 - 2009
Physical Scientist, NOAA/NESDIS/STAR, Camp Springs, Maryland
2005 - 2007
Physical Scientist, IMSG Inc., Camp Springs, Maryland
1998 - 2005
Staff Scientist, Microwave Remote Sensing Department, AER Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts
1994 - 1998
Engineer / PhD Researcher, CETP, Paris, France


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