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SMCD shieldNicholas Nalli

Satellite Meteorology & Climatology Division

Satellite Calibration and Data Assimilation Branch
Senior Research Scientist / Contractor


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photo of Nicholas NalliNicholas Nalli received the B.S and M.S. degrees in Education from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was awarded a four-year Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), Colorado State University, which he completed onsite at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR as a Visiting Scientist. He is currently a Senior Research Scientist (onsite contractor) at STAR, where he performs applied and basic research. His primary research specialty is in environmental satellite remote sensing, radiative transfer and validation, with focus on oceanic and atmospheric applications. Other research interests include atmospheric aerosols, clouds, air-sea interactions, boundary layer and marine meteorology, oceanographic intensive field campaigns, and global climate change applications. He is also interested and active in science education and public outreach.

NOAA Aerosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE)

Since joining the satellite soundings team at NOAA/NESDIS/STAR in 2004, Dr. Nalli has developed a professional collaborative partnership between STAR and the Howard University NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS). At the forefront of this activity has been his participation as a Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) in the NOAA Aerosols and Ocean Science Expeditions (AEROSE), a series of trans- Atlantic intensive atmospheric field campaigns conducted aboard the NOAA Ship Ronald H. Brown that have obtained a large quantity of truth data over the open-ocean for satellite calibration/validation efforts at STAR. Collaborating with the NOAA PIRATA Northeast Extension (PNE) project, AEROSE has now completed 10 trans-Atlantic expeditions: one in 2004, two back-to-back legs in 2006, one each in 2007-2011, two in 2013, and one in 2015 onboard the NATO RV Alliance, with another campaign scheduled for Feb-Mar 2017. Dr. Nalli also successfully participated in the 2015 CalWater campaign onboard the NOAA Ronald H. Brown to study atmospheric rivers (ARs) over the Pacific Ocean off the U.S. West Coast.