My dissertation work examines the changing climate in the Arctic. I use observational and reanalysis datasets to investigate the Greenland Ice Sheet (GrIS) and the Arctic sea ice. My current project uses the ERA-Interim and the surface balance equation to determine what portion of the ice-sheet surface skin temperature can be attributed to downward longwave radiation, latent and sensible heat fluxes, and residual conduction. My second project uses the observation dataset Programme for Monitoring of the Greenland Ice Sheet (PROMICE) for statistical analysis on the atmospheric variables that are provided.
Before starting my PhD, I was a consultant with the NASA DEVELOP National Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where I worked on a team on two projects. For the first project, we used NASA’s Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) to develop near real-time maps using ArcGIS software. For my second project, we developed new methodologies to derive drought information from atmospheric condition data obtained by AIRS.