[image-51]Ron Gelaro is an HS3 Mission Science Team Co-Investigator, and is the lead scientist for Atmospheric Data Assimilation at the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. He is a leader of NASA’s efforts to use satellite observations and atmospheric models to improve weather forecasts and historical climate analyses.
Gelaro and his team at GMAO support HS3 mission operations by providing real-time weather and chemical composition forecasts based on NASA’s GEOS-5 atmospheric modeling system.
He now oversees the development of the GMAO’s atmospheric data assimilation system and the GMAO’s formal collaboration in data assimilation development with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Center for Environmental Prediction. Gelaro is heavily involved in the GMAO’s ongoing historical reanalysis project and the development of the Office’s new 4DVar data assimilation system. His current research focuses on observing system science studies using adjoint tools and applications related to the design of observing system simulation experiments.
Dr. Gelaro earned his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University. He completed his Ph.D. in 1989. Before coming to NASA in 2001 he worked at the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey CA, and was a visiting scientist at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.
He currently resides in Howard County, Maryland.
For a question and answer session with Gelaro on Earth and Sky about his computer modeling, visit: http://earthsky.org/earth/ron-gelaro-aqua-satellite-data-improves-weather-forecasts-and-models.