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Dr. Farnaz Hosseinpour
Assistant Research Professor, Atmospheric Science

Professional Interests

Dr. Hosseinpour holds the position of Assistant Research Professor in the Division of Atmospheric Sciences of the Desert Research Institute (DRI). She has a wide range of research experience in the fields of atmospheric physics and climate dynamics with an emphasis on aerosol physics, extreme weather, and climate dynamics. She is an expert in working with various NASA’s satellite observations and global reanalysis. She has extensive experience in computation, visualization, and analytical techniques applied to big datasets, including remote sensing and in-situ observations, reanalysis, and model data processing. She is also an expert in developing and implementing numerical models for regional and global climate studies. As a PI and Co-PI, she actively contributes to writing research proposals for federal funding programs, including NASA ROSES, NASA EPSCoR, DOE.

Dr. Hosseinpour’s research has addressed the relationships between aerosols, clouds, radiation, climate, and precipitation. She closely works with the atmospheric modeling and cloud microphysics groups at DRI and also applied various statistical analyses on measurements and models toward the needs of the Navy. Prior to her faculty position, Dr. Hosseinpour served two years as a postdoctoral research fellow at DRI and got her Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her Ph.D. research was funded through NASA IDS research project with the focus on dust emission from Saharan Desert and smoke from Savana wildfires and biomass burning and their impacts on the regional climate and precipitation over West Africa and the tropical Atlantic Ocean. The results from her research made a bridge between the knowledge of aerosol physics and climate dynamics. The novelty of this work has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and achieved the Best Oral Presentation Award.

Dr. Hosseinpour is also a Graduate Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences (ATMS) Graduate Program at the University of Nevada-Reno (UNR). She serves as a Senator of Faculty Senate at DRI and a committee member of the Wanger Award for Women in Atmospheric Sciences. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women and an active reviewer of research manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications.

Education

DEGREEYEARINSTITUTIONAREA
Postdoctoral2017-2019Desert Research Institute, Reno NVAtmospheric Science
Ph.D. GPA: 4.0 (out of 4.0)2017University of Nevada, RenoAtmospheric Science
M.Sc.2009University of Tehran, TehranMeteorology
B.S.2000University of Shahid Beheshti, TehranPhysics

Research Areas

  • Big data analytics
  • Atmospheric modeling
  • Remote sensing and in-situ observations
  • Climate dynamics
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Synoptic and mesoscale meteorology
  • Aerosols Physics
  • Dust
  • Smoke from biomass burning and wildfires
  • Extreme weather
  • Storm track dynamics
  • Atmospheric rivers (ARs)
  • Atmospheric waves, jet streams, eddy activity and energy
  • Aerosol-cloud-radiation-climate-precipitation interactions
  • Planetary-scale oscillations such as NAO and MJO
  • Climate variability and change

Professional Skills

  • Expert in working with various datasets, including remote sensing data, satellite observations and global reanalysis
  • Expert in computation, visualization and analytical techniques applied to big datasets (e.g., MERRA, MODIS, CALIPSO, SeaWiFS, TRMM, GFS, NCEP)
  • Expert in numerical methods and conducting simulations with various models including regional and global climate models (e.g, CESM, WRF, MM5)
  • Contributed in field experiments and worked withAERONET sun photometers and FTIR spectrometers
  • Expert in developing codes and computer programming languages such as MATLAB, Python, JAVA, FORTRAN
  • Expert in advanced mathematics and statistics
  • Contributed to program development through collaborative proposal writing (e.g., NASA, DOE, Nevada NASA EPSCoR)
  • Published manuscripts in the peer-reviewed scientific literature
  • Presented research outcomes at scientific conferences (national and international level)
  • Leadership; worked in a cross-functional team environment in a timely manner
  • Taught and designed curriculum in STEM fields

Professional Experience

DATESTitle

2020-present

Assistant Research Professor of Atmospheric Science, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV

Senator, Faculty Senate, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV

Graduate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno NV

2017-2019Postdoctoral Fellow, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV
2012-2017Graduate Student Researcher, Desert Research Institute, Reno NV
2011-2012Teaching and Research Assistant, Physics Department, New Mexico Tech (NMT), Socorro, NM

Professional Associations

  • Member of National Association of Professional Women (2014-present)
  • Member of American Geophysical Union (2012- present)
  • Member of American Meteorological Society (2012-present)

Key words

big data, data analysis, computation, visualization, atmospheric model, numerical modeling, finite difference methods, programming, statistics, mathematics, physics, remote sensing, NASA, satellite, observations, reanalysis, climate dynamics, climate variability, extreme weather, forecast, aerosol, dust, radiation, forcing, cloud, smoke, biomass burning, fire, air, particles, pollutant, particulate matter, atmosphere, jetstream, storm track, wave, eddy, energy, storm, precipitation, atmospheric rivers, meteorology, fluid dynamics, synoptic, mesoscale, large-scale, planetary scale, oscillation, NAO, MJO, CESM, WRF, MERRA, SeaWiFS, MODIS, CALIPSO, TRMM, MATLAB, Python, STEM, education

Peer-Reviewed Publications & Presentations

2020

Hosseinpour, F., and Wilcox, E.M. (2020). Dust-Induced Changes on Energy and Activity of Atmospheric Waves Using a Global Climate Model, 100th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, January 16, 2020, (Talk)

Mitchell D. L., Mejia J., Tomii Y. and Hosseinpour F. (2020). How Do We Make Progress in Cirrus Cloud Thinning Research? Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium meeting, April 16, 2020

Tomii, Y., Hosseinpour, F., Mejia, J. F., Mitchell, D. L. (2020). An evaluation of cirrus cloud thinning through improved integration of satellite retrievals and climate modeling, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (100th anniversary): Boston, MA, January 12, 2020-January 17, 2020, Presented

2019

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2019). Large-Scale Impacts of Dust on Weather and Climate, Dust Seminar, Desert Research Institute, June 4, 2019 (Talk)

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R., 2019: Energetics of the African Easterly Waves Coupled to Saharan Dust Radiative Heating: A New Look to Variability of Tropical Atlantic Storm Tracks, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 6-10, 2019 (Talk)

Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Tomii, Y., Hosseinpour, F. (2019). Evaluating cirrus cloud thinning using CALIPSO retrievals and the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model v. 6, Invited presentation, Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium (GMRC), Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS): Cambridge, MA, September 30, 2019

2018

Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). Comparing standard CAM5 against “CALIPSO Cirrus CAM5” and the need for a better cirrus cloud parameterization, CESM Atmosphere Model Working Group (AMWG) Annual Meeting, National Center for Atmospheric Research: Boulder, CO, February 12, 2018-February 14, 2018

Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). Can changes in cirrus cloud ice nucleation affect the jet stream and storm track?, Atmospheric Radiation Conference, American Meteorological Society: Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9, 2018-July 13, 2018

Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). On the Potential Role of Arctic Cirrus Clouds in Predicting Anomalous Mid-Latitude Weather and Climate, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Washington, DC, December 10, 2018-December 14, 2018

2017

Hosseinpour, F. 2017. Mechanisms of Interactions between Atmospheric Particles and Climate Dynamics, Dissertation, Publications of University of Nevada, Reno, NV, 200 PP

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2017). Mechanisms of Saharan Dust Radiative Effects Coupled to Eddy Energy and Wave Activity, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 15, 2017

Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F., Avery, M. A. (2017). A potential regulation of jet stream behavior by changes in Arctic cirrus cloud formation mechanism and coverage, Session Proposal: A54G The Dynamics of the Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation in Present and Future Climates: Jet Streams, Storm Tracks, Stationary Waves, and Monsoons III, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 15, 2017

2016

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2016). A New Look to Impacts of Aerosols on Storm Track Dynamics through Wave Activity, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 14, 2016 (Talk)

Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F. (2016). The transport of southern Africa smoke aerosols and transient dynamics of the subtropical circulation, Ed. Shan, Y., American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-December 16, 2016

Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Gao, L., Thomas, R., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2016). Semi-direct effects of black carbon aerosols on low clouds: Mechanisms for climate cooling, Aerosols and Clouds: Connections from the Laboratory to the Field to the Globe: Telluride Science Research Center, CO, June 27, 2016-July 1, 2016

2015

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Paper, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, Jan 7, 2015 (Talk)

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol-Climate Interactions through Atmospheric Wave Activities, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate: Lewiston, ME, July 26, 2015-July 31, 2015 (Talk and poster presentation)

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). A New Look to Interactions of Saharan Dust with Waves in the Tropical Atlantic Storm Track, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015

2014

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). Aerosol interactions with African/Atlantic climate dynamics, Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 075004, DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/075004

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). A Dynamic Perspective on aerosol-vorticity-wave Interactions, Oral presentation at the 94th American Meteorological Society (AMS): Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014, (Talk, Best Student Presentation Award)

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). An Energetic Perspective on Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014

Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Colarco, P. R. (2014). Signatures of semi-direct radiative forcing by absorbing aerosols in satellite observations and models, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014

2013

Hosseinpour, F., Mohebalhojeh A.R., and Ahmadi-Givi F. (2013). Storm track Dynamics in Anomalous winter 2007-2008 from Energetic Perspective, Journal of Earth and Space Physics, 38, 175-187

Chakrabarty, R. K., Arnold, I. J., Francisco, D. M., Hatchett, B. J., Hosseinpour, F., Loria Salazar, S. M., Pokharel, A. K., Woody, B. M. (2013). Black and brown carbon fractal aggregates from combustion of two fuels widely used in Asian rituals, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 122, 25-30

Hosseinpour, F. (2013). Mechanistic understanding of Aerosol-Climate Interactions: Atmospheric Teleconnection Induced by African Aerosols, Poster presentation at the Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate: London, NH, July 7, 2013

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Large-Scale Interactions of African Smoke and Dust Aerosols with Tropical/Subtropical Atmospheric Circulations and Precipitation, Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 5, 2013

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Interactions between Oceanic Saharan Air Layer and African Easterly Jet- African Easterly Waves System, Presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013

2012

Hosseinpour, F., Raymond, D.J. (2012). The Relationships between Atmospheric Rivers and the MJO, 30th conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, April 15, 2012-April 20, 2012, poster presentation

Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Mechanisms of African Aerosol-Climate Interactions and their Forcing on Dynamical Systems, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012

Hosseinpour, F., and Raymond D.J. (2012). Atmospheric River Dynamics from Energy and Momentum

Perspectives, Annual Nevada NSF EPSCoR Climate Change Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 13 February 2012, poster Presentation

2010

Hosseinpour. F., Mohebalhojeh, A.R., and Ahmadi-Givi, F. (2010). The Effect of Transients on Climate

Anomalies over the Storm Tracks in winter 2007-08 from Large-Scale Dynamics Perspective, 14th Geophysics Conference of Iran, University of Tehran, Tehran, May 11-3, 2010, 161-164, conference paper

Hosseinpour, F., Mohebalhojeh A. R., and Ahmadi-Givi F. (2010). The Middle East Climate Dynamics in Winter Season, 13th annual and 2nd International Fluid Dynamics Conference, Shiraz University, October 26-28, 2010, conference paper

2009

Hosseinpour, F. (2009). A Large-Scale Dynamical Analysis of Global Climate and Anomalies in 2007-2008 winter, M.Sc. thesis, Publications of Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran, 150 PP

Hosseinpour, F., Mohebalhojeh, A.R., and Ahmadi-Givi, F. (2009). A Large-Scale Dynamical Analysis of Global Climate Anomalies in winter 2007-08. Proceedings of IAMAS, IAPSO and IACS Joint Assembly, MOCA-09, Montreal, Canada, July 19-29, 2009, poster presentation

Hosseinpour, F. (2008). Rossby wave breaking and its relationship with storm track, Publications of Geophysics Institute, University of Tehran, 45 PP

Keywords

big data, data analysis, computation, visualization, atmospheric model, numerical modeling, finite difference methods, programming, statistics, mathematics, physics, remote sensing, NASA, satellite, observations, reanalysis, climate dynamics, climate variability, extreme weather, forecast, aerosol, dust, radiation, forcing, cloud, smoke, biomass burning, fire, air, particles, pollutant, particulate matter, atmosphere, jetstream, storm track, wave, eddy, energy, storm, precipitation, atmospheric rivers, meteorology, fluid dynamics, synoptic, mesoscale, large-scale, planetary scale, oscillation, NAO, MJO, CESM, WRF, MERRA, SeaWiFS, MODIS, CALIPSO, TRMM, MATLAB, Python, STEM, education

 

Publications
2014
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). Aerosol interactions with African/Atlantic climate dynamics, Environ. Res. Lett., 9, 075004, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/075004
2013
Chakrabarty, R. K., Arnold, I. J., Francisco, D. M., Hatchett, B. J., Hosseinpour, F., Loria Salazar, S. M., Pokharel, A. K., Woody, B. M. (2013). Black and brown carbon fractal aggregates from combustion of two fuels widely used in Asian rituals, J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer, 122, 25-30
Conference Proceedings
2020
Tomii, Y., Hosseinpour, F., Mejia, J. F., Mitchell, D. L. (2020). An evaluation of cirrus cloud thinning through improved integration of satellite retrievals and climate modeling, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (100th anniversary): Boston, MA, January 12, 2020-January 17, 2020, Presented.
2019
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2019). Energetics of the African Easterly Waves Coupled to Saharan Dust Radiative Heating: A New Look to Variability of Tropical Atlantic Storm Tracks, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 6, 2019-January 10, 2019, Presented.
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2019). Large-Scale Impacts of Dust on Weather and Climate, Dust Seminar, Desert Research Institute, June 4, 2019, Presented.
Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Tomii, Y., Hosseinpour, F. (2019). Evaluating cirrus cloud thinning using CALIPSO retrievals and the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model v. 6, Invited presentation, Geoengineering Modeling Research Consortium (GMRC), Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS): Cambridge, MA, September 30, 2019, Presented.
2018
Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). Comparing standard CAM5 against “CALIPSO Cirrus CAM5” and the need for a better cirrus cloud parameterization, CESM Atmosphere Model Working Group (AMWG) Annual Meeting, National Center for Atmospheric Research: Boulder, CO, February 12, 2018-February 14, 2018
Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). Can changes in cirrus cloud ice nucleation affect the jet stream and storm track?, Atmospheric Radiation Conference, American Meteorological Society: Vancouver, BC, Canada, July 9, 2018-July 13, 2018
Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F. (2018). On the Potential Role of Arctic Cirrus Clouds in Predicting Anomalous Mid-Latitude Weather and Climate, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: Washington, DC, December 10, 2018-December 14, 2018
2017
Mitchell, D. L., Mejia, J. F., Garnier, A., Hosseinpour, F., Avery, M. A. (2017). A potential regulation of jet stream behavior by changes in Arctic cirrus cloud formation mechanism and coverage, Session Proposal: A54G The Dynamics of the Large-Scale Atmospheric Circulation in Present and Future Climates: Jet Streams, Storm Tracks, Stationary Waves, and Monsoons III, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 15, 2017
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2017). Mechanisms of Saharan Dust Radiative Effects Coupled to Eddy Energy and Wave Activity, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: New Orleans, LA, December 11, 2017-December 15, 2017
2016
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2016). A New Look to Impacts of Aerosols on Storm Track Dynamics through Wave Activity, American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: New Orleans, LA, January 14, 2016
Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Gao, L., Thomas, R., Praveen, P. S., Pistone, K., Bender, F. A., Ramanathan, V. (2016). Semi-direct effects of black carbon aerosols on low clouds: Mechanisms for climate cooling, Aerosols and Clouds: Connections from the Laboratory to the Field to the Globe: Telluride Science Research Center, CO, June 27, 2016-July 1, 2016
Shan, Y. (Ed.) Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F. (2016). The transport of southern Africa smoke aerosols and transient dynamics of the subtropical circulation, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 12, 2016-December 16, 2016
2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Paper, 95th AMS Annual Meeting: Phoenix, AZ, January 7, 2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). Aerosol-Climate Interactions through Atmospheric Wave Activities, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate: Lewiston, ME, July 26, 2015-July 31, 2015
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M., Colarco, P. R. (2015). A New Look to Interactions of Saharan Dust with Waves in the Tropical Atlantic Storm Track, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2015-December 18, 2015
2014
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). A Dynamic Perspective on aerosol-vorticity-wave Interactions, Oral presentation at the 94th American Meteorological Society (AMS): Atlanta, GA, February 2, 2014, Best Presentation Award
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2014). An Energetic Perspective on Aerosol Radiative Forcing and Interactions with Atmospheric Wave Activity, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
Wilcox, E.M., Hosseinpour, F., Colarco, P. R. (2014). Signatures of semi-direct radiative forcing by absorbing aerosols in satellite observations and models, Poster, 2014 AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 15, 2014
2013
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Large-Scale Interactions of African Smoke and Dust Aerosols with Tropical/Subtropical Atmospheric Circulations and Precipitation, Presentation at the 93rd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting: Austin, TX, January 5, 2013
Hosseinpour, F. (2013). Mechanistic understanding of Aerosol-Climate Interactions: Atmospheric Teleconnection Induced by African Aerosols, Poster presentation at the Gordon Research Conference on Radiation and Climate: London, NH, July 7, 2013
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2013). Interactions between Oceanic Saharan Air Layer and African Easterly Jet- African Easterly Waves System, Presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 9, 2013
2012
Hosseinpour, F., Wilcox, E.M. (2012). Mechanisms of African Aerosol-Climate Interactions and their Forcing on Dynamical Systems, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2012
Hosseinpour, F., Raymond, D. (2012). The Relationships between Atmospheric Rivers and the MJO, 30th conference on Hurricanes and Tropical Meteorology, American Meteorological Society, April 15, 2012-April 20, 2012, Presented.