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Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 300-323
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Curriculum Vitae:

Carmen Boening

  • PhD, Physics and Engineering, University of Bremen, Germany (2009)
  • MSc Mathematics (Diplom Mathematik), Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Bremen, Germany (2005)

Research Interests
  • Studying global and regional Ocean/Climate Interactions and Feedbacks
  • Interdisciplinary Sea Level Rise Research: Understanding of the components and interactions within the global water cycle and their impact on sea level rise
  • Scientist on the GRACE/GRACE-FO (Gravity Recovery And Climate Experiment) Mission


GRACE, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, twin satellites launched in March 2002, are making detailed measurements of Earth's gravity field which will lead to discoveries about gravity and Earth's natural systems.

ECCO-IcES is an ECCO-follow-on project that aims to produce increasingly accurate syntheses of all available global-scale ocean and sea-ice data at resolutions that start to resolve ocean eddies.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA (2009-present)
    • Scientist, Climate Physics Group (2011-present)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (2009-2011)
  • STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH, Bremen, Germany, Mathematical Technical Assistant (applied mathematics, software engineering and development) (1997-2000)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Early Career Achievement Medal (2014)
  • JPL Ed Stone Award (2014)
  • Lew Allen Award for Excellence (2013)
  • JPL Outstanding Postdoc Poster Award (2010)

Selected Publications
  1. Boening, C. (2014) Oceanography: Detecting sea-level rise, Nature Climate Change, 4, 327–328, doi:10.1038/nclimate2205.
  2. Fasullo, J. T., C. Boening, F. W. Landerer, and R. S. Nerem (2013), Australia's unique influence on global sea level in 2010–2011, Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 43684373, doi:10.1002/grl.50834.
  3. Boening, C., M. Lebsock, F. Landerer, and G. Stephens (2012), Snowfall-driven mass change on the East Antarctic ice sheet, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L21501, doi:10.1029/2012GL053316.
  4. Boening, C., J. K. Willis, F. W. Landerer, R. S. Nerem, and J. Fasullo, (2012) The 2011 La Niña: So Strong, the Oceans Fell, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L19602, doi:10.1029/2012GL053055.
  5. Boening, C., T. Lee, and V. Zlotnicki (2011), A record-high ocean bottom pressure in the South Pacific observed by GRACE, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L04602, doi:10.1029/2010GL046013.
  6. Böning, C. Timmermann, R., Danilov, S., Schröter, J. (2010). On the representation of transport variability of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in GRACE gravity solutions and numerical ocean model simulations, In Flechtner F, Gruber T, Güntner A, Mandea M, Rothacher M, Schöne T, Wickert J (eds) Satellite Geodesy and Earth System Science, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, Part 2, 187-199, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-10228-8_15
  7. Macrander, A., Böning, C., Boebel, O., Schröter, J. (2010). GRACE Validation by in-situ data of Ocean Bottom Pressure. In Flechtner F, Gruber T, Güntner A, Mandea M, Rothacher M, Schöne T, Wickert J (eds) Satellite Geodesy and Earth System Science, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, Part 2, 169-185, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-10228-8_14
  8. Böning, C. (2009), Validation of ocean mass variability derived from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment - Studies utilizing in-situ observations and results from a Finite Element Sea ice - Ocean Model, Bremen, Univ., Diss., 2009, (URL)
  9. Timmermann, R., Danilov, S., Schröter, J., Böning, C., Sidorenko, D., Rollenhagen, K.(2009). Ocean circulation and sea ice distribution in a finite element global sea ice ocean model, Ocean Modelling, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2008.10.009.
  10. Böning, C., Timmermann, R., Macrander, A., Schröter, J.(2008). A pattern-filtering method for the determination of ocean bottom pressure anomalies from GRACE solutions, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L18611, doi:10.1029/2008GL034974 .

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