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Shakeel Asharaf

Dr. Shakeel Asharaf is a JIFRESSE postdoc affiliated with the Aerosols and Clouds group in the Earth Science division at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He received his Ph.D. degree in Geosciences from the University of Frankfurt, Germany in year 2016, where he started investigating the role of land-surface and its relation to the overlying climate, particularly with regard to the rain formation over India during the summer monsoon season. Prior to that he received the B.S. & M.S. degree from University of Allahabad and M.Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India in years 2004, 2006 and 2008, respectively. During his Ph.D., he worked concurrently at the national meteorological service of Germany (Deutscher wetterdienst DWD). There he involved in development of a regional seasonal forecasting service for East Africa as part of the early warning system for the World Food Program in Ethiopia. His primary research aims at improving the understanding of feedback dynamics and processes that underpin the analysis of regional climate system. At JPL, he is currently focused on Maritime continent using state-of-the-art climate models including in-situ and satellites measurement.

  • Ph.D. (Geosciences), J. W. Goethe University (GUF), Frankfurt am Main, Institute for Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Germany (2016)
  • M.Tech. (Earth System Science & Technology), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, India (2008)
  • M.Sc. (Applied Geology), Allahabad University, Allahabad, India (2006)
  • B.Sc. (Math, Physics, and Chemistry), Allahabad University, Allahabad, India (2004)

Research Interests
  • Land-Atmosphere-Ocean interaction
  • Monsoons
  • Seamless prediction/projection/verification
  • Satellite / in-situ data analysis


JIFRESSE is a scientific collaboration between UCLA and JPL to improve understanding and to develop future projections about global climate change.

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) will measure ocean surface wind speed throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The goal is a fundamental improvement in hurricane forecasting.

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Researcher at JPL/UCLA, USA (11/2017 – present )
  • Research Scientist, German Weather Service (DWD), Offenbach am Main, Germany (07/2013 – 09/2016)
  • Researcher, J. W. Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany (12/2008 – 07/2013)

Community Service

Reviewer activity

- Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, International Journal of Climatology, Journal of Hydrometeorology, Climate Dynamics, International Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, Transaction of the ASABE, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Research, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans

Selected Awards
  • Qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) – 2006 with All India Rank 92
  • Awarded assistantship at IIT Kharagpur (2006-2008) by HRD Ministry Govt. of India
  • Awarded funding from World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to attend the international training course on producing high resolution climate information: scientific basis and application, Seoul, S. Korea, October 13-24, 2013

Selected Publications
  1. Nikulin, G., S. Asharaf, M.E., Magarino, S. Calmantie, R.M. Cardoso, J. Bhend, J. Fernandez, M.D. Frias, K. Fröhlich, B. Früh, S.H. Garcia, R. Manzanas, J.M. Gutierrez, U. Hansson, M. Kolax, M.A. Liniger, P.M.M. Soares, C. Sprig, R. Tome, and K. Wyser (2017): Dynamical and statistical downscaling of a global seasonal hindcast in eastern Africa, Climate Services, in press.
  2. Asharaf, S., and B. Ahrens (2015): Indian summer monsoon rainfall processes in climate change scenarios, J. Climate., 28, 5414-5429.
  3. Asharaf, S., and B. Ahrens (2013): Soil moisture memory in the regional climate model COSMO-CLM during the Indian summer monsoon season. J. Geophys. Res., 118(12), 6144-6151.
  4. Kumar, P., A. Wiltshire, C. Mathison, S. Asharaf, B. Ahrens, P. Lucas-Picher, J. H. Christensen, A. Gobiet, F. Saeed, S. Hagemann, and D. Jacob (2013): Downscaled climate change projections with uncertainty assessment over India using a high resolution multi-model approach, Science of the Total Environment, 468, 18-30.
  5. Asharaf, S., A. Dobler, and B. Ahrens (2012): Soil moisture-precipitation feedback processes in the Indian summer monsoon season. J. Hydrometeor., 13, 1461-1474.
  6. Lucas-Picher, P., J.H. Christensen, F. Saeed, P. Kumar, S. Asharaf, B. Ahrens, A.J. Wiltshire, D. Jacob, and S. Hagemann (2011): Can regional climate models represent the Indian monsoon? J. Hydrometeor., 12, 849–868.

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