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 Earth Science: People
Carmen  Boening's Picture
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
M/S 300-323
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Curriculum Vitae:

Carmen Boening
Deputy Section Manager

  • 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, provide measurements of the Earth’s gravity field, including the variability of ocean mass.

ECCO-IcES is a 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.

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NASA’s Sea Level Change team was selected in 2014, 2017, and 2020, to focus on advancing NASA sea level science and forming new collaborations to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges in sea level research.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA (2009-present)
    • Deputy Section Manager, Earth Science
    • GRACE Project Scientist (2015-present)
    • Group Supervisor - Sea Level and Ice (2015-2018)
    • Scientist, Climate Physics Group (2011-2018)
    • Postdoctoral Scholar (2009-2011)
  • STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH, Bremen, Germany, Mathematical Technical Assistant (applied mathematics, software engineering and development) (1997-2000)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Public Achievement Medal (2018)
  • JPL People Leadership Award for Exceptional People Leadership (2017)
  • 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. Schlegel, N., (2018) Exploration of Antarctic Ice Sheet 100-year contribution to sea level rise and associated model uncertainties using the ISSM framework, The Cryosphere, accepted
  2. Demory, M.-E. and Boening, C. (2018), "The use of GRACE satellite data to validate the global hydrological cycle as simulated by a global climate model", submitted
  3. Mazloff, M. R., and C. Boening (2016), Rapid variability of Antarctic Bottom Water transport into the Pacific Ocean inferred from GRACE, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 3822-3829, doi:10.1002/2016GL068474.
  4. Hughes, C.W., J. Williams, A. Hibbert, C. Boening, J. Oram (2016), "A Rossby Whistle: A resonant basin mode observed in the Caribbean Sea", Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 7036-7043, doi:10.1002/2016GL069573.
  5. Bentel, K., F. W. Landerer, and C. Boening. "Monitoring Atlantic overturning circulation variability with GRACE-type ocean bottom pressure observations-a sensitivity study." Ocean Sci. Discuss 12 (2015): 1765-1791.
  6. Landerer, F. W., D. N. Wiese, K. Bentel, C. Boening, and M. M. Watkins (2015), North Atlantic meridional overturning circulation variations from GRACE ocean bottom pressure anomalies, Geophysical Research Letters, 42(19), 8114-8121, doi:
  7. Li, J. F., W. -L. .Lee, T. Lee, E. Fetzer, J. Yu, T. L. Kubar, and C. Boening (2015), The impacts of cloud snow radiative effects on Pacific Ocean surface heat fluxes, surface wind stress, and ocean temperatures in coupled GCM simulations. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 2242-2260. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022538.
  8. atkins, M. M., D. N. Wiese, D.-N. Yuan, C. Boening, and F. W. Landerer (2015), Improved methods for observing Earth's time variable mass distribution with GRACE using spherical cap mascons, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 120, doi: 10.1002/2014JB011547.
  9. Boening, C. (2014) Oceanography: Detecting sea-level rise, Nature Climate Change, 4, 327–328, doi:10.1038/nclimate2205.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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)
  17. 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.
  18. 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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