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Kat Bormann

Kat J. Bormann is a Scientist II at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology. She is the Project Scientist for the JPL Airborne Snow Observatory, an integrated imaging spectrometer and LiDAR system to give the first-ever comprehensive, near real-time maps of snow water equivalent and snow reflectivity in mountain basins.

Dr. Bormann has applied mixed pixel analysis algorithms to new sensors for remote sensing of snow properties to supplement long-term observations of mountain snow cover (MODIS, VIIRS). She also has expertise in understanding the spatial and temporal variability of snow density, a property which allows the conversion of snow depth measurements to snow water equivalent (water content).


Education
  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Jet Propulsion Laboratry, Caltech., with Thomas Painter (2016)
  • PhD, Climate Science, University of New South Wales, with Jason Evans. Dissertation: Snowpack characteristics and modelling in the marginal snowfields of southeast Australia(2013)
  • BEnvEng, Bachelor in Environmental Engineering, Monash University. Foci: Land and water( 2001)

Research Interests

Kat Bormann's research interests include snow hydrology, remote sensing of seasonal snow cover, snow cover variability, spatial and temporal heterogeneity of snow properties and the representation of snow in regional climate and land surface models.


Professional Experience
  • Scientist II, JPL/California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA. (2017-Present)
  • Research Associate, University of New South Wales, Sydney, AU (2011-2013)
  • Environmental Engineer, AECOM, Sydney, AU.(2008-2009)
  • Water Resources Consulting Engineer, SMEC Australia, Sydney AU.(2006-2008)
  • Civil and Environmental Consulting Engineer, Henwood Engineers, Brisbane, AU (2003-2009)

Community Service
    Outreach
  • 2017-Feb Scripps College, "Authentic Leadership Following your Passion", Panel Discussion
  • Journals
  • Reviewer for Water Resources Research, Climatic Change, Nature Communications, Journal of Hydrology, Remote Sensing of Environment, Cryosphere Discussions, Climate Research and Journal of Climate
  • Review
  • Reviewer for NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program 2016-2017
  • External reviewer for Honors Student (Australian National University, Canberra, AU)
  • Media
  • Capital Public Radio - http://www.capradio.org/articles/2017/03/07/nasa-launches-pilot-project-to-measure-snow-pack-from-the-sky/
  • Air & Space Magazine - http://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/nasa-snow-observatory-180960961/
  • Mountain Democrat - http://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/airborne-snow-survey-adds-to-water-picture/

Selected Awards
  • 2014-NASA Group Achievement Award - Airborne Snow Observatory team.

Selected Publications
  1. Moller, D., K. M. Andreadis, K. J. Bormann, S. Hensley, and T. H. Painter, Mapping snow depth from Ka-band interferometry: Proof of concept and comparison with scanning lidar retrievals, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 'Early Access' IEEEXplore, doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2017.2686398
  2. Painter, T. H., Berisford, D. F., Boardman, J. W., Bormann, K. J., Deems, J. S., Gehrke, F., Hedrick, A., et al. (2016) The Airborne Snow Observatory: fusion of imaging spectrometer and scanning lidar for snow albedo and snow water equivalent. Remote Sensing of Environment 184, 139-152. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2016.06.018
  3. Evans, J. P., Bormann, K., Katzfey, J., Dean, S. & Arritt, R. (2015) Regional climate model projections of the South Pacific Convergence Zone. Clim Dyn 1–13. doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2873-x.
  4. Bormann, K. J., Evans, J. P. & McCabe, M. F. (2014) Constraining snowmelt in a temperature-index model using simulated snow densities. Journal of Hydrology. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.05.073
  5. Argüeso, D., Evans, J. P., Fita, L. & Bormann, K. J. (2014) Temperature response to future urbanization and climate change. Clim Dyn 42(7-8), 2183–2199. doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1789-6
  6. Bormann, K. J., Westra, S., Evans, J. P. & McCabe, M. F. (2013) Spatial and temporal variability in seasonal snow density. Journal of Hydrology 484, 63–73. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2013.01.032
  7. Bormann, K. J., McCabe, M. F. & Evans, J. P. (2012) Satellite based observations for seasonal snow cover detection and characterisation in Australia. Remote Sensing of Environment 123, 57–71. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2012.03.003

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