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Olga Kalashnikova

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Curriculum Vitae:

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Aerosols And Clouds


Olga V. Kalashnikova is the aerosol scientist on the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) team at JPL, and the Science Co-I on the Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) and the Earth surface Mineral dust source InvesTigation (EMIT) NASA's Earth Venture Instrument missions. She graduated from University of Colorado, Boulder with an MS in Physics in 1997, and a PhD in APAS (Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Science) in 2002. She joined JPL in the fall of 2002 as an NRC PostDoc, continuing her career as a JPL scientist in the fall of 2004. Since 2010 Olga has participated in and contributed to a number of NASA field campaigns as the member of the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager (AirMSPI) team. In 2016 she led the ER-2 aircraft deployment during the ImPACT-PM field campaign in coordination with Caltech and the Navy. Olga acted as the AirMSPI Aerosol Science Lead during the ACEPOL 2017 field campaign, and had the role of mission scientist, and ER-2 aircraft PI during the joint NASA/NOAA FIREX-AQ Field Campaign that took place in the Western United States in the summer of 2019.


  • Ph.D., Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Science (APAS), University of Colorado at Boulder (2002)
  • Remote Sensing Certificate, University of Colorado at Boulder (2001)
  • M.S., Physics, University of Colorado at Boulder (1997)
  • B.S., Physics, Kazakh State National University, Kazakhstan (1994)

Professional Experience

  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2002-Present)
    • Research Scientist (2004-Present)
    • Member of Technical Staff (2004-present)
    • MISR Science team member (2013-present)
    • MAIA Science team member (2016-present)
    • EMIT Science Team member (2018-present)
    • Member of AIrMSPI algorithm team (2010-present)
    • NRC Research Associate (post-doctorial), JPL (2002-2004)

Research Interests

  • Mineral dust properties, radiative effects and climate connections
  • Remote sensing of aerosol optical properties
  • Light Scattering by irregular and absorbing aerosols

Selected Awards

  • NASA Group Achievement Awards (2017, 2015, 2013)
  • MAIA Proposal Team Bonus Award (2016)
  • JPL Team Awards (2012, 2014)
  • JPL Mariner Award (2009)
  • MISR Science and Data System Team Award (2009)
  • NASA New Investigator in Earth Science Award (2008)
  • Zeldovich International Award 2006 for COSPAR Commission A "Space Studies of the Earth's Surface, Meteorology and Climate", (2006)
  • National Research Council (NRC) fellowship, NASA/JPL (2002)

Selected Publications

  1. Kalashnikova O.V. et al., (2018), Photopolarimetric sensitivity to black carbon content of wildfire smoke: Results from the 2016 IMPACT‐PM field campaign, Journal of Geophysical Research, 123, doi:10.1029/2017JD028032.
  2. Lee, H., Jeong, S.‐J., Kalashnikova, O., Tosca, M., Kim, S.‐W., & Kug, J.‐S. (2018). Characterization of wildfire‐induced aerosol emissions from the Maritime Continent peatland and Central African dry savannah with MISR and CALIPSO aerosol products. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 123, 3116-3125.
  3. Li, W., H. Al-Eskary, JK. P. ManiKandan, M. A. Qurban, M. J. Garay, and O. V. Kalashnikova (2017), Synergistic use of remote sensing and modeling to assess an anomalously high chlorophyll-a event during Summer 2015 in the South Central Red Sea, Remote Sensing, 9, 778, doi:10.3390/rs9080778.
  4. Xu, F., G. van Harten, D. J. Diner, O. V. Kalashnikova, F. C. Seidel, C. J. Bruegge, and O. Dubovik (2017), Coupled retrieval of aerosol properties and land surface reflection using the Airborne Multiangle SpectroPolarimetric Imager, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 122, 70047026, doi:10.1002/2017JD026776.
  5. Tosca M., J. Campbell, M. J. Garay, S. Lolli, O. Kalashnikova, and F. Seidel (2017), Recent reductions in aerosol burden have contributed to accelerated summertime warming in the southeast United States, Remote Sensing 2017, 9(7), 674; doi:10.3390/rs9070674
  6. Franklin M., O. V. Kalashnikova, M. J. Garay (2017), Size-resolved particulate matter con- centrations derived from 4.4 km-resolution size-fractionated Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRa- diometer (MISR) aerosol optical depth over Southern California, Remote Sensing of Environ- ment. 196. 10.1016/j.rse.2017.05.002.
  7. Wu, L., Su, H., Kalashnikova, O. V., Jiang, J. H., Zhao, C., Garay, M. J., Campbell, J. R., and Yu, N. (2017), WRF-Chem simulation of aerosol seasonal variability in the San Joaquin Valley, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 7291-7309,
  8. Garay, M. J., Kalashnikova, O. V., and Bull, M. A (2017), Development and assessment of a higher-spatial-resolution (4.4km) MISR aerosol optical depth product using AERONET- DRAGON data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 5095-5106, 2017.
  9. Lee, H., Kalashnikova, O. V., Suzuki, K., Braverman, A., Garay, M. J., and Kahn, R. A (2016), Climatology of the aerosol optical depth by components from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) and chemistry transport models, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 6627- 6640,
  10. Xu, F., Dubovik, O., Zhai, P.-W., Diner, D. J., Kalashnikova O. V., Seidel, F. C., Litvinov, P., Bovchaliuk, A., Garay, M. J., van Harten, G., and Davis, A. B. (2016), Joint retrieval of aerosol and water-leaving radiance from multispectral, multiangular and polarimetric mea- surements over ocean, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 9, 2877-2907, 2877-2016
  11. Hu, Z., Zhao, C., Huang, J., Leung, L. R., Qian, Y., Yu, H., Huang, L., and Kalashnikova, O.
V (2016), Trans-Pacific transport and evolution of aerosols: evaluation of quasi-global WRF- Chem simulation with multiple observations, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 1725-1746, doi:10.5194/gmd- 9-1725-2016.
  12. Yu, Y., M. Notaro, O. V. Kalashnikova, and M. J. Garay (2016), Climatology of summer Shamal wind in the Middle East, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, 289305, doi:10.1002/2015JD024063.
  13. Notaro, M., Y. Yu, and O. V. Kalashnikova (2015), Regime shift in Arabian dust activity, triggered by persistent Fertile Crescent drought, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi:10.1002/2015JD023855.
  14. Lee Y. G., J. Kim, C.-H. Ho, S. An, H.-K. Cho, R. Mao, B. Tian, D. Wu, J. N. Lee, O. Kalashnikova, Y. Choi, and S.-W. Yeh (2015), The effects of ENSO under negative AO phase on spring dust activity over northern China: an observational investigation, International Journal of Climatology, Volume 35, Issue 6, pages 935947.
  15. Tosca, M. G., D. J. Diner, M. J. Garay, and O. V. Kalashnikova (2015), Human-caused fires limit convection in tropical Africa: First temporal observations and attribution, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 64926501, doi:10.1002/2015GL065063.
  16. Kishcha P., A. M. da Silva, B. Starobinets, C. N. Long, O. V. Kalashnikova, and P. Alpert (2015), Saharan dust as a causal factor of hemispheric asymmetry in aerosols and cloud cover over the tropical Atlantic Ocean, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Volume 36, Issue 13, pages 3423-3445

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