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4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
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Curriculum Vitae:

Dr. Elias C. Massoud
Postdoctoral Researcher

Research involves the fusion of data from observations and model simulations to assess and predict the state of Earth’s climate system. Joined the Regional Climate Modeling Evaluation System (RCMES) and the Climate Modeling Alliance (CliMA) groups at JPL, and collaborates with many scientists from different backgrounds. Specific research questions involve the Uncertainty Quantification and prediction of various Earth System processes, including groundwater, forests, and extreme storms such as atmospheric rivers.

  • UCLA BS '11, MS '12 in Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • UC Irvine, PhD '17 in Civil & Environmental Engineering

Research Interests
  • Climate Change
  • Uncertainty Quantification
  • Modeling
  • Data Analysis
  • Predictions

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, 2018-present
  • University of California, Irvine
    • Research and Teaching Assistant, 2013-2017
    • Instructor, 2014-2017
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • Teaching Assistant, 2012

Selected Awards
  • Research grant by the United States Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) 2015
  • Graduate Student of the Year Award - UC Irvine Civil and Environmental Engineering Department 2017

Selected Publications

Book Chapters:

  1. Vrugt, J. A., and E. C. Massoud. "Uncertainty quantification of complex system models: bayesian analysis." Handbook of Hydrometeorological Ensemble Forecasting (2019): 563-636.

Peer Reviewed Publications:

  1. Ali, Ashehad A., Chonggang Xu, Alistair Rogers, Rosie A. Fisher, Stan D. Wullschleger, E. C. Massoud, Jasper A. Vrugt et al. "A global scale mechanistic model of photosynthetic capacity (LUNA V 0)." Geoscientific Model Development 9, no. 2 (2016): 587-606.
  2. Massoud, E. C., Jef Huisman, Elisa Benincà, Michael C. Dietze, Willem Bouten, and Jasper A. Vrugt. "Probing the limits of predictability: data assimilation of chaotic dynamics in complex food webs." Ecology letters 21, no. 1 (2018): 93-103.
  3. Lee, H., Goodman, A., McGibbney, L., Waliser, D. E., Kim, J., Loikith, P. C., Gibson, P. B., and Massoud, E. C.: Regional Climate Model Evaluation System powered by Apache Open Climate Workbench v1.0: an enabling tool for facilitating regional climate studies, Geosci. Model Dev., 11, 4435-4449. (2018)
  4. Massoud, E. C., Adam J. Purdy, Michelle E. Miro, and James S. Famiglietti. "Projecting groundwater storage changes in California’s Central Valley." Scientific reports 8, no. 1 (2018): 12917.
  5. Johnson, Daniel J., Jessica Needham, Chonggang Xu, E. C. Massoud, Stuart J. Davies, Kristina J. Anderson-Teixeira, Sarayudh Bunyavejchewin et al. "Climate sensitive size-dependent survival in tropical trees." Nature ecology & evolution 2, no. 9 (2018): 1436.
  6. Massoud, E. C. "Emulation of environmental models using polynomial chaos expansion." Environmental modelling & software 111 (2019): 421-431.
  7. Massoud, E. C., Adam J. Purdy, Bradley O. Christoffersen, Louis S. Santiago, and Chonggang Xu. "Bayesian inference of hydraulic properties in and around a white fir using a process-based ecohydrologic model." Environmental modelling & software 115 (2019): 76-85.
  8. Gibson, Peter B., Duane E. Waliser, Huikyo Lee, Baijun Tian, and E.C. Massoud. "Climate model evaluation in the presence of observational uncertainty: precipitation indices over the Contiguous United States." Journal of Hydrometeorology. (2019)
  9. Massoud, E. C., Chonggang Xu, Rosie Fisher, Ryan Knox, Anthony Walker, Shawn Serbin, Bradley Christoffersen et al. "Identification of key parameters controlling demographically structured vegetation dynamics in a Land Surface Model [CLM4. 5 (FATES)]." Geoscientific Model Development 12(9):4133-4164. (2019)
  10. Massoud, E.C., Espinoza, V., Guan, B., Waliser, D. "Global Climate Model Ensemble Approaches for Future Projections of Atmospheric Rivers" Earth’s Future (2019).
  11. Zhen Liu, Pang-Wei Liu, Massoud, E.C., Tom Farr, Paul Lungdren, Jay Famiglietti. "Monitoring groundwater change in California’s Central Valley using Sentinel-1 and GRACE observations" Journal of Geosciences. (2019)

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