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Catalina Oaida

Catalina's research interests include regional climate modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, hydrologic cycle, and snow processes. On a broader level she is interested in how earth systems science can help improve the well being of both society and the natural environment. At JPL, she is currently involved with the Western States Water Mission, which uses NASA airborne and space-borne observations and hydrologic models to explore changes in the water cycle and freshwater availability. She has also done extensive work to improve our understanding of the impact of dust and black carbon in snow on the hydrologic cycle, water resources, and regional climate. Catalina loves spending time in the great outdoors, hiking, camping, backpacking, and is thrilled she can combine her passion for nature and science, and pursue it as a professional career.

  • PhD, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA (2014)
  • MS, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Michigan (2009)
  • BSE, Earth System Science and Engineering, University of Michigan (2008)

Research Interests

Regional climate modeling, land-atmosphere interactions, hydrologic cycle, snow processes. Human-environment interactions. Applied science.

Professional Experience
  • Caltech Postdoctoral Scholar, JPL (March 2015 – Present)
  • Graduate Student Researcher, UCLA (Sept 2009 – Dec 2014)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, UCLA (Sept-Dec 2013; Mar-Jun 2010)
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan (2008-2009)

Community Service
  • AGU Council Member, Early Career (elected Sept 2016; term 2017-2019)
  • AGU Talent Pool Advisory Board Member (March 2017 - present)
  • AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award volunteer Judge (Fall Meeting, 2015,2016)
  • AGU Thriving Earth Exchange & MIT Climate CoLab Volunteer Fellow for contest "Anticipating Climate Change in the Pamir Mountains" (March – July 2015)
  • AOS Graduate Student Organization Recruitment Chair, UCLA (2012-2013); Vice President, UCLA (2011-2012)
  • AOS Outreach board member, UCLA (2012-2013)
  • Society of Undergraduate Earth System Science and Engineers Co-President, University of Michigan (2007-2008)
  • Undergraduate Student Advisory Board Member, University of Michigan - College of Engineering (2007-2008)
  • American Geophysical Union member (2007-present); American Meteorological Society member (2007-present)

Selected Awards
  • UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA (2014)
  • AOS Department Fellowship, UCLA (2009)
  • Best Student Poster, Michigan State University Climate Change Symposium (2007)
  • First Place, University of Michigan Best Student Paper on Environmental Issues & Climate Change (2007)
  • Third Place, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of Michigan (2006)

Selected Publications
  1. Oaida, C.M., Y. Xue, M.G. Flanner, S.M. Skiles, F. De Sales, and T.H. Painter (2015), Improving snow albedo processes in WRF/SSiB regional climate model to assess impact of dust and black carbon in snow on surface energy balance and hydrology over western U.S. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 3228–3248. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022444.
  2. Xue, Y., Oaida, C.M., Diallo, I., Neelin, J.D., Li, S., De Sales, F., Gu, Y., Robinson, D., Vasic, R., Lan, Y., Spring land temperature anomalies in northwestern U.S. and the summer drought over Southern Plains and adjacent areas. Environ. Res. Lett., 11, 044018.

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