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Fernando Serrano Paolo

Dr. Fernando S. Paolo received his Ph.D. in Geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, as a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. Prior to coming to the U.S., he received his M.S. in Geophysics and B.S. in Oceanography from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where he participated in several scientific cruises in the South Atlantic Ocean including an expedition to Antarctica. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory / California Institute of Technology, where he uses very-precise satellite measurements (altimetry and imagery) to detect changes in the Earth's cryosphere (frozen Earth). He is interested in the large-scale oceanic and atmospheric processes causing ice-sheet mass loss, and the implications for future sea-level change. He is a core developer of the JPL Cryosphere Altimetry Processing Toolbox, and a contributor to the NASA's Ice Cloud and Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2) mission.

  • Ph.D., Earth Sciences (Geophysics), Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (2015)
  • M.S., Geophysics, University of São Paulo (2009)
  • B.S., Oceanography, University of São Paulo (2007)

Research Interests
  • Remote sensing of the Cryosphere (satellite altimetry and imagery)
  • Ice-sheet mass balance and sea-level change
  • Ice-shelf/ocean/atmosphere interactions
  • Statistical methods for data integration, analysis, and uncertainty estimation


The "Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean" (ECCO) produces descriptions of the complete time-evolving state of the ocean by synthesizing nearly all extant observations with state-of-the-art models.

Selected Awards
  • 2015 NASA Most Valuable Player Award, Cryospheric Sciences
  • 2014 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award
  • 2013-2015 NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • 2011 AAAS First Place Award for Excellence
  • 2010 AGU Outstanding Student Paper Award
  • 2010 USP Honorable Mention, Best Geophysics M.S. Thesis of 2009

Selected Publications
  1. Adusumilli S., H.A. Fricker, M.R. Siegfried, L. Padman, F.S. Paolo, S.R.M. Ligtenberg, Basal melt rates of Antarctic Peninsula ice shelves from satellite radar altimetry, 1994-2016, Geophysical Research Letters (accepted) (2018).
  2. Minchew B.M., G.H. Gudmundsson, A.S. Gardner, F.S. Paolo, H.A. Fricker, Response of glaciers to ice-shelf thinning along the Bellingshausen Sea, West Antarctica, Journal of Glaciology (accepted) (2018).
  3. Paolo F.S, L. Padman, H.A. Fricker, S. Adusumilli, S. Howard, M.R. Siegfried, Response of Pacific-sector Antarctic ice shelves to the El Niño/Southern Oscillation, Nature Geoscience 11 (2018) [selected for Advance Online Publication].
  4. Sun X., J.B. Abshire., A.A. Borsa, H.A. Fricker., D. Yi, J.P. DiMarzio, F.S. Paolo, K.M. Brunt, D.J. Harding, G.A. Neumann, ICESat/GLAS Altimetry Measurements: Received Signal Dynamic Range and Saturation Correction, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 55 (2017).
  5. Roberts J., B.K. Galton-fenzi, F.S. Paolo, C. Donnelly, D.E. Gwyther, L. Padman, D. Young, R. Warner, J. Greenbaum, H.A. Fricker, A.J. Payne, S. Cornford, A.L. Brocq, T.V. Ommen, D. Blankenship, M. Siegert, Ocean forced variability of Totten Glacier mass loss, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 461 (2017)..
  6. Paolo F.S, H.A. Fricker, L. Padman, Constructing improved decadal records of Antarctic ice-shelf height change from multiple satellite radar altimeters, Remote Sensing of Environment, vol.177, pp.192-205 (2016).
  7. Holland P.R., A. Brisbourne, H.F.J. Corr, D. McGrath, K. Purdon, J. Paden, H.A. Fricker, F.S. Paolo, A. Fleming, Oceanic and atmospheric forcing of Larsen C Ice-Shelf thinning, The Cryosphere, vol.9, pp.1005-1024 (2015).
  8. Paolo F.S., H.A. Fricker, L. Padman, Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating, Science, vol.348, pp.327-331 (2015).
  9. Paolo F.S., E.C. Molina, Integrated marine gravity field along the Brazilian coast from altimeter-derived sea-surface gradient and shipborne gravity, Journal of Geodynamics, vol.50, pp.347-354 (2010).

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