Big whorls have little whorls, Which feed on their velocity And little whorls have lesser whorls, And so on to viscosity. [Concerning atmospheric turbulence]
— Lewis Fry Richardson

Abdullah Al Fahad, Ph.D.

Climate Physicist at NASA GSFC


NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Building 33, Room H111, 8800 Greenbelt Rd

Greenbelt, MD 20771

My passion lies in working with numerical models and Atmospheric Physics, specifically utilizing programming tools to analyze vast amounts of data and identify patterns. I possess a keen interest in researching large-scale atmospheric circulation, as well as exploring seasonal to decadal variations in large-scale atmospheric properties, and investigating the climate's response to external factors such as anthropogenic and natural sources. In Fall 2020, I graduated with a Ph.D. in Climate Dynamics from George Mason University, and in December 2020, I joined NASA GSFC at the Global Modeling and Assimilation office.

My Current research at NASA includes: Air-Sea-Ice interaction, Climate model development, High resolution climate modeling, Annual to decadal climate prediction. My current project at Goddard focuses on developing and analyzing a novel prototype, property-conserving, ocean-ice-atmosphere model, and data assimilation system based on the Goddard Earth Observing System Model (GEOS) in conjunction with the adjoint-model capabilities of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model (MITgcm). The resulting data assimilation system and an inferred solution will be used to study inter-annual to decadal prediction and predictability in the coupled system.

Tools I use/used in my research-

Models: GEOS, MITgcm, CESM, WRF.
Programming Language: Python, MATLAB, R, NCL, GrADS, Latex, C, bash scripting.
Machine Learning: Scikit-learn, Deep Learning, Keras, Tensorflow, RNN (LSTM, GRU), kNN.



Sep, 2017

Invited to Co-Lead WCRP CMIP7 Data Analysis Young Scientist group

Sep 18, 2023

New publication is selected for featuring on NASA Science HQ & NASA NCCS website: "The Role of Tropical Easterly Jet on the Bay of Bengal’s Tropical Cyclones: Observed Climatology and Future Projection. J. Climate, 36, 5825–5840,"

Dec, 2022

Selected for Early Career Scientist Spotlight at NASA GSFC:

Mar 01, 2023

Promoted as Assistant Research Scientist in NASA GSFC.

Jan, 2023

Attended AMS 2023.

Feb 15, 2023

Attended NASA ECCO meeting, 2023. Caltech, Pasadena, California.

Jun 24, 2023

Attended NASA GEOS-MITgcm group meeting on adjoint seasonal to decadal climate prediction at Boston/Cambridge, MA.

Apr 11, 2022

NASA earth observatory explores recent anticyclone in the Southern Hemisphere high latitude. My explanation is quoted in the article.

Dec 06, 2021

We have a new publication on the mechanism of summer monsoon precipitation. "The role of local topography and sea surface temperature on summer monsoon precipitation over Bangladesh and northeast India". International Journal of Climatology. (2021)

Nov 20, 2020

Successfully defended my Ph.D. thesis from George Mason University in Climate Dynamics. Thanks to my advisor Dr. Natalie Burls.