Dr. Anastasia Romanou

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Research Scientist
Dept of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

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Recent Activities

Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space
The Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry community's initial input to the RFI issued by the National Research Council towards the next Decadal Survey for environmental monitoring and Earth science and applications is provided here.


Ph.D., Physical Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 1999
M.Sc., Oceanography, University of Athens, Greece, 1992
B.A., Physics, University of Athens, Greece, 1989

Professional Activities

  • 2016-present: Research Scientist — NASA GISS, and Dept of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia U., NY
  • 2007-2016: Associate Research Scientist — NASA GISS, and Dept of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Columbia U., NY
  • 2006-2007: Research Scientist — Academy of Athens, Greece
  • 2003-2007: Postdoctoral Associate — Columbia U and NASA/GISS
  • 2001-2003:Postdoc Associate — Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Center Atmosphere-Ocean Science, New York U., NY
  • 1999-2001: Postdoc Associate — U. of Miami and Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 1992-1999: Research Scientist — Florida State University

Research Interests

Global carbon cycle and climate
ocean biology and biogeochemistry modeling
Ocean circulation
meridional overturning
Air-sea interactions and variability
gas-exchanges through the air-sea interface
Climate variability
ocean and coupled ocean-atmosphere
General Circulation Models
Earth System Models


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Current Projects

  • NASA-GISS ocean carbon cycle model (in collaboration with Watson Gregg, NASA-GSFC)
  • Subpolar N. Atlantic air-sea fluxes associated with mid-latitude cyclones and their effect on AMOC (in collaboration with Susan Lozier, Duke U.)
  • Quantifying rates of heat and carbon uptake in ocean models and their implication for climate change (in collaboration with John Marshall, MIT)
  • Modeling and Observations of Atmospheric Circulation, Cloud and Aerosol Processes, Ocean Circulation and the Carbon Cycle (APAM-GISS cooperative agreement, PI)
  • Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry — NASA Pre-decadal Survey working group and report

Scientific Committees

  • U.S. Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) Science Team (November 2015-2020)
  • Science Definition Team of EXPORTS (EXport Processes in the Ocean from Remote Sensing) NASA campaign (2015-2017)
  • Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Advanced Science Plan for the next decade 2017-2027 (coordinator)
  • Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry-NASA Pre-decadal Survey working group and report, July 2015 (coordinator)
  • NASA-GISS representative: FAFMIP, OCMIP and OMIP projects towards IPCC-AR6
  • Pre-Decadal Survey for Carbon-Climate Feedbacks, Norman, Oklahoma, March 2015
  • IPCC-AR5, 2013 (contributing author)

Meeting Organizing and Invited Presentations

  • Town Hall: NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program's pre-Decadal Survey report, AGU, San Francisco, 2015
  • Convenor: Interplay of Surface-Atmosphere Coupling and Atmospheric Dynamics in the Changing Climate System, AGU Fall Meeting
  • Invited speaker in US CLIVAR workshop on Translating Process Understanding to Improve Climate Models, GFDL, Princeton 2015
  • Invited speaker in Ocean’s Carbon and Heat Uptake workshop, Clivar-OCB 2014
  • Invited in the NCAR colloquium Key uncertainties in the Global Carbon-Cycle, July 2013
  • Invited contributing author, IPCC-AR5 2013
  • Invited speaker IMBER, January 2013
  • Invited: European Proposals FP7, evaluation panel for ocean modeling 2007
  • Invited in the Southern Ocean Climate Process Team (Princeton, 2007-2010)
  • Convenor: Air-Sea Fluxes and Ocean Model Forcing, 2007 AGU Ocean Sciences meeting


Numerical Methods for Climate Modeling (APAM, Columbia U., fall 2010)

Modeling Climate and Climate Change (National Technical U., Athens, 2009)