Federica Polverari

Federica Polverari received the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from Sapienza University of Rome (Italy), in 2013. She worked on the validation and characterization of a new L2 wind product from the ERS-2 scatterometer. From 2014 to 2016, she was a visiting Ph.D. student at NASA-JPL, focusing on the development of a unified theoretical model of the ocean surface backscatter in response to the modification of the wind-forced surface wave spectrum. She received the Ph.D. degree in the Information and Communication Technologies-Radar and Remote Sensing, from Sapienza University of Rome, in 2017. From 2017 to 2019, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher in radar scatterometry, at the Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain. She focused on spaceborne scatterometer calibration in high and extreme wind conditions. She was also involved in activities for nowcasting applications. In 2019 she joined the JPL Doppler Scatterometer (DopplerScatt) Team as a NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her current research focuses on characterizing the ocean surface backscattering mechanisms from Ka-band scatterometry. 


Education: 
  • Ph.D., Information and Communication Technologies - Radar and Remote Sensing, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, IT
  • M. Sc., Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, IT
  • B. Sc., Electronic Engineering, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, IT 

Research Interests: 
  • Active microwave remote sensing of ocean surface winds.
  • Modeling and characterization of the ocean surface scatterometer response.
  • Scatterometer Geophysical Model Function development and analysis of geophysical variability impact.
  • High and extreme wind scatterometry and airborne-radiometry.

Professional Experience: 
  • 2019 - present: NASA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA
  • 2017-2019: Postdoctoral Researcher, Institut de Ciències del Mar (ICM-CSIC), Barcelona, Spain
  • 2014-2016: Visiting graduate student, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA.
  • 2013: Intern, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, USA.
  • 2012-2013: Intern, Serco S.p.A., Frascati, Rome, Italy.

Selected Awards: 
  • Nasa Postdoctoral Program Research Fellowship
  • Doctoral Research Fellowship, Sapienza University of Rome.
  • Italian Space Agency & Italian Scientists and Scholars in North America Foundation Fellowship.

Selected Publications: 
  1. F. Polverari, M. Portabella, W. Lin, J. W. Sapp, A. Stoffelen, Z. Jenelak, P. S. Chang, “On High and Extreme Wind Calibration Using ASCAT”, IEEE Trans. On Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 2020, (submitted).
  2. A. Stoffelen, A. Mouche, F. Polverari, G. van Zadelhoff, J. Sapp, M. Portabella, P. Chang, W. Lin and Z. Jelenak, “C-band High and Extreme-Force Speeds (CHEFS)”, EUMETSAT Project Final Report, March 2020.
  3. F. Polverari, M. Portabella, J. Garcia-Pereda, X. Calbet, and P. Rípodas, “Intercomparison of ASCAT sea surface winds and NWC/GEO-HRW Atmospheric Motion Vectors”, EUMETSAT Nowcasting Satellite Application Facilities (NWC SAF) Project Final Report, Sept. 2017.
  4. F. Polverari, F. S. Marzano, L. Pulvirenti, N. Pierdicca, S. M. Hristova-Veleva, F. J. Turk, “Modeling ocean wave surface to simulate spaceborne scatterometer observations in presence of rain," Proc of International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp.1203-1206, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7325988, Milan, Italy, Jul. 26 – 31, 2015.
  5. S. Mori, F. Polverari, L. Mereu, L. Pulvirenti, M. Montopoli, N. Pierdicca, F. S. Marzano, “Atmospheric precipitation impact on synthetic aperture radar imagery: Numerical model at X and KA bands," Proc of International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp.1582-1585, doi: 10.1109/IGARSS.2015.7326085, Milan, Italy, Jul. 26 – 31, 2015.
  6. F. Polverari, S. Mori, L. Pulvirenti, N. Pierdicca, F.S. Marzano, “Precipitation Signature on Side-looking Aperture Radar Imaging: Sensitivity Analysis to Surface Effects at C, X and Ku band”, Proc of European Microwave Week-EuRAD, doi: 10.1109/EuRAD.2014.69912412014, Rome, Italy, Oct. 5 - 10, 2014.
  7. S. Mori, F. Polverari, L. Pulvirenti, M. Montopoli, N. Pierdicca, F.S. Marzano, “Modeling atmospheric precipitation impact on synthetic aperture radar imagery at X and Ka bands”, Proc. of the SPIE Remote Sensing, doi: 10.1117/12.2067376, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sept. 22 -25, 2014.
  8. F. Polverari, S. Mori, L. Pulvirenti, N. Pierdicca, F.S. Marzano, “Modeling the Polarimetric Response to Atmospheric Precipitation on Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery over Ocean”, Proc. of the XX RiNEm, Padova, Italy, Sept. 15 -18, 2014.
  9. S. Mori, F. Polverari, L. Pulvirenti, M. Montopoli, N. Pierdicca, F. S. Marzano, “High resolution spatial analysis of a hurricane structure by means of X-band and Ka-band satellite synthetic aperture radar”, Proc. of the ERAD -8th European Conference on Radar in Meteorology and Hydrology, Garmisch-Paterkirchen, Germany, Sept. 1 -5, 2014.
  10. F. Polverari, M. Talone, R. Crapolicchio, G. Levy, F.S. Marzano, “Characterization of ocean wind vector retrievals using ERS-2 high-resolution long-term dataset and buoy measurements”, Proc of ESA Living Planet Symposium 2013, Edinburg (UK), Sept. 9 – 13, 2013

 

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