Milija Zupanski received his BSc in Meteorology from University of Belgrade, Serbia, and MS (1987) and PhD (1990) in Meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, with Prof. Yoshi Sasaki as advisor. His area of interest include ensemble data assimilation, hybrid variatonal-ensemble data assimilation, nonlinear and non-differentiable optimization and preconditioning, coupled data assimilation, non-Gaussian probability assumptions, predictability and chaos theory, and applied mathematics focusing on weather and climate.
He worked at the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) from 1990-2001, where he was a principal developer of the four-dimensional variational (4D-Var) data assimilation with then operational Eta model. In 2001 Dr. Zupanski joined CIRA, where he was one of the principal developers of the 4D-Var with RAMS model, and is the principal developer of the Maximum Likelihood Ensemble Filter (MLEF) – an ensemble assimilation/prediction system with estimation of uncertainties. In recent years his work is focusing on various applications of the MLEF to weather and climate, and to coupled data assimilation. Dr. Zupanski collaborates with research groups at Colorado State University, NOAA, NASA, DOD, as well as from U.S. and international Universities and Research Labs.
Presently, Dr. Zupanski is a Senior Research Scientist and CIRA Fellow. He leads CIRA Data Assimilation Team. (Research web-page at http://da.cira.colostate.edu
His areas of interest include ensemble data assimilation, nonlinear and non-differentiable optimization and preconditioning, non-Gaussian probability assumptions, predictability and chaos theory, and applied mathematics focusing on weather and climate. Dr. Milija Zupanski is a principal developer of the Maximum Likelihood Ensemble Filter (MLEF).
Current Research Projects:
1) Ensemble Data Assimilation for Nonlinear and Nondifferentiable Problems in Geosciences (NSF): Extend the applicability of ensemble data assimilation to nonlinear and nondifferentiable processes, such as cloud and precipitation, by developing/adopting nondifferentiable minimization algorithms. This research is done in collaboration with Prof. Michael Navon of Florida State University.
2) Ensemble-based assimilation and downscaling of the GPM-like satellite precipitation information (NASA): Develop a level-4 precipitation product for NASA GPM satellite, by downscaling precipitation observations via ensemble data assimilation.
3) Ensemble data assimilation for hurricane forecasting (NOAA-NCEP): Examine regional data assimilation of all-sky microwave satellite radiances for improvement of hurricane prediction. The NCEP’s operational hurricane WRF (HWRF) model is used.
4) Utility of GOES-R instruments for hurricane data assimilation and forecasting (JCSDA): Evaluate the impact of the future GOES-R ABI and GLM observations on hurricane data assimilation, using the NCEP’s operational HWRF system. This research is done in collaboration with Dr. Jun Li of CIMSS, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
5) Utility of GOES-R geostationary lightning mapper (GLM) using hybrid variational-ensemble data assimilation in regional applications (NOAA-NESDIS): Evaluate the impact of the future GOES-R GLM observations in severe weather on data assimilation, using the NCEP’s operational WRF-NMM model.
6) Ensemble data assimilation research for wind forecasting (Precision Wind, Inc.): Collaborate with private industry in developing a practical system for renewable energy applications.