Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

Alessandra Abe Pacini

Research Interests

I'm interested in a broad range of Heliophysics topics: Space Weather, Magnetosphere, Solar Wind, Cosmic rays, Solar energetic particles, heliospheric modulation, cosmogenic isotopes, atmospheric dynamic/couplings, solar activity manifestations and related terrestrial phenomena.

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I graduated in Physics and got my Masters and my first PhD in Space Geophysics in 2010. Five years later, I ended up getting a second PhD from the University of Oulu, in Finland. Before moving to the US in 2016, I worked as a professor in different universities and institutes of SP and RJ and participated on two expeditions of the Brazilian Antarctic Program. In the US, I worked as a visiting scientist at NASA/Goddard, as a space weather physicist at APL/JHU, as a heliophysicist at the Arecibo Observatory and as support scientist at the solar physics group at NWRA before joining CIRES - NOAA/NCEI.



Current Research

I am a Research Scientist in Space Physics at CIRES - NOAA/NCEI working on the Space Weather Magnetometer team since July 2021. My work is primarily focused on satellite data from the GOES, DSCOVR and SWFO-L1 missions (probing the Solar Wind and the Magnetosphere), including scientific algorithm and data product development, calibrations, validation, stewardship, data processing, and scientific and operational research.

I'm also interested in spreading quality scientific information to underrepresented groups, motivating girls in STEM and promoting gender equality in the Space Physics area. I am the writer of the Girls InSpace Books and a member of the following committes: AAS/Solar Physics Education & Public Outreach (EPO)SBGEA Gender Equality and SBF plasma physics. Because of the volunteer EPO work I do, I was named a mentor of the Space4Women initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in 2020, and a member of the National Academies Decadal Survey Committe (State of Profession) in 2022. 

PS: I also volunteer as a DJ of Boulder’s community radio KGNU and I do understand the power of combining Space, Sciences and Art to create a better future. 

(AAS = American Astronomical Society; SBGEA = Brazilian Space Geophysics and Aeronomy Society; SBF = Brazilian Physics Society)

Honors and Awards

  • Science and Technology award from the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC. (Dec 06, 2022)