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

Alessandra Abe Pacini

Research Interests

RESEARCH INTERESTS: 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'm also interested in spreading quality scientific information to underrepresented groups, motivating girls in STEM and promoting gender equality in the Space Physics area. Because of the volunteer EPO work I do (related to my collection of books called Girls InSpace), I was named a mentor of the Space4Women initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in 2020. 

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 space weather satellite data from the GOES, DSCOVR and SWFO missions, including scientific algorithm and data product development, calibrations, validation, stewardship, data processing, and scientific and operational research.

I was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I graduated in Physics and got my first PhD title in Space Geophysics in 2010. Five years later, I ended up getting a second PhD from the University of Oulu, in Finland and learning how to survive the winter in high latitudes. I've been working in a broad range of space physics subjects, including solar flares, terrestrial ionosphere and heliospheric modulation of cosmic rays. Before moving to the US in 2016, I worked as a professor in different universities and institutes of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and participated on two expeditions of the Brazilian Antarctic Program. In the US, I spent some time working 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.