Aparna Radhakrishnan


Ms. Aparna Radhakrishnan is affiliated with Princeton University's Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES. The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) is a collaboration between Princeton University and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) to carry out research in earth system sciences.

Ms. Radhakrishnan’s projects and research areas fall under computational modeling and data management, with specific focus on software workflows, open-source frameworks and community collaborations for climate data analysis.

Since 2009, Ms.Radhakrishnan has contributed to the success of the overarching NOAA goals to understand climate variability and change to Enhance Society’s ability to plan and respond (Ack. CIMES annual reports), by her active engagement with the Modeling Systems Division and the Diagnostics and Evaluations Team at NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. Her vast and diverse technical experience in projects such as Coupled Model Intercomparison projects, past efforts on ExArch-NSF funded "User-developed climate analytics on federated archives", statistical downscaling have all stood as a motivation for her present efforts towards scalable climate analytics. 

Ms. Radhakrishnan's current research efforts focus on researching data management practices for a wider impact  on climate research, in addition to identifying and promoting usable techniques for climate analysis for a diverse group of users.  Here is a glimpse of a few key technologies and terminologies that Ms.Radhakrishnan spends time on: cloud computing, machine learning workflows, containerization, dask scalable analytics, data standards and data citations.  She also believes that the most challenging problems do not necessarily have the most complicated solutions. 

Ms. Radhakrishnan is also the inaugural co-chair of the GFDL Diversity Equity Inclusion community forum. Her Top 3 personal core values are the 3-Cs: compassion, commitment, courage.