Assistant Researcher, FEWS NET, UMD ESSIC, NASA GSFC
Amy’s contribution to Harvest includes providing data from the Famine Early Warning Land Data Assimilation System (FLDAS) and implementing improvements to the model from feedback from end users and other data producers. She is also working with the Harvest team to make FLDAS the data more accessible and user friendly.
Amy McNally is an Assistant Researcher at NASA GSFC and University of Maryland (UMD) Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) who uses hydrologic models and satellite data to monitor and forecast water availability in Africa and Central Asia for the US Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Amy specializes in research-to-operations, to keep user communities up-to-date with the latest science and technology. She has led the development of the FEWS NET Land Data Assimilation System (FLDAS) and contributed to FEWS NET reports and special analysis on droughts and associated food security impacts. She has also participated in the NASA Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission Early Adopters and field campaign, NASA Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) applications, the Conservation International Freshwater Health Index (FHI), the NASA Harvest program and domestic and international trainings for using NASA data and software. Amy has a Ph.D in Geography from University of California Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Water Resources Policy and Management from Oregon State University, and B.S. in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY-ESF.