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Deborah A. Agarwal

Deborah (Deb) Agarwal
SciData Division Director
Senior Scientist
Phone: +1 510 486 7078

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Agarwal's research focuses on scientific tools which enable sharing of scientific experiments, advanced networking infrastructure to support sharing of scientific data, data analysis support infrastructure for eco-science, and cybersecurity infrastructure to secure collaborative environments. Dr. Agarwal is a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data science and an Inria International Chair, where she co-leads the DALHIS (Data Analysis on Large-scale Heterogeneous Infrastructures for Science) Inria Associate team. Dr. Agarwal also leads teams developing data server infrastructure to significantly enhance data browsing and analysis capabilities and enable eco-science synthesis at the watershed-scale to understand hydrologic and conservation questions and at the global-scale to understand carbon flux. Some of the projects Dr. Agarwal is working on include: Enviromental Systems Science Digital Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE), Watershed Function SFA, AmeriFlux Management Project, FLUXNET, NGEE Tropics, International Soil Carbon Network. Dr. Agarwal received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from University of California, Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

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Journal Articles

D. A. Agarwal, J. Damerow, C. Varadharajan, D. S. Christianson, G. Z. Pastorello, Y.-W. Cheah, L. Ramakrishnan, "Balancing the needs of consumers and producers for scientific data collections", Ecological Informatics, 2021, 62:101251, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2021.101251

G. Z. Pastorello, C. Trotta, E. Canfora, H. Chu, D. Christianson, Y.-W. Cheah, C. Poindexter, J. Chen, A. Elbashandy, M. Humphrey, P. Isaac, D. Polidori, M. Reichstein, A. Ribeca, C. van Ingen, N. Vuichard, L. Zhang, B. Amiro, C. Ammann, M. A. Arain, J. Ardö, T. Arkebauer, S. K. Arndt, N. Arriga, M. Aubinet, M. Aurela, D. Baldocchi, A. Barr, E. Beamesderfer, L. B. Marchesini, O. Bergeron, J. Beringer, C. Bernhofer, D. Berveiller, D. Billesbach, T. A. Black, P. D. Blanken, G. Bohrer, J. Boike, P. V. Bol stad, D. Bonal, J.-M. Bonnefond, D. R. Bowling, R. Bracho, J. Brodeur, C. Brümmer, N. Buchmann, B. Burban, S. P. Burns, P. Buysse, P. Cale, M. Cavagna, P. Cellier, S. Chen, I. Chini, T. R. Chris tensen, J. Cleverly, A. Collalti, C. Consalvo, B. D. Cook, D. Cook, C. Coursolle, E. Cremonese, P. S. Curtis, E. D’Andrea, H. da Rocha, X. Dai, K. J. Davis, B. D. Cinti, A. de Grandcourt, A. D. Ligne, R. C. D. Oliveira, N. Delpierre, A. R. Desai, C. M. D. Bella, P. di Tommasi, H. Dolman, F. Domingo, G. Dong, S. Dore, P. Duce, E. Dufrêne, A. Dunn, J. Dušek, D. Eamus, U. Eichelmann, H. A. M. ElKhidir, W. Eugster, C. M. Ewenz, B. Ewers, D. Famulari, S. Fares, I. Feigenwinter, A. Feitz, R. Fensholt, G. Fil ippa, M. Fischer, J. Frank, M. Galvagno, M. Gharun, D. Gianelle, B. Gielen, B. Gioli, A. Gitelson, I. Goded, M. Goeckede, A. H. Goldstein, C. M. Gough, M. L. Goulden, A. Graf, A. Griebel, C. Gruening, T. Grünwald, A. Hammerle, S. Han, X. Han, B. U. Hansen, C. Hanson, J. Hatakka, Y. He, M. Hehn, B. Heinesch, N. Hinko-Najera, L. Hörtnagl, L. Hutley, A. Ibrom, H. Ikawa, M. Jackowicz-Korczynski, D. Janouš, W. Jans, R. Jassal, S. Jiang, T. Kato, M. Khomik, J. Klatt, A. Knohl, S. Knox, H. Kobayashi, G. Koerber, O. Kolle, Y. Kosugi, A. Kotani, A. Kowalski, B. Kruijt, J. Kurbatova, W. L. Kutsch, H. Kwon, S. Launiainen, T. Laurila, B. Law, R. Leuning, Y. Li, M. Liddell, J.-M. Limousin, M. Lion, A. J. Liska, A. Lohila, A. López-Ballesteros, E. López-Blanco, B. Loubet, D. Loustau, A. Lucas-Moffat, J. Lüers, S. Ma, C. Macfarlane, V. Magliulo, R. Maier, I. Mammarella, G. Manca, B. Marcolla, H. A. Margolis, S. Mar ras, W. Massman, M. Mastepanov, R. Matamala, J. H. Matthes, F. Mazzenga, H. McCaughey, I. McHugh, A. M. S. McMillan, L. Merbold, W. Meyer, T. Meyers, S. D. Miller, S. Minerbi, U. Moderow, R. K. Monson, L. Montagnani, C. E. Moore, E. Moors, V. Moreaux, C. Moureaux, J. W. Munger, T. Nakai, J. Neirynck, Z. Nesic, G. Nicolini, A. Noormets, M. Northwood, M. Nosetto, Y. Nouvellon, K. Novick, W. Oechel, J. E. Olesen, J.-M. Ourcival, S. A. Papuga, F.-J. Parmentier, E. Paul-Limoges, M. Pavelka, M. Peichl, E. Pendall, R. P. Phillips, K. Pilegaard, N. Pirk, G. Posse, T. Powell, H. Prasse, S. M. Prober, S. Ram bal, U. Rannik, N. Raz-Yaseef, D. Reed, V. R. de Dios, N. Restrepo-Coupe, B. R. Reverter, M. Roland, S. Sabbatini, T. Sachs, S. R. Saleska, E. P. S.-C. nete, Z. M. Sanchez-Mejia, H. P. Schmid, M. Schmidt, K. Schneider, F. Schrader, I. Schroder, R. L. Scott, P. Sedlák, P. Serrano-Ortíz, C. Shao, P. Shi, I. Shironya, L. Siebicke, L. Šigut, R. Silberstein, C. Sirca, D. Spano, R. Steinbrecher, R. M. Stevens, C. Sturtevant, A. Suyker, T. Tagesson, S. Takanashi, Y. Tang, N. Tapper, J. Thom, F. Tiedemann, M. Tomassucci, J.-P. Tuovinen, S. Urbanski, R. Valentini, M. van der Molen, E. van Gorsel, K. van Huissteden, A. Varlagin, J. Verfaillie, T. Vesala, C. Vincke, D. Vitale, N. Vygodskaya, J. P. Walker, E. Walter-Shea, H. Wang, R. Weber, S. Westermann, C. Wille, S. Wofsy, G. Wohlfahrt, S. Wolf, W. Woodgate, Y. Li, R. Zampedri, J. Zhang, G. Zhou, D. Zona, D. Agarwal, S. Biraud, M. Torn, D. Papale, "The FLUXNET2015 dataset and the ONEFlux processing pipeline for eddy covariance data", Scientific Data, 2020, 7:225, doi: 10.1038/s41597-020-0534-3

C. Varadharajan, S. Cholia, C. Snavely, V. Hendrix, C. Procopiou, D. Swantek, W. J. Riley, and D. A. Agarwal, "Launching an accessible archive of environmental data", Eos, 100, January 8, 2019, doi:

DC Miller, JD Siirola, D Agarwal, AP Burgard, A Lee, JC Eslick, B Nicholson, C Laird, LT Biegler, D Bhattacharyya, NV Sahinidis, IE Grossmann, CE Gounaris, D Gunter, "Next Generation Multi-Scale Process Systems Engineering Framework", Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 2018, 44:2209--2214, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-64241-7.50363-3

Gilberto Z. Pastorello, Dario Papale, Housen Chu, Carlo Trotta, Deb A. Agarwal, Eleonora Canfora, Dennis D. Baldocchi, M. S. Torn, "A new data set to keep a sharper eye on land-air exchanges", Eos, 2017, 98:28-32, doi: 10.1029/2017EO071597

Danielle S. Christianson, Charuleka Varadharajan, Bradley Christoffersen, Matteo Detto, Faybishenko, Bruno O. Gimenez, Val C. Hendrix, Kolby J. Jardine, Robinson Negron-Juarez, Z. Pastorello, Thomas L. Powell, Megha Sandesh, Jeffrey M. Warren, Brett T. Wolfe, Jeffrey Q. Chambers, Lara M. Kueppers, Nathan G. McDowell, Deborah A. Agarwal, "A metadata reporting framework (FRAMES) for synthesis of ecohydrological observations", Ecological Informatics, 2017, 42:148-158, doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2017.06.002

Deborah A Agarwal, Boris Faybishenko, Vicky L Freedman, Harinarayan Krishnan, Gary Kushner, Carina Lansing, Ellen Porter, Alexandru Romosan, Arie Shoshani, Haruko Wainwright, others, "A science data gateway for environmental management", Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, 2016, 28:1994--2004,

DC Miller, D Agarwal, D Bhattacharyya, J Boverhof, YW Cheah, Y Chen, J Eslick, J Leek, J Ma, P Mahapatra, B Ng, NV Sahinidis, C Tong, SE Zitney, "Innovative computational tools and models for the design, optimization and control of carbon capture processes", Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 2016, 38:2391--2396, doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63428-3.50403-3

V Hendrix, L Ramakrishnan, Y Ryu, C Van Ingen, KR Jackson, D Agarwal, "CAMP: Community access MODIS pipeline", Future Generation Computer Systems, 2014, 36:418--429, doi: 10.1016/j.future.2013.09.023

DC Miller, M Syamlal, DS Mebane, C Storlie, D Bhattacharyya, NV Sahinidis, D Agarwal, C Tong, SE Zitney, A Sarkar, X Sun, S Sundaresan, E Ryan, D Engel, C Dale, "Carbon capture simulation initiative: A case study in multiscale modeling and new challenges", Annual Review of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2014, 5:301--323, doi: 10.1146/annurev-chembioeng-060713-040321

D Agarwal, YW Cheah, D Fay, J Fay, D Guo, T Hey, M Humphrey, K Jackson, Jie Li, C Poulain, Y Ryu, C Van Ingen, "Data-intensive science: The Terapixel and MODISAzure projects", International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications, 2011, 25:304--316, doi: 10.1177/1094342011414746

D. Agarwal, M. Humphrey,N., Beekwilder, K. Jackson, M. Goode, and C. van Ingen, "A Data Centered Collaboration Portal to Support Global Carbon-Flux Analysis", Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience - Successes in Furthering Scientific Discovery, June 2010, LBNL 1827E,

DA Agarwal, M Humphrey, NF Beekwilder, KR Jackson, MM Goode, C Van Ingen, "A data-centered collaboration portal to support global carbon-flux analysis", Concurrency Computation Practice and Experience, 2010, 22:2323--2334, doi: 10.1002/cpe.1600

Y Amir, LE Moser, PM Melliar-Smith, DA Agarwal, P Ciarfella, "The Totem Single-Ring Ordering and Membership Protocol", ACM Transactions on Computer Systems (TOCS), 1995, 13:311--342, doi: 10.1145/210223.210224

Conference Papers

Payton A Linton, William M Melodia, Alina Lazar, Deborah Agarwal, Ludovico Bianchi, Devarshi Ghoshal, Kesheng Wu, Gilberto Pastorello, Lavanya Ramakrishnan, "Identifying Time Series Similarity in Large-Scale Earth System Datasets", 2019,

D Ghoshal, L Ramakrishnan, D Agarwal, "Dac-Man: Data Change Management for Scientific Datasets on HPC Systems", SC ’18, Piscataway, NJ, USA, IEEE Press, 2018, 72:1--72:1,

D Guyon, AC Orgerie, C Morin, D Agarwal, "How Much Energy Can Green HPC Cloud Users Save?", Proceedings - 2017 25th Euromicro International Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing, PDP 2017, 2017, 416--420, doi: 10.1109/PDP.2017.62

YW Cheah, J Boverhof, A Elbashandy, D Agarwal, J Leek, T Epperly, J Eslick, D Miller, "Data management and simulation support accelerating carbon capture through computing", Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE 12th International Conference on e-Science, e-Science 2016, 2017, 389--398, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2016.7870924

Gilberto Z. Pastorello, Dan K. Gunter, Housen Chu, Danielle S. Christianson, Carlo Trotta, Eleonora Canfora, Boris Faybishenko, You-Wei Cheah, Norm Beekwilder, Stephen W. Chan, Sigrid Dengel, Trevor Keenan, Fianna O Brien, Abderahman Elbashandy, Cristina M. Poindexter, Marty Humphrey, Dario Papale, Deb A. Agarwal, "Hunting Data Rogues at Scale: Data Quality Control for Observational Data in Research Infrastructures", Proceedings of the 13th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science 2017), Auckland, New Zealand, 2017, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2017.64

Gilberto Z. Pastorello, Deb A. Agarwal, Taghrid Samak, Dario Papale, Trotta, Alessio Ribeca, Cristina M. Poindexter, Boris Faybishenko, Dan K. Gunter, Rachel Hollowgrass, Eleonora Canfora, "Observational data patterns for time series data quality assessment", Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science 2014), Guaruja, Brazil, 2014, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2014.45

Lavanya Ramakrishnan, Sarah S. Poon, Val C. Hendrix, Dan K. Gunter, Gilberto Z. Pastorello, Deb A. Agarwal, "Experiences with User-Centered Design for the Tigres Workflow API", Proceedings of the 10th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science 2014), Guaruja, Brazil, 2014, doi: 10.1109/eScience.2014.56

JR Balderrama, M Simonin, L Ramakrishnan, V Hendrix, C Morin, D Agarwal, C Tedeschi, "Combining workflow templates with a shared space-based execution model", Proceedings of WORKS 2014: The 9th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science - held in conjunction with SC 2014: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, 2014, 50--58, doi: 10.1109/WORKS.2014.14

Karen L. Schuchardt, Deborah A. Agarwal, Stefan A. Finsterle, Carl W. Gable, Ian Gorton, Luke J. Gosink, Elizabeth H. Keating, Carina S. Lansing, Joerg Meyer, William A.M. Moeglein, George S.H. Pau, Ellen A. Porter, Sumit Purohit, Mark L. Rockhold, Arie Shoshani, and Chandrika Sivaramakrishnan, Akuna, "Integrated Toolsets Supporting Advanced Subsurface Flow and Transport Simulations for Environmental Management", XIX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2012), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 2012,

Karen L. Schuchardt, Deborah A. Agarwal, Stefan A. Finsterle, Carl W. Gable, Ian Gorton, Luke J. Gosink, Elizabeth H. Keating, Carina S. Lansing, Joerg Meyer, William A.M. Moeglein, George S.H. Pau, Ellen A. Porter, Sumit Purohit, Mark L. Rockhold, Arie Shoshani, Chandrika Sivaramakrishnan, "Akuna-Integrated Toolsets Supporting Advanced Subsurface Flow and Transport Simulations for Environmental Management", XIX International Conference on Computational Methods in Water Resources (CMWR 2012), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, June 17-22, 2012, 2012,

Y Simmhan, E Soroush, C Van Ingen, D Agarwal, L Ramakrishnan, "BReW: Blackbox resource selection for e-Science workflows", 2010 5th Workshop on Workflows in Support of Large-Scale Science, WORKS 2010, 2010, doi: 10.1109/WORKS.2010.5671857

L Ramakrishnan, C Guok, K Jackson, E Kissel, DM Swany, D Agarwal, "On-demand overlay networks for large scientific data transfers", CCGrid 2010 - 10th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing, 2010, 359--367, doi: 10.1109/CCGRID.2010.82

M Bishop, J Cummins, S Peisert, A Singh, B Bhumiratana, D Agarwal, D Frincke, M Hogarth, "Relationships and data sanitization: A study in scarlet", Proceedings New Security Paradigms Workshop, January 2010, 151--163, doi: 10.1145/1900546.1900567

William T.C. Kramer, John M. Shalf, E. Wes Bethel, D. Agarwal, Michael Banda, John Hules, Juan C. Meza, Leonid Oliker, Horst Simon, David Skinner, Francesca Verdier, Howard Walter, Michael Wehner, and Katherine Yelick, "HPC in 2016: A View Point from NERSC", Proceedings of the Cray User Group Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 2008,

Book Chapters

B Faybishenko, F Molz, D Agarwal, "Nonlinear dynamics simulations of microbial ecological processes: Model, diagnostic parameters of deterministic chaos, and sensitivity analysis", Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics, ( 2018) Pages: 437--465 doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-02825-1_19


DA Agarwal, C Varadharajan, S Cholia, C Snavely, VC Hendrix, D Gunter, WJ Riley, M jones, AE budden, D Vieglas, Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE)-A New US DOE Data Archive, 2017,


P. Linton, W. Melodia, A. Lazar, D. Agarwal, L. Bianchi, D. Ghoshal, K. Wu, G. Pastorello, L. Ramakrishnan, "Identifying Time Series Similarity in Large-Scale Earth System Datasets", The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis (SC19), 2019,

V Hendrix, J Li, K Jackson, L Ramakrishnan, Y Ryu, K Beattie, C Morin, D Skinner, C van Ingen, D Agarwal, "Community Access to MODIS Satellite Reprojection and Reduction Pipeline and Data Sets", AGU Fall Meeting, 2012,


D Baldocchi, M Reichstein, D Papale, L Koteen, R Vargas, D Agarwal, R Cook, The role of trace gas flux networks in the biogeosciences, Eos, Pages: 217--218 2012, doi: 10.1029/2012EO230001