Current and previous research
Sundowner winds are the local name of downslope windstorms in coastal Santa Barbara, CA.
They have intensified all major wildfires in SBA, a better understanding of these winds leads to better predictions and a more resilient society.
I use numerical models and observations to better understand the mechanisms behind Sundowners
Convective boundary layers in complex terrain
Greenhouse gas concentrations (like carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere depend on many factors, among which one of them is the atmospheric boundary layers.
Grid spacing in atmospheric models leads to terrain smoothing of mountainous terrain, and, hence, a differently resolved boundary layer than in comparison to reality.
Nevertheless, numerical models that do not represent mountainous terrain are still used.
Our research aimed to better understand, and to quantify the differences that can be expected from coarse numerical models to improve understanding of biases seen in inverse modeling approaches.
Previous field campaigns:
Sundowner Wind EXperiment (SWEX),
Santa Barbara CA (Spring 2022)
Pilot SWEX, Santa Barbara CA (Apr. 2018)
Solar eclipse experiment 2017, Innisfree, VA (Aug. 2017)
KASCADE 2013, France (winter 2013)
Project Scientist, Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California. Nov. 2020 - current
Postdoc, Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara, California. Feb. 2018 - Nov. 2020
Advisers: Leila MV Carvalho and Charles Jones
Postdoc, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Mar. 2016 - Jan. 2018.
Adviser: Stephan FJ De Wekker
PhD Meteorology, University of Toulouse, France
MSc Meteorology & Air Quality, Wageningen University, the Netherlands
BSc Soil, Water & Atmosphere, Wageningen University, the Netherlands