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I am an atmospheric scientist, with an interest in improving forecasts of boundary layer phenomena by improving various aspects of numerical weather prediction, e. g. data assimilation and physical parameterization schemes. A number of important environmental phenomena occur within the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) or at the ocean surface in response to ABL circulations. Accurate predictions of phenomena such as the presence of low-level clouds and fog, the transport and dispersion of pollutants, response of the ocean surface temperature and currents to atmospheric boundary layer flows, over very short to very long time scales are required by decision-makers faced with critical issues related to public safety, environmental hazard mitigation and economic development. 

San Juan Islands, Washington State, US
Seattle fall morning
Seattle, Washington State, US

Nowadays, important activities such as nowcasting aviation weather for airports, planning of search and rescue missions, foreseeing the seasonal variability of weather regimes and planning sustainable development strategies in a context of climatic change, increasingly rely on input from numerical models. Within that general context, my research interests lie in the improvement of our ability to numerically forecast various boundary layer phenomena on a wide range of timescales.

I am currently working in Prof. Greg Hakim's research group in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. My research is performed in collaboration with Dr. Chris Snyder of NCAR/MMM and focuses on the contribution of data assimilation in coupled atmosphere-ocean modeling systems to improve predictions of climate variability at the decadal time scale.
I was most recently a NSERC/CRSNG postdoctoral fellow in the Data Assimilation and Satellite Meteorology Group / Meteorological Research Division / Atmospheric Science & Technology Directorate/ Science & Technology / Environment Canada, on a project aimed at improving analyses and forecasts of low-level winds over the oceans through improved data assimilation of remotely-sensed ocean surface wind vectors, funded by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat. I previously held a Scientific Visitor position at the Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques, Météo-France in Toulouse France, working toward improving our understanding of the multi-faceted aspects of fog and its numerical modeling. Prior to that, I obtained my PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences while doing my research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research / Research Applications Laboratory on the understanding of fog mechanisms in the New York City metropolitan area. Prior to my PhD, I worked for several years at the Département des Sciences de la Terre et de l'Atmosphère, Université du Québec à Montréal, on the development of systems based on single column numerical models for the short-term forecasting of low clouds and fog. Our work led to the development and operational deployment of the Marine Stratus Forecast System supporting air traffic management responsibilities at the San Francisco International Airport.