People

Permanent staff

J. Fidel González Rouco <fidelgr@fis.ucm.es>

Tenured Professor at Dpto. Astrofísica y CC. de la Atmósfera, Facultad CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. His work focuses on the simulation and reconstruction of last millenium climate. He is also involved in studies related to regional downscaling problems.

Marisa Montoya Redondo <marisa.montoya@fis.ucm.es>

Tenured Professor at the Dpto. Astrofísica y CC. de la Atmósfera, Facultad CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Her works focuses on the role of the ocean in the large-scale climate, mainly from the perspective of paleoclimate modeling.

Volker Rath <vrath@fis.ucm.es>

Researcher, Ramon y Cajal Programme at Dpto. Astrofísica y CC. de la Atmósfera, Facultad CC. Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.He joined the group in 2009 providing extensive experience in fluids in the Earth’s crust, numerical modeling of coupled transport phenomena, geothermics, forward and inverse problems, electromagnetics, paleoclimate from boreholes, and volcanology. Volker’s research focuses on the use of subsurface observations for the reconstruction of past climate changes (borehole climatology). Currently, he works on a method to make use of shallow (< 3 m) temperature monitoring observations (available at many observatory sites), e.g., for the estimation of thermohydraulic properties of the surface layers, in order to derive the evolution of deep soil moisture, or the active layer in cold climate.

 Postdoctoral researchers

Jorge Álvarez-Solas <jorge.alvarez.solas@fis.ucm.es>
Alexander Robinson <robinson@fis.ucm.es>

I am interested in understanding the interactions between large-scale ice sheets and the climate. I’m particularly interested in understanding the past evolution of the ice sheets in the Earth system, as well as how the Greenland Ice Sheet will evolve under future warming, and what the driving factors of change will be. To investigate these problems, I use models of intermediate complexity that are computationally fast, but include the physical processes most important for modeling the coupled systems.

Pablo Ortega <portegam@fis.ucm.es>

He joined the group in 2006 and is now doing his PhD thesis, focused on the analysis of deep water formation and thereby the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation throughout the last millennium. He is also interested on the natural and forced variability of the ocean heat content.

PhD students

Rubén Banderas <banderas.ruben@fis.ucm.es>

He joined the group in 2009. His thesis focuses on the the analysis of the glacial climate variability by means of the Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity Climber3-α climate changes. His current area of interest lies on understanding the driving mechanisms behind abrupt climate changes occurred during the last glacial period, particularly the processes that govern Dansgaard-Oeschger events.

Laura Fernández Donado <laurafernandez@fis.ucm.es>

She joined the PalMA group in 2008 with an Initiation to Research Scholarship, while she was finishing her Physics degree. Afterwards, she spent three months at the WSL (Switzerland) working with tree-ring proxy data from Madrid (founded by the ESF-MedCLIVAR Grant), looking for a paleoclimate reconstruction of the last half millennium. She is now doing her thesis in the field of paleoclimate, focused on the study of different paleoclimatic simulations over the last millennium.

Etor E. Lucio Eceiza <eelucio@fis.ucm.es>

He joined the PalMA group in 2009 and his researches are funded by an agreement with the Earth Sciences Research Center (StFX Univ.). He is developing his thesis on the analysis and high resolution modelization of wind field in onshore and offshore regions located in the North Eastern North America (East Coast of Canada + Northeastern States of USA).


Nuria Casabella Carballés <nucasabe@ucm.es>

She joined the PalMA group in 2012 through the agreement signed between Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and PalMA group. Her thesis focuses on the analysis and high resolution modelization of wind field in onshore and offshore regions located in the North Iberian Peninsula.

 

External members

Hugo Beltrami <hugo@stfx.ca>

Hugo is Professor in the Environmental Sciences Research Centre (ESRC) at the Department of Earth Sciences of St. Francis Xavier University . His research interests are climate change, paleoclimatology, inverse theory, the integration of climate models and paleoclimatological data and land surface processes.

Elena García Bustamante <elena.garcia@fis.ucm.es>

Elena joined the PalMA group in 2005 and completed her thesis within the group, based on statistical downscaling of surface wind field and wind energy over complex terrain area. Currently, she has a postdoctoral contract in Justus Liebig University Giessen (Germany) focused on paleoclimate reconstructions.

Ángela Hidalgo <angela.hidalgo@fis.ucm.es >/<angela.hidalgo@gfcasters.es>

She joined the PalMA group in 2009 through the agreement signed with Global Forecasters SL. She researchs into the analysis and simulation of surface wind field to develop wind resource maps.

Pedro A.Jiménez <pedro.jimenez@fis.ucm.es>

Pedro is interested in understanding the wind behavior over complex terrain regions using observations and WRF numerical simulations. He completed his PhD thesis within the PalMA group. Currently he is working in the National Center of Atmospheric Research

Juan Pedro Montavez <montavez@um.es>

Tenured Professor at the Universidad de Murcia, Juan Pedro joined the PalMA group since its origins. His main fields of interest are regional climate modelling, atmosphere and ocean, Land-Atmosphere coupling, wind power assesment, regional paleoclimatogy, regional climate change, uncertainties associated to physical parametrizations, evaluation of GCMs by weather types classification techniques, statistical regionalization techniques and the role of vegetation in present climate simulations.

Jorge Navarro <jorge.navarro@ciemat.es>

He joined the group in 2004 through the agreement signed between Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas Medioambientales y Tecnológicas (CIEMAT) and PalMA group. His fields of interest are wind energy resources assesment, analysis of surface wind over complex terrain, etc. Currently, he researchs into wind extremes climatology.

Visitors

Dr. U. Büntgen <ulf.buentgen@wsl.ch>
Swiss Federal Institute WSL, Switzerland

October-December, 2010. Climate reconstruction in the center of the Iberian Peninsula.

Dr. D. Mottaghy <mottaghy@geophysica.de>
Geophysica Beratungsgesellschaft mbH, Aachen, Germany

April, 2010. Implementation of general (inc. deviated) wells with in a geothermal forward and inverse simulation code.

Jorge Alvarez <alvarez-solas@fis.ucm.es>

June-December, 2009. RTN network for ice-sheet and climate evolution (NICE). Currently he collaborates in the study of the role of ice sheets – ocean interactions during past glacial abrupt climate changes.

Dr. J. Smerdon <jsmerdon@ldeo.columbia.edu>
LAMONT, U. Columbia, New York

September-December, 2009. Estancias Profesores Distinguidos, Modalidad B. Researching into Analysis of simulations and climate reconstructions of the last millennium.

Dr. J. Vantogeren <jvantong@ldeo.columbia.edu>
New York Natural Museum of Sciences

September-December, 2009. Categoria de la estancia. Researching on …

C. Kosack <ckosack@eonerc.rwth-aachen.de>
RWTH Aachen University, Germany

August, 2009. Estudiante Diploma. Researching on Modelling of the 2005 tracer circulation test at Soultz-sous-Forets, France.

Jacob Schewe <schewe@pik-potsdam.de>
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

October, 2008, 2009. Acción integrada hispano-alemana “Can wind changes trigger glacial abrupt climate change?” . Currently he collaborates in the study of the role of the ocean in climate.

Students with Collaborative Scholarships

Edmundo Santolaria Canales <edmundo.santolaria@fis.ucm.es>
Jorge Conte
Victor Fierro <victor_erasmus_praga@hotmail.com>

Victor joined the PalMA group in January 2010. He is working on the analysis of shallow subsurface temperature recordings from cold areas.

Carlos García Moreno <carlosgamo91@hotmail.com>

“Beca de Excelencia de la Comunidad de Madrid”, he performed tasks of computer development.

Juan Manuel Pavón Rodríguez <jmpr1991@hotmail.com>

“Beca de Excelencia de la Comunidad de Madrid”, he performed tasks of computer development.

Luis Miguel Ruiz

He performed taks of computer development and support for research (2009).

Saioa Arquero Campuzano

“Beca de Excelencia de la Comunidad de Madrid” in the analysis of several climate simulations of the last millennium (2007).

Mª Carmen Rico
Contact
PalMA Facultad de Ciencias Físicas Dpto. Física de la Tierra, Astronomía y Astrofísica II Avda. Complutense s/n 28040 Madrid, Spain Tel: +34 91 394 5195 Fax: +34 91 394 4635