My research at BAS primarily focuses on studying the response of the Antarctic sea ice to climate variability and modelling past sea ice in the Southern Hemisphere. This work is part of the UK’s contribution to the next Coupled Model Intercomparison project (CMIP6).
My background is in quantitative environmental sciences with a focus on geophysical sciences. In November 2017 I pursued a PhD at the University of Reading (UK), Department of Meteorology. My PhD thesis studied the mechanism by which orographic gravity waves can become unstable and break in directional shear flows. To this purpose, the theoretical study of the fundamental gravity wave dynamics was combined with the modelling of atmospheric flows over orography.
Before undertaking my PhD, in the context of my Master’s thesis, I focused on studying and modelling the Planetary Boundary Layer and the sea/land breeze systems existing on the Salento peninsula (IT).
My expertise lies in setting up and running numerical models, interpreting model outputs and performing models validation against theory and/or observations. The numerical models used in my research are: the Weather and Research Forecasting Model (WRF-ARW) model, the UK Earth System Model (UKESM1) which consists of the Unified Model (UM) atmosphere, JULES land surface scheme, NEMO ocean model and the CICE sea ice model.
Atmosphere dynamics and gravity waves. With a particular attention to the interactions between three-dimensional orographic gravity waves, the mean flow in which they are embedded, and the Clear-Air Turbulence (CAT) generated because of their breaking.