Dr. Nina Črnivec

Postdoctoral Research Scientist , Center for Climate Systems Research (CCSR), Columbia Climate School

Postdoctoral Research Scientist , NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)

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I am an atmospheric scientist interested in a wide range of processes shaping Earth's weather and climate. My research has mainly focused on clouds, radiative transfer and their interplay as well as on dynamics of larger cloud systems such as tropical cyclones. In my recent doctoral studies at LMU Munich I investigated the three-dimensional interaction between solar/thermal radiation and highly-resolved heterogeneous cloud structures in order to advance its representation in regional and global models (Črnivec and Mayer, 2019, 2020, 2021). Motivated by the Tripleclouds concept primarily introduced by Shonk and Hogan (2008), I constructed the Tripleclouds radiation scheme based on the core-shell model for convective clouds. The Tripleclouds radiation scheme tackles subgrid cloud inhomogeneity biases in coarse-resolution models and it proved to perform well for diverse cloud types. In my current postdoctoral research I am involved in the NOAA's Modeling, Analysis, Predictions and Projections (MAPP) project entitled "Evaluating and Constraining Models’ Stratocumulus and Cumulus Cloud Feedbacks in the Tropics using Satellite Observations to Reduce Uncertainties in Future Climate Projections".