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Vanda Grubišić

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Vanda Grubišic

TIIMES - Desert Research Institute (DRI)
Visiting Scientist - NCAR Affiliate Scientist 2008-2011 (EOL & TIIMES)
Gravity Waves - THORPEX

Contact Information:
PO Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Office: FL1 - 2006
Telephone: 303-497-8280 | DRI: 775-674-7031
Email: vanda.grubisic@dri.edu
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Research Focus FY08:

T-REX

Dr. Grubišić is currently project director and principal investigator for the Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment (T-REX UTLS / EOL), a multi-year effort with major funding from the National Science Foundation to study mountain-wave induced rotors in Owens Valley in the lee of Sierra Nevada in eastern California. Major past studies include rotor studies in the Sierra Rotors project in Owens Valley in 2004, airflow and potential vorticity generation in the wake of the Alps in the Mesoscale Alpine Programme experiment in 1999, and wake formation in Hawaii in HaRP in 1990. AMS Special Collection.

Dr. Grubišić runs the Mesosocale Dynamics and Modeling Laboratory (MDML) at Desert Research Institute (DRI) focusing on numerical modeling and visualization of mesoscale atmospheric phenomena. She has also initiated and led the state-wide program in Advanced Computing in Environmental Science (ACES), which has created new capabilities for multidisciplinary research in Nevada, centered on computer modeling, scientific visualization, and other data-intensive techniques in environmental research. She directs the ACES VisLab, the state-of-the-art visualization laboratory established by the ACES program.

She was involved in IPY-THORPEX and spent some time in the field campaign in Andoya, Norway, Feb 25-Mar 6, 2008. The focus of the field campaign was on polar lows, their formation and dynamics, and interaction with complex terrain.

Dr. Grubišić also organized the 2008 T-REX Workshop, Dept Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 12-13 March, 2008.

 

In the News:

- Bad decisions in the air lead to tragedy in Sierra
- Pilots have little margin for error navigating Sierra

Community Service FY08:

  • NSF Advisory Committee for the Geoscience Directorate (AC/GEO)
  • UCAR Unidata Policy Committee
  • NSF/NCAR Observing Facilities Assessment Panel (OFAP)
  • UCAR President's Advisory Committee on University Relations (PACUR)
  • AMS Committee on History of the Atmospheric Sciences
  • AMS Committee on Mesoscale Processes
  • Graduate Student Advisor and Thesis Committee: DRI

Scientific Talks FY08:

  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors. Department of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Vienna, Austria, October 2008
  • Wave-induced Turbulence in the Lower Troposphere: A T-REX Perspective, Observing the Turbulent Atmosphere: Sampling Strategies, Technology and Application, IMAGe Theme of the Year 2008 Workshop, 28-30 May 2008, NCAR, Boulder, CO, Invited Presentation (N.B. The slides for this one should be available on the IMAGe TOY web pages)
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Program, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, May 2008
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Meteorology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, March  2008
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, February 2008
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Meteorology Department, Penn State, State College, PA, February 2008Wave-induced Turbulence in the Lower Troposphere: A T-REX Perspective, Observing the Turbulent Atmosphere: Sampling Strategies, Technology and Application, IMAGe Theme of the Year 2008 Workshop, 28-30 May 2008, NCAR, Boulder, CO, Invited Presentation
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Meteorology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, March  2008
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, February 2008
  • Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: New Insights into Lee Waves and Atmospheric Rotors, Department of Meteorology Department, Penn State, State College, PA, February 2008

Publications FY08:

Grubišić, V., J. D. Doyle, J. Kuettner, S. Mobbs, R. B. Smith, C. D. Whiteman, R. Dirks, S. Czyzyk, S. A. Cohn, S. Vosper, M. Weissmann, S. Haimov, S. F. J. DeWekker, L. L. Pan, F. K. Chow, 2008: The Terrain-induced Rotor Experiment: An overview of the field campaign and some highlights of special observations. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 89, 1513-1533.

Smith, R. B., B. K. Woods, J. Jensen, W. A. Cooper, J. D. Doyle, Q. Jiang, and V. Grubišić, 2008: Mountain waves entering the stratosphere. J. Atmos. Sci., 65, 2543–2562.

Grubišić, V., and B. J. Billings, 2008: Climatology of the Sierra Nevada mountain wave events. Mon. Wea. Rev., 136, 757–768.

Li, Y., R. B. Smith, and V. Grubišić, 2008: Using diurnal surface pressure variations to study atmospheric circulation in Owens Valley. Mon. Wea. Rev., Accepted.

Grubišić, V., and B. J. Billings, 2008: Summary of the Sierra Rotors Project wave and rotor events. Atmos. Sci. Letters., In press.

Grubišić, V., and I. Stiperski, 2008: Lee wave resonances over double bell-shaped orography. J. Atmos. Sci., In press.

Doyle, J. D., V. Grubišić, W. O. J. Brown, S. F. J. De Wekker, A.Dörnbrack, Q. Jiang, S. Mayor, and M. Weissmann, 2008: Observations andnumerical simulations of subrotor vortices during T-REX. J. Atmos.Sci., In press.

Conference Abstracts & Posters FY08:

Grubišić, V., J. R. French, S. J. Haimov, L. Oolman, B. J. Billings, and M. Xiao, 2008: Lower-tropospheric waves and wave-induced turbulence zones: Insights from T-REX. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Billings, B. J., and V. Grubišić, 2008: A study of the onset of westerly downslope winds in Owens Valley. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Billings, B. J., and V. Grubišić, 2008: A numerical study of the effects of diurnal heating, moisture, and downstream topography on downslope winds within a valley. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Stiperski, I., and V. Grubišić, 2008: The effect of boundary layer on lee waves over double bell-shaped orography. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Stiperski, I., and V. Grubišić, 2008: Lee-wave interferences over double bell-shaped orography. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Doyle, J. D., S. Gaberšek, L. R. Bernardet, J. M. Brown, A. Dörnbrack, E. Filaus, V. Grubišić, Q. Jiang, D. J. Kirshabaum, O. Knoth, S. Koch, I. Stiperski, S. Vosper, and S. Zhong, 2008: Intercomparison of T-REX mountain wave simulations. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Doyle, J. D., V. Grubišić, W. O. J. Brown, S. F. J. De Wekker, A. Dörnbrack, Q. Jiang, S. D. Mayor, and M. Weissmann, 2008: Observations and numerical simulations of intense atmospheric subrotor vortices during T-REX. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Jiang, Q., J. D. Doyle, V. Grubišić, and R. B. Smith, 2008: Waves eddies and turbulence observed over Owens Valley. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

French, J. R., S. Haimov, L. Oolman, V. Grubišić, and D. Leon, 2008: Airborne radar observations of breaking waves/rotors in the lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains in SE Wyoming, USA. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Oolman, L. D., J. R. French, S. Haimov, D. Leon, and V. Grubišić, 2008: Observations of strong mountain waves in the lee of the Medicine Bow Mountains of southeast Wyoming. Poster. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Rejmánek, H., S.-H. Chen, V. Grubišić, and J. D. Doyle, 2008: Utilizing the smoke plume of Volcano Villarrica to examine the dynamics and detailed structure of its wave and rotor. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Barstad, I., and V. Grubišić, 2008: Observations of a gap flow at 80 N. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Schmidli, J., B. J. Billings, R. Burton, F. K. Chow, S. F. J. De Wekker, J. D. Doyle, V. Grubisic, T. R. Holt, Q. Jiang, K. A. Lundquist, A. N. Ross, P. Sheridan, S. Vosper, C. D. Whiteman, A. A. Wyszogrodzki, G. Zaengl, S. Zhong, 2008: The T-REX valley wind intercomparison project. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Večenaj. Ž., S. F. J. De Wekker, and V. Grubišić, 2008: Spatial and temporal features of mountain wave related turbulence. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Cohn, S. A., W. O. J. Brown, and V. Grubišić, 2008: Wind profiler direct observations of an atmospheric rotor: T-REX IOP 3. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Brown, W. O. J., S. A. Cohn, V. Grubišić, and J. D. Doyle, 2008: ISS observations of small-scale features and an easterly wind events during T-REX. AMS 13th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, Whistler, BC, Canada, Amer. Meteor. Soc.

Haimov, S., V. Grubišić, J. French, and L. Oolman, 2008: Multi-Doppler measurements of atmospheric rotors and turbulent mountain waves. 2008 IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), Boston, MA.

Rassmussen, R. M., C. Liu, K. Ikeda, F. Chen, D. Yates, D. Gochis, and V. Grubisic, 2008: Assessing snowpack from Colorados’ Headwater basins using a very high resolution atmospheric model. European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria.

Grubišić, V., and I. Stiperski, 2008: Lee waves over double bell-shaped orography. European Geophysical Union (EGU) General Assembly 2008, Vienna, Austria.