The Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, (CW3E) seeks a Postdoctoral researcher to design, implement and validate a high-resolution forward chemical transport modeling system that can be fully integrated with inverse emissions estimates and directly compared to weather observations and in-situ trace gas measurements. Work will be conducted in collaboration with numerical weather prediction and trace atmospheric measurements experts at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the National Institute for Standards and Technology.
The selected candidate will collaborate with CW3E and other Scripps researchers on projects focusing on forward trace gas modeling with the WRF/CHEM regional chemical transport model, gas measurement network design and analysis, and forward model meteorology and gas concentration validation. Under the direction of project personnel, the successful candidate will develop a high-resolution WRF/CHEM configuration that accurately models trace gas accumulation, chemical change, transport, and removal (the forward modeling system), will analyze the suitability of trace gas measurements and the forward modeling system under challenging meteorological scenarios and will validate chemical and meteorological forecasts using direct measurements. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in inverse modeling studies for source quantification, for which inverse modeling experience may be valuable. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to present results at major conferences and will be expected to publish results in a peer-reviewed journal as first author.