High-resolution numerical modeling of atmospheric processes over the Arabian Peninsula


Project Description

The study will focus on the simulation of high-resolution regional atmospheric processes at the Arabian Coast of the Red Sea. This area is one of the most populated in Saudi Arabia, and it is planned to be intensively developed in the scope of the 2030 vision.

The project will involve modeling using the Weather Research and Forecast model WRF to evaluate the effect of urbanization over the coastal plain. The simulation will be conducted on the KAUST supercomputer system and will be focusing on the impact of the coastal urbanization on sea and land breezes. The analysis will require extensive data processing and "big-data" manipulation.
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Faculty Lab Link - https://atcm.kaust.edu.sa
Field of Study - Atmospheric physics, numerical modeling, climate and regional circulation

About the

Georgiy L. Stenchikov

Professor, Earth Science and Engineering

Georgiy L. Stenchikov
Dr Stenchikov completed his PhD in the Numerical and Analytical Study of Weak Plasma Turbulence at Moscow Physical Technical Institute in 1977. Afterwards, he headed a department at the Russian Academy of Sciences, which used computational analysis to carry out crucial early research into the impact of humans on Earth's climate and environmental systems. From 1992 until 1998, Dr Stenchikov worked at the University of Maryland in the USA, after which he held a position as a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences of Rutgers University for almost a decade. Since 2009, he been a Professor and a Chair of the Earth Sciences and Engineering Program at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. His work has brought about important advances in fields including climate modelling, atmospheric physics, fluid dynamics, radiation transfer, and environmental sciences. Dr Stenchikov co-authored the Nobel Prize winning report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change IPCC-AR4 of 2007.

Desired Project Deliverables

Data set with the results of model runs

Data analysis software

Data analysis results

Report on data set organization, analysis software, and interpretation of the results