My research interests focus on atmospheric boundary layers and its modelling using a variety of models and observations to better understand the small-scale processes and turbulence structure, and thereby assist the development of parameterizations for convective and stable boundary layers in numerical weather prediction and climate models.


Instituto Dom Luiz
Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa
Campo Grande, Edf. C8.
1749-016 Lisboa
Portugal

Phone: 21 750 00 00 (extension: 28270)
Email: mjchinita@fc.ul.pt
mariajoaochinita@gmail.com


MAIN PUBLICATIONS

2017

Chinita, M. J., G. Matheou, and J. Teixeira, (2018): A joint probability density-based decomposition of turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146, 503-523, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-17-0166.1

2014

Soares, P.M.M.; R.M. Cardoso; A. Semedo; M.J. Chinita; Ranjha, R. (2014): Climatology of Iberia Coastal Low-Level Wind Jet: WRF High Resolution Results. Tellus A, 66, 22377


CONFERENCE PAPERS

2013

Benevides, P.; J. Catalão; P. Miranda and M. J. Chinita: Analysis of the relation between GPS tropospheric delay and intense precipitation. Proc. SPIE 8890, Remote Sensing of Clouds and the Atmosphere XVIII; and Optics in Atmospheric Propagation and Adaptive Systems XVI, 88900Y (October 17, 2013); doi:10.1117/12.2028732; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2028732


CONFERENCE ORAL COMMUNICATIONS

2018

Chinita, M. J. and G. Matheou (2018): Large-eddy simulation of very stable boundary layers: Turbulence structure. GABLS4 workshop 2018, Toulouse (France).

2017

Chinita, M. J. and G. Matheou (2017): Buoyancy adjusted stretched-vortex model. GABLS4 meeting at 3rd Decennial Workshop – Turbulence in Stably Stratified Planetary Boundary Layers, Delft (Netherlands).


CONFERENCE POSTER COMMUNICATIONS

2017

Chinita, M. J. and G. Matheou (2016): Large-eddy simulation of the very stable boundary layer. 3rd Decennial Workshop – Turbulence in Stably Stratified Planetary Boundary Layers, Delft (Netherlands).

2016

Chinita, M. J. and G. Matheou (2016): Large-eddy simulation of the very stable boundary layer. AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco (USA).

2013

Soares, P.M.M.;  A. Semedo; R.M. Cardoso; M.J. Chinita; R. Ranjha, (2013): The Coastal Low Level Jet off the West Cost of the Iberian Peninsula: Euro-Cordex simulation. International Conference of Regional Climate – CORDEX 2013, Brussels (Belgium).

Soares, P.M.M.;  A. Semedo; R.M. Cardoso; M.J. Chinita; R. Ranjha, (2013): A Coastal Low Level Jet Feature off the West Cost of the Iberian Peninsula. Annual Meeting of the European Geosciences Union (EGU), Viena (Austria).


AWARDS

2017

Best Early-Career Scientist Poster at 3rd Decennial Workshop – Turbulence in Stably Stratified Planetary Boundary Layers, Delft (Netherlands).


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2017-2018

University of Connecticut – Department of Mechanical Engineering, Storrs, Connecticut
Gratis affiliation as research scientist – ongoing (since October 2017).

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Participation in the JPL Visiting Student Researchers Program (JVSRP) from September 2017 to February 2018.

2016

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Participation in the JPL Visiting Student Researchers Program (JVSRP)  from February to December, 2016.

2015

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Participation in the JPL Visiting Student Researchers Program (JVSRP) from April to September, 2015

2012-2014

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Research fellowship in IDL (an Associate Laboratory at the University of Lisbon)
Researcher under the project SMOG – “Structure of Moist Convection in high-resolution GNSS observations and models”
WRF-ARW simulations

2012

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Assistant in theorical-practical lessons of Meteorology


EDUCATION

2014 – 2018

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Ph.D. in Meteorology
Thesis: Dynamics of the moderately stable boundary layer

2011 – 2013

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Master in Meteorology with 18/20 values.
Thesis: Study of the structure of the field of water vapour in severe storms in continental Portugal.

2008 – 2011

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal
Bachelor in Geophysical Sciences with 16/20 values.
Final project: Study of the geometry of the cost function in the  context  of data assimilation in chaotic systems.


Ph.D. Thesis  Motivation

The stable boundary layer (SBL) remains one of the least understood elements of the atmosphere. Most of the challenges in prediction the stable boundary layer stem from the largely unknown nature of stratified turbulence. The most common manifestation of SBL is the nocturnal boundary layer and the boundary layer of polar regions where stable conditions can persist throughout the day. Better understanding and prediction of SBL, including the morning and evening transitions, can improve the prediction of the diurnal cycle and dispersion of pollutants, in addition to advances directly related to SBL such as the formation of fog and nocturnal temperature forecasting.