Who are we?

Louise Nuijens - group lead

I am an assistant professor in the Geoscience & Remote Sensing Department at TU Delft since Dec 2016. Before coming here, I worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Planetary Sciences at MIT in Boston , and as a group leader of the Observations and Process Studies group in the Atmosphere Department of the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg. I received my Masters degree in Meteorology from the Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands and my PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). [full CV]

Kevin Helfer - PhD student - CloudBrake

I am a PhD candidate at TU Delft since April 2017. I received my Masters degree in geophysics from Münster University in Germany. Within the CloudBrake project, I focus on modeling of cumulus clouds and convective momentum transport within the tropics using Large-Eddy Simulation. Learn more about my activities on Researchgate or Twitter.

Beatrice Saggiorato - PhD student - CloudBrake

I am a PhD candidate at TU Delft since May 2017. My project is about the relationship between convective momentum transport generated by shallow clouds and wind shear in the mid-latitudes. I am currently working on the role of convective momentum transport in cold air outbreaks. I got my Master degree in Mathematics at University of Trento in 2016 where I focused my studies on Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing applied to biology. My thesis was about an exploration of various centred fluxes for the resolution of hyperbolic equations, in both the finite volumes and the discontinuous Galerkin framework. I received my Bachelor degree in Mathematics at the University of Padova in 2014 with a thesis on an Hamiltonian approach for surface waves in shallow waters.

Mariska Koning - PhD student - CloudBrake

I started my PhD at TU Delft in December 2017, after finishing my Master's thesis also at TU Delft in the CloudBrake group, where I used a year-long of LES simulations over Cabauw (the Netherlands) to look at differences in momentum transport between days with clear skies and days with cumulus clouds. I decided I am not done yet learning about cumulus convection, and joined as a PhD student! During my PhD, I will work with ground-based and satellite observations to unravel relationships between clouds, momentum transport and wind.


Vishal Dixit - PostDoc - CloudBrake

I am interested in the role of cloud-convection-circulation coupling in the tropical climate dynamics. I obtained my PhD in 2016 from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where my thesis was on the structure and dynamics of the tropical rainbands. I utilise the hierarchical modelling strategy starting from simple models to complex climate models to understand how different processes work. Presently, I am working on quantifying and parameterizing cumulus friction effects associated with subtropical shallow clouds.


Alessandro Savazzi - Researcher - CloudBrake - soon Phd CMTRACE

I will start my PhD at TU Delft in November 2020 within the CMTRACE project. Previous to this, I received my Masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the same university, defending a thesis titled ‘Convective cloud parameterization: Evaluation of the mass-flux approach through observations.’ I also have been working for nine months within the CloudBrake project, focusing on assessing wind biases in the trade wind region. In particular I have been using observations from the EUREC4A field campaign to investigate diurnality and magnitude of wind biases at the mesoscale. Within the CMTRACE project I will work on identifying mechanisms underlying convective momentum transport (CMT), in particular the relationships between CMT and cloud friction.