Idamis Del Valle was one of two CMMAP summer interns who came to us all the way
from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez this year. She is a senior there
majoring in theoretical physics with a minor in atmospheric science. This
summer, under Professor Eric Maloney, Idamis studied the effects of enhanced
moisture triggers on mean precipitation and winds in the Tropical Eastern
Pacific and the Caribbean.
The ability of two climate model simulations to reproduce mean precipitation
and winds in the Intra Americas Sea was compared using the NCAR CAM version 3.1
with the relaxed Arakawa-Schubert convective scheme. The two runs analyzed were
defined as: "moisture trigger" and "no moisture trigger". A comparison of
observations to model results for the boreal summer and boreal winter was made.
Idamis found that results for the summer season showed that the moisture trigger
run made precipitation weaker over the Caribbean, and reduced precipitation
biases over the eastern Pacific and over land. Overall, higher moisture
sensitivity resulted in a more accurate skill of the model to represent mean
precipitation over the eastern Pacific and Caribbean. However, both model runs
showed excessive precipitation over land at the base of the Sierra Madre, likely
due to the coarse resolution of the model. Further, both simulations had a
relatively poor representation of
precipitation over the ITCZ
in the eastern Pacific during the winter.
She found that compared to observations, the low-level wind was not well
represented along the coastlines in the models, likely due to problems in
representing topography. The winds became more westerly over the eastern Pacific
associated with increased mean precipitation there in the moisture trigger run,
and enhanced easterlies over the Caribbean were associated with a decrease of
precipitation. Her research poster
may be found here,
Idamis' research interests include tropical cyclones and tornadoes. Her hobbies
include reading, music and watching movies.