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Dr. Samira Khodayar-Pardo

Young Investigator Group Leader
Tel.: +49 721 608-24225
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Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) 
Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen



Research Interests

  • Atmospheric Water Cycle, Weather and Climate Extremes.

  • Land-atmospheric interactions.

  • High-resolution Numerical Weather Prediction and Regional Climate Modelling.

  • Mesoscale and Boundary Layer Meteorology.

Leader of the Research Group "Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate".

Curriculum Vitae

Since 10.2014: Leader of the BMBF Young Investigator Group “Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate”, at IMK-TRO, KIT.

 

09.2012-09.2014: Fellowship by the Water Science Alliance-Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and German Research Foundation.

 

01.2012-09.2012: Postdoctoral Researcher at the ”Land surface and boundary layer processes” Group, IMK-TRO, KIT.

 

06.2009-12.2011: Postdoctoral Researcher at the ”Regional Climate and Water Cycle” Group, IMK-TRO, KIT.

 

10.2005-05.2009: PhD student, at IMK-TRO, KIT, fellowship from the DFG (German Research Foundation) Postgraduate College ”Natural Disasters”.

 

12.2006: Advanced Studies Degree (D.E.A.) at the Department of Thermodynamics and Earth Science, University of Valencia (Spain).

 

11.2004-09.2005: Invited research position at the Atmospheric Physic Department at York University, Toronto (Canada)

 

08.2004-10.2004: Scientific associate at the University of Karlsruhe (Germany).

 

08.2003-07.2004: European ”Leonardo da Vinci” fellowship at IMK-TRO, KIT.

 

04.2004: Degree in Physics at the Department of Thermodynamics and Earth Science, University of Valencia (Spain).

Peer-reviewed journals


Diagnostic study of a high-precipitation event in the Western Mediterranean: adequacy of current operational networks.
Khodayar, S.; Raff, F.; Kalthoff, N.; Bock, O.
2016. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 142 (S1), 72-85. doi:10.1002/qj.2600
A seamless weather-climate multi-model intercomparison on the representation of a high impact weather event in the western Mediterranean: HyMeX IOP12.
Khodayar, S.; Fosser, G.; Berthou, S.; Davolio, S.; Drobinski, P.; Ducrocq, V.; Ferretti, R.; Nuret, M.; Pichelli, E.; Richard, E.; Bock, O.
2016. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 142 (S1), 433-452. doi:10.1002/qj.2700
Sensitivity of soil moisture initialization for decadal predictions under different regional climatic conditions in Europe.
Khodayar, S.; Sehlinger, A.; Feldmann, H.; Kottmeier, C.
2015. International Journal of Climatology, 35, 1899-1915. doi:10.1002/joc.4096
KITcube - A mobile observation platform for convection studies deployed during HyMeX.
Kalthoff, N.; Adler, B.; Wieser, A.; Kohler, M.; Träumner, K.; Handwerker, J.; Corsmeier, U.; Khodayar, S.; Lambert, D.; Kopmann, A.; Kunka, N.; Dick, G.; Ramatschi, M.; Wickert, J.; Kottmeier, C.
2013. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 22 (6), 633-647. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0542
High-resolution representation of the mechanisms responsible for the initiation of isolated thunderstorms over flat and complex terrains: analysis of CSIP and COPS cases.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Wickert, J.; Kottmeier, C.; Dorninger, M.
2013. Meteorology and atmospheric physics, 119 (3-4), 109-124. doi:10.1007/s00703-012-0232-6
The dependence of convection-related parameters on surface and boundary-layer conditions over complex terrain.
Kalthoff, N.; Kohler, M.; Barthlott, C.; Adler, B.; Mobbs, S. D.; Corsmeier, U.; Träumner, K.; Foken, T.; Eigenmann, R.; Krauss, L.; Khodayar, S.; Di Girolamo, P.
2011. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137 (S1), 70-80. doi:10.1002/qj.686
Observation of convection initiation processes with a suite of state-of-the-art research instruments during COPS IOP 8b.
Behrendt, A.; Pal, S.; Aoshima, F.; Bender, M.; Blyth, A.; Corsmeier, U.; Cuesta, J.; Dick, G.; Dorninger, M.; Flamant, C.; Di Girolamo, P.; Gorgas, T.; Huang, Y.; Kalthoff, N.; Khodayar, S.; Mannstein, H.; Träumner, K.; Wieser, A.; Wulfmeyer, V.
2011. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137 (S1), 81-100. doi:10.1002/qj.758
The increase of spatial data resolution for the detection of the initiation of convection. A case study from CSIP.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Corsmeier, U.; Kottmeier, C.; Wickert, J.; Morcrette, C. J.
2010. Meteorologische Zeitschrift, 19 (2), 179 - 198. doi:10.1127/0941-2948/2010/0439
Model Simulations of the Boundary-Layer Evolution over an Arid Andes Valley.
Bischoff-Gauß, I.; Kalthoff, N.; Khodayar, S.; Fiebig-Wittmaack, M.; Montecinos, S.
2008. Boundary layer meteorology, 128 (3), 357-379. doi:10.1007/s10546-008-9293-y
Evolution of the atmospheric boundary-layer structure of an arid Andes Valley.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Fiebig-Wittmaack, M.; Kohler, M.
2008. Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, 99 (3), 181-198. doi:10.1007/s00703-007-0274-3
The convective storm initiation project.
Browning, K. A.; Blyth, A. M.; Clark, P. A.; Corsmeier, U.; Morcrette, C. J.; Agnew, J. L.; Ballard, S. P.; Bamber, D.; Barthlott, C.; Bennett, L. J.; Beswick, K. M.; Bitter, M.; Bozier, K. E.; Brooks, B. J.; Collier, C. G.; Davies, F.; Deny, B.; Dixon, M. A.; Feuerle, T.; Forbes, R. M.; Gaffard, C.; Gray, M. D.; Hankers, R.; Hewison, T. J.; Kalthoff, N.; Khodayar, S.; Kohler, M.; Kottmeier, C.; Kraut, S.; Kunz, M.; Ladd, D. N.; Lean, H. W.; Lenfant, J.; Li, Z.; Marsham, J.; McGregor, J.; Mobbs, S. D.; Nicol, J.; Norton, E.; Parker, D. J.; Perry, F.; Ramatschi, M.; Ricketts, H. M. A.; Roberts, N. M.; Russel, A.; Schulz, H.; Slack, E. C.; Vaughan, G.; Waight, J.; Wareing, D. P.; Watson, R. J.; Webb, A. R.; Wieser, A.
2007. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88, 1939-55. doi:10.1175/BAMS-88-12-1939
Variable cirrus shading during CSIP IOP 5. II: Effects on the convective boundary layer.
Marsham, J. H.; Blyth, A. M.; Parker, D. J.; Beswick, K.; Browning, K. A.; Corsmeier, U.; Kalthoff, N.; Khodayar, S.; Morcrette, C. J.; Norton, E. G.
2007. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 133 (628), 1661-1676. doi:10.1002/qj.146

Other publications


Impact of GPS-Integrated Water Vapour assimilation on Regional Climate Model simulations of heavy precipitation events in the western Mediterranean.
Caldas-Alverez, A.; Khodayar, S.
2017. 19th EGU General Assembly, EGU2017, Vienna, A, April 23-28, 2017
Impact of simulations with realistic soil moisture initialization on soil-atmosphere interactions favouring extreme events.
Helgert, S.; Khodayar, S.
2017. HyMeX Workshop 2017, Barcelona, E, July 4-7, 2017
Characterization of different GNSS-IWV data assimilation effects on the simulation of heavy precipitation during HyMeX-SOP1.
Caldas-Alvarez, A.; Khodayar, S.
2017. HyMeX Workshop 2017, Barcelona, E, July 4-7, 2017
Impact of realistic soil moisture initialization on the representation of extreme events in the western Mediterranean.
Helgert, S.; Khodayar, S.
2017. EGU General Assembly, Wien, A, April 23-28, 2017
Towards the assimilation of KITcube data.
Gläser, G.; Knippertz, P.; Kalthoff; N.; Hoose, C.; Khodayar, S.; Fink, A. H.; Kohler, M.; Barthlott, C.; Handwerker, J.; Maurer, V.; Adler, B.; Gantner, L.; Wieser, A.; Kopmann, A.
2016. COSMO User Seminar, 7.-9. März 2016, Offenbach
Soil moisture representation: SURFEX modelling, SMOS products and in situ measurements.
Khodayar, S.; Coll, M. A.; QUintana, P.; Lopez-Baeza, E.
2015. 9th HyMeX International Workshop, Agios Ioannis, Mykonos, GR, September 21-25, 2015
A seamless weather-climate multi-model intercomparison on the representation of a high impact weather event in the Western Mediterranean: HyMeX IOP12.
Khodayar, S.; Fosser, G.; Berthou, S.; Davolio, S.; Drobinski, P.; Ducrocq, V.; Ferretti, R.; Nuret, M.; Pichelli, E.; Richard, E.; Bock, O.
2015. 9th HyMeX International Workshop, Agios Ioannis, Mykonos, GR, September 21-25, 2015
Sensitivity of soil moisture initialization for decadal predictions under different regional climatic conditions in Europe.
Khodayar, S.; Sehlinger, A.; Feldmann, H.; Kottmeier, C.
2014. From Observation to Prediction in Terrestial Systems : TERENO International Conference, Bonn, September 29 - October 2, 2014
HPE environment in comparison to the seasonal mean conditions in the Western Mediterranean region: a HyMeX investigation.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.
2014. 16th Conference on Mountain Meteorology, San Diego, Calif., August 18-22, 2014
Should we go further in observational resolution? Diagnostic study of a high impact weather episode in the Western Mediterranean region: IOP8 a HyMeX case.
Khodayar, S.; Raff, F.
2014. 8th HyMeX International Workshop, Valletta, Malta, September 15-18, 2014
Analysis of the soil moisture distribution over the Valencia anchor station using SURFEX model simulations, SMOS products and in situ measurements.
Coll, M. A.; Khodayar, S.; Fernandez, R.; Lopez-Baeza, E.
2014. 8th HyMeX International Workshop, Valletta, Malta, September 15-18, 2014
Avances en la prediccion de eventos extremos de precipitacion.
Khodayar, S.
2014. Vortr.: Universität Valencia, E, 6.Februar 2014
The challenges of desaster prediction for risk reduction in the MMediterranean.
Kottmeier, C.; Feldmann, H.; Khodayar, S.; Schädler, N.; Corsmeier, U.
2013. 4th Water Research Horizon Conference (WRHC 2013), Berlin, June 25-26, 2013
A diagnostic study of a high impact weather episode in the Western Mediterranean region: IOP8 a HyMeX case.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Raff, F.; Bock, O.
2013. 7th HyMeX International Workshop, Cassis, F, October 7-10, 2013
Validation of SURFEX simulated soil moisture and soil temperature in the Valencia anchor station, HyMeX hydrometeorological site.
Coll, M. A.; Khodayar, S.; Lopez-Baeza, E.
2013. 7th HyMeX International Workshop, Cassis, F, October 7-10, 2013
Atmospheric conditions leading to high precipitation events in comparison to the seasonal mean condition in the Western Mediterranean region.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.
2013. 7th HyMeX International Workshop, Cassis, F, October 7-10, 2013
Improving physical consistency for convective precipitation through cloud-resolving climate model simulations.
Fosser, G.; Khodayar, S.; Berg, P.
2013. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Wien, A, April 7-12, 2013
Climate change signal of convective precipitation through cloud-resolving climate model simulations.
Fosser, G.; Schädler, G.; Khodayar, S.; Berg, P.
2013. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Wien, A, April 7-12, 2013
Predictability of the atmospheric conditions leading to extreme weather events in the western Mediterranean region in comparison with the seasonal mean conditions.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.
2013. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Wien, A, April 7-12, 2013
Estimation of surface runoff in the Jucar river basin from rainfall data and SMOS soil moisture.
Garcia Leal, J. A.; Estrela, T.; Fidalgo, A.; Gabaldo, O.; Robles, M. G.; Daza, E. H.; Khodayar, S.; Lopez-Baeza, E.
2013. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Wien, A, April 7-12, 2013
A diagnostic study of a high impact weather episode in the western Mediterranean region: IOP8 a HyMeX case.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Raff, F.
2013. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Wien, A, April 7-12, 2013
Observed and modeled changes of the hydrological cycle in Mid-Europe.
Kottmeier, C.; Berg, P.; Feldmann, H.; Fosser, G.; Khodayar, S.; Panitz, H. J.; Sasse, R.; Schädler, G.
2012. Interactions of Water with Energy and Materials in Urban Areas and Agriculture : IWRM Conf., Karlsruhe, November 21-22, 2012
Cloud-resolving scale: The challenges and the added values.
Fosser, G.; Berg, P.; Khodayar, S.; Schädler, G.
2012. 12th European Meteorological Society Annual Meeting and 9th European Conference on Applied Climatology (ECAC), Lodz, PL, September 10-14, 2012
The impact of soil moisture on seasonal climate simulations of precipitating convection over a complex terrain.
Khodayar, S.; Schaedler, G.; Kalthoff, N.
2011. 31st Internat.Conf.on Alpine Meteorology (ICAM 2011), Aviemore, GB, May 23-27, 2011
Multi-scale analysis of the impact of increased spatial resolution of soil moisture and atmospheric water vapour on convective precipitation.
Khodayar, S.; Schaedler, G.; Kalthoff, N.
2010. 14th Conf.on Mountain Meteorology, Lake Tahoe, Calif., August 30 - September 3, 2010 10th EMS Annual Meeting and 8th European Conf.on Applied Climatology (ECAC), Zürich, CH, September 13-17, 2010 EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts, EMS2010-690, 2010
The impact of soil moisture on convective precipitation.
Khodayar, S.; Schaedler, G.; Berg, P.; Feldmann, H.; Panitz, H. J.; Sasse, R.; Kalthoff, N.; Kottmeier, C.
2010. 38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, July 18-25, 2010
The impact of surface and boundary-layer conditions on convection-related parameters over mountainous terrain.
Kalthoff, N.; Kohler, M.; Barthlott, C.; Mobbs, S.; Corsmeier, U.; Adler, B.; Träumner, K.; Foken, T.; Eigenmann, R.; Krauss, L.; Khodayar, S.; di Girolamo, P.
2010. 14th Conf.on Mountain Meteorology, Lake Tahoe, Calif., August 30 - September 3, 2010
The dependence of convection-related parameters on surface and boundary layer conditions over complex terrain: results from the COPS experiment.
Kalthoff, N.; Kohler, M.; Barthlott, C.; Krauss, L.; Corsmeier, U.; Foken, T.; Eigenmann, R.; Khodayar, S.
2009. Joint Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS) / Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) Meeting, Cambridge, GB, October 26- 28, 2009
The impact of increased spatial data resolution on the detection of the initiation of convection.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.; Wickert, J.; Corsmeier, U.; Morcrette, C. J.; Kottmeier, C.
2009. Joint Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study (COPS) / Convective Storm Initiation Project (CSIP) Meeting, Cambridge, GB, October 26-28, 2009
The impact of convergence zones on the initiation of deep convection.
Adler, B.; Kalthoff, N.; Barthlott, C.; Corsmeier, U.; Khodayar, S.; Kottmeier, C.; Träumner, K.; Wieser, A.; Mobbs, S.; Crewell, S.; Smith, V.
2009. 7th COPS (Convective and Orographically-induced Precipitation Study) Workshop, Strasbourg, F, October 27-29, 2008
The diurnal cycle of the convective boundary layer over an arid Andes valley: observations and model simulations.
Kalthoff, N.; Bischoff-Gauss, I.; Khodayar, S.; Fiebig-Wittmaack, M.; Montecinos, S.
2009. Internat.Conf.on Alpine Meteorology (ICAM), Rastatt, May 11-15, 2009
Orographically-induced deep convection over the Black Forest mountains during COPS.
Kalthoff, N.; Adler, B.; Barthlott, C.; Corsmeier, U.; Khodayar, S.; Kottmeier, C.; Träumner, K.; Mobbs, S.; Crewell, S.; Coulter, R.
2008. 13th Conf.on Mountain Meteorology and 17th Conf. on Applied Climatology, Whistler, CDN, August 11-15, 2008
The boundary layer evolution of an arid Andes valley.
Kalthoff, N.; Bischoff-Gauß, I.; Khodayar, S.; Fiebig-Wittmaack, M.; Montecinos, S.
2008. 13th Conf.on Mountain Meteorology and 17th Conf. on Applied Climatology, Whistler, CDN, August 11-15, 2008
Initiation of precipitating convection based on data analysis.
Khodayar, S.; Kalthoff, N.
2007. 4th European Conf.on Severe Storms (ECSS), Trieste, I, September 10-14, 2007

Publications

Peer-reviewed Publications

 

  • Khodayar, S., Czajka, B., Caldas, A., Helgert, S., Flamant, C., D Girolamo, P., Chazzete, P., Bock, O. (2017): Multi-scale Observations of Moisture Feeding Heavy Precipitating Systems in the north-western Mediterranean during HyMeX IOP12. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society (under review).

 

  • Khodayar, S., Coll, A., Lopez-Baeza, E. (2017): An improved perspective in the representation of soil moisture: potential added value of SMOS disaggregated 1 km resolution product. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (under review).

 

  • Erika Coppola et al. (2017): A first-of-its-kind multi-model convection permitting ensemble for investigating convective phenomena over Europe and the Mediterranean. Climate Dynamics (under review).

 

  • Browning, K., Morcrette, C., Blyth, A., et al. (2006): A Summary of the Convective Storm Initiation Project Intensive Observation Periods. Forecasting Research Technical Report No. 474, Joint Centre for Mesoscale Meteorology Report No. 153, 164 pg.