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Dr. Samira Khodayar-Pardo


Junior Investigator Group: Extreme Weather in a Changing Climate

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Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1

76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

Current Position

Since 10.2014:  Leader of the BMBF Young Investigator Group Predictive models for Extremes and High Impact Weather under Climate Change”, at IMK-TRO, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

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.


06.2009: PhD in Physics at Karlsruhe University (Germany).


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


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


Employment and Fellowships

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 supported by the DFG (German Research Foundation) Postgraduate College ”Natural Disasters”


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.


Peer-reviewed Publications


  • Khodayar, S., Kalthoff, N., Kottmeier, C. (2015): Atmospheric conditions Associated with Heavy Precipitation Events in Comparison to Seasonal Means in the Western Mediterranean Region. Climate Dyn. (accepted).


  • Fosser, G., Khodayar, S., Berg. P (2015): Climate Change in the next 30 years: what can a convective permitting model tell us that we did not already know? Climate Dyn. (accepted).


  • Khodayar, S., Fosser, G., Davolio, S., Berthou, S., Drobinski, P., Ferretti, R., Pichelli, E., Richard, E., Ducrocq, V., Bock, O. (2015): A seamless weather-climate multi-model intercomparison on the representation of a high impact weather event in the Western Mediterranean: HyMeX IOP12. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc. DOI:10.1002/qj.2700 .


  • Khodayar, S., Raff, F., Kalthoff, N. (2015): Diagnostic study of a high-precipitation event in the Western Mediterranean: adequacy of current operational networks. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc. DOI:10.1002/qj.2600.


  • Khodayar, S., Selinger, A., Feldmann, H., Kottmeier, Ch. (2014): Sensitivity of soil moisture initialization for decadal predictions under different regional climatic conditions in Europe. Int. J. Climatol. Vol. 35, 8,1899-1915. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4096.


  • Fosser, G., Khodayar, S., Berg. P (2014): Benefit of convection permitting climate model simulations in the representation of convective precipitation. Climate Dyn. DOI 10.1007/s00382-014-2242-1.


  • Kalthoff, N., Adler, B., Wieser, A., Kohler, M., Truemner, K., Handwerker, J., Corsmeier, U., Khodayar, S., Lambert, D., Kopmann, A., Kunka, N., Dick, G., Ramatschi, M., Wickert, J., Kottmeier, Ch.(2013): KITcube - a mobile observation platform for convection studies depolyed during HyMeX Meteor. Z., 22, 633-647. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0542.


  • Khodayar, S., Kalthoff, N., Schaedler, G. (2013): Impact of soil moisture variability on seasonal climatic simulations of convective precipitation over a complex terrain. Part I: Validation, local feedbacks and realistic initialization. Meteor. Z., 22, 489-505. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0403.


  • Khodayar, S., Schaedler, G. (2013): Impact of soil moisture variability in seasonal climatic simulations of convective precipitation over a complex terrain. Part II: land-surface models and prescribed soil type distributions. Meteor. Z., 22, 507-526. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2013/0431.


  • Khodayar, S., Kalthoff, N. , Wickert, J., Kottmeier, Ch. (2013): High-resolution representation of the mechanisms responsible for the initiation of isolated thunderstorms over flat and complex terrains: Analysis of CSIP and COPS cases. Meteor. Atmos. Phys., 119, 109-124. DOI: 10.1007/s00703-012-0232-6.


  • 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., Traeumer, K., Wieser, A.,Wulfmeyer, V. (2011): Observation of convection initiation processes with a suite of state-of-the-art research instruments during COPS IOP 8b. Q. J. R. Meteor. Soc. 137: 81-100. DOI:10.1002/qj.758.


  • Kalthoff, N., Kholer, M., Barthlott, Ch., Kraus, L., Corsmeier, U., Traeumer, K., Foken, T., Eigenmann, R., Khodayar, S., Mobbs, P., Di Girolamo, P. (2011): The dependence of convection-related parameters on surface and boundary layer conditions over complex terrain: results from COPS. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 137, 70-80. DOI: 10.1002/qj.686.


  • Khodayar, S., Kalthoff, N., Wickert, J., Corsmeier, U., Morcrette, C. (2010): The increase of spatial data resolution for the detection of the initiation of convection. A case study from CSIP. Met. Zet. 19, 2, 179-198(20). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1127/0941-2948/2010/0439.


  • Bischoff-Gauae, I., Kalthoff, N., Khodayar, S., Fiebig-Wittmaack, M., Montecinos, S. (2008): Model Simulations of the Boundary-Layer Evolution over an arid Andes Valley. Bound.-Layer Meteor. 128, 357-379. DOI: 10.1007/s10546-008-9293-y.


  • Khodayar, S., Kalthoff, N., Fiebig-Wittmaack, M., Kohler, M. (2008): Evolution of the atmospheric boundary layer structure of an arid Andes Valley. Meteor. Atmos. Phys. 99, 181-198. DOI: 10.1007/s00703-007-0274-3.


  • Marsham, J. H., Blyth, A. M., Parker, D. J., Beswick, K., Browning, K. A., Corsmeier, U., Kalthoff, N., Khodayar, S., Morcrette, C. J., and Norton, E. G. (2007): Variable cirrus shading during CSIP IOP 5, Part II: Effects on the convective boundary layer. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc. 133, 628, 1661-1675. DOI:10.1002/qj.146.


  • Browning, K., Blyth, A. M., Clark, P. A., et al. (2007): The Convective Storm Initiation Project. Bull. Am. Met. Soc. 88, 12, 1939-1955. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-88-12-1939.


  • 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.