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Dr. Samira Khodayar-Pardo

Young Investigator Group Leader
Tel.: +49 721 608-24225
samiro khodayarXho7∂kit edu

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

A first-of-its-kind multi-model convection permitting ensemble for investigating convective phenomena over Europe and the Mediterranean [in press].
Coppola, E.; Sobolowski, S.; Pichelli, E.; Raffaele, F.; Ahrens, B.; Anders, I.; Ban, N.; Bastin, S.; Belda, M.; Belusic, D.; Caldas-Alvarez, A.; Cardoso, R. M.; Davolio, S.; Dobler, A.; Fernandez, J.; Fita, L.; Fumiere, Q.; Giorgi, F.; Goergen, K.; Güttler, I.; Halenka, T.; Heinzeller, D.; Hodnebrog, Ø.; Jacob, D.; Kartsios, S.; Katragkou, E.; Kendon, E.; Khodayar, S.; Kunstmann, H.; Knist, S.; Lavín-Gullón, A.; Lind, P.; Lorenz, T.; Maraun, D.; Marelle, L.; van Meijgaard, E.; Milovac, J.; Myhre, G.; Panitz, H.-J.; Piazza, M.; Raffa, M.; Raub, T.; Rockel, B.; Schär, C.; Sieck, K.; Soares, P. M. M.; Somot, S.; Srnec, L.; Stocchi, P.; Tölle, M. H.; Truhetz, H.; Vautard, R.; de Vries, H.; Warrach-Sagi, K.
2018. Climate dynamics. doi:10.1007/s00382-018-4521-8
Multi-scale Observations of Atmospheric Moisture Variability in relation to Heavy Precipitating Systems in the north-western Mediterranean during HyMeX IOP12 [in press].
Khodayar, S.; Czajka, B.; Caldas-Alvarez, A.; Helgert, S.; Flamant, C.; Di Girolamo, P.; Bock, O.; Chazette, P.
2018. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. doi:10.1002/qj.3402
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 (8), 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.; Girolamo, P. di.
2011. Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 137 (1), 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.; Wickert, J.; Corsmeier, U.; Morcrette, C. J.; Kottmeier, C.
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

Near-East desertification: Impact of Dead Sea drying on convective rainfall.
Khodayar, S.; Hoerner, J.
2018. 11th HyMeX Workshop, Lecce, I, May 29 - June 2, 2018
Role of Mediterranean soil moisture-atmosphere interactions on the representation of dry and wet extremes.
Helgert, S.; Khodayar, S.
2018. ICCARUS 2018, Offenbach, 26.-28.Februar 2018
Changes in the pre-convective environment of HyMeX IOP16 resulting from the assimilation of GPS-IWV.
Caldas-Alvarez, A.; Khodayar, S.
2018. ICCARUS 2018, Offenbach, 26.-28.Februar 2018


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.