Dr Ruth Lorenz
Level 4, Matthews Building
Kensington Campus, UNSW
Ruth is interested in the interactions between the Earth's land surface and climate. She uses climate models and her main focus are land-atmosphere feedbacks during extreme events. She is investigating how well extreme events, such as heat wave or droughts, are represented in the global climate model ACCESS. An important aim is to find out more about the link between land surface anomalies and extremes and how the description of land surface processes in the models affects the simulated extreme events.
During her PhD at ETH Zurich in Switzerland she used regional climate models coupled to land surface models of different complexity to investigate land-atmosphere feedbacks in Europe. For example, she investigated the impacts from soil moisture and vegetation phenology on recent European heat waves.