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Maria Hakuba

Dr. Hakuba completed her Master's degree with a project on the orographic impact of Greenland's ice sheet on snow accumulation and atmospheric circulation. During her PhD, she moved her interests towards Earth's energy balance and the exploration of datasets from both surface and space. In particular, she studied the absorption of solar radiation by the atmosphere and the spatial representativeness of surface observations of solar radiation. Currently, she works on the hemispheric energy budgets and transport of heat involving ocean and satellite measurements. Moreover, she studies tropical large-scale circulation using various in-situ, modeling, and remote sensing datasets, including GPS radio occultation.

  • Ph.D., Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich (2015)
  • M.S., Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich (2011)
  • B.S., Environmental Sciences, ETH Zurich (2009)

Research Interests
  • Global and regional energy budgets
  • Radiative controls on water cycle and large-scale circulation
  • Study of tropical convection using GPS radio occultation measurements

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, affiliated with and physically located at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena (2015-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Assistant, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2015)
  • Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, ETH Zurich, Switzerland (2011-2014)
  • Intern at Mauna Loa observatory, Hilo, Hawaii (2009)

Selected Awards
  • JPL Outstanding Postdoctoral Research Award (2016)
  • Travel award to the AMS conference on Atmospheric Radiation (2014)

Selected Publications
  1. Stephens, G.L., M.Z. Hakuba, M. Hawcroft, J. Haywood, A. Behrangi, J. E. Kay, and P. J. Webster (2016), The Curious Nature of the Hemispheric Symmetry of the Earth’s Water and Energy Balances, Current Climate Change Reports, doi:10.1007/s40641-016-0043-9.
  2. Hakuba, M.Z., D. Folini, and M. Wild (2016), On the zonal near constancy of fractional solar absorption in the atmosphere, J. Climate, 29, 3423–3440, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0277.1.
  3. Sanchez-Lorenzo, A., M. Wild, M. Brunetti, J.A. Guijarro, M.Z. Hakuba, J. Calbó, S. Mystakidis, B. Bartok (2015), Reassessment and update of long-term trends in downward surface shortwave radiation over Europe (1939-2012), J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023321.
  4. Wild, M., D. Folini, M.Z. Hakuba, C. Schär, S. I. Seneviratne, S. Kato, D. Rutan, C. Ammann, E. F. Wood, G. König-Langlo (2014). The energy balance over land and oceans: an assessment based on direct observations and CMIP5 climate models, Climate Dynamics, 44, doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2430-z.
  5. Hakuba, M.Z., D. Folini, A. Sanchez-Lorenzo, M. Wild (2014). Spatial representativeness of ground-based solar radiation measurements – Extension to the full Meteosat disk, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, doi:10.1002/2014JD021946.
  6. Hakuba, M.Z., D. Folini, G. Schaepman-Strub, and M. Wild (2014), Solar absorption over Europe from collocated surface and satellite observations, J. Geophys. Res., 119, doi:10.1002/2013JD021421.
  7. Hakuba, M.Z., D. Folini, A. Sanchez-Lorenzo, M. Wild (2013). Spatial representativeness of ground-based solar radiation measurements, J. Geophys. Res., 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50673.
  8. Hakuba, M.Z., A. Sanchez-Lorenzo, D. Folini, M. Wild (2013). Testing the homogeneity of short-term surface solar radiation series in Europe, AIP Conference Proceedings, 1531, doi:10.1063/1.4804866.
  9. Hakuba, M.Z., D. Folini, M. Wild, and C. Schär (2012). Impact of Greenland’s topographic height on precipitation and snow accumulation in idealized simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 117 (D9), doi:10.1029/2011JD017052.

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