de la Cámara

Alvaro de la Cámara

Current position: Associate professor*, Dept. Earth Physics and Astrophysics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM).
*Profesor Contratado Doctor.

Scientific interests: Middle atmosphere dynamics and modeling, gravity wave parameterizations, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, climate variability

e-mail: acamarai@ucm.es     ORCIDORCID iD icon Google Scholar twitter Personal website

Education: Ph.D. in Physics (Atmospheric Dynamics and Transport), UCM.

Former affiliations

2017-2019. Postdoctoral research associate and fellow. UCM, Spain.

2015-2017. ASP Postdoctoral Fellow. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder CO, USA.

2013-2015. Postdoctoral Associate. Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD, ENS), Paris, and Centre de Mathématiques et de Leurs Applications (CMLA, ENS Paris-Saclay), Cachan, France.

2009-2012. PhD Student. UCM, Spain.

2006-2008. Graduate research assistant. UCM, Spain.


Published (peer-reviewed)


Bahramvash Shams, S., Walden, V. P., Hannigan, J. W., Randel, W. J., Petropavlovskikh, I. V., Butler, A. H., and de la Cámara, A. (2021): Analyzing ozone variations and uncertainties at high latitudes during Sudden Stratospheric Warming events using MERRA-2, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. [preprint], doi:10.5194/acp-2021-646, in review.


Abalos M., de la Cámara A. (2020): 21st century trends in mixing barriers and eddy transport in the lower stratosphere. Geophys. Re. Lett., doi:10.1029/2020GL089548. Preprint.

Plougonven R., de la Cámara A., Hertzog A., Lott F. (2020): How does knowledge of atmospheric gravity waves guide their parameterizations? Q. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc.,, 146, 1529-1543, doi:10.1002/qj.3732.


de la Cámara A., Birner T., Albers J. R. (2019): Are sudden stratospheric warmings preceded by anomalous tropospheric wave activity? J. Clim., 32, 7173–7189, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0269.1. Preprint.


Ayarzagüena B., Barriopedro D., Garrido-Perez J. M., Abalos M., de la Cámara A., García-Herrera R., Calvo N., Ordóñez C. (2018): Stratospheric Connection to the Abrupt End of the 2016/2017 Iberian Drought. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 12,639–12,646, doi:10.1029/2018GL079802.

de la Cámara A., Abalos M., Hitchcock P., Calvo N., Garcia R. R. (2018): Response of Arctic ozone to sudden stratospheric warmings. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 16499-16513, doi:10.5194/acp-18-16499-2018. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Abalos M., Hitchcock P. (2018): Changes in stratospheric transport during sudden stratospheric warmings. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 123, 3356-3373, doi:10.1002/2017JD028007. Preprint.


de la Cámara A., Albers J. R., Birner T., García R. R., Hitchcock P., Kinnison D. E., Smith A. K. (2017): Sensitivity of sudden stratospheric warmings to previous stratospheric conditions. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 2857-2877, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-17-0136.1. PDF.

Díaz-Durán A., Serrano E., Ayarzagüena B., Abalos M., de la Cámara A. (2017): Intra-seasonal variability of extreme boreal stratospheric polar vortex events and their precursors. Clim. Dyn., 49, 3473–3491, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3524-1. PDF.

Plougonven R., de la Cámara A., Hertzog A., Jewtoukoff V., Lott F. (2017): On the relation between gravity waves and wind speed in the lower stratosphere over the Southern Ocean. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 1075–1093, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-16-0096.1. PDF.

García R. R., Smith A. K., Kinnison D. E., de la Cámara A., Murphy D. (2017): Modification of the gravity wave parameterization in the Whole Atmosphere Community Climate Model: Motivation and results. J. Atmos. Sci., 74, 275-291, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-16-0104.1. PDF.

Berner J., and 26 other Co-authors, including de la Cámara A. (2017): Stochastic parameterization: Towards a new view of weather and climate models. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 98, 565–588, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00268.1. PDF.


de la Cámara A., Lott F., Abalos M. (2016): Climatology of the middle atmosphere in LMDz: Impact of source-related parameterizations of gravity wave drag. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 8, 1507–1525, doi:10.1002/2016MS000753. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Lott F., Jewtoukoff V., Plougonven R., Hertzog A. (2016): On the gravity wave forcing during the southern stratospheric final warming in LMDz. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 3213-3226, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-15-0377.1. PDF.


Jewtoukoff V., Hertzog A., Plougonven R., de la Cámara A., Lott F. (2015): Comparison of gravity waves in the Southern Hemisphere derived from balloon observations and the ECMWF analyses. J. Atmos. Sci., 72, 3449-3468, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-14-0324.1. PDF.

García-Serrano J., Frankignoul C., Gastineau G., de la Cámara A. (2015): On the predictability of the winter Euro-Atlantic climate: lagged influence of autumn Arctic sea-ice. J. Clim., 28, 5195–5216, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00472.1. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Lott F. (2015): A parameterization of gravity waves emitted by fronts and Jets. Geophys. Res. Lett., 42, 2071–2078, doi:10.1002/2015GL063298. PDF.


de la Cámara A., Lott F., Hertzog A. (2014): Intermittency in a stochastic parameterization of nonorographic gravity waves. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 119, 11905-11919, doi:10.1002/2014JD022002. PDF.


de la Cámara A., Mechoso C. R., Mancho A. M., Serrano E., Ide K. (2013): Isentropic transport within the Antarctic polar vortex: Rossby wave breaking evidence and Lagrangian structures. J. Atmos. Sci., 70, 2982-3001, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-12-0274.1. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Mancho A. M., Ide K., Serrano E., Mechoso C. R. (2012): Routes of transport across the Antarctic polar vortex in the southern spring. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 741-752, doi:10.1175/JAS-D-11-0142.1. PDF.

García-Serrano J., Rodríguez-Fonseca B., Bladé I., Zurita-Gotor P., de la Cámara A. (2011): Rotational atmospheric circulation during North-Atlantic European winter: The influence of ENSO. Clim. Dyn., 37, 1727-1743, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0968-y. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Mechoso C. R., Ide K., Walterscheid R., Schubert G. (2010): Polar night vortex breakdown and large-scale stirring in the southern stratosphere. Clim. Dyn., 35, 965-975, doi:10.1007/s00382-009-0632-6. PDF.

Book Chapters and other publications

Cugnet D., de la Cámara A., Lott F., Millet C., Ribstein B. (2019): Non-orographic gravity waves: representation in climate models and effects on infrasound propagation, in Infrasound Monitoring for Atmospheric Studies: Challenges in middle-atmosphere dynamics and societal benefits (Eds. A. Le Pichon, E. Blanc and A. Hauchecorne), 827-844, Springer, ISBN: 978-3-319-75138-2.

Rodríguez-Fonseca B., Rodríguez-Puebla C. (de la Cámara A., contributing author) (2010): Climate teleconnections affecting Iberian Peninsula climate variability. Predictability and expected changes. Spanish CLIVAR Report: Climate in Spain: Past, Present and Future. CLIVAR and MICINN, Eds. F. F. Pérez and R. Boscolo, 53-67, ISBN: 978-84-614-8115-6.

de la Cámara A., García-Serrano J., Ayarzagüena B., Abalos M., González B., Serrano E. (2009): ENSO influence on the variability modes of the boreal winter stratosphere. Física de la Tierra, 21, 167-178. PDF.