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)


Lawrence Z. D., Abalos M., Ayarzagüena B., Barriopedro D., Butler A. H., Calvo N., de la Cámara A., Charlton-Perez A., Domeisen D. I. V., Dunn-Sigouin E., Garcia-Serrano J., Garfinkel C. I., Hindley N. P., Jia L., Jucker M., Karpechko A. Y., Kim H., Lee S. H., Lin P., Osman M., Palmeiro F. M., Polichtchouk I., Schwartz C., Son S.-W., Statnaia I., Taguchi M., Tyrrell N., Wright C. J., and Wu R. (2022): Quantifying stratospheric biases and identifying their potential sources in subseasonal prediction systems, Wea. Clim Dyn., 3, 977-1001, doi:10.5194/wcd-3-977-2022.

Bahramvash Shams S., Walden V. P., Hannigan J. W., Randel W. J., Petropavlovskikh I. V., Butler A. H., and de la Cámara A. (2022): Analyzing ozone variations and uncertainties at high latitudes during Sudden Stratospheric Warming events using MERRA-2, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 5435-5458, doi:10.5194/acp-22-5435-2022.

Ribstein B., Millet C., Lott, F., and de la Cámara A. (2022): Can we improve the realism of gravity wave parameterizations by imposing sources at all altitudes in the atmosphere?, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 14, e2021MS002563, doi:10.1029/2021MS002563.


Abalos M., de la Cámara A. (2020): 21st century trends in mixing barriers and eddy transport in the lower stratosphere. Geophys. Re. Lett., 47, e2020GL089548, 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.