Marta Abalos

Affiliation: Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Earth Physics and Astrophysics Department.

Current position: Associate Professor / tenure track (Prof. Contratado Doctor en régimen de interinidad)

Scientific Interests:

* large-scale transport and dynamics

* stratospheric ozone

* climate variability and change

* upper troposphere and lower stratosphere

e-mail: mabalosa@ucm.es

ORCID, Scopus, Google Scholar

Education: Ph.D. in Atmospheric Physics, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). 2014.

Former positions:

- Research fellow (Atracción de Talento Investigador Comunidad de Madrid), Universidad Complutense de Madrid. 2017-2021.

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

- Postdoctoral Researcher. Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique (LMD), Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, Paris, France, 2014-2015.

- PhD Student. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain, 2009-2014.

Peer-reviewed Articles


Abalos, M., Calvo, N., Benito-Barca, S., Garny, H., Hardiman, S. C., Lin, P., Andrews, M. B., Butchart, N., Garcia, R., Orbe, C., Saint-Martin, D., Watanabe, S., and Yoshida, K. (2021): The Brewer-Dobson circulation in CMIP6, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 13571–13591, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-13571-2021, 2021.

Maddison, J., Abalos, M., Barriopedro, D., García-Herrera, R., Garrido-Perez, J. M., and Ordóñez, C. (2021): Linking air stagnation in Europe with the synoptic- to large-scale atmospheric circulation. Weather Clim. Dynam., 2, 675–694, https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-2-675-2021.


Abalos, M., and de la Cámara A. (2020): Twenty-first century trends in mixing barriers and eddy transport in the lower stratosphere. Geophys. Res. Lett., 47, e2020GL089548, doi:10.1029/2020GL089548. Preprint.

Minganti, D., Chabrillat, S., Christophe, Y., Errera, Q., Abalos M., Prignon, M., Kinnison, D. E., and Mahieu, E. (2020): Climatological impact of the Brewer–Dobson Circulation on the N2O budget in WACCM, a chemical reanalysis and a CTM driven by four dynamical reanalyses, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12609–12631, doi: 10.5194/acp-20-12609-2020.

Ball W., Chiodo G., Abalos M., Alsing J., and Stenke A. (2020): Inconsistencies between chemistry–climate models and observed lower stratospheric ozone trends since 1998, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 9737–9752, doi:10.5194/acp-20-9737-2020.

Abalos M., Orbe C., Kinnison D. E., Plummer D., Oman L. D., Jöckel P., Morgenstern O., Garcia R. R., Zeng G., Stone K. A., and Dameris M. (2020): Future trends in stratosphere-to-troposphere transport in CCMI models, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 6883–6901, doi: 10.5194/acp-20-6883-2020. PDF.

Wu Y., Orbe C., Tilmes S., Abalos M., Wang X. (2020): Fast transport pathways into the Northern Hemisphere upper troposphere and lower stratosphere during northern summer, J. Geophys. Res: Atmospheres, 125, doi:10.1029/2019JD031552.


Polvani L., Wang L., Abalos M., Chipperfield M., Deushi M., Dohmse S., Jöckel P., Kinnison D, Michou M., Morgenstern O., Oman L., Plummer D., Stone K. (2019): Large impacts, past and future, of ozone-depleting substances on Brewer-Dobson circulation trends: A multi-model assessment, J. Geophys. Res: Atmospheres, 124. doi: 10.1029/2018JD029516. PDF.

Abalos M., Polvani L., Calvo N., Kinnison D., Ploeger F., Randel W., Solomon S. (2019): New insights on the impact of ozone depleting substances on the Brewer-Dobson circulation, J. Geophys. Res: Atmospheres, 124, 2435-2451, doi: 10.1029/2018JD029301. Preprint.

Linz M., Abalos M., Glanville A. S., KinnisonD. E., Ming A., and Neu J. (2019): The global overturning diabatic circulation of the stratosphere as a metric for the Brewer-Dobson Circulation, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 19, 5069-5090, doi: 10.5194/acp-19-5069-2019. PDF.


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, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 12639–12646, doi: 10.1029/2018GL079802.

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

Tweedy O.V., Waugh D.W., Randel W.J., Abalos M., Oman L.D., and Kinnison D.E. (2018): The impact of boreal summer ENSO events on tropical lower stratospheric ozone. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi: 10.1029/2018JD029020. PDF.

de la Cámara A., Abalos M., and Hitchcock P. (2018): Changes in stratospheric transport during sudden stratospheric warmings. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 123, 3356-3373, doi:10.1002/2017JD028007. Preprint.

Polvani, L.M., Abalos M., Garcia R.R., Kinnison D.E., Randel W.J. (2018): Significant weakening of Brewer-Dobson circulation trends over the 21st century as a consequence of the Montreal Protocol. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 401–409, doi: 10.1002/2017GL075345. Preprint.


Abalos M., Randel W.J., Kinnison D.E., Garcia R. (2017): Using the artificial tracer e90 to examine past and future UTLS transport in WACCM. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 74(10), 3383-3403. doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-17-0135.1. PDF.

Tweedy O.V., Waugh D.W., Stolarski R.S., Oman L.D., Randel W.J., Abalos M. (2017): Hemispheric differences in the annual cycle of tropical lower stratosphere transport and tracers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, doi: 10.1002/2017JD026482. 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. Climate Dynamics, 49, 3473–3491, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3524-1. PDF.


Abalos M., Randel W.J. and Birner. T. (2016): Phase-speed spectra of eddy tracer fluxes linked to isentropic stirring and mixing in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, 4711–4730, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-16-0167.1. PDF.

Pan L., Honomichl S.B., Kinnison D.E., Abalos M., Randel W.J., Bergman J.W., and Bian J. (2016): Transport of chemical tracers from the boundary layer to stratosphere associated with the dynamics of the Asian summer monsoon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121, 14159-14174, doi:10.1002/2016JD025616. PDF.

de la Camara A., Lott F., and Abalos M. (2016): Climatology of the middle atmosphere in LMDz: Impact of source-related parameterizations of gravity wave drag. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 8, 1507–1525, doi:10.1002/2016MS000753. PDF.

Abalos M., Legras B. and Shuckburgh E. (2016): Interannual variability in effective diffusivity in the upper troposphere / lower stratosphere from reanalysis data. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 142, 1847-1861, doi:10.1002/qj.2779. PDF.

Kim J., Randel W.J., Birner, T. and Abalos M. (2016): Spectrum of wave forcing associated with the annual cycle of upwelling at the tropical tropopause. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 73, 855-868, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-15-0096.1. PDF.


Abalos M., Legras B., Ploeger F. and Randel W.J. (2015): Evaluating the advective Brewer-Dobson circulation in three reanalyses for the period 1979-2012. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120, 7534–7554, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023182. PDF.

Ploeger F., Abalos M., Birner T., Konopka P., Legras B., Mueller R. and Riese M. (2015): Quantifying the effects of mixing and residual circulation on trends of stratospheric mean age of air. Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 2047–2054, doi: 10.1002/2014GL062927. PDF.


Abalos M., Randel W.J. and Serrano E. (2014): Dynamical forcing of subseasonal variability in the Brewer-Dobson circulation. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 71, 3439-3453, doi: 10.1175/JAS-D-13-0366.1. PDF.

Fueglistaler S., Abalos M., Flannaghan T.J., Lin P., and Randel W.J. (2014): Variability and trends in dynamical forcing of tropical lower stratospheric temperatures. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 14, 13439-13453, doi: 10.5194/acp-14-13439-2014. PDF.


Abalos M., Ploeger F., Konopka P., Randel W.J., and Serrano E. (2013): Ozone seasonality above the tropical tropopause: Reconciling the Eulerian and Lagrangian perspectives of transport processes. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 10787-10794, DOI: 10.5194/acp-13-10787-2013. PDF.

Abalos M., Randel W.J., Kinnison D.E., and Serrano E. (2013): Quantifying tracer transport in the tropical lower stratosphere using WACCM. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, , 13, 10591-10607, doi: 10.5194/acp-13-10591-2013. PDF.


Abalos M., Randel W.J. and Serrano E. (2012): Variability in upwelling across the tropical tropopause and correlations with tracers in the lower stratosphere. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 12, 11505-11517, doi:10.5194/acp-12-11505-2012. PDF.

Report Chapters

Garny H., Hendon, H. (Lead Authors), and co-authors including Abalos M. (in preparation): 2022 WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion. Chapter 5: Stratospheric Ozone Changes and Climate.

Mong-Sanz, B., Birner, T. (Lead Authors), and 19 co-authors including Abalos M. (2021): Chapter 5: The Brewer-Dobson Circulation, SPARC Reanalysis Intercomparison Project (S-RIP) Final Report.

Karpechko A., Maycock, A. (Lead Authors), Abalos M., Arblaster J., Akiyoshi H., Garfinkel C., Rosenlof K., Sigmond M. (2018): WMO/UNEP Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018. Chapter 5: Stratospheric Ozone Changes and Climate. PDF.

Non peer-reviewed Publications

Rodríguez-Fonseca B., Rodríguez-Puebla C. (Abalos M., contributing autor) (2010): Climate teleconnections affecting Iberian Peninsula climate variability. Predictability and expected changes. [in The Spanish CLIVAR Report - Climate in Spain: Past, Present and Future. CLIVAR and MICINN (F. F. Pérez, R. Boscolo Eds.)], ISBN: 978-84-614-8115-6, pp. 53-67

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