Marta Abalos

Current position: Researcher at Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Atracción de Talento Investigador Comunidad de Madrid. 2017-2021).

Scientific Interests: large-scale transport and dynamics, upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, climate variability and change

e-mail: mabalosa@ucm.es

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

Former affiliations

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 Publications


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. Accepted in Journal of Atmospheric Sciences.

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.

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, doi:10.1007/s00382-017-3524-1.


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.

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.

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.

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.


Kim J., Randel W.J., Birner, T. and Abalos M. (2015): 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.

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

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.


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.

Book Chapters and other 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.