Marta Abalos

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

Current position: Associate Professor (Profesora Contratada Doctora)

Scientific Interests:

* large-scale atmospheric dynamics and transport

* stratospheric ozone

* upper troposphere and lower stratosphere

* climate variability and change

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.


1) Articles


Abalos M., Randel W. J., and Garcia R. (2023). The dominant role of the summer hemisphere in subtropical lower stratospheric wave drag trends, accepted in Geophysical Research Letters.

Charlesworth E., Ploeger F., Birner T., Baikhadzhaev R., Abalos M., Abraham N.L., Akiyoshi H., Bekki S., Dennison F., Joeckel P., Keeble J., Kinnison D.E., Morgenstern O., Plummer D., Rozanov E., Strode S., Zeng G., Egorova T., and Riese M. (2023). Stratospheric water vapor affecting atmospheric circulation, Nature Communications, 14, 3925, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-39559-2.

Villamayor J., Iglesias-Suarez F., Cuevas C. A., Fernandez R., Li Q., Abalos M., Hossaini R., Chipperfield M. P., Kinnison D. E., Tilmes S., Lamarque J.-F. and Saiz-Lopez A. (2023). Very short-lived halogens amplify ozone depletion trends in the tropical lower stratosphere, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-023-01671-y.

Maddison, J. W., Abalos M., Barriopedro, D., García-Herrera, R., Garrido-Perez, J. M., Ordóñez, C., and Simpson, I. R. (2023). Assessing the projected changes in European air stagnation due to climate change, Journal of Climate, doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-22-0180.1.


Benito-Barca, S., Calvo, N., and Abalos M. (2022). Driving mechanisms for the El Niño–Southern Oscillation impact on stratospheric ozone, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 22, 15729–15745, https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-22-15729-2022.

Minganti D., Chabrillat S., Errera Q., Prignon M., Kinnison D. E., Garcia R., Abalos M., Alsing J., Schneider M., Smale D., Jones N., Mahieu E.,(2022): Evaluation of the N2O rate of change to understand the stratospheric Brewer-Dobson Circulation in a Chemistry-Climate Model , J. Geophys. Res: Atmospheres, 127, e2021JD036390. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JD036390.

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., García-Serrano, J., Garfinkel, C. I., Hindley, N. P., Jia, L., Jucker, M., Karpechko, A. Y., Kim, H., Lang, A. L., Lee, S. H., Lin, P., Osman, M., Palmeiro, F. M., Perlwitz, J., Polichtchouk, I., Richter, J. H., Schwartz, C., Son, S.-W., Statnaia, I., Taguchi, M., Tyrrell, N. L., Wright, C. J., and Wu, R. W.-Y. (2022): Quantifying stratospheric biases and identifying their potential sources in subseasonal forecast systems, Weather Clim. Dynam., 3, 977–1001, https://doi.org/10.5194/wcd-3-977-2022.

Palmeiro, F., García-Serrano, J., Rodrigo, M., Abalos, M., Christiansen, B., Yang S. (2022): Boreal winter stratospheric climatology in EC-EARTH: CMIP6 version, Clim. Dyn., https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-022-06368-0.


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.

2) Report Chapters

Garny H., Hendon, H. (Lead Authors), Abalos M., Chiodo G., Purich A., Randel W., Smith K., Thompson D. (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.

3) 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.