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. Journal of Atmospheric Sciences. doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-17-0135.1.

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.