Meteorologist with special interest in atmospheric short-lived climate forcers
Maria uses global climate models to understand how particles and short-lived climate forcers in the atmosphere impact the climate system. Her research focuses on hydrogen leakages and how it changes the atmospheric composition, and the radiative forcing and climate response of Arctic aerosols. She is the project leader of HYDROGEN and ACCEPT.
Maria holds a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Oslo. She has also worked two years as a guest researcher at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
AMMONIA: Climate and environmental impacts of green ammonia (NH3)
The development of green ammonia (NH3) has recently gained wide interest due to its potential to decarbonize ammonia production and as a carbon-free solution for energy storage and transportation. Green ammonia production is purely based on renewable energy sources and no carbon is associated with its use, e.g. as a chemical fertilizer, or when ammonia is combusted in an engine. However, the production and use of ammonia come with other climate and environmental challenges due to its alteration of the Earth’s nitrogen cycle.
Transport | Renewable energy | Energy consumption
BUDGET: Constraining future precipitation changes in Europe and the Arctic from historical observations of the atmospheric energy budget
BUDGET will increase our understanding of the causes to why climate models have such large differences in future Arctic rainfall and summer precipitation in northern Europe. This will be accomplished using satellite data and climate model calculations over the last 40 years. The analyzes will provide knowledge of whether processes related to transport in the atmosphere, evaporation or absorption of radiation are the reasons for different results from the climate models. By using and developing the climate models with most realistic precipitation changes and largescale processes in accordance with ground-based observations and satellite measurements, we can improve estimates of precipitation change and related climate extremes.
Precipitation changes | Climate Models
ACCEPT: Aerosols, Cloud Changes and Energy transport into the Polar domain: The role of feedbacks to the local climate responser
The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, with dramatically decreasing trends in sea-ice and snow cover (AMAP,2017). This ‘Arctic amplification’ of global warming is a feature of human-made climate change, but its causes and consequences are not fully understood.
Arctic | Atmospheric particles | Climate Models