Marwan Katurji

Senior LecturerMarwan Katurji

Meteorology, Physical Geography
Beatrice Tinsley Rm 228
Internal Phone: 94287
I aim for discovery while appreciating the complexity of natural phenomena. My students will solve the environmental problems of tomorrow.


Research Interests

I specialize in surface-atmosphere interactions, and has undertaken numerous research projects throughout New Zealand, the United States and Antarctica. My research interest is around modelling, simulating, measuring and analyzing atmospheric phenomena, and I use advanced field measurement and numerical modeling techniques to tackle my research objectives.

I am particularly interested in coherent turbulent structures (CTS) within the first 1km of our atmosphere above ground level (also called the atmospheric boundary-layer). CTS is a unique fabric of turbulence that controls the spatial variability of temperature and moisture across our landscape. I conduct laboratory and field experiments using state of the art in situ, aerial, remote sensing measurement systems, and also high resolution numerical weather simulations to develop a better understanding of these coherent turbulence structures.

Some of my research projects involve wind turbulence for wind energy applications, air pollution dispersion modelling, forest canopy turbulence measurements, Antarctic meteorology, wild-land fire weather and fire-atmospheric interactions, and stable boundary layers in complex terrain.

I have a growing interest in Antarctic Dry Valley climates because of the extreme environment on the continent. In Antarctica I try to understand mesocyclones (or Antarctic storms) in the Ross Sea Region.

Recent Publications

  • Hilland RVJ., Bernhofer C., Bohmann M., Christen A., Katurji M., Maggs-Kölling G., Krauß M., Larsen JA., Marais E. and Pitacco A. (2022) The Namib Turbulence Experiment: Investigating Surface-Atmosphere Heat Transfer in Three Dimensions. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 103(3): E741-E759.
  • Lin D., Katurji M., Revell L., Khan B., Osborne N., Soltanzadeh I. and Kremser S. (2022) Fog type classification using a modified Richardson number for Christchurch, New Zealand. International Journal of Climatology.
  • Lin D., Khan B., Katurji M., Bird L., Faria R. and Revell L. (2022) WRF4PALM v1.0: A Mesoscale Dynamic Driver for the Microscale PALM Model System 6.0.
  • Schumacher B., Melnik K., Katurji M., Zhang J., Clifford V. and Pearce G. (2022) Rate of spread and flaming zone velocities of surface fires from visible and thermal image processing. International Journal of Wildland Fire.
  • Cassano JJ., Nigro MA., Seefeldt MW., Katurji M., Guinn K., Williams G. and Duvivier A. (2021) Antarctic atmospheric boundary layer observations with the Small Unmanned Meteorological Observer (SUMO). Earth System Science Data 13(3): 969-982.