Marwan Katurji

LecturerMarwan Katurji

Geography Staff Block Rm 407
Internal Phone: 94287


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 because of their relevance to precipitation and temperature variability. In the

Recent Publications

  • Le Roux R., Katurji M., Zawar-Reza P., Quénol H. and Sturman A. (2018) Comparison of statistical and dynamical downscaling results from the WRF model. Environmental Modelling and Software 100: 67-73.
  • Meyer H., Reudenbach C., Hengl T., Katurji M. and Nauss T. (2018) Improving performance of spatio-temporal machine learning models using forward feature selection and target-oriented validation. Environmental Modelling and Software 101: 1-9.
  • Purdie HL., Katurji M., Datta, Rajasweta. and Zawar-Reza P. (2017) Characterising patterns of turbulent heat exchange over snow in an alpine ski area with infrared camera. Wellington, New Zealand: International Symposium on the Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, 12-17 Feb 2017.
  • Sturman A., Zawar-Reza P., Soltanzadeh I., Katurji M., Bonnardot V., Parker AK., Trought MCT., Quénol H., Le Roux R. and Gendig E. (2017) The application of high-resolution atmospheric modelling to weather and climate variability in vineyard regions. Journal International des Sciences de la Vigne et du Vin 51(2): 99-105.
  • Katurji M. and Zawar-Reza P. (2016) Forward-looking infrared cameras for micrometeorological applications within vineyards. Sensors (Switzerland) 16(9): 11.