Elena works on improving the representation of atmospheric phenomena in the Met Office's Numerical Atmospheric dispersion Modelling Environment (NAME) and conducts research on long-range transport of pollutants.
Elena has been involved in model development particularly with respect to atmospheric convection. This has led to collaborative work with Cambridge University, Nottingham University and CTBTO to explore the convective transport of pollutants in the Asiatic region.
During an internal secondment, she has also looked at the relation between turbulence experienced by commercial aircraft and convective sources and has built an automated system for categorisation of convectively-induced encounters using observations from lightning networks and satellite products.
Lastly, Elena has been involved in a number of NERC/DEFRA funded projects e.g. to gain a better understanding of emissions of methane in the Arctic (MAMM), to investigate convective transport of short lived chemical species in the tropospheric moist convective region (CAST) and to revise the UK emission inventory of nitrous oxide (InveN2Ory).
She is currently co-supervising a PhD student at Bath University to explore the implementation of Multi Level Monte Carlo Methods to solve the stochastic differential equations (SDEs) used in for simulating the transport and spread of atmospheric pollutants.
Elena joined the Atmospheric Dispersion & Air Quality group at the Met Office in January 2012.
From 2007 to 2011, she was based at Newcastle University, School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, where she worked as a Research Assistant, Postgraduate Tutor in Engineering Mathematics and completed her PhD on the statistical analysis of inertial particle concentration in turbulent flows.
From 2005 to 2007 she gained experience working in a multinational company.
She holds a Laurea (BSc, MSc) in Industrial Engineering and Energetics obtained in 2005 at the University of Udine, Italy. The interaction between vortices and local structures in liquid helium was the subject of her Master thesis.
Last updated: 25 February 2015