Mariana is a senior scientist working in Observations Research and Development, with particular specialisation in lidars, aerosol optical and microphysical properties.
Areas of expertise:
Mariana is currently working on the implementation of the CAA Lidar / Sun-photometer network for Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre for monitoring the volcanic ash. In addition, she is working on the ceilometer network with data quality assurance and ceilometers applications. Mariana is involved in the Automated Lidars and Ceilometers working group as part of the EUMETNET project E-PROFILE ( http://www.eumetnet.eu/e-profile) and COST Action ES1303 - Towards operational ground based profiling with ceilometers, doppler lidars and microwave radiometers for improving weather forecasts (TOPROF, http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/essem/Actions/ES1303).
2013: Senior Scientist at Met Office, Observations R&D
2008-2011: Scientist at Joint Research Centre (European Commission) in Italy, within the Air Pollution and Climate Change Unit, Institute for Environment and Sustainability. Research topics included aerosol optical and microphysical properties as measured by the lidar and ground-based instruments.
2006-2008: Research Associate at the Howard University in Washington (USA). Research topics included Raman lidar measurements of the water vapour mixing ratio and aerosol optical properties. Others: inter-comparison of the temperature, water vapour and ozone as measured by radiosondes and/or lidars and retrieved by satellites sensors.
2000-2005: Research Assistant, The Johns Hopkins University, USA. Research topics included micro-meteorological measurements and data analysis, elastic backscatter lidar measurements, data processing and lidar techniques.
1994-2000: Junior Researcher at The National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology, Bucharest, Romania. Research topics included various studies on urban hydrology and subsurface hydrology.
Mariana has PhD in Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (USA), with the thesis entitled 'Development of lidar techniques to estimate atmospheric optical properties' (https://jscholarship.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/851?show=full), MSc in Mechanical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University (USA), MSc in Water Resources Engineering from the Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest (Romania) and a BSc in Physics from the University of Bucharest (Romania).
Last updated: 8 January 2015