Dr Galina Guentchev

Areas of expertise

  • Regional climate change impacts on human and natural systems
  • Statistical downscaling of climate information and evaluation of downscaling techniques
  • Extreme Value Analysis of meteorological variables

Current activities

Galia is participating in several long-term projects. She is contributing to a Copernicus project focused on the provision of projected future wave and sea level climate information for the Northwest European shelf. She is also a member of the team that collaborates closely with users from the transport sector to inform high-resolution climate model simulations for the PRIMAVERA project. Galia has contributed to several defence related reports focusing on regional climatologies. In the past she has also participated to several short-term projects, two of which were focused on extreme value analysis of precipitation and river flow deficits.

Career background

Galia joined the Met Office in 2015 in the Applied Science area, as a member of the Surface Transport and Utilities team (now the Science for Impacts, Resilience and Adaptation team). Before coming to the Met Office, she worked for several years at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, USA where she was a member of the National Climate Predictions and Projections platform (NCPP) team. As part of this team she contributed to the development of a framework for evaluation of downscaled datasets and development of translational information for applications. In 2010 she completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship with the UCAR/NOAA Postdocs Applying Climate Expertise (PACE) program, where she collaborated with stakeholders from the US Bureau of Reclamation on a study of precipitation variability in the Colorado River basin. She obtained her PhD in Climatology from Michigan State University under the guidance of Dr Julie Winkler. During her graduate studies she participated in a large multi-disciplinary study of the potential impacts of climate change on agriculture and tourism in Michigan, USA. She graduated with MSc in Geography from Sofia University, Bulgaria.