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Dr Nina Kristiansen

Nina is a scientist working with modelling the dispersion of volcanic eruption clouds using the Met Office's atmospheric dispersion model NAME.

Areas of expertise

Nina has been working with Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Models and inversion modelling since 2008 with a main focus on forecasting volcanic eruption clouds. Her key areas of expertise include:

  • dispersion modelling (FLEXPART and NAME)
  • inverse modelling  
  • volcanic eruption clouds
  • detailed case studies of a number of volcanic eruptions
  • use of observation data: satellite, ground-based + aircraft data
  • model inter-comparisons and validations

Current activities

Nina is working in the Volcanic and Chemical Dispersion team of the Atmospheric Dispersion and Air Quality (ADAQ) group within Weather Science. She contributes to the development of the Met Office's atmospheric dispersion model NAME with a key focus on its applications for forecasting the dispersion of volcanic eruption clouds. 


Career background

Nina joined the Met Office in September 2017. Prior to this, Nina worked at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) for 9 years.

  • Atmospheric Dispersion scientist at the Met Office (2017 - present)
  • Scientist at NILU-Norwegian Institute for Air Research (2012 - 2017)
  • PhD in Geosciences (Meteorology) at the University of Oslo and NILU (2009 - 2012)
  • Master in Geosciences (Meteorology and Oceanography) at the University of Oslo and NILU (2007 - 2009)

My Publications

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