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  Irina Gorodetskaya  
  Phone: +351 234 378 101  
  e-mail: irina.gorodetskaya@ua.pt  
  Category: Assistant Researcher  
  Department: Department of Physics  
  Research group: Atmospheric Processes & Modelling
ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor: ResearcherID: K-1987-2015 SCOPUS Author ID: 24331295800  
  Direct URL for this page: http://www.cesam.ua.pt/irinagorodetskaya  
Research interests and methods:

During the last 5 years, my research has been focussed on the Polar climate and hydrological cycle, using ground-based remote sensing measurements and regional climate modeling. My research interests include: clouds and their interaction with the ocean, sea ice and ice sheet surfaces; cloud radiative forcing; relationship between clouds and surface energy balance; atmosphere-ocean interactions; poleward water vapor transport; cloud-precipitation processes; mechanisms behind extreme precipitation events; surface mass balance of the ice sheets. Since beginning a researcher position at CESAM in September 2016, I started developing a new subject for me about precipitation and atmospheric rivers in Portugal - including regional climate modeling at high resolution, using renalaysis products and observations in order to gain better understanding about controlling mechanisms behind intense precipitation events in Portugal.

Methodology: combining measurements and modeling, ground-based remote sensing of clouds and precipitation; in-situ meteorological measurements; regional climate modeling and model evaluation.

CliM@UA - Group of Meteorology e Climatology
Curriculum Vitae

1. Personal information:

Nationality: Russia/Belgium

Born 16 May 1978


Languages: Russian (native), English (fluent), French (good), Portuguese (beginner)


Current job contact:

Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM),

Department of Physics, University of Aveiro,

Campus Universitario de Santiago,

3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

 email: irina.gorodetskaya@ua.pt

phone: (+351) 234 378 101 (internal: 23139)


Additional affiliation:

Visiting Scientist @ Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200E, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium

2. Academic degrees:

2000   Diploma (Meteorology), Dept of Geography, Saint Petersburg State University, Russia.

2005    MPhil (Atmospheric Science), Columbia University, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA

2008    PhD (Atmospheric Science/Climate/Oceanography), Columbia University, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA

3. Previous and current scientific and/or professional activities

2008-2009  Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Laboratoire de Glaciologie et Géophysique de l'Environnement (LGGE, Grenoble, France)

Project: LEFE/CHARMANT project: "Regional change of the surface mass balance in Antarctica" financed by CNRS

 2009-2015  Postdoctoral Research Associate at Katholieke Universiteit            Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Projects: 1) "The atmospheric branch of the hydrological cycle in Antarctica"

(HYDRANT)financed by Belgian Science Policy, 2) "How do aerosols and clouds affect

the East Antarctic climate?" (AEROCLOUD) financed by Belgian Science Policy


4. Field experience:

Jan-Feb 2017  Member of the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition organized by Swiss Polar Institute, onboard research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov. Meteorological and oceanographic measurements.

 Jan-Feb 2010            Member of the Belgian Antarctic Research Expedition 2009-2010, HYDRANT project. Meteorological, cloud and precipitation measurements at Princess Elisabeth station, East Antarctica.

 Jan-Feb 2009            Member of the Belgian Antarctic Research Expedition 2008-2009, HYDRANT project. Meteorological and cloud measurements at Princess Elisabeth station, East Antarctica

 June 2002                    Member of the sea scientific expedition on R/V Knorr, “The Nordic Seas: Water Mass Structure, Circulation and Connections Between the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean». Assisting in oceanographic measurements (CTD and LADCP).

 July 1997                   Weather station practice (Valdai, Russia).

 June-August 1995      Geography field practice (Saint Petersburg, Russia)


5. Professional schools:

Mar, 2015     Training course on regional climate model COSMO/ART/CLM

Feb, 2011      Water vapor in the climate system (COST)

Sep, 2008       Ice sheets and glaciers in the climate system (IMAU)

Jul 2003         Summer School on the Modeling of Arctic Climate (U Fairbanks)

Jun 2003        Grand Combin Summer School on Paleoclimate

Jul 2002         The 4th Annual Fluid Dynamics Summer School (U Edmonton)


6. Elected professional memberships:

since 2015    Associate Member of the Belgian National Committee on Antarctic

                     Research (Alternate Delegate to SCAR Delegates Meeting in 2014)

since 2011    Member of the IAMAS International Commission on Polar Meteorology (ICPM)

Scientific Supervision
PhD (Main Supervisor): Carolina Viceto
PhD (Co-supervisor): Niels Souverijns
(not a CESAM member)
PhD (Co-supervisor): Alexandra Gossart
(not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Annick Terpstra
(ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Kristof Van Tricht
(not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Wim Thiery
(not a CESAM member)

Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Laura Scheere
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Kim Claes
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Katrien Wouters
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Joost Neujens
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Tiago Silva
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Cátia Gonçalves‎
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Carlos Moniz
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Main Supervisor): Diogo Luís‎
(not a CESAM member)
Research Assistant (Main Supervisor): Rui Pedro Silva
(not a CESAM member)
Research assistant (Main Supervisor): Rui Pedro Silva
(not a CESAM member)
Bachelor (Co-supervisor): Inna Vanderkelen
(not a CESAM member)


  1. Souverijns N., Gossart A., Lhermitte S., Gorodetskaya I.V., Kneifel S., Maahn M., Bliven F.L., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2017) Estimating radar reflectivity - Snowfall rate relationships and their uncertainties over Antarctica by combining disdrometer and radar observations. Atmospheric Research. 196, 211-223. (see details) ISI paper
  2. Ralph F.M., Dettinger M., Lavers D., Gorodetskaya I.V., Martin A., Viale M., White A.B., Oakley N., Rutz J., Spackman J.R., Wernli H., Cordeira J. (2017) ATMOSPHERIC RIVERS EMERGE AS A GLOBAL SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS FOCUS. Bulletin Of The American Meteorological Society. 98, 9, 1969-1973. (see details) ISI paper
  3. Gossart A., Souverijns N., Gorodetskaya I.V., Lhermitte S., Lenaerts J.T.M., Schween J.H., Mangold A., Laffineur Q., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2017) Blowing snow detection from ground-based ceilometers: application to East Antarctica. Cryosphere. 11, 6, 2755-2772. (see details) ISI paper
  4. Van Tricht K., Lhermitte S., Lenaerts J.T.M., Gorodetskaya I.V., L'Ecuyer T.S., Noel B., van den Broeke M.R., Turner D.D., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2016) Clouds enhance Greenland ice sheet meltwater runoff. Nature Communications. 7, (see details) ISI paper
  5. Van Tricht K., Lhermitte S., Gorodetskaya I.V., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2016) Improving satellite-retrieved surface radiative fluxes in polar regions using a smart sampling approach. Cryosphere. 10, 5, 2379-2397. (see details) ISI paper
  6. Gorodetskaya I.V., Kneifel S., Maahn M., Van Tricht K., Thiery W., Schween J.H., Mangold A., Crewell S., Van Lipzig N.P.M. (2015) Cloud and precipitation properties from ground-based remote-sensing instruments in East Antarctica. Cryosphere. 9, 1, 285-304. (see details) ISI paper
  7. Maahn M., Burgard C., Crewell S., Gorodetskaya I.V., Kneifel S., Lhermitte S., Van Tricht K., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2014) How does the spaceborne radar blind zone affect derived surface snowfall statistics in polar regions?. Journal Of Geophysical Research-atmospheres. 119, 24, 13604-13620. (see details) ISI paper
  8. Gorodetskaya I.V., Tsukernik M., Claes K., Ralph M.F., Neff W.D., Van Lipzig N.P.M. (2014) The role of atmospheric rivers in anomalous snow accumulation in East Antarctica. Geophysical Research Letters. 41, 17, 6199-6206. (see details) ISI paper
  9. Lenaerts J.T.M., Brown J., Van Den Broeke M.R., Matsuoka K., Drews R., Callens D., Philippe M., Gorodetskaya I.V., Van Meijgaard E., Reijmer C.H., Pattyn F., Van Lipzig N.P.M. (2014) High variability of climate and surface mass balance induced by Antarctic ice rises. Journal Of Glaciology. 60, 224, 1101-1110. (see details) ISI paper
  10. Van Tricht K., Gorodetskaya I.V., Lhermitte S., Turner D.D., Schween J.H., Van Lipzig N.P.M. (2014) An improved algorithm for polar cloud-base detection by ceilometer over the ice sheets. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques. 7, 5, 1153-1167. (see details) ISI paper
  11. Gorodetskaya I.V., Van Lipzig N.P.M., Van den Broeke M.R., Mangold A., Boot W., Reijmer C.H. (2013) Meteorological regimes and accumulation patterns at Utsteinen, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica: Analysis of two contrasting years. Journal Of Geophysical Research-atmospheres. 118, 4, 1700-1715. (see details) ISI paper
  12. Bromwich D.H., Nicolas J.P., Hines K.M., Kay J.E., Key E.L., Lazzara M.A., Lubin D., McFarquhar G.M., Gorodetskaya I.V., Grosvenor D.P., Lachlan-Cope T., van Lipzig N.P.M. (2012) TROPOSPHERIC CLOUDS IN ANTARCTICA. Reviews Of Geophysics. 50, (see details) ISI paper
  13. Thiery W., Gorodetskaya I.V., Bintanja R., Van Lipzig N.P.M., Van den Broeke M.R., Reijmer C.H., Munneke P.K. (2012) Surface and snowdrift sublimation at Princess Elisabeth station, East Antarctica. Cryosphere. 6, 4, 841-857. (see details) ISI paper
  14. Krinner G., Rinke A., Dethloff K., Gorodetskaya I.V. (2010) Impact of prescribed Arctic sea ice thickness in simulations of the present and future climate. Climate Dynamics. 35, 4, 619-633. (see details) ISI paper
  15. Gallee H., Gorodetskaya I.V. (2010) Validation of a limited area model over Dome C, Antarctic Plateau, during winter. Climate Dynamics. 34, 1, 61-72. (see details) ISI paper
  16. Gorodetskaya I.V., Tremblay L.B., Liepert B., Cane M.A., Cullather R.I. (2008) The influence of cloud and surface properties on the Arctic Ocean shortwave radiation budget in coupled models. Journal Of Climate. 21, 5, 866-882. (see details) ISI paper
  17. Tremblay L.B., Holland M.M., Gorodetskaya I.V., Schmidt G.A. (2007) An ice-free arctic? Opportunities for computational science. Computing In Science & Engineering. 9, 3, 65-74. (see details) ISI paper
  18. Gorodetskaya I.V., Came M.A., Tremblay L.B., Kaplan A. (2006) The effects of sea-ice and land-snow concentrations on planetary albedo from the earth radiation budget experiment. Atmosphere-ocean. 44, 2, 195-205. (see details) ISI paper
  1. Gorodetskaya, I.V. and L.-B. Tremblay (2008) Arctic cloud properties and radiative forcing from observations and their role in sea ice decline predicted by the NCAR 6CCSM3 model during the 21st century. In: Eric T. DeWeaver, Cecilia M. Bitz, L.-Bruno Tremblay, editors.. (EDS.), Arctic sea ice decline observations, projections, mechanisms, and implications. Washington, DC. American Geophysical Union. 213-268. 9781118666470. (see details)
  1. Viceto C., Cardoso S., Marta-Almeida M., Gorodetskaya I., Rocha A. (2017) Assessment of future extreme climate events over the Porto wine Region. 19, (see details)