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I am an associate professor of meteorology at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Ljubljana.
I received my BSc in physics and and MSc in atmospheric physics from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Zagreb and my PhD from the Department of Meteorology at the Stockholm University . The title of my doctoral dissertation was "Dynamical aspects of atmospheric data assimilation in the tropics". My post-doctoral fellowship was awarded by the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where I worked on the large-scale dynamics and data assimilation.
My research interests range from modelling mid-latitude mesoscale weather for the purpose of numerical weather prediction to large-scale tropical variability and data assimilation. My two main research topics are the representation of the background-error covariances for data assimilation in the tropics and application of the normal-mode function representation to 3D global datasets. A real-time view of atmospheric energy spectra and unbalanced circulation analyzed by using the normal-mode function representation is available on the MODES pages. More information about ongoing projects is under Projects and Publication pages.
I am teaching several courses at the Bacherol, Master and PhD level at the University of Ljubljana including atmospheric thermodynamics, dynamical meteorology, weather analysis and forecasting and general circulation.
My services include an associate editorship of the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society . I am also a vice-chair of the COST network TN1301 Sci-Generation and a member of the Young Academy of Europe .
- May 2016: "Scale-dependent representation of the information content of observations in the global ensemble Kalman filter data assimilation" by N. Žagar et al. has ben accepted for publication in Mon. Wea. Rev.
- April 2016: Paper on "Diagnosing performance of the ECMWF model in the tropics" by using MODES has been published in the ECMWF Newsletter . (pdf)
- April 2016: "A global perspective of the limits of prediction skill of NWP models" has been submitted to Tellus A
- March 2015: NEURAL paper entitled "Self-Organizing Maps-based ocean currents forecasting system" by Vilibic et al. has been published in Nature Scientific reports. (full paper online)
- Jan 2016: MODES workshop report entitled "Normal modes of atmospheric variability in observations, numerical weather prediction and climate models" by N. Žagar et al. has been accepted for publication in BAMS. To appear in June issue.