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Damian Oyarzun Valenzuela

Research Title: Climate Change and Air Pollution Connections in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Contact

DO.jpgDepartment of Geography
University College London
Pearson Building
Gower Street, London. WC1E 6BT

Email: d.oyarzun@ucl.ac.uk

Supervisors:
Primary: Dr. Chris Brierley (UCL)
Secondary: Prof. Neil Rose (UCL)

Funding:
National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT).

Personal Blog
http://modellingchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

    Research

      My research is focused on the connections between climate change and air pollution in the Atacama Desert, Southern South America, from the mid-20th Century and under climate change forcing scenarios during the 21st Century. From coupled ocean-atmosphere models and atmospheric observational dataset, I'm looking at oceanic and climate variables setting atmospheric conditions linked to air pollutants dispersion. Particular emphasis is given to atmospheric ventilation and its potential connection to air pollution at synoptic scales. Also, I´m exploring stagnation events and their potential role in extreme air pollution events at local time-scales.

      My current stage of research is the application of a high-resolution coupled climate-chemistry transport model to study potential changes of natural and anthropogenic aerosols dispersion and composition under climate change. In future, these results might also be applied to local air quality policies and climate change mitigation-adaptation plans.

      Currently, I'm also involved in ongoing research exploring coastal upwelling under extreme climate change in the Eastern South-Pacific.

      Biography

        Academic Background

        • PhD Candidate, Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC), Department of Geography, University College London (UCL).
        • MSc Environmental Modelling, Department of Geography, University College London (UCL), 2016.
        • Professional Title: Geographical Engineer, Universidad Santiago de Chile, 2008.
        • Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Universidad Santiago de Chile, 2007.

         

        Training

        • Arena One: Teaching Associate Programme (TAP), UCL. London, UK. October-December 2017
        • UCL Train and Engage, Public Engagement Course. UCL Public Engagement Unit, London, UK. March, 2017
        • Arena One: Teaching Gateway Workshop, UCL. London, UK. February 2017
        • Training Seminar: Atmospheric Composition & The Carbon Cycle, Imperial College London, London, UK November 2015.
        • CALPUFF Air Dispersion Modeling, Lakes Environmental. Santiago, Chile. November 2012.

         

        Working Experience

        • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA), BASc Arts and Sciences - The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). October 2017 to June 2018.
        • Bloomsbury Environmental Isotope Facility (BEIF) UCL (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/beif). Part-time Assistant. May 2017 to Oct 2017.
        • Environmental Consultant. September 2014 – June 2015.
        • Knight Piésold Consulting (www.knightpiesold.com). Staff Engineer.  June 2008 – August 2014.
        • CODELCO Chile (www.codelco.com). The Teniente Division Mine. Ventilation and Drainage Area. February 2006.
        • Universidad de Santiago de Chile (www.usach.cl/en). Teacher Assistant in curricular courses for the Geographical Engineer program. August 2005 – December 2007.

         

        Awards

        • Research highlight by Nature Climate Change, April 2018. Article: Oyarzun, D., and Brierley, C.M. (2018). The future of coastal upwelling in the Humboldt current in model projections. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0135-8
        • Aerosol Society Early Career Travel award, April 2018. 11th International Conference on Air Quality: Science and Application. Barcelona, Spain
        • Conference Bursary Award. 11th International Conference on Air Quality: Science and Application. Barcelona, Spain. March 2018.
        • National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT, www.conicyt.cl): Scholarship to study PhD program at Geography Department, University College London (UCL), London, UK.
        • National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research of Chile (CONICYT, www.conicyt.cl): Scholarship to study MSc Environmental Modelling at Geography Department, University College London (UCL), London, UK.

         

        Memberships

        • Royal Meteorological Society, United Kingdom.
        • The Aerosol Society, United Kingdom.

        Teaching and Other Activities

          • Convener of the Physical Geography Seminar Series, Environmental Change Research Centre (ECRC), UCL. July 2017 to the date.

           

          Teaching

          • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA). Course: BASC1003 Quantitative Methods and Mathematical Thinking. January 2018 - June 2018. The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) - BASc Arts and Sciences.
          • Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA). Course: BASC2002 Quantitative Methods 2: Data Science and Visualisation. September 2017 to February 2018. The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) - BASc Arts and Sciences.

           

          Previous Teaching

          • Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Teacher Assistant. Course: Introduction to Geographical Engineering. August 
2007 - December 2007.
          • Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Teacher Assistant. Course: Optimization and Simulation of Land Systems. 
March 2006 - December 2007.
          • Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Teacher Assistant. Course: Mathematical Optimization. August 2005 - December 2005.

          Publications

          Articles

          • Oyarzun, D., and Brierley, C.M. (2018). The future of coastal upwelling in the Humboldt current in model projections. Climate Dynamics. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4158-7 - Research Highlight by Nature Climate Change, March 2018

          Conferences and Talks

          • Conference Poster: Atmospheric Ventilation and Particulate Matter Connections in the Atacama Desert, Chile Fecha de publicac. Royal Meteorological Society’s Atmospheric Science Conference 2018: Weather, Climate and Air Quality. York, UK. July 2018.
          • Talk: Climate change, Atmospheric Ventilation and Particulate Matter Connections in the Atacama Desert. Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2), Chile. May 2018.
          • Talk: Climate change and multi-scale meteorological simulation. Challenges and normative implications. University of Santiago, Chile. May 2018.
          • Conference Talk: Atmospheric Ventilation and Particulate Matter Connections in the Atacama Desert, Chile. 11th International Conference on Air Quality: Science and Application. Barcelona, Spain. March 2018
          • Conference Talk: The future of coastal upwelling in the Humboldt current. Royal Meteorological Society’s Impact of Science Conference. Exeter, UK. July 2017
          • Talk: Climate change and air quality. How does a global phenomenon impact the air we breathe?. Public Health Institute, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile. April 2017
          • Talk: General Circulation Models (GCM), climate change and its implications on air quality in the Atacama Desert, Chile. Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Santiago, Chile. December 2016.