Piotr Smolarkiewicz

Consultant
Research Department, Earth System Modelling Section, Numerical Methods Group

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Summary: 

Piotr Smolarkiewicz joined the Research Department of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in March 2013. His professional interests include scientific computing, geophysical flows of all scales, solar dynamo, non-Newtonian fluids, and dynamics of continuous media.

Professional interests: 

Piotr Smolarkiewicz’s research centres on computational fluid dynamics (CFD), with particular emphasis on all-scale geophysical circulations and basic fluid dynamic of rotating stratified flows. He  is the principal developer of the multi-scale, multi-physics, high-performance research code EULAG built on high-resolution transport methods MPDATA, which he has originated and developed at NCAR. A noteworthy signature of EULAG is its rigorous tensorial formulation in time-dependent curvilinear coordinates enabling dynamic grid deformation via continuous mappings. Piotr’s professional interests include scientific computing, geophysical flows of all scales, solar dynamo, physics of plasmas, non-Newtonian fluids, and dynamics of continuous media. His current activities at ECMWF focus on the development of an interdisciplinary forecasting system (PantaRhei) for simulating multi-scale fluid flows.

Career background: 

Piotr Smolarkiewicz received M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Warsaw, Poland, in geophysics and physical sciences in 1973 and 1980, respectively. Afterwards, in 1981, he went to Boulder, Colorado, to join as a post-doctoral fellow in the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Before coming to NCAR, since 1973, Pitor Smolarkiewicz has been an assistant professor at the Department of Physics, University of Warsaw. After the post-doctoral appointment, since 1983 he has been a scientist at NCAR, in the rank of Senior Scientist since 1994. In 2005-2006, he served as an NCAR Science Advisor, and since 2007 he has been the Head of the Computational Mathematics Group at the Institute for Mathematics Applied to Geosciences (IMAGe) of NCAR. In March 2013 he joined the Research Department of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) as a consultant.

External recognitions: 
  • Professor of Physical Sciences  (Polish academic title).
  • Associate editor of the Journal of Computational Physics (since 1996).
  • NCAR PI or Co-PI on numerous externally funded projects.
  • Fellow of the European Union FP7/2012/ERC Advanced Grant (agreement no. 320375).
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