University of Innsbruck, Department of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences
|Field of research
|Complex terrain | Atmospheric boundary layer | Numerical modeling
Manuela Lehner is an atmospheric scientist whose research focuses on boundary-layer processes over complex, mountainous terrain, including turbulent exchange and thermally and dynamically induced flows. Her main goal is to gain a better understanding of these processes and their impact on the three-dimensional structure of the boundary layer and, ultimately, their correct representation in numerical models. Following her degree in Meteorology and Geophysics from the University of Innsbruck, she received a DOC-fFORTE fellowship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences to pursue her PhD at the University of Utah, studying thermally driven circulations in small, enclosed basins. After her PhD, she stayed at the University of Utah, working on downslope-windstorm-type flows and nocturnal cold-air pools. Since her return to the University of Innsbruck in 2016, her research has focused on the turbulent exchange in the mountain boundary layer. In addition to her Elise-Richter project on the near-surface turbulent exchange under stable conditions, she is also leading another project to evaluate the performance of planetary boundary-layer and land-atmosphere parameterizations in numerical weather prediction models over complex terrain.