Atmospheric Boundary Layer & Micrometeorology Research Group

 

Dr. G. Javier Fochesatto

Associate Professor of Atmospheric Sciences

Geophysical Institute & College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

903 Koyukuk Dr. Fairbanks, Alaska 99775 US

 

Office Room 317 Akasofu Building. West Ridge UAF Campus

Phone: (907) 474-7602
Fax: (907) 474-5882

Email: gjfochesatto@alaska.edu

Office Hours: Open-door policy. Students are welcome to stop by anytime accepting the risk that I might be busy. Contact me to make an appointment to secure a specific time.



Research Areas of Interest

Micrometeorology: surface-atmosphere interaction, turbulent fluxes of heat, momentum and carbon

Atmospheric Boundary Layer meteorology, dynamic, turbulence and composition.

Applications to Agro-ecosystems, Arctic Tundra and Boreal Forest

Laser Spectroscopy/Lidar Remote Sensing

Laser and Microwave Scintillometry

Aerosol spectroscopy

Earth system models and environmental remote sensing

 

Education

2000 PhD Physics

Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique du CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique.

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris VI. Paris, France.

 

1991 Electronic Engineer

Universidad Tecnológica Nacional. Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Specialization in Lasers, Optoelectronics and Control Theory.

 

Courses

ATM-673 Micrometeorology

ATM-697 Physics of the Atmospheric Boundary Layer

ATM-497/615 Cloud Physics

ME-450 Theory of Flight (College of Engineering Minor in Aerospace)

 

Research Group

Derek P. Starkenburg (Ph.D Atmospheric Sciences, 2015)

Research: Turbulent fluxes in complex canopies heterogeneous surfaces: canopy and sub-canopy flow coupling, spatial variation of fluxes and large scale aggregation of fluxes.

Example Publications:

Starkenburg, D., S. Metzger, G. Fochesatto, J. Alfieri, R. Gens, A. Prakash, and J. Cristóbal, 2016.

Assessment of Despiking Methods for Turbulence Data in Micrometeorology.

J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 33, 2001–2013,  doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0154.1. 

 

Starkenburg D. P., Fochesatto G. J., Cristóbal J., Prakash A., Gens R., Alfieri J.G., Nagano H., Harazono Y., Iwata H. and Kane D.L. 2015.

Temperature regimes and turbulent heat fluxes across a heterogeneous canopy in an Alaskan boreal forest.

J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120: 1348–1360. doi: 10.1002/2014JD022338

 

Starkenburg, D., G. J. Fochesatto, A. Prakash, J. Cristóbal, R. Gens, and D. L. Kane. 2013.

The role of coherent flow structures in the sensible heat fluxes of an Alaskan boreal forest.

J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 8140–8155, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50625.

 

Watcharee Ruairuen (Ph.D Natural Resources and Sustainability, 2015)
Research:
Evapotranspiration cycles in Agroecosystems in Northern latitudes, micrometeorological and hydrological techniques for irrigation and agroecosystems sustainable management of water.

Example Publications:

Ruairuen W., G. J. Fochesatto, E. B. Sparrow, W. Schnable, M. Zhang and Y. Kim. 2015.

“Evapotranspiration Cycles in a High Latitude Agroecosystem: Potential Warming Role”.

Plos One DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0137209. 30 pages.

 

Ruairuen W., G. J. Fochesatto, M. Bitelli, E. B. Sparrow, M. Zhang and W. Schnable (In review).

Book: Evapotranspiration, InTech Open Source (2017).

Chapter: Evapotranspiration in Northern Agroecosystems: Numerical Simulation and Experimental Comparison.

 

Matthew A. Gruber (MS Atmospheric Sciences, 2013)

Research: Large Scale Area-Average turbulent fluxes retrievals by Scintillometry Theory and Applications.

Example Publications:

Gruber, M. A., G.J. Fochesatto, O.K. Hartogensis, and M. Lysy. 2014.

Functional derivatives applied to error propagation of uncertainties in topography to large-aperture scintillometer-derived heat fluxes.

Atmos. Meas. Tech., 7, 2361-2371, doi:10.5194/amt-7-2361-2014, 2014.

 

Gruber M. A, G. J. Fochesatto and O. Hartogensis. 2014.

Sensitivity of Displaced-Beam Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Average Heat Fluxes to Uncertainties in Topographic Heights.

arXiv Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, 1405.2309.

 

Gruber M. A, G. J. Fochesatto and O. Hartogensis. 2014.

Sensitivity of Large-Aperture Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Average Heat Fluxes to Uncertainties in Topographic Heights over Variable Terrain”.

Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., 7, 33-68, 2014.

 

Gruber M. A, G. J. Fochesatto and O. Hartogensis. 2014.

Sensitivity of Displaced-Beam Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Average Heat Fluxes to Uncertainties in Topographic Heights.

arXiv, Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, 1405.2309.

 

Gruber M. A. and G. J. Fochesatto. 2013.

A New Sensitivity Analysis and Solution Method for Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Average Turbulent Fluxes.

Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 149:65–83 DOI 10.1007/s10546-013-9835-9

 

Gruber, M. A., Fochesatto, G. J., Hartogensis, O. K., and Lysy, M. 2013.

Functional derivatives applied to error propagation of uncertainties in topography to large-aperture scintillometer-derived heat fluxes”.

arXiv Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, 1309.4735. Published final version in Atmospheric Measurements Techniques.

 

Gruber M. A. and G. J. Fochesatto. 2013.

A New Sensitivity Analysis and Solution Method for Scintillometer Measurements of Area-Averaged Turbulent Fluxes.

arXiv Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics, 1309.1902. Published final version in Boundary-Layer Meteorology.

 

John A. Mayfield (MS Atmospheric Sciences, 2011)

Research: Micrometeorological influences of small scale flows in the winter atmospheric boundary layer of Interior of Alaska.

Example Publications: 

Mayfield J. A. and G. J. Fochesatto. 2013.

The Layered Structure of the winter Atmospheric Boundary Layer in the Interior of Alaska.

J. Appl. Met. and Climatol., 52, 953-973.

 

Fochesatto G. J., J. A. Mayfield, M. A. Gruber, D. Starkenburg and J. Conner. 2013.

Occurrence of Shallow Cold Flows in the Winter Atmospheric Boundary Layer of Interior of Alaska.

Meteorol. Atmos. Phys. DOI 10.1007/s00703-013-0274-4.

 

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