Dr Maria Luneva

Co-Investigator, National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

Maria Luneva is a specialist in numerical modelling of the oceanic and regional sea dynamics, with the focus in parameterizations of sub-grid processes. She is a member of shelf and coastal modelling team at the Liverpool branch of National Oceanography Centre, UK. Her main area of expertise lays in the boundary layers models, mesoscale eddies and air-sea interaction, mesoscale eddies – mean flows – tides- mixed layer feedbacks.

Maria has an extensive experience in 3D numerical models of circulation with meso- and synoptic scales resolutions, semi-empirical models of turbulence in oceanographic, atmospheric and technical problems. She will apply this expertise in the APEAR project.

Maria’s modelling studies now are focused in the following regions:

  • The Arctic Ocean, specifically tidal mixing and shelf convection (cascading), and their modifications under the transition to the seasonally ice-free conditions; effects of tides on the rate of ice decline and water mass transformation;
  • Atlantic marginal domain, including North West shelf. In this study Maria examines and improves vertical mixing parameterizations, including effects of internal solitary waves, Langmuir circulation and wave-sea coupling;
  • -Southern Ocean, where Maria’s efforts (project ORCHESTRA) are concentrated in the in the tidal modelling and shelf dense water formation (cascading);
  • Global tidal model with realistic forcings (project RENUMERATE).

APEAR is co-funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and by NERC.