IFOP researchers participate in the international mountain meteorology course
27 March, 2023

IFOP researchers participate in the international mountain meteorology course

April 13th, 2023 Periodista Gabriela.Gutiérrez

Between March 13th and 18th, in Mendoza city , Argentina, the “Mountain Meteorology” second course version was held, an instance in which researchers from the Fisheries Development Institute participated; Pedro Valdebenito and Oliver Venegas. Mr. Valdebenito is in charge of analyzing atmospheric and oceanographic data, while Mr. Venegas develops meteorological information through numerical models, for the zone of fjords and channels in the southern regions of Chile.

This instance was organized by Nivology, Glaciology and Environmental Sciences Argentine Institute (IANIGLA) dependent on the Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina (National Council CONICET), which was taught by Dr. in Atmospheric Sciences Maximiliano Viale , expert in mountain meteorology, together with Dr. Federico Otero, both belonging to IANIGLA. On the other hand, Dr. Curtis James was a guest professor, academic from Applied Aviation Sciences Department of of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona, USA.

On the occasion, researchers were able to interact with professionals from various areas both in the United States, Argentina and Chile, where mountain meteorological processes were addressed, which have a direct implication on the dynamics of the ocean, especially in fjords and channels. of the Chilean Austral South-which are immersed within a complex topography, composed of innumerable mountains and valleys. Among main issues addressed, mountain wind circulation and orographic rain stand out, which can help us to better understand the circulation of the fjords and the entry of fresh water into the estuarine system as a result of the enhancement of precipitation when this one meets a mountain.

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