Marwan Katurji - Geography - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Dr Marwan Katurji

Marwan KaturjiPosition

Lecturer in Meteorology (Mechanics and Thermodynamics)


Ph.D. Atmospheric Science, Dept. of Geography, Univ. of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
MSc. Thermal and Fluid Sciences, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, American Univ. of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon.
BE. Mechanical Engineering, Beirut Arab Univ., Beirut, Lebanon

Contact Details

Phone: +64 3 364 2987 ext. 94287
Fax: +64 3 364 2907

Postal address:
Center for Atmospheric Research
Department of Geography
University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800
Christchurch, New Zealand




My Science

My scientific research interest involves understanding the physical phenomena governing the fluid mechanics and thermodynamics of air inside earth’s atmosphere. The application can span form the very large-scale (more than 10 km) weather systems of country to continental dimensions to the very small-scale (less than 1 km) of wind variation within valleys, mountains, forest and urban canopies. I use a combined method of observations and computer simulations of physical phenomena to answer my research queries that mainly revolve around the points below:

Research projects:

(of which you’ll find publications/reports in my CV link below)

  1. 2015 to present: Key researcher in the Theme co-leader in the Deep South Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE-New Zealand) funded project: Reducing biases in the representation of clouds and aerosols in the New Zealand Earth System Model (NZESM).
  2. 2014 to present: Theme co-leader in the Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE-New Zealand) Environmental Research Grant ($2.5 million) lead by the University of Waikato. The program is entitled “Evidenced-based Risk Assessment of the McMurdo Dry Valley Ecosystem”. I am co-leading the micro-meteorologist group for research into inter and intra-valley climate connectivity.
  3. 2014 to present: Theme leader in the Ministry of Business and Employment (MBIE-New Zealand) Environmental Research Grant ($1.8 million) lead by Landcare Research. The program is entitled “Ross Sea Region Terrestrial Data Analysis”. I am leading the research program of the Ross Sea regional climate variability and its impacts on surface temperature and water availability.
  4. 2012 to 2014: Stable Boundary Layer Experiment (STABX) in Cass basin, New Zealand ( The field campaign will aim to better understand the strongly stable boundary layer dynamics in complex terrain through high-resolution pressure and temperature measurements and time-lapse photography with the state of the art instrumentation. Boundary layer waves and intermittent turbulence are common features of such boundary layers and will be investigated.
  5. 2012 to 2015: Research associate in Ministry for Primary Industries funded project under the Sustainable Land Management and Climate Change program ($0.5 million). Title: Development of advanced weather and climate modeling tools to help vineyard regions adapt to climate change.
  6. 2012 to 2014: The New Zealand Terrestrial Antarctic Bio-complexity Survey (NZTABS)  ( I am working with biologists in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica to study and understand the microclimate during the Antarctic summertime. SODAR, surface and UAV based turbulent flux measurements are utilized as part of the observational campaign.
  7. 2011: Participated in the Persistent Cold Air Pools (PCAPS) research project in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, conducting high resolution atmospheric modeling of valley temperature inversions to understand the dynamics behind temperature inversions, its build up and break up in complex terrain.
  8. 2009: Air quality assessment and analysis for proposed Oceania Dairy Plant. A contribution to the air quality consent report for the Environment Court. Project included measurement analysis and atmospheric dispersion modeling using the Air Pollution Model (TAPM).
  9. 2009: A project in collaboration with the Department of Forestry, Univ. of Canterbury. I conducted ultra sonic anemometer measurements for below and above canopy wind turbulence in Eyrewell Forest, Canterbury, New Zealand for assessment of spraying mixing efficiency within a pine forest.
  10. 2008: Air quality assessment for Holcim Cement Plant. Atmospheric profile sampling using SODAR, and meteorological numerical for the assessment of wintertime temperature inversions using the Advanced Regional Prediction System (ARPS) model.