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Thomas Spengler


Geofysisk institutt



Stilling: førsteamanuensis

Telefon: 55 58 98 46


Besøksadresse: Geophysical Institute, Allegaten 70

Romnummer: 229

  • Rossby Waves
  • Polar Lows
  • Tropical-Extratropical Interactions
  • Teleconnections
  • Baroclinic Instability
  • Heat Lows
  • Alpine Valley Winds
  • Flow over and around Greenland


Atmospheric scientist with focus on dynamic meteorology in the realm of theory and modeling. Main focus on synoptic to mesoscale phenomena in the atmosphere as well as wave-mean flow and tropical-extratropical interaction.



  Institusjon Stilling
2010–today Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway Associate Professor for Dynamic Meteorology


Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA Postdoctoral Research Associate
Feb 2009 Monash Atmospheric Science, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia Visiting Scientist


Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Postdoctoral Research Assistant
2005–2008 Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland Doctoral Research Assistant
2004-2005 Meteorological Institute Munich, University of Munich, Germany Research assistant

Publikasjoner i Cristin


Potter, S.F., Spengler, T. and Held, I.M. 2013:  Reflection of Barotropic Rossby Waves in Sheared Flow and Validity of the WKB Approximation. J. Atmos. Sci., 70, 2170-2178

Spengler, T. and Egger, J. 2012: Potential Vorticity Attribution and Causality. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 2600-2607

Reuder, J., M. Ablinger, H. Agustsson, P. Brisset, S. Brynjolfsson, M. Garhammer, T. Johannesson, M. O. Jonassen, R. Kühnel, S. Lämmlein, T. de Lange, C. Lindenberg, S. Malardel, S. Mayer, M. Müller, H. Olafsson, O. Rögnvaldsson, W. Schäper, T. Spengler, G. Zängl, and J. Egger, 2012: FLOHOF 2007: An overview of the mesoscale meteorological field campaign at Hofsjökull, Central Iceland. Meteorol. Atmos. Phys., Volume 116, Numbers 1-2, 1-13, DOI 10.1007/s00703-010-0118-4, 1-13

Kristjansson, J.E., I. Barstad, T. Aspelien, I. Føre, Ø., Godøy, Ø. Hov, E. Irvine, T. Iversen, E. Kolstad, T.E. Nordeng, H. McInnes, R. Randriamampianina, J. Reuder, Ø. Saetra, M. Shapiro, T. Spengler, H. Olafsson, 2011 :The Norwegian IPY-THORPEX: Polar Lows and Arctic Fronts during the 2008 Andøya campaign. BAMS, Volume 92, Issue 11, 1443–1466

Spengler, T., Egger J. and Garner S.T. 2011: How does rain affect surface pressure in a one-dimensional framework?. J. Atmos. Sci., 68, 347-360

Smith, R. K. and Spengler, T. 2011: The dynamics of heat lows over elevated terrain. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 137, JAN A, 250-263

Moore, R.W., Martius, O. and Spengler, T., 2010: The Modulation of the Subtropical and Extratropical Atmosphere in the Pacific Basin in Response to the Madden Julian Oscillation. Mon. Wea. Rev., 138, 2761-2779

Våge, K., Spengler, T., Davies, H.C. and Pickart, R.S., 2009: Multi-event analysis of the westerly Greenland tip jet based upon 45 winters in ERA-40. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 135, OCT B, 1999-2011

Spengler, T. and Egger, J., 2009: Comments on "Dry-Season Precipitation in Tropical West Africa and Its Relation to Forcing from the Extratropics". Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 3149-3150

Spengler, T., Ablinger M., Schween, J. H., Zängl G. and Egger, J., 2009: Thermally driven Flows at an asymmetric valley exit: Observations and Model Studies at the Lech Valley exit. Mon. Wea. Rev., 137, 3437-3455

Spengler, T. and Smith, R. K., 2008: The dynamics of heat lows over flat terrain. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 134, Oct B, 2157-2172

Spengler, T., Reeder, M. J. and Smith, R. K., 2005: The Dynamics of Heat Lows in Simple Background Flows. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 131, Oct B, 3147-3166

Jackson, G. E., Smith, R. K. and Spengler, T., 2002: The Prediction of low-level convergence lines over northeastern Australia. Aust. Meteor. Mag., 51, 13-23.


Other Publications:

Reeve, M. A., Spengler, T., Lunde, T. M. and Syed, M. A., 2012: Hva er egentlig monsunen? KL!MA, 3-12, 8-9


Introduction to Methods in Weather Forecasting (GEOF321)

Dynamics of the Atmosphere (GEOF326)

Mesoscale Dynamics (GEOF328)


Supervision of PhD students:

Stefan Keiderling Jet Dynamics, Evolution, and Forcing 2013-2017
Clemens Spensberger Linear and non-linear impacts of topography on the large scale circulation 2011-2015
Annick Terpstra Polar Low Dynamics 2011-2014
Qi Kong Interactions of Cyclones with steep Topography 2011-2013
Mathew Reeve Monsoon in Bangladesh 2010-2014

Supervision of Master students:

Ragnhild Nordhagen Cold Pool Forecasting at MET Norway 2013-2014
Linda Green Polar Lows and Surface Fluxes 2013-2014
Bas Creeze Polar low detection and tracking 2013
Trond Thorsteinsson Introducing a slab ocean into Bedymo 2013
Angus Munro Shear and Rossby Wave breaking 2012-2013
Espen Karlsen Extreme precipitation in Norway 2012-2013
Stefan Keiderling Ice edge front jets 2012-2013
Cecilie Villanger Extreme wind events in Norway 2012-2013
Elin Tronvoll Interplay of cyclones with Greenland 2011-2012

High Impact Weather in the Arctic (HIMWARC)