Colfescu, Dr Ioana

Research Scientist (Climate and Weather Model Data Analysis)


University of Leeds

Fairbairn House

71-75 Clarendon Road



+44 113 343 3083  

I am a research scientist at NCAS in the University of Leeds. My current work involves few different directions of research as well as, involvement in outreach activities and NCAS Courses.

Research Interests

  • Atlantic Multidecadal Variability attribution and mechanisms
  • Global climate and weather model evaluation
  • European climate and weather extremes
  • Mountain Waves Dynamics and mechanisms

Along with colleagues in Leeds and Iceland, I am working towards understanding the observed mechanisms governing the amplitude and formation of a series of gravity waves over Iceland. I am also working with colleagues in Reading and Edinburgh on understanding circulation patterns associated with extreme events for Europe in the last century in models. Last, I'm working with on attributing the Atlantic  Multidecadal Variability to internal variability or external sources of forcing (in particular 20th century anthropogenic forcing).

As a member of NCAS I'm involved in various NCAS outreach activities ( i.e Into the Blue, The Air we Share, UnEarthed) as scientist and photographer ( as well as in helping with preparation of teaching materials, teaching and mentoring for NCAS courses ( Arran Field Course 2016,2017,2018).

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