ICOS Carbon Portal has a new team member. Naomi Smith, with a background in applied maths and mathematical modelling, joins the Carbon Portal team at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
The 27-year-old Brit comes straight from Reading University in the UK, where she has spent the last four years working on mathematical calculations of the ice melt in the Arctic seas. The work resulted in her PhD-thesis, entitled “Mathematical modelling of the thermomaline interaction between sea ice and the oceanic mixed layer”. The defence will take place in early spring.
At the Carbon Portal, Naomi Smith will contribute to the data analysis of global carbon budgets, the inverse modelling of the 2015/2016 El Niño in the Amazon and to the Eurocom project. “The access to standardized data is very important for understanding the carbon fluxes throughout the world. I hope to be able to contribute to this work, and also to giving the data providers adequate recognition for their work”, says Naomi Smith.
When not doing research, Naomi Smith enjoys playing music. The ukulele and the saxophone are her favourite instruments, and she is eagerly waiting to hear out some Netherland bands.