Kenzu Abdella

Born: 1964

place: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Nationality: Canadian

International Baccalaureate (1984) United World College (Italy);  B.Sc., Mathematics and Physics, Trent University (Canada); MS(1989)  Applied Mathematics, University of Alberta (Canada)

PhD (1993) Applied Mathematics, University of Western Ontario
thesis: Shear flow instability and numerical simulation of droplets; advisor: Henning Rasmussen

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From Dr. Abdella's web site:

"My main research focus is on the parameterization of physical processes in the atmosphere. However, I also work on general computational and theoretical fluid dynamics problems including the numerical simulation of free surface problems and hydrodynamic stability.

Some of my recent work deals with boundary and surface layer processes including turbulence and cloud physics. While most of the modelling development is carried out on a one dimensional column model version, the final goal of the research is to develop parameterizations for use in the full three dimensional global climate models (GCMs). This is still a largely unexploited area and many fascinating mathematical and physical problems in this field are largely unsolved. Specific projects include the development of non-local higher order closure schemes for use in General Circulation Climate Models, parameterization of large scale condensation in the atmosphere and improving the present schemes of various surface processes such as surface heat transfer."

  1. K. Abdella and S. J. D. D'Alessio, 2003; A parameterization of roughness length for the air-sea interface in free convection, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, [3], pp. 55-77.
  2. 2. K. Abdella, 2002; Shear-flow instability at the interface between two fluids of different viscosities and densities, Int. Math. J., [2], pp. 453-475.
  3. 3. K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 2000; Modelling boundary layer clouds with a statistical cloud scheme and a second order turbulence closure, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, [98], pp. 387-410.
  4. K. Abdella and A. Petersen, 2000; Parameterizations of third-order moment transport with the mass flux approach, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, [95], pp. 303-318.
  5. K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1999; Comments on "A new second-order turbulence closure scheme for the planetary boundary layer"-Reply, Journal of Atmospheric Science,[56], pp. 3482-3483.
  6. K. Abdella , 1999; Parameterization of third-order moments for the convective boundary layer, Proceedings of the seventh annual conference of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada,pp. 83-88.
  7. U. Lohmann, N. McFarlane, L. Levkov and K. Abdella, 1999; Comparing different cloud schemes of a single column model by using a mesoscale forcing and nudging technique, Journal of Climate,[12], pp. 438-461.
  8. S. J. D. D'Alessio, K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1998; A new second-order turbulence closure scheme for modelling the oceanic mixed layer, Journal of Physical Oceanography,[28], pp. 1624-1641.
  9. K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1997; A new second order turbulence closure for the planetary boundary layer, Journal of Atmospheric Science,[54], pp. 1850-1867.
  10. K. Abdella and H. Rasmussen, 1997; Electrohydrodynamic instability of two superposed fluids subjected to a perpendicular electric field, Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics, [78], pp. 33-61.
  11. K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1997; Parameterization of turbulence in the cloudy boundary layer, Proceedings of the fifth annual conference of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada, pp. 637-642.
  12. S. J. D. D'Alessio, K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1997; A second order turbulence closure scheme for the upper ocean, Proceedings of the fifth annual conference of the Computational Fluid Dynamics Society of Canada, pp. 613-618.
  13. K. Abdella and N. McFarlane, 1996; Parameterization of surface-layer exchange coefficients for atmospheric models, Boundary Layer Meteorology,[80], pp. 223-248.
  14. K. Abdella, H. Rasmussen, and I. I. Inculet, 1996; Interfacial deformation of liquid droplets by applied electric fields at zero gravity, Computer Math. Applic., [31], pp. 67-82.
  15. N. McFarlane and K. Abdella,1995; Modelling cloud water and radiative properties in the Canadian global and regional climate models, World Meteorology Organization (WMO)/TD-No. 713, pp. 211-231.
  16. R. J. Tait, K. Abdella, and D. B. Duncan, 1991; Approximate Reimann Solvers and waves on nonlinear elastic strings, Computer Math. Applic.,[21], pp. 77-89.
  17. I. I. Inculet, K. Adamiak, H. Rasmussen, K. Abdella,and T. E. Base, 1991; Dynamics of sessile droplets distortion and disruption by electric field in microgravity conditions, Proceedings of Spacebound-91, pp. 101-106.


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