Group of Stratospheric and Tropospheric REsearch And Modeling (STREAM)

Department of Physics of the Earth and Astrophysics
Facultad de Ciencias Físicas

The Stratospheric and Tropospheric REsearch And Modeling (STREAM, group is devoted to the analysis and modeling of the atmospheric circulation and climate on different time scales. The group includes academic staff from UCM and the Institute of Geosciences, a joint institute between UCM and CSIC ( Currently, the group has about ten members, including permanent academics, post-doctoral researchers and PhD students. We have more than 15 years of experience in the field, with a large network of national and international collaborations that includes NCAR (National Center for Atmospheric Research, USA), Max Planck Institute for Meteorology and GeoMar (Germany) and the University of Lisbon (Portugal). The members of the group participate on a regular basis in international panels and committees such as the IPCC, WMO Ozone Assessment, MedCLIVAR or DynVAR-SPARC. Our research activity is organized around five main topics: climate variability, dynamics of the middle atmosphere, extreme events, air quality and climate reconstruction of the last 500 years. Our funding comes mostly from national and EU agencies, as well as from private companies, mostly in the renewable energy sector. The members of STREAM are involved in the Physics Degree, Master of Meteorology and Geophysics as well as the PhD Doctoral Program in Physics at UCM. The group usually hosts on average 3-4 PhD students supported by different funding sources.

The team has powerful workstations to do extensive computations as well as a local server for post-processing and storage of large amounts of data. The group also has access to the computing facility Brigit provided by the Moncloa Campus of International Excellence. In addition, the members of the team have experience in running model simulations at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), which is part of the European Network of Supercomputing centers (PRACE).

The group is extremely interested in hosting projects that fit our research lines: climate variability, dynamics of the middle atmosphere, extreme events, air quality climate and reconstruction of the last 500 years (see a more detailed description of these research lines at The proposals should provide added value to the work that is currently being carried out by the group. Applications with a multi-sectorial/disciplinary component are encouraged. This could include, among others, modeling and observational analyses of the impacts of climate change and variability, development and delivery of climate services, modeling the climate and air quality impacts of emerging technologies, or studies on the interactions of the different components of the Earth system. The proposals are expected to include secondments. We will help the applicants to identify the appropriate organization through our existing network of collaborations within public organizations, private companies and international academic institutions.