Graduate Research Fellow
Ángel G. Muñoz is a Graduate Research Fellow in climate sciences at IRI and a PhD student in the Columbia University Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES). After graduating from the Universidad del Zulia with a BS in physics, Muñoz pursued an MS in fundamental physics (numerical general relativity) in Universidad de Los Andes. He also holds a MA from DEES, with research focusing on climate extreme events in southeastern South America. Before arriving at the IRI in 2011, he was associate professor in the Department of Physics of Universidad del Zulia, and acted as deputy director and then coordinator of the Geosciences Area at the Center for Scientific Modeling (CMC), in Venezuela. At the CMC he helped create the Latin American Observatory, a regional partnership aimed at improving regional capacities and networking to provide useful, climate-smart products for decision-makers in Latin American countries. The Observatory offered him the opportunity to work directly with decision-makers on different projects for the Interamerican Development Bank; the United Nations; the World Bank; Comunidad Andina de Naciones; the Environmental Ministry of Ecuador; and the national weather services of Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Chile, and Panama.
Muñoz’s research interests include
- sub-seasonal-to-decadal (s2d) extreme events
- cross-timescale interference
- regional climate variability, predictability, and change
- lightning in North Western South America (Catatumbo Lightnings)
- computational modeling, and climate downscaling methodologies
- forecast methodologies
- climate risk quantification and management
- climate services.
Role at the IRI
Muñoz’s work at the IRI is related to the study of climate extreme events (precipitation and temperature) in southeastern South America and the provision of very high resolution model outputs (WRF, 20 and 2 km) to inform decision-makers in agriculture (NSF Project “Multi-scale Climate Information for Agricultural Planning in Southeastern South America for Coming Decades,” AGS 1049066). He also works on the study of climate extreme events in the Caribbean Basin (NOAA-USAID Project “Integrating Climate Information and Decision Processes for Regional Climate Resilience”) and he explores ways to improve the use of climate information in risk management, particularly in relation to stresses on food production, water resources, and coastal hazards.