• Luke Van Roekel
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  • Meet Luke Van Roekel

    Luke Van Roekel received a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Colorado State University.  He held a joint postdoc with at CU Boulder and NCAR.  Following this he held an assistant professorship of Atmospheric Science at Northland College.  In 2015, Luke joined LANL in T-3 as a part of the Climate Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling team.  He was the co-lead of the Water cycle campaign on the Energy Exascale Earth System Modeling project and is now the Ocean group lead.

    He is also the PI of a new SciDAC project focused on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. Luke's work is primarily focused on climate modeling with a focus in modeling of turbulence within the climate system.


    • Parameterization (modeling) of turbulence in large scale ocean and atmosphere models
    • Large eddy simulation analysis and model development
    • Physical oceanography
    • Coupled ocean atmosphere interactions
      wave - current interactions