Lucia Scaff

    Lucia Scaff

    PhD students, School of Environment and Sustainability, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan (Supervisor: Yanping Li)

    Thesis Topic: The dynamics of convective precipitation over mountainous terrain

    Over the eastern side of the Canadian Rockies, significant precipitation and floods generally occur during spring and summer. Rainfall-runoff and rain-on-snow events are associated with severe convection that are usually embedded in stratiform rainfall storms.

    The purpose of my research is to better understand the main atmospheric mechanisms that contribute to the convective component of precipitation for the past and future climate. I will provide a detailed description of the main mechanisms that should be considered to quantify the contribution of convective storms to total precipitation, which in turn will help to improve the representation of the physical processes in atmospheric models.


    • Scaff L, Yang D, Li Y, Mekis E. 2015. Inconsistency in precipitation measurements across Alaska and Yukon border. The Cryosphere 9 (4): 3709–3739 DOI: 10.5194/tcd-9-3709-2015

    Awards and Scholarships

    • Conicyt-Becas Chile, from the Government of Chile scholarships. 
    • Scholarship for 2015 from the Canada Excellence Research Chair through the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS).
    • Travel awards to attend conferences form SENS (School of Environmental and Sustainability), USASK (University of Saskatchewan) and CMOS (The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanography Society).