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Wagenbrenner, Natalie

Position: 
Research Meterologist (Postdoctoral scholar)
Employee Role: 
Post-Doc Researcher
Phone Number: 
(406) 329-4793
Address: 

RMRS Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory
5775 US Hwy 10 West
Missoula, MT 59808

Photo: Natalie Wagenbrenner
Education: 
  • B.S., Biological Engineering, University of Missouri
  • M.S., Biological Systems Engineering, Washington State University
  • PhD., Laboratory for Atmospheric Research, Washington State University
Personal Summary: 

Natalie’s research involves measuring and modeling the near-surface atmosphere over complex terrain in support of wildland fire applications. She is a co-developer of WindNinja. Current research projects include development of a local-scale transport and dispersion model for simulation of smoke in complex terrain during prescribed fires; development and evaluation of a PM emission model for simulating post-fire wind erosion; incorporating enhancements to the thermal parameterizations, initialization methods, and numerical schemes used in WindNinja; and evaluation of numerical weather prediction models for forecasting short-lived atmospheric boundaries, such as thunderstorm outflows.

Affiliation: 
RMRS-FFS
Modified: Dec 20, 2016

Select Publications & Products

Wagenbrenner, N.S., Chung, S.H., Lamb, B.K., In Press. A large source of dust missing in PM emission inventories? Wind erosion of post-fire landscapes. Elementa.

Finn, D., Reese, B., Butler, B., Wagenbrenner, N.S., Clawson, K.L., Rich, J., Russell, E., Gao, Z., Liu, H., 2016. Evidence for gap flows in the Birch Creek Valley, Idaho. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim.

Russell, E.S., Liu, H., Gao, Z., Lamb, B.K., Wagenbrenner, N.S., In Press. Turbulence dependence upon winds and stability in a weak-wind canopy sub-layer over complex terrain. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos.

Wagenbrenner, N.S., Forthofer, J.M., Lamb, B.K., Shannon, K.S., Butler, B.W., 2016. Downscaling surface wind predictions in complex terrain with WindNinja. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16: 5229–5241. doi: 10.5194/acp-16-5229-2016.

Butler, B.W., Wagenbrenner, N.S., Forthofer, J.M., Lamb, B.K., Shannon, K.S., Finn, D., Eckman, R.M., Clawson, K., Bradshaw, L., Sopko, P., Beard, S., Jimenez, D., Wold, C., Vosburgh, M., 2015. High-resolution observations of the near-surface wind field over an isolated mountain and in a steep river canyon. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 15: 3785–3801. doi: 10.5194/acp-15-3785-2015.

Forthofer, J.M., Butler, B.W., Wagenbrenner, N.S., 2014. A comparison of three approaches for simulating fine-scale surface winds in support of wildland fire management: Part I. Model formulation and comparison against measurements. Int. J. Wildland Fire. doi: 10.1071/WF12089.

Forthofer, J.M., Butler, B.W., McHugh, C.W., Finney, M.A., Bradshaw, L.S., Stratton, R.D., Shannon, K.S., Wagenbrenner, N.S., 2014. A comparison of three approaches for simulating fine-scale surface winds in support of wildland fire management: Part II. An exploratory study of the impact of simulated winds on fire growth simulations. Int. J. Wildland Fire. doi:10.1071/WF12090.

Wagenbrenner, N.S., Germino, M.J., Lamb, B.K., Robichaud, P.R., Foltz, R.B., 2013. Wind erosion from a sagebrush steppe burned by wildfire: Measurements of PM10 and total horizontal sediment flux. Aeolian Res. 10: 25–36.