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Welcome to my website! My first name, Muge, originates from the French word "Muguet", which means "Lilly of the Valley". Click on Muguet to learn the correct pronunciation. I am an atmospheric physicist and I am currently working as a visiting research scientist at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT).
I specialize in aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions and mixed-phase cloud microphysics (processes that determine the phase partitioning of cloud water between ice and liquid). I use large eddy simulation, regional and global climate modeling to study aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions.
I also utilize my expertise in modeling and atmospheric physics to study changes in regional climate and extreme events.As part of an NSF funded project, I used high resolution modeling and I dynamically downscaled global model projections under RCP 8.5 to 3 km horizontal resolution for 60 future years for New England. I created a unique high resolution climate dataset for New England to study future changes in regional climatology, extreme events and climate change impacts in the region. Click on the Research tab above for details on this and other research projects I led and worked on.
I am a Permanent Resident of the United States (green card holder).
Research Expertise & Interests
High Resolution Climate Modeling and Dynamical Downscaling to Assess Regional Impacts of Climate Change.
Impacts of Climate Change on Regional Sustainability.
Parameterization of Atmospheric Physics and Cloud Processes in LES, Cloud Resolving, Regional and Global Climate Models.
Surface Fluxes-Aerosol-Cloud-Precipitation-Climate Interactions in Past, Current and Future Climates at Regional and Global scales.
Professional Leadership Activities
I am a member of the American Meteorological Society Centennial Committee.
I am a member of the 2018 AMS Annual Meeting Organizing Committee.
I serve as a reviewer for professional journals and publishers such as the Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, Journal of Pure and Applied Geophysics, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and Atmospheric Research Letters.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Earth, Atmospheric & Planetary Sciences Visiting Scientist (2016- current)
Climate Change Impacts & Future Changes in Extreme Events in New England Aerosol-Cloud Interactions and Cloud Feedbacks in Past Climates
Earth Systems Research Center University of New Hampshire Research Scientist II (2014-current)
Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impacts in New England Dynamical Downscaling, High Resolution Climate Modeling
Yale University Department of Geology & Geophysics Post-Doctoral Research Associate (2011-2013)
Aerosol-Cloud Interactions in Global Models Cloud Water Phase in Global Models
Penn State University Department of Meteorology Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant (2005-2011)
Arctic Mixed-Phase Clouds Surface - Boundary Layer - Cloud Process-Precipitation Interactions in the Arctic
Dr. Komurcu presented her work titled "Analyzing Changes in Future Extreme Events in New England using A New Dynamically Downscaled High Resolution Climate Dataset" at the 2017 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA on January 24, 2017.
Dr. Komurcu presented her work titled "A New High Resolution Climate Dataset for Climate Change Impacts Assessments in New England" at the AGU Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA on December 12, 2016.
Dr. Komurcu gave a talk titled "A New Dataset to Analyze Extreme Events in New England" at the 41st NOAA Climate Dynamics and Prediction Workshop in Orono, Maine on October 5, 2016.
Dr. Komurcu and Dr. Bayraktar's new Multi-Objective Wind Driven Optimization algorithm is acceptedfor presentation at the 8th International Conference on Evolutionary Computation Theory and Applications, Portugal, Nov, 2016
Dr. Komurcu's high resolution regional climate modeling work and her contributions to climate change impacts assessments in New England are highlighted at UNH SPARKS research magazine.