Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Derek Jensen

Postdoctoral Fellow
Atmospheric, Earth and Energy Division

 +1 925-423-2485

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
University of Utah
B.S. Mechanical Engineering
Brigham Young University

Research Interests

During my PhD, my research focused on observational studies of the atmospheric boundary layer. Our group installed an extensive suite of environmental instrumentation as part of the MATERHORN field program. We utilized the data to investigate near-surface, countergradient heat fluxes that sometimes occur during the evening transition. We also studied the development and structure of downslope (katabatic) flow that develops under stable conditions over land. Additionally, I co-led a wind resource analysis for utility-scale energy production in Belize. In addition to the resource analysis, the data are being used to quantify the anisotropic development and decay of turbulence through the morning and evening transitions.

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, I have shifted directions a bit and am currently working on atmospheric source attribution utilizing Bayesian inversion and machine learning techniques.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Utah Global Changes & Sustainability Center Graduate Fellowship
  • University of Utah Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund Large Grant Award
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Selected (Recent) Publications

Jeglum, M.E., S.W. Hoch, D.D. Jensen, and Z.R.D. Silver. 2017. Large temperature fluctuations due to cold air pool displacement along the lee slope of a desert mountain, J. Appl. Meteorol.

Massey, J.D., W.J. Steenburgh, S.W. Hoch, and D.D. Jensen. 2017. Simulated and observed surface energy balance contrasts and resulting playa breezes during the MATERHORN field campaigns, J. Appl. Meteorol.

Jensen, D.D., D.F. Nadeau, S.W. Hoch and E.R. Pardyjak. 2017. The evolution and sensitivity of katabatic flow dynamics to external influences through the evening transition. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 143: 423–438. doi:10.1002/qj.2932

Jensen, D.D., D.F. Nadeau and E.R. Pardyjak. 2015. Observations of near-surface heat flux and temperature profiles through the early evening transition over contrasting surfaces Boundary-Layer Meteor. 159 : 567–587. doi:10.1007/s10546-015-0067-z

Hang, C., D.F. Nadeau, D.D. Jensen, S.W. Hoch and E.R. Pardyjak. 2015. Playa soil moisture and evaporation dynamics during the MATERHORN field Program Boundary-Layer Meteor. 159: 521–538. doi:10.1007/s10546-015-0058-0

Lehner, M., C.D. Whiteman, S.W. Hoch, D.D. Jensen, E.R. Pardyak, L.S.L. Leo, S. Di Sabatino, H.J.S. Fernando. 2015. A case study of the nocturnal boundary layer evolution on a slope at the foot of a desert mountain J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 4: 732–75. Doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0223.1

Fernando, H.J.S., and co-authors. 2015. THE MATERHORN - Unraveling the intricacies of mountain weather Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 96 : 1945–1967. Doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00131.1