Can we model frost conditions for individual streets in Oslo?
Frost conditions can create variable traffic conditions on very small scales in an urban environment like Oslo. Current weather forecasts, available for instance at yr.no, can provide information about temperatures and driving conditions on a local scale, but is currently not accounting for the complex nature of the city environment. However, with an increasing number of people biking, and even using e-scooters throughout the winter, there is a growing interest in this information within the city.
The thesis will explore the possibility of simulating frost and snow conditions for individual streets of Oslo, with the potential of producing frost forecasts in real time. The modeling will be performed with the urban component of the Community Land Model (picture), which is part of the Norwegian climate model, NorESM. The master student will be part of a team of students and researchers working with this model, and will get modeling experience relevant in a broader climate modeling perspective.
As part of the project, the student could also do measurements of temperatures in Oslo to evaluate the model performance.