Valeria Barra

Research Software Engineer

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, Caltech
1200 E California Blvd
MC C1-221
Pasadena, CA 91125

Office: CliMA House

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I hold a PhD in Applied Math and I have mainly worked in scientific computing, seeking numerical solutions of partial differential equations that can arise in fluid dynamics, solid mechanics and other scenarios. In CliMA, I have mostly contributed to the dynamical core (dycore), the discretization software library for for the atmosphere and land components, and other model development aspects.


  • Souza, A.N., He, J., Bischoff, T., Waruszewski, M., Novak, L., Barra, V., Gibson, T., Sridhar, A., Kandala, S., Byrne, S., Wilcox, L.C., Kozdon, J., Giraldo, F.X., Knoth, O., Marshall, J., Ferrari, R., Schneider, T., 2023: The flux-Differencing discontinuous Galerkin method applied to an idealized fully compressible nonhydrostatic dry atmosphere. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 15, e2022MS003527.
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