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Cristina Archer


I am a professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment with a joint appointment between the Physical Ocean Science and Engineering (POSE) program of the School of Marine Science and Policy and the Department of Geography.

I am the Wind Power Associate Director of the Center for Research in Wind (CReW), formerly the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI). 

I am the Faculty Director of the Eco-Entrepreneurship certificate program (download brochure here). 

My research interests include: renewable energy, wind power, meteorology, climate change, air quality, numerical modeling of atmospheric processes.

NewPostdoc position available in my research group. Apply here.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University, 2004;
  • M.S., Meteorology, San Jose State University, 1998;
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (Italy), 1995.


See GoogleScholar or my publication page for a list of my published work.

My research

Meet my wonderful Atmosphere and Energy Research Group (AERG) of PhD students and postdocs. Our research is about:

1) Air quality modeling:

2) Computational Fluid Dynamics for flows around wind turbines:

3) Wind energy and the electric grid (see Video):

  • The MAOWIT project;
  • Large penetrations of renewables;
  • De-carbonization of the electric grid.

4) Offshore wind:

Press coverage

Access recent press coverage about my work here.

Improving the Mapping and Prediction of Offshore Wind Resources (IMPOWR)

Improving the treatment of the boundary layer winds in mesoscale models via measurements and ensemble modeling.

Hurricane taming with offshore wind farms

Large arrays of offshore wind turbines can reduce coastal winds, storm surge levels during hurricanes

Air quality and climate modeling

The number of high-ozone days in the Mid-Atlantic is expected to rise due to global warming

Courses Taught by Dr. Archer

Including topics in meteorology and physical ocean sciences and engineering

Alternative teaching techniques

The San Francisco Examiner praised Archer's Life Style Project in the classroom

Air Pollution Meteorology

In my Air Pollution Meteorology class, students analyzed the pollution generated by the proposed Data Center in Newark.

Hurricane taming with offshore wind farms

Large arrays of offshore wind turbines can reduce coastal winds, storm surge levels during hurricanes

Wind farm layout

Large-Eddy Simulation results showed that wind farm performance can be improved by 13%-33% by staggering and spacing wind turbines.

Saturation wind power

Is there a limit to how much wind energy we can extract from the atmosphere?


• Renewable Energy• Physical Oceanography• Air-Sea Interactions


CEOE School & Departments

School of Marine Science & Policy

Advancing the understanding, stewardship, and conservation of estuarine, coastal, and ocean environments.

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Department of Earth Sciences

Discovering how geological processes have operated over various time scales to create and influence the planet’s surface environments.

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Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences

Providing a unique spatial perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment.

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College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment • 111 Robinson Hall • Newark, DE 19716 • USA • Phone: 302-831-2841
Geography and Spatial Sciences: 302-831-2294 • Earth Sciences: 302-831-2569 • Marine Science and Policy: 302-645-4212 • E-mail: ceoe-info@udel.edu

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