Atmospheric Science

Atmospheric ScienceAtmospheric Sciences in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences include study of the circulation, composition, and physical and chemical processes of the atmosphere. Timescales studied range from hours to millennia. Studies include the fundamental processes of the atmosphere as well as its interactions with the oceans, hydrological cycle, cryosphere and biosphere, and the role of the atmosphere in anthropogenic climate change. Atmospheric Science faculty use observational data from routine observations, remote sensing and field campaigns as well as numerical models to study tropical convection and dynamics, global modes of variability, air quality and contaminant transport, storm tracks, jet streams, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, tropical cyclones, severe storms and coupling between radiative, chemical and dynamical processes. Strong connections are maintained with the Departments of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, Earth and Environmental Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the International Research Institute for Climate and Society enabling a broad and deep graduate program in atmospheric science.

Each graduate student is enrolled in an academic department and follows the normal procedures of that department regarding admission and progression towards their degree. However, course offerings have been designed collaboratively with the needs of multiple departments in mind, and advisory committees commonly include faculty from multiple departments. Relevant seminars and other activities occur in all participating departments and institutes, providing a uniquely broad and stimulating intellectual environment for graduate study.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (DEES) includes several sub-fields within atmospheric sciences including atmospheric dynamics, planetary atmospheres, atmospheric radiation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate impacts. Closely related DEES research programs include modern and future climate and physical oceanography. It also has major programs in paleoclimate and geochemistry, which complement the study of atmospheric science.

The Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics (APAM) has research programs in atmospheric and climate dynamics, focusing on numerical modeling, theory, and diagnostics.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering (DEEE) has research programs in climate particularly through connections to water resources and geochemistry, as well as on engineering responses to the climate change problem.

In the Department of Chemical Engineering (CHEN) has research programs in atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric aerosols.

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) is the physical home of graduate research in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, but also has a distinct identity as a major laboratory for earth science. In addition to the DEES faculty, Lamont employs a staff of Lamont Research Professors, all of whom are potential advisors for PhD students.

The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) has research programs in climate modeling, climate change, remote sensing, and atmospheric physics and chemistry. Graduate students in both DEES and APAM may work with GISS scientists.

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) has research programs in climate prediction and predictability on all time scales, as well as modeling and regional dynamics studies, societal impacts of climate, and the application of climate science to achieve societal benefit. Graduate students may work with IRI scientists.

Yochanan Kushnir
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Yochanan
Kushnir
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR)
Contact Information
104B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8669

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Diagnostic analysis of climate variability; Climate impacts; Climate predictability; Ocean-Atmosphere interaction.
Education
Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State Univeristy
1985
M.Sc., Meteorology
Tel Aviv Univeristy
1980
B.Sc., Physics
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
1971
Selected Publications:
Understanding Pacific Ocean influence on interannual precipitation variability in the Sahel, Pomposi, Catherine; Giannini, Alessandra; Kushnir, Yochanan: Lee, Dong-Eun GRL, Volume: 43 (2016) 10.1002/2016GL069980
Dead Sea drawdown and monsoonal influences in the Levant during the last interglacial, Torfstein, A.; Goldstein, S.L.; Stein, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Enzel, Y.; Haug, G. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Volume: 412 p.: 235-244 (2015)
Mediterranean precipitation climatology, seasonal cycle, and trent as simulated by CMIP5, Kelley, Colin; Ting, Mingfang; Seager, Richard, Kushnir, Yochanan Geophysical Research Letters (2012)
Mechanisms of tropical Atlantic SST influence on North American hydroclimate variability, Kushnir, Y; Seager, R; Ting, M; Naik, N; Nakamura, J Journal of Climate (2010)
Forced and Internal 20th Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic, Ting, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Li, C. Journal of Climate March/2009, Volume: 22, Issue: 6 p.: 13 (2009) 10.1175/2008JCLI2561.1
Forced and Internal Twentieth-Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic, Ting, M. F.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Li, C. H. Journal of Climate Mar, Volume: 22, Issue: 6 p.: 1469-1481 (2009) Doi 10.1175/2008jcli2561.1
Classifying North Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Tracks by Mass Moments, Nakamura, J; Lall, U; Kushnir, Y; Camargo, S J J Climate, Volume: 22, Issue: 20 p.: 5481-5494 (2009)
Classifying North Atlantic tropical cyclones tracks by their mass moments, Nakamura, J; Lall, U; Kushnir, Y; Camargo, S J J Climate, Volume: 22 p.: 5481-5494 (2009)
Blueprints for Medieval hydroclimate, Seager, R.; Graham, N.; Herweijer, C.; Gordon, A. L.; Kushnir, Y.; Cook, E. Quaternary Science Reviews Oct, Volume: 26, Issue: 19-21 p.: 2322-2336 (2007) DOI 10.1016/j.quascirev.2007.04.020
Indian summer monsoon rainfall and its link with ENSO and Indian Ocean climate indices, Ihara, C.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A.; De la Pena, V. H. International Journal of Climatology Feb, Volume: 27, Issue: 2 p.: 179-187 (2007) Doi 10.1002/Joc.1394
Model projections of an imminent transition to a more arid climate in southwestern North America, Seager, R.; Ting, M. F.; Held, I.; Kushnir, Y.; Lu, J.; Vecchi, G.; Huang, H. P.; Harnik, N.; Leetmaa, A.; Lau, N. C.; Li, C. H.; Velez, J.; Naik, N. Science May 25, Volume: 316, Issue: 5828 p.: 1181-1184 (2007) DOI 10.1126/science.1139601
Atlantic climate variability and predictability: A CLIVAR perspective, Hurrell, J. W.; Visbeck, M.; Busalacchi, A.; Clarke, R. A.; Delworth, T. L.; Dickson, R. R.; Johns, W. E.; Koltermann, K. P.; Kushnir, Y.; Marshall, D.; Mauritzen, C.; McCartney, M. S.; Piola, A.; Reason, C.; Reverdin, G.; Schott, F.; Sutton, R.; Wainer, Journal of Climate Oct 15, Volume: 19, Issue: 20 p.: 5100-5121 (2006)
The physical basis for predicting Atlantic sector seasonal-to-interannual climate variability, Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W. A.; Chang, P.; Robertson, A. W. Journal of Climate Dec 1, Volume: 19, Issue: 23 p.: 5949-5970 (2006)
Regional and global atmospheric patterns governing rainfall in the southern Levant, Ziv, B.; Dayan, U.; Kushnir, Y.; Roth, C.; Enzel, Y. International Journal of Climatology Jan, Volume: 26, Issue: 1 p.: 55-73 (2006) Doi 10.1002/Joc.1238
Formation, mechanisms, and predictability of the Aleutian-Icelandic low seesaw in ensemble AGCM simulations, Honda, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Nakamura, H.; Yamane, S.; Zebiak, S. E. Journal of Climate May 1, Volume: 18, Issue: 9 p.: 1423-1434 (2005)
Mechanisms of ENSO-forcing of hemispherically symmetric precipitation variability, Seager, R.; Harnik, N.; Robinson, W. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Ting, M.; Huang, H. P.; Velez, J. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society Apr, Volume: 131, Issue: 608 p.: 1501-1527 (2005) Doi 10.1256/Qj.04.96
Modeling of tropical forcing of persistent droughts and pluvials over western North America: 1856-2000, Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Herweijer, C.; Naik, N.; Velez, J. Journal of Climate Oct 1, Volume: 18, Issue: 19 p.: 4065-4088 (2005)
Mechanisms of hemispherically symmetric climate variability, Seager, R.; Harnik, N.; Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W.; Miller, J. Journal of Climate Sep, Volume: 16, Issue: 18 p.: 2960-2978 (2003)
Reduced space approach to the optimal analysis interpolation of historical marine observations: Accomplishments, difficulties, and prospects, Kaplan, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y. Advances in the Applications of Marine Climatology p.: 199-216 (2003)
Atmospheric GCM response to extratropical SST anomalies: Synthesis and evaluation, Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W. A.; Blade, I.; Hall, N. M. J.; Peng, S.; Sutton, R. Journal of Climate Aug 15, Volume: 15, Issue: 16 p.: 2233-2256 (2002)
Deconstructing Atlantic Intertropical Convergence Zone variability: Influence of the local cross-equatorial sea surface temperature gradient and remote forcing from the eastern equatorial Pacific, Chiang, J. C. H.; Kushnir, Y.; Giannini, A. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres Jan, Volume: 107, Issue: D1-D2 p.: - (2002) Doi 10.1029/2000jd000307
A simple coupled model of tropical Atlantic decadal climate variability, Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Miller, J.; Chiang, J. C. H. Geophysical Research Letters Dec 13, Volume: 29, Issue: 23 p.: - (2002) Doi 10.1029/2002gl015874
The ENSO teleconnection to the tropical Atlantic Ocean: Contributions of the remote and local SSTs to rainfall variability in the tropical Americas, Giannini, A.; Chiang, J. C. H.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R. Journal of Climate, Volume: 14, Issue: 24 p.: 4530-4544 (2001)
Interdecadal changes in the ENSO teleconnection to the Caribbean region and the North Atlantic oscillation, Giannini, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate, Volume: 14, Issue: 13 p.: 2867-2879 (2001)
Looking for the role of the ocean in tropical Atlantic decadal climate variability, Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Chang, P.; Naik, N.; Miller, J.; Hazeleger, W. Journal of Climate, Volume: 14, Issue: 5 p.: 638-655 (2001)
North Atlantic climate variability: Phenomena, impacts and mechanisms, Marshall, J.; Kushnir, Y.; Battisti, D.; Chang, P.; Czaja, A.; Dickson, R.; Hurrell, J.; McCartney, M.; Saravanan, R.; Visbeck, M. International Journal of Climatology Dec, Volume: 21, Issue: 15 p.: 1863-1898 (2001)
Seasonality in the impact of ENSO and the North Atlantic high on Caribbean rainfall, Giannini, A.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth Part B-Hydrology Oceans and Atmosphere, Volume: 26, Issue: 2 p.: 143-147 (2001)
Wind-driven shifts in the latitude of the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension and generation of SST anomalies on decadal timescales, Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Naik, N. H.; Cane, M. A.; Miller, J. Journal of Climate, Volume: 14, Issue: 22 p.: 4249-4265 (2001)
Interannual variability of Caribbean rainfall, ENSO, and the Atlantic Ocean, Giannini, A.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A. Journal of Climate Jan 15, Volume: 13, Issue: 2 p.: 297-311 (2000)
Interdecadal changes in eastern Pacific ITCZ variability and its influence on the Atlantic ITCZ, Chiang, J. C. H.; Kushnir, Y.; Zebiak, S. E. Geophysical Research Letters Nov 15, Volume: 27, Issue: 22 p.: 3687-3690 (2000)
Dominant patterns of climate variability in the Atlantic Ocean during the last 136 years, Tourre, Y. M.; Rajagopalan, B.; Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Aug, Volume: 12, Issue: 8 p.: 2285-2299 (1999)
Analyses of global sea surface temperature 1856-1991, Kaplan, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Clement, A. C.; Blumenthal, M. B.; Rajagopalan, B. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Aug 15, Volume: 103, Issue: C9 p.: 18567-18589 (1998)
Observed decadal midlatitude and tropical Atlantic climate variability, Rajagopalan, B.; Kushnir, Y.; Tourre, Y. M. Geophysical Research Letters Nov 1, Volume: 25, Issue: 21 p.: 3967-3970 (1998)
The recent increase in North Atlantic wave heights, Kushnir, Y.; Cardone, V. J.; Greenwood, J. G.; Cane, M. A. Journal of Climate Aug, Volume: 10, Issue: 8 p.: 2107-2113 (1997)
Interdecadal Variations in North-Atlantic Sea-Surface Temperature and Associated Atmospheric Conditions, Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Jan, Volume: 7, Issue: 1 p.: 141-157 (1994)
Andrew W. Robertson
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Andrew
W.
Robertson
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Senior Research Scientist
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Lecturer
Contact Information
230 Monell
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 680-4491

Fax: 

(845) 680-4866

Fields of interest: 

Atmospheric and climate dynamics; wave mean-flow interaction; transport and mixing; general circulation dynamics; stationary-transient interactions
Education
Ph.D.
Reading University, UK
1984
Alessandra Giannini
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Alessandra
H.
Giannini
Research Scientist
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact Information
109 Monell
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 680-4473

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(845) 680-4866
Christopher J. Zappa
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Christopher
J.
Zappa
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Lecturer
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact Information
204E Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8547

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Air-sea interaction, wave dynamics and wave breaking, effect of near-surface turbulence on heat, gas, and momentum transport, infrared remote sensing, upper-ocean processes, coastal and estuarine processes.
Education
Ph.D.
University of Washington
1999
M.S.E.
University of Washington
1994
B.S.M.E.
Columbia University
1992
Alejandro Cifuentes-Lorenzen, University of Connecticut
Yong Zhao, Yale University
Selected Publications:
Tidal and atmospheric influences on near-surface turbulence in an estuary, Orton, P.M.; Zappa, C.J.; McGillis, W.R. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume: 115 (2010) 10.1029/2010JC006312
Sea breeze forcing of estuary turbulence and CO2 exchange, Orton, P.M.; McGillis, W.R.; Zappa, C.J. Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 37 (2010) 10.1029/2010GL043159
Rain-induced turbulence and air-sea gas transfer, Zappa, C. J.; Ho, D. T.; McGillis, W. R.; Banner, M. L.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Bliven, L. F.; Ma, B.; Nystuen, J. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Jul 9, Volume: 114 p.: - (2009) Doi 10.1029/2008jc005008
Retrieval of short ocean wave slope using polarimetric imaging, Zappa, C. J.; Banner, M. L.; Schultz, H.; Corrada-Emmanuel, A.; Wolff, L. B.; Yalcin, J. Measurement Science & Technology May, Volume: 19, Issue: 5 p.: - (2008) Doi 10.1088/0957-0233/19/5/055503
Environmental turbulent mixing controls on air-water gas exchange in marine and aquatic systems, Zappa, C. J.; McGillis, W. R.; Raymond, P. A.; Edson, J. B.; Hintsa, E. J.; Zemmelink, H. J.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Ho, D. T. Geophysical Research Letters May 17, Volume: 34, Issue: 10 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006gl028790
Sea surface temperature signatures of oceanic internal waves in low winds, Farrar, J. T.; Zappa, C. J.; Weller, R. A.; Jessup, A. T. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Jun 20, Volume: 112, Issue: C6 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2006jc003947
High-resolution airborne infrared measurements of ocean skin temperature, Zappa, C. J.; Jessup, A. T. Ieee Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters Apr, Volume: 2, Issue: 2 p.: 146-150 (2005) Doi 10.1109/Lgrs.2004.841629
Air-sea CO2 exchange in the equatorial Pacific, McGillis, W. R.; Edson, J. B.; Zappa, C. J.; Ware, J. D.; McKenna, S. P.; Terray, E. A.; Hare, J. E.; Fairall, C. W.; Drennan, W.; Donelan, M.; DeGrandpre, M. D.; Wanninkhof, R.; Feely, R. A. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Aug 28, Volume: 109, Issue: C8 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2003jc002256
Influence of rain on air-sea gas exchange: Lessons from a model ocean, Ho, D. T.; Zappa, C. J.; McGillis, W. R.; Bliven, L. F.; Ward, B.; Dacey, J. W. H.; Schlosser, P.; Hendricks, M. B. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Jul 1, Volume: 109, Issue: C8 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2003jc001806
Microbreaking and the enhancement of air-water transfer velocity, Zappa, C. J.; Asher, W. E.; Jessup, A. T.; Klinke, J.; Long, S. R. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Aug 27, Volume: 109, Issue: C8 p.: - (2004) Doi 10.1029/2003jc001897
Variation in surface turbulence and the gas transfer velocity over a tidal cycle in a macro-tidal estuary, Zappa, C. J.; Raymond, P. A.; Terray, E. A.; McGillis, W. R. Estuaries Dec, Volume: 26, Issue: 6 p.: 1401-1415 (2003)
Suzana J. Camargo
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Suzana
J.
De Camargo
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Contact Information
206D Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8640

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(845) 365-8157
Education
Ph.D. in Physics
Munich Technical University, Germany
1992
M.S. in Physics
Sao Paulo University, Brazil
1989
B.Sc. in Physics
Sao Paulo University, Brazil
1986
Michela Biasutti
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Michela
Biasutti
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Contact Information
206B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8512

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Tropical Climate: dynamics of ITCZs and monsoons. Past and future anthropogenic climate change, especially over Africa. Adaptation to climate change in developing countries.

I am interested in atmospheric and climate dynamics. My focus is on the climate of the Tropics, in particular on what controls the location and intensity of rainfall, both over the ocean and over land. A proper understanding of mechanisms is both the mean and the end in studying climate change in the past and the future.

Education
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle
2003
MS in Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle
2000
Laurea in Fisica (cum laude)
Universita` degli studi di Trieste, Italy
1995
Selected Publications:
Delayed seasonal cycle and African monsoon in a warmer climate, Biasutti, M; Sobel, A H Geophysical Research Letters, Volume: 36 p.: L23707 (2009)
SST forcings and Sahel rainfall variability in simulations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Biasutti, M.; Held, I. M.; Sobel, A. H.; Giannini, A. Journal of Climate Jul 15, Volume: 21, Issue: 14 p.: 3471-3486 (2008) Doi 10.1175/2007jcli1896.1
A climate model-based review of drought in the Sahel: Desertification, the re-greening and climate change, Giannini, A.; Biasutti, M.; Verstraete, M. M. Global and Planetary Change Dec, Volume: 64, Issue: 3-4 p.: 119-128 (2008) DOI 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2008.05.004
AGCM precipitation biases in the tropical Atlantic, Biasutti, M.; Sobel, A. H.; Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Mar 15, Volume: 19, Issue: 6 p.: 935-958 (2006)
Robust Sahel drying in response to late 20th century forcings, Biasutti, M.; Giannini, A. Geophysical Research Letters Jun 8, Volume: 33, Issue: 11 p.: - (2006) Doi 10.1029/2006gl026067
Michael Previdi
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Michael
Previdi
Lamont Assistant Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Contact Information
213 Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8631

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

climate dynamics, climate change, hydrological cycle

My research interests fall under the broad heading of climate dynamics. Currently, I am working to better understand i) the dynamic and thermodynamic controls of the atmospheric water cycle in present-day and future climates, and ii) the atmosphere/ocean effects of annular mode/North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) variability.

Education
Ph.D., Environmental Sciences
Rutgers University
01/2006
B.S., Meteorology
Rutgers University
05/2001
Selected Publications:
Radiative Feedbacks on Global Precipitation, Previdi, M. Environmental Research Letters 05/2010, Volume: 5 (2010) doi:10.1088/1748-9326/5/2/025211
Do Models and Observations Disagree on the Rainfall Response to Global Warming?, Liepert, B. G.; Previdi, M. Journal of Climate Jun, Volume: 22, Issue: 11 p.: 3156-3166 (2009) Doi 10.1175/2008jcli2472.1
Interannual variability in atmospheric CO2 uptake on the northeast US continental shelf, Previdi, M; Fennel, K; Wilkin, J; Haidvogel, D J Geophys Res, Volume: 114 p.: 101029/2008JG000881 (2009)
Interdecadal variability of rainfall on a warming planet, Previdi, M.; Liepert, B. G. Eos Trans. AGU 05/2008, Volume: 89 p.: 193, 195 (2008) doi:10.1029/2007ES002028
Denitrification effects on air-sea CO2 flux in the coastal ocean: Simulations for the northwest North Atlantic, Fennel, K.; Wilkin, J.; Previdi, M.; Najjar, R. Geophysical Research Letters Dec 27, Volume: 35, Issue: 24 p.: - (2008) Doi 10.1029/2008gl036147
EASTERN US CONTINENTAL SHELF CARBON BUDGET Integrating Models, Data Assimilation, and Analysis, Hofmann, E.; Druon, J. N.; Fennel, K.; Friedrichs, M.; Haidvogel, D.; Lee, C.; Mannino, A.; McClain, C.; Najjar, R.; O'Reilly, J.; Pollard, D.; Previdi, M.; Seitzinger, S.; Siewert, J.; Signorini, S.; Wilkin, J.; Team, USECoS Oceanography Mar, Volume: 21, Issue: 1 p.: 86-104 (2008)
Annular modes and Hadley cell expansion under global warming, Previdi, M.; Liepert, B. G. Geophysical Research Letters Nov 17, Volume: 34, Issue: 22 p.: - (2007) Doi 10.1029/2007gl031243
North Atlantic cloud cover response to the North Atlantic Oscillation and relationship to surface temperature changes, Previdi, M.; Veron, D. E. Journal of Geophysical Research, Volume: 112, Issue: D07104 (2007) doi:10.1029/2006JD007516
Richard Seager
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Richard
Seager
Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
Contact Information
105B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 365-8743

Fax: 

(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

My interests are in climate variability and change on timescales of seasons to millennia and in particular the causes of multiyear droughts around the world and how climate change will impact global hydroclimate. I analyze observations, proxy climate rec

I am currently the Palisades Geophysical Institute/Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, New York. I gained my undergraduate degree at Liverpool University in England and came to the United States in 1983 as a graduate student at Columbia. My Ph. D work was completed in 1990 under the supervision of Professor Mark Cane and Dr. Steve Zebiak and involved using tropical atmosphere and ocean models to understand key features of the tropical climate. In 1991-2 I completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Washington before returning to Lamont, this time to stay.

Throughout my career I have used numerical models, observations and proxy reconstructions of past climates to understand the physical mechanisms responsible for climate variability and change on seasonal to glacial-interglacial timescales. I have a particular interest in how the variation of the tropical atmosphere-ocean system organize climate on a global scale. I have also studied the reasons why the mean climate of the planet is the way it is and why Europe has mild winters, why there is a tropical Pacific warm pool, why there are subtropical anticyclones etc. My recent work has focused on the mechanisms of persistent North American drought and its relation to tropical Pacific and tropical Atlantic Ocean temperature variations. This work has led me into studies of Medieval megadroughts in the American West and studies of the hydrological future of the West.

Education
PhD
Columbia University
1990
MA
Columbia University
1985
B.Sc
Liverpool Unversity
1983
M.Phil
Columbia University
1990
Lisa M. Goddard
Personal Information
Lisa
M.
Goddard
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Director
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Senior Research Scientist
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Adjunct Associate Professor
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Contact Information
128 Monell
61 Route 9W
Palisades
NY
10964-8000
US
(845) 680-4430

Fax: 

(845) 680-4865

Fields of interest: 

Tropical Oceanography, Climate Modeling, Paleoclimate, Impacts of Climate on Society, El Niño forecasting, DataAnalysis Methods.
Education
Ph.D.
Princeton University
1995
Master of Arts
Princeton University
1992
Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Berkeley
1988

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