Yochanan Kushnir

Lamont Research Professor
Yochanan Kushnir
Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
104B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000


(845) 365-8669


(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Diagnostic analysis of climate variability; Climate impacts; Climate predictability; Ocean-Atmosphere interaction.
List of Degrees from highest to lowest
Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State Univeristy
M.Sc., Meteorology
Tel Aviv Univeristy
B.Sc., Physics
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology

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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)