Director, Columbia Water Center; Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering and Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics.
Research Areas: Hydroclimatology, nonlinear dynamics, and applied statistics; Natural hazards, water systems, and risk management; Water technologies for developing countries.
Dr. Upmanu Lall is the Director of the Columbia Water Center and the Alan and Carol Silberstein Professor of Engineering at Columbia University. He is a world-renowned expert in statistical and numerical modeling of hydrologic and climatic systems and water resource systems planning and management. He has pioneered statistical methods and their application to the prediction of hydrologic and climate conditions, and advanced tools for decision analysis and risk management.
Specialist in: Water and climate; Floods; Water Scarcity and Risks; Droughts; Water in the Western US; Water and agriculture in India; Climate prediction and water management in Brazil, Water issues in Asia; Groundwater Depletion. Email
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Energy sources and conversion; heat/mass transfer; fluid mechanics; energy infrastructure; CO2 sequestration; fuel cells; distributed sensing/control of flow; heat transfer. Email
Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Land-atmosphere interactions; Hydrometeorology and remote sensing; Ecohydrology; Soil moisture.
Pierre obtained his MSc (2006) and PhD (2009) at MIT, both in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Specialist in: Water for agriculture and crops (yield, irrigation, growth); Measurements of soil moisture; Floods and Droughts; Remote sensing (soil moisture) Email
Ah-Hyung (Alissa) Park
Lenfest Chair in Applied Climate Science
Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
Earth and Environmental Engineering Chemical Engineering Email
Associate Professor, and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Novel energy absorption and harvesting materials, advanced materials addressing challenges in energy and environment, morphogenesis, mechanobiology, nano and micromechanics, mechanical self-assembly, nanoindentation, thin films and small material structures, multi-phase and multi-scale computational mechanics. Email
Ngai Yin Yip
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Advanced membrane processes for water purification and production; Novel technologies for sustainable power generation; Environmental issues at the water-energy nexus. Email
Paulina Concha Larrauri
Staff Associate, Columbia Water Center
M.S Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: Agriculture water management, urban water supply, and climate adaptation. Email
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Water management optimization, conjunctive use of surface and groundwater and integrated modeling. Email
Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: land-atmosphere interactions, human-water interactions, Ecohydrology, water-energy nexus. Email
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Carbon and water coupling, Land-atmosphere interactions, Ecohydrology, Catchment water management, Evapotranspiration. Email
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: atmospheric convection, mesoscale convective systems, and land-atmosphere interactions. Email
Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Machine learning, carbon water fluxes, solar induced chlorophyll fluorescence, remote sensing. Email
Nancy Degnan Senior Advisor for Education, Columbia Water Center
Adjunct Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University.
Research Areas: Optimizing the use of satellite remote sensing of the Earth by developing new multi-instrument and multi-parameter remote sensing algorithms which include atmospheric variables such as temperature, water vapor and ozone atmospheric profiles, and surface variables such as “all weather” surface skin temperature, vegetation indices, microwave emissivities, wetlands, and soil moisture; Studying soil moisture/wetlands, the infrared/microwave synergy for the remote sensing over continents, and the global downscaling of the inundations for the SWOT CNES/NASA mission; Statistical analysis of the climate; Defining new tools for the characterization of climate feedbacks and the budget of the terrestrial water cycle; Studying ways to measure and manage risks due to meteorological or climatological anomalies, and analysis of weather-risks in insurance, weather derivatives, and the definition of climate impact models. Email
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University. Email
Professore Associato presso Università di Roma La Sapienza
Visiting Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering Email
Francisco de Assis de Souza Filho
Director, Columbia Water Center Brazil Office; Adjunct Research Scientist, Earth Institute
Research Areas: Hydraulics, environmental engineering.
Francisco de Assis de Souza Filho is an expert in the field of Civil Engineering, especially Water Resources. In addition to being the Director of the Columbia Water Center office in Brazil, he is currently a professor at the Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering Department of the Federal University of Cear and a member of the Scientific Board of the International Institute for Climate and Society (IRI).
Specialist in: Water resources management; Climate and water resources; Water allocation; Water resources economics; Climatology; Reservoir operation and water quality; Water resources in Brazil. Email
Adjunct Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Hydroclimate, hydroinformatics, precipitation and sea level extremes, coastal zone modeling, hydrologic cycle response to climate
variability modes. Email
Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.
Research Areas: Remote Sensing, Soil Moisture, Hydrometeorology, Land-atmosphere fluxes and soil hydrology. Email
Katherine A. Alfredo
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
Research Areas: Drinking water issues in rural and developing areas of the world, America’s water quality compliance and policy, and fluoride and arsenic treatment. Email
Professor, School of Geographic Sciences, East China Normal University Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University
Research Areas: Stochastic modelling for hydro-meteorological risks: frequency analysis, extreme value theory, Bayesian approaches, machine learning methods, uncertainty analysis; Water-energy-food nexus and its relationship with climate; influence of large scale climate variability on extreme events; current and future climate risks on coastal cities; operation and management of reservoirs and dams. Email
Professor of Civil Engineering, Chonbuk National University; Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Hydroclimatology, applied Bayesian statistics, natural hazards and risk management, regional climate variability, probabilistic rainfall modeling, climate downscaling methodologies, and ecohydrology. Email
Carlos Ribiero Lima
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center;
Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Brasilia
Research Areas: Non-stationary regional flood frequency analysis and modeling; Hydroclimatology of floods across Brazil; Modeling and prediction of rainy season timings in Northeast Brazil. Email
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Asia-Pacific Program Officer & Adjunct Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Adjunct Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center, Columbia University
Research Areas: Satellite remote sensing of the Earth; Modeling sea surface emissivity at microwave frequencies, and the estimation of atmospheric parameters over the oceans from microwave satellite observations; Estimating land and ocean surface parameters from multi-satellite observations for global applications including: globally derived land emissivities from microwave instruments, ‘all weather’ determination of land and ocean skin temperature, and the first estimates of the wetland extent and dynamics at global scale; Satellite remote sensing of convective cloud structures from analysis of passive microwave observations with the promotion of millimeter and sub-millimeter instruments for future satellite missions. Email
Associate research scientist, Center for Climate Systems Research, Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of International and Public Affairs and in the Sustainability Management program, Columbia University.
Research Areas: Studies the interactions of the hydrologic cycle with climate, terrestrial ecosystems, and society – interactions that are important for climate, natural and built environments, food security, and human health. Examines land-atmosphere interactions with the GISS climate model and advises the United Nation Development Programme on climate change information. Email
Andrew W. Robertson
Research Scientist, Program Leader, International Research Institute Climate & Society, Columbia University. Email
Francisco Osny Enéas da Silva
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Research Areas: Hydraulics, environmental engineering.
Water Resources Engineering
Research Areas: Dr. Troy’s research lies at the intersection of climate, water, and food, with a particular interest in understanding the role of climate variability on water supply and demand across a variety of scales. To do this, she uses a computational hydrologic model, remote sensing, in situ measurements, and reanalysis products with work focusing on developing numerical models that include human activities, such as irrigation, and high resolution flood modeling.
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University and Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology.
Research Areas: Climate Adaptation, Hydro-climate, Tropical Climate Diagnostics, Mesoscale and Regional Climate Modeling, Climate Impacts on Water Resources, Agriculture, Disaster Risk, Environment, Malaria and Dengue.
Regions of ongoing work: South Asia and Southern and Eastern Africa. Email
Assistant Professor, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics
Research Areas: feedback between environmental and human systems, focusing on the impacts of climate change and the water-energy-food nexus. Integrated modeling, climate change impacts, techniques in complexity, and social change innovation. Email
Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering Email
Mark A. Cane
G.Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics; Deputy Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Dept Chair Earth Enviromental Science, Columbia University Email
Raymond S. Farinato
Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering
Brian J. Mailloux
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College Email
Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Conservation Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences; Director, Center for Environment, Economy and Society
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering Email
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, International Research Institute, Earth Institute
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science
Assistant Professor, The City College of New York
Research Areas: Hydroclimate modeling and extremes analysis, statistical methods for hydrologic applications, water sustainability and risk assessment, and water systems and decision analysis. Email
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Associate Professor of the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver
Research Areas: Comparative institutional analysis, collaborative resource governance, and water resource management in the Western United States.
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Northeastern University
Assistant Professor, Punjab Agricultural University
NOAA Chair Professor of Civil Engineering, City College of New York & City University of New York
Research Areas: Satellite-based Remote Sensing Applications in Hydrology and Land Processes, Surface Water Hydraulics and Hydrology, Flash-Flood Monitoring and Mapping, Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources; Snow-Water Equivalent Studies. Email
Chartis Global Services, Inc.
Research Assistant, The City College of New York
Research Areas: Statistical climate forecasting/modeling, multivariate techniques in climate forecasting (ie forecasting multiple variables, each variable defined in such a way to target certain aspects of regional climate), and crop water stress analysis. Focus on applications primarily in the USA, with some focus on Asia.
Research Fellow at Global Good,
Assistant Professor, Departments of Geosciences, Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University
Research Areas: Hydrogeologic system dynamics, agriculture water management and environmental impacts, low-cost precision agricultural sensors, and extreme precipitation patterns. Email
Dean, Punjab Agricultural University
Partner, Hydrosolutions Ltd., Zürich Switzerland. Email
Assistant Professor, National Environmental Sciences Fellow, Varaharnihira Ministry of Earth Sciences Research Fellow
Civil Engineering, IIT Gandhinagar, Palaj Email
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia
Assistant Research Professor
Research Areas: Sustainability of water resources, Predictive modeling and diagnostic analysis of water resources and climate, Hydrometeorology of extreme events (streamflow droughts and floods), Climate-water-food nexus, Floods and losses, Climate and hydroclimate variability and change assessment. Email
IBS Center for Climate Physics
Research Areas: Looking at megacities’ impacts on weather and climate. Email
Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Research Areas: water resources risk management, hydroclimatic variability and change, tropical moisture exports and hydrologic extremes, and decision-making under uncertainty. Email
Assistant Professor of Economics, Michigan State University
Research Areas: Development, Public Finance, Environment,Health. Email
Kamal Vatta, an agricultural economist, is the Director of the Columbia Water Center’s India affiliate, the Centers for International Projects Trust (CIPT), and is an Adjunct Research Scientist at Columbia University
Specialist in: Water, energy, food, and climate nexus; climate change; food security and livelihood; agriculture economics; labour markets, energy use and policy advocacy. Email
Senior Geospatial Data Scientist
Research Areas: Characterization of the coupled water, carbon and energy cycles; Remote Sensing; Spatio-Temporal Uncertainty Quantification; Machine Learning; Soil Moisture; Precipitation. Email
Legal Fellow at Institute for Policy Integrity
NYU School of Law
Research Areas: Water risk in the mining industry, natural resource governance. Email
Assistant Professor of Planning, Policy and Design, School of Social Ecology, University of California at Irvine
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Water resources economics and policy. Email
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Human Rights Program
Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Department of Political Science, Columbia University Email
Research Scientist, Csiro
Research Areas: Hydroclimatic variability and water resource risk analysis using paleoclimate information and drivers of large-scale climate variability. Email
Associate researcher, Management Research Center (Ecole polytechnique and Cnrs), France.
Alliance Programme Fellow (Columbia University and Ecole polytechnique)
Research areas: Access to basic services in developing cities (water supply, electricity/energy), appropriation of novel management models and tools (e.g. metering, payment systems) in existing urban infrastructure systems by end-users and public utilities. Email
Part-time staff associate at Columbia Water Center, Columbia University
Industrial PhD student at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Project manager at RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
Research areas: Drinking water and water resource management, with specific focus on decision support methods such as multi-criteria, cost-benefit, sustainability and risk analyses. Email
Zac is a co-founder and Head of Strategy & Finance (CFO) at Antelope Water Management, which provides sustainable water solutions to the extractive industries. Prior to co-founding Antelope,
he was an energy analyst at Barclays from 2010 to 2019. During this time, he also developed and led the firm’s water and energy research initiative. He serves on the Infrastructure Working Group for the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in their work on quantifying the costs of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He has a BA from the University of Florida, is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham, and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
PhD Student, Columbia University
Research Areas: Modeling of Extreme Weather events, Climate Variability and Change, Weather & Climate related Financial Risk Management. Email
James Walter Doss-Gollin
M.S./PhD student, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
Research Areas: Hydroclimatic variability and extremes;s statistical modeling and forecasting; moisture transport and atmospheric rivers; water security for poverty alleviation and development.
PhD Student, Sustainable Development, Columbia University
Research Areas: interface of the natural and built environments; environmental engineering; urban planning; sustainability of water resources.