Our Team

Core Faculty

manuUpmanu Lall
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


Kamal VattaKamal Vatta

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.

Prior to this, he worked at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, for 15 years. His research focus has largely been on economic aspects of natural resource degradation (especially water), climate change and its impact on agriculture and the role of rural labor markets in rural development.

He has a Ph.D in Agricultural Economics from PAU and has an advanced diploma in Agricultural Research for Development from the International Center for Development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA), Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Specialist in: Water, energy, food, and climate nexus; climate change; food security and livelihood; agriculture economics; labour markets, energy use and policy advocacy.

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Vijay Modi
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


Pierre Gentine
Assistant 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


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Lenfest Junior Professor in Applied Climate Science

Associate Director of Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy
Earth and Environmental Engineering
Chemical Engineering Email

Related Research


Chen_webXi Chen
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.
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Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, 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.

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Core Researchers

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Katherine A. Alfredo
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center

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


UntitledScott Steinschneider
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: water resources risk management, hydroclimatic variability and change, tropical moisture exports and hydrologic extremes, and decision-making under uncertainty. Email


Xun-Sun_sqXun Sun
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: Building a general spatio-temporal regional frequency analysis framework using Bayesian methods; Quantitative analysis of climate variability on precipitation and its uncertainty; Understanding and predicting the hydrological risks regarding climate variability and change. Email

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Paulina Concha Larrauri
Staff Associate, Columbia Water Center
M.S Environmental Engineering

Research Areas: Agriculture water management, urban water supply, and climate adaptation. Email


SONY DSCIpsita Kumar
Staff Associate, Columbia Water Center
M.A. Climate and Society, M.Sc. Economics

Research Areas: Hydroclimatic Modeling; Resource Optimization; Environment and Resource Economics


SeungBuPark Seung-Bu Park
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: Turbulence, Coherent Flow Structures, Atmospheric Convection, and Atmospheric Boundary Layer. Email


Michelle HoMichelle Ho
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center
Research Areas: Hydroclimatic variability and water resource risk analysis using paleoclimate information and drivers of large-scale climate variability. Email



bingBin Fang

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: Remote sensing in hydrology, geospatial analysis, signal and information processing, land-atmosphere modeling and data assimilation. Email


 

Madison_HeadshotMadison Condon
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: Water risk in the mining industry, natural resource governance. Email


DSCN2304_cropMaura Allaire
Post-Doctoral Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center

Research Areas: Water resources economics, urban water supply, environmental flows, and adaptation to extreme events. Email


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Associate Research Scientist
Columbia Water Center

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.
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Core Staff

Margo Weiss
Director of Administration, Columbia Water Center

Responsibilities: Administrative and financial management, human resources, development. Email


Lisa Mucciacito
Program Manager

Responsibilities: Administrative support. Email

 

 


Affiliates

Filipe_Aires_90 Filipe Aires
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


Casey Brown

Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Earth Institute, Columbia University. Email


Francesco Cioffi
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


Tim Huh
Associate Research Scientist, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Columbia University. Email


Christina Karamperidou, Deparment of Earth and Environmental EngineeringChristina Karamperidou
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


Soojun-Kim_2014_sqSoojun Kim
Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Columbia University

Research Areas: Hydrology, rainfall-runoff processes and modeling; Natural hazards and risk management; Complex networks. Email


Jana-Kolassa_2014_smJana Kolassa
Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center.

Research Areas: Remote Sensing, Soil Moisture, Hydrometeorology, Land-atmosphere fluxes and soil hydrology. Email


Yochanan Kushnir
Doherty Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Email


Hyun-Han-Kwon_sqHyun-Han Kwon
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

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


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Mengqian Lu
Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Dept. of Applied Physics & Applied Math & Dept. of Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Research Areas: Spatiotemporal distribution and characteristics of tornadoes in the United States, with the goal of providing better forecasting for tornadoes. Water Resources & climate Risk, assessing and predicting multi-scale, spatiotemporal variations in river flow and water quality given climate, land use and economic changes using dynamic and hierarchical bayesian network modeling. Email


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Catherine Prigent
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


Michael Puma
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


richard-seager_sqRichard Seager
Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. Email


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Francisco Osny Enéas da Silva
Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil

Research Areas: Hydraulics, environmental engineering.


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Assistant Professor
Water Resources Engineering
Lehigh University

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.


Lareef-ZubairLareef Zubair

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.

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Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Berkeley

Research Areas: food and sustainability, integrated modeling, climate change impacts, techniques in complexity, and social change innovation. Email


William Becker
Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering Email


Mark-Cane_sqMark 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
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Kartik Chandran
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University  Email


Patricia J. Culligan
Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University Email


Ruth S. DeFries
Denning Family Professor of Sustainable Development, Chair of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University Email


George Deodatis
Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, Columbia University Email



Raymond S. Farinato
Adjunct Professor, Earth and Environmental Engineering
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Supreet Kaur
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Economics, School of International and Public Affairs


Brian J. Mailloux
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College Email


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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


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Benjamin S. Orlove
Professor of International and Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs Email


Srinvasan Rangarajan
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering Email



Wolfram Schlenker
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University Email


Peter Schlosser
Vinton Professor of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Applied Science; Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Associate Director of Earth Institute, Columbia University  Email


Jeffrey Shaman
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, International Research Institute, Earth Institute


Adam-Sobel_sqAdam Sobel
Associate Professor, Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University Email


Ponisseril Somasundaran
LaVon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering, Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University  Email


Martin Stute
Adjunct Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory – Geochemistry; Professor of Environmental Science, Barnard College, Columbia University Email


Maria Uriarte
Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University Email


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Johannes Urpelainen
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science


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Sankar Arumugam
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University  Email


Paul Block
Assistant Professor, College of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Email


Naresh Devineni
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


Ram Fishman
Giorgio Ruffolo Post-doctoral Fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard’s Center for International Development. Email


Auroop Ganguly
Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University


Tanya Heikkila, Associate Professor of the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado-Denver

Tanya Heikkila
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.
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Ferdi Heillweger
Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering Department, Northeastern University


B. Kaur
Assistant Professor, Punjab Agricultural University


Reza-Khanbilvardi_sqReza Khanbilvardi
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


Chandra Kiran Krishnamurthy
Postdoctoral Research Scholar at Umeå University. Email


D. Nagesh Kumar
Professor of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. Email


marc-levy_smMarc A. Levy
Senior Staff Associate, Deputy Director, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Columbia University. Email


Vijay Manghnani
Chartis Global Services, Inc.


P.P. Mujumdar
Professor & Chairman, Department of Civil Engineering , Indian Institute of Science. Email


Balaji Rajagopalan
Assistant Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering; Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado. Email


Arun-RaviArun Ravi
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.


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Assistant Professor, Department of Geosciences, Pennsylvania State University

Research Areas: Hydrogeologic system dynamics, agriculture water management and environmental impacts, low-cost precision agricultural sensors, and extreme precipitation patterns. Email


R.S. Sidhu
Dean, Punjab Agricultural University


Tobias Siegfried
Partner, Hydrosolutions Ltd., Zürich Switzerland. Email


Ashish Shama
Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UNSW Australia


Students

Pradipta Prahi
PhD Student, Columbia University

Research Areas: Modeling of Extreme Weather events, Climate Variability and Change, Weather & Climate related Financial Risk Management. Email


Masahiko_Haraguchi-ggf_croppedMasahiko Haraguchi
PhD student, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Research Areas: Climate Risk Assessment and Mitigation, Weather and Climate related Supply Chain Risk Management, Critical Infrastructure Management, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas. Email


Marceau Guerin
PhD Student, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Research Areas: Ecohydrology plant survival strategy. Email


Leo-Lemordant_sqLeo Adrien Lemordant
PhD student, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Research Areas: Atmospheric Boundary Layer dynamics: turbulence phenomena, eddy diffusion, and large-eddy simulation; Land/biosphere/atmosphere interactions and feedbacks; Relationships between climate and economics, especially regarding water resources. Email


prabhat-barnwal_2014Prabhat Barnwal
PhD student, Sustainable Development, International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Research Areas: Development, Public Finance, Environment,Health. Email


David-Farnham_sqDavid Farnham
M.S./PhD student, Earth and Environmental Engineering, Columbia University

Research Areas: Hydroclimate variability and change; Statistical modeling of extreme rainfall; Urban runoff and surface water quality, green infrastructure, and urban drainage modeling; and Engineered water system climate risk management. Email


IMG_1030James 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.