Student Profile
Agniv Sengupta
Ph.D. student, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Laboratory for Experimental Hydroclimate Prediction

Dr. Sumant Nigam

4341 Atlantic Building Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, USA


agnivs[at]umd[dot]edu

Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park (2014-present) M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2016 B.E., Jadavpur University, India, 2014


CV (updated October 2017)



Academic Career

My research interests are broadly in climate variability, climate dynamics and predictability. Specific research themes include evolution-centric analysis of decadal and multidecadal SST variability, statistical prediction of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall distribution and attribution of the recent 2015-16 ENSO event.

I recently completed my Masters of Science in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in Fall 2016. My masters scholarly paper is titled "The 2015-16 El Nino Episode: Classical Onset with Complex Evolution". Before joining the University of Maryland, College Park in September 2014, I graduated with First Class Honors from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India in June 2014 with a B.E. in Civil Engineering. In the summer of 2013, I was selected for the Indian Academy of Sciences' Summer Research Fellowship Programme (SRFP) in the Earth & Planetary Sciences category, and I had the pleasure of working with Dr. M. Rajeevan at the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India. I spent the summer of 2012 at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay for my summer research internship, under the guidance of Prof. Subimal Ghosh and Prof. Subhankar Karmakar.

Journal Publications and Conference Presentations

Sengupta, A., S. Nigam, and A. Ruiz-Barradas: SST-based Statistical Forecast of the South-Southeast Asian Summer Monsoon Rainfall Distribution, 6th WMO International Workshop on Monsoons, Singapore, November 2017. [Oral presentation]

Sengupta, A., and S. Nigam, 2017: The Northeast Winter Monsoon over the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia: Evolution, Interannual Variability, and Model Simulations. To be submitted to the J. Climate in December.

Sengupta, A., S. Nigam, S. Baxter, A. Ruiz-Barradas: Anatomy of the 2015-2016 El Nino Episode, 41st Annual NOAA Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop, Orono, ME, October 2016. [Oral presentation]

Sengupta, A. and M. Rajeevan, 2013: Uncertainty quantification and reliability analysis of CMIP5 projections for the Indian summer monsoon. Current Science, 105(12), 1692-1703.

Sengupta, A. and M. Rajeevan: Assessment of South Asian summer monsoon climatology based on CMIP5 historical simulations and representative concentration pathways (RCPs), International Conference on Advances in Water Resources Development and Management, Chandigarh, India, October 2013. [Oral presentation]

Ongoing Research Themes:

Recent Updates:

  • [11/2017]: Travelled to Singapore for giving an oral presentation at the 6th WMO International Workshop on Monsoons (IWM-VI).

  • [10/2017]: Recipient of the UMD Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award for conference travel to Singapore.

  • [08/2017]: Attended the 2017 CESM Tutorial at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO.

  • [06/2017]: Recipient of the 2017 Leah Thornton Lozano Graduate Fellowship.

  • [06/2017]: Issued Final (Ver.1c) Forecast for 2017 South Asian Summer Monsoon.

  • [12/2016]: Completed M.S. degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Science.

  • [10/2016]: Presented my work on the attribution of the 2015-16 El Niño Episode at NOAA CDPW 2017, Orono, ME.
  • Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science | 3424 Atlantic Building | University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

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