Massimo A. Bollasina
Postdoctoral Research Associate
in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and
Fluid Dynamics Laboratory/NOAA
201 Forrestal Road
NJ 08540, USA
massimo.bollasina (at) noaa.gov
- 2005, Aug – April 2010: Graduate
Research Assistant (GPA=4.0),
Department of Atmospheric and
Oceanic Science, University of Maryland (Advisor: Sumant Nigam)
- 1988 – 1994: Laurea
(B.S. equivalent) in Physics, University of Milan, Italy, "cum laude".
Title of the thesis: "Study of
Transport, Dispersion and Precipitation of Effluents from Cooling Towers"
modelling and analysis of the hydrological cycle of the
at intraseasonal-to-interannual scale
of the influence of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau in the
development and evolution of the
for Journal of Climate, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of
Bulletin of Glaciological Research
- 2010, Jun – present: Postdoctoral Research
Associate. Program in
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Laboratory/NOAA, Princeton, New Jersey.
- Work field: South
Asian summer monsoon hydroclimate variability
- 2005, Jan –
2005, Jun: Visiting Scientist at the Experimental
Center, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of
- Work field: Regional
climate simulations over North America
- 1995, Nov – 2004, Dec: Researcher at the Epson Meteo Center,
Milan - Italy
- Work fields: Global
and regional numerical modelling of the atmosphere;
numerical models implementation; analysis of the
atmospheric circulation by means of observations, global datasets,
- 2000, 2001, 2002: Scientific expeditions to above
5000 m in the Khumbu Valley, Nepal Himalayas where I was personally
involved in the installation of a network of 5 Automated Weather
- Guest Lecturer, AOSC620, "The Growth of Cloud Droplets in
Uniformly Upward-Moving Air: Basic Concepts", Department of Atmospheric
and Oceanic Science (UMD), 25 November 2008.
- 2008, Sep – 2009, June:
Representative at the UMD Graduate Student Government
- 2001 –
2005: Participation to the World Climate Research Programme/Coordinated
Enhanced Observing Period (WCRP/CEOP) within the CEOP Inter-monsoon
Model Study (CIMS) Group and Investigator for the Himalayas Reference
- 1998 – 2004: Investigator of the Project: "Study of
meteorological and climatological characteristics of the Himalayas and
relation to long-range transport and dispersion of pollutants",
approved by the Italian Ministry of University, Scientific and
Technological Research (MURST)
- 1997 – 1999: Development of the Atmospheric Pollutant
Dispersion Software "Modelli!2" by LASTEM S.p.A.,Milan
Reports, Communications, and Brief
- Nigam, S., and M. Bollasina, 2010:
Reply to Comments on "The Elevated Heat Pump Hypothesis for the
Aerosol-Monsoon Hydroclimate Link: "Grounded" in Observations?" by K.M.
Lau and K.M. Kim (Submitted to J.
Geophys. Res. on 25 October.)
- Nigam, S., and M. Bollasina, 2010:
The 'Elevated Heat Pump' Hypothesis for the Aerosol-Monsoon
Hydroclimate Link: "Grounded" in Observations? J. Geophys. Res., 115, D16201,
- Bollasina, M., and S. Nigam, 2010:
Regional Hydroclimate Change over the Indian Subcontinent: Impact of
the Expanding Thar Desert on the Summer Monsoon. J. Climate (accepted 22 November).
- Bollasina, M., and S. Nigam, 2010:
The Summertime “Heat” Low over Pakistan/Northwestern India: Evolution
and Origin. Clim. Dyn., DOI:
- Bollasina, M., and S. Nigam, 2009: Absorbing
Aerosols and Pre-Summer Monsoon Hydroclimate Variability over
the Indian Subcontinent: The Challenge in Investigating Links. Atmos. Res., 94, 338-344,
- Bollasina, M., and S. Nigam,
new pathway for absorbing aerosols' influence on the
interannual variability of the South Asian monsoon. GEWEX News, 19, 10-11.
- Bollasina, M., A. M.B. Nunes, and J.
O. Roads, 2009: North American summertime climate simulation: soil
moisture-atmosphere interactions. J.
Hydrometeorology (under revision).
- Bollasina, M., and S. Nigam, 2008: Indian
Ocean SST, evaporation, and precipitation during the South Asian
Summer Monsoon in IPCC-AR4 coupled simulations. Clim. Dyn.,
- Bollasina, M., S. Nigam,
and K.-M. Lau, 2008: Absorbing
aerosols and summer monsoon evolution
over South Asia: An Observational Portrayal. J. Climate, 21, 3221-3239.
- Bollasina, M., and S. Benedict, 2004:
Enhanced Observing Period/Global Water and Energy Cycle
Experiment Workshop: The Role of the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau
within the Asian Monsoon System. Bull.
Amer. Met. Soc., 85,
- Bollasina, M, and A. Perotto, 2003: Medium
to long-range weather forecasting and climate models. In
Handbook on Meteorology. Ed. Alphatest, Milan, pp. 565-597 (in Italian).
- Bollasina, M., L. Bertolani, and G.
Tartari, 2002: Meteorological
observations in the Khumbu Valley, Nepal
Himalayas. 1994-1999. Bull. Glac.
Res., 19, 1-11.
- Bertolani, L., M.
Bollasina, and G. Tartari, 2000: Recent
biennial variability of
meteorological features in the eastern highland Himalayas. Geophys. Res. Lett., 17, 2185-2188.
- Bollasina, M., and K. Ueno, 2004: Current Research
over the Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau under CEOP. UCLA Tropical
Meteorology and Climate Newsletter, 65.
- Bollasina, M., J. Matsumoto, and S. Benedict, 2003: The role of
the Himalayas and the
Tibetan Plateau within the Asian Monsoon System. CEOP Newsletter, 4.
- Lau, W. K.-M., J. Matsumoto, M. Bollasina, and H. Berbery,
variability in the monsoon region: preliminary results
from the CEOP Inter-Monsoon Studies (CIMS). CEOP Newsletter, 5.
- Bertolani, L., M. Bollasina, G. P. Verza, and G.
Tartari, 2000: Pyramid Meteorological Station – Summary Report
- Bollasina, M., and
S. Nigam, 2009: Observational
Evidence for Absorbing Aerosols' Influence on the South
Asian Summer Monsoon. Are Coupled Models Ready for Probing Mechanisms?
Proc. 89th AMS Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 11-15 January 2009.
- Bollasina, M., A.
Nunes, J. Roads, M. Kanamitsu, 2005: Regional Climate Simulations over
the US and the role of Surface Water in Atmospheric Predictability.
Proc. 1st CEOP/IGWCO Meeting, Tokyo, 28 February – 4
- Bollasina, M., and
L. Bertolani, 2004: Winter snow
events over the Himalayas. Observations
and simulations during CEOP EOP-3. Proc. Joint AOGS 1st
Annual Meeting & 2nd APHW Conference,
Singapore, 5-8 July 2004.
- Bollasina, M., L.
Bertolani, and G. Tartari, 2002: Simulations
of the 2001 Indian summer
monsoon onset with a general circulation model. Proc. IEMSS 2002
Conference, Lugano (Switzerland), 24-27 June 2002.
- Bollasina M., L.
Bertolani, and G. Tartari, 2001: Study of Local and Large-Scale monsoon
Circulation in the eastern highland Himalayas. Proc. Fifth
International Study Conference on GEWEX in Asia and GAME, Nagoya
(Japan), 3-5 October 2001.
- Bertolani L., M.
Bollasina, and G. Tartari, 2001: Recent Meteorological Studies in the
Eastern Highland Himalayas. Proc. of the Interdisciplinary Mountain
Research Young Scientists Conference, Stelvio (Italy), 25-28 September
Talks and Meetings
- Co-advisor for more
than 10 B.S. Theses in Physics (University of Milan) from 1997 to 2001.
- Advisor for a M.
Sci. thesis on "The use of satellite observations in modern climate
research", Milan, 2004.
- "Local Air-Sea Interactions in the Indian Ocean in Coupled
IAMAS - IAPSO - IACS Joint Assembly (MOCA-09), Montreal, Canada,
19-24 July 2009.
- "Observational Evidence for Absorbing Aerosols' Influence on the
South Asian Summer Monsoon. Are Coupled Models Ready for Probing
Mechanisms?" Special Symposium on Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions,
89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ,
11-15 January 2009.
- "Local Air-Sea Relationship in the Indian Ocean during the South
Asian Summer Monsoon in Coupled Simulations". Student Seminar at the
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (UMD), 5 November 2008.
- "Observations Reveal a New Pathway for Absorbing Aerosols
Influence on the South Asian Monsoon". Student Seminar at the
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (UMD), 30 April 2008.
- "Validation of numerical model forecast of
precipitation and satellite-derived rainfall estimates over Europe", by
L. Bertolani*, M. Bollasina and A. Airoldi, *presented at the
International Summer School on Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
(ISSAOS) 2005, L'Aquila, Italy, 29 August – 2 September 2005.
- "A Study of the Interaction of Surface Water with the Atmosphere
in a Regional Spectral Model", by M. Woodard*, J. Roads, A. Nunes, and
M. Bollasina, *presented at the 7th International RSM workshop, Israel,
10-14 July 2006.
Water-Atmosphere Feedbacks in US Climate Simulations
using the Regional Spectral Model, by M. Woodard*, M. Bollasina, A.
Nunes, J. Roads, *presented at the 6th International RSM workshop, New
York, 11-15 July 2005.
- 5th International Scientific Conference on the Global Energy and
Water Cycle, Irvine (California), 20-24 June 2005.
- ECPC Advisory Committee Meeting, La Jolla
(California), 17 June 2005.
CEOP/IGWCO Joint Meeting, Tokyo (Japan), 28 February – 4
- 85th Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, San Diego
(California), 9-13 January 2005.
- CEOP/CIMS Workshop on Monsoon Systems of the Americas, Montevideo
(Uruguay), 17-18 September 2004.
- 10th GEWEX Hydrological Panel Meeting, Montevideo
(Uruguay), 13-16 September 2004.
- The 4th International Symposium on the
Tibetan Plateau, Lhasa (Tibet, China), 4-7 August 2004.
- Joint AOGS 1st Annual Meeting & 2nd APHW
Conference, Singapore, 5-8 July 2004.
- Seminar (AS270) at the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (UCLA):
"The Himalayas and the Tibetan Plateau and their dynamical and thermal
influence on the variability of the Asian monsoon; the CEOP
perspective", 17 March 2004.
- CEOP 3rd Implementation Planning
Meeting, Irvine (California), 10-12 March 2004.
Model Output Development and Analysis Workshop, University
of California at Irvine (California), 8-9 March 2004.
- Interdisciplinary Summit of the Ev-K2-CNR Project, Pallanza
(Italy), 26 February 2004.
- EGS - AGU - EUG Joint Assembly, Nice (France), 6-11 April 2003.
Workshop on the role of the Himalayas and the Tibetan
Plateau within the Asian monsoon system, Milan, 7-8 April 2003.
- CEOP 2nd Implementation Planning Meeting, Berlin,
2-4 April 2003.
Reference Site Managers Workshop, Berlin, 31 March – 1 April
- Assembly of the International Environmental Modelling
and Software Society (IEMSS 2002), Lugano (Switzerland), 24-27 June
- Seminar at the Department of Environmental Sciences:
"Numerical Weather Prediction Models", University of Milan, April 2002.
- 1st CEOP Asia-Australia Monsoon
Project (CAMP) International Science Panel, Tokyo, 9 March 2002.
- CEOP Kick-off Meeting, Tokyo, 6-8 March 2002.
- 5th International Study Conference on GEWEX in
Asia and GAME, Nagoya, 3-5 October 2001.
- Meeting on "GAME-Tibet Synthesis”, Nagoya, 2 October
- 6th GAME International Science Panel
(GISP) meeting, Nagoya, Japan, 1-2 October 2001.
- 8th Scientific Assembly of the
International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
(IAMAS 2001), Innsbruck, 10-18 July 2001.
- Meeting of the Ev-K2-CNR Project, Rome, 11 December
- Interdisciplinary Summit of the Ev-K2-CNR Project, Milan, 20
Updated: 27 Novermber 2010