Undergraduate Research Opportunity|
1984--1986    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; Postdoc in Climate Dynamics with Richard S. Lindzen|
1979--1984    Princeton University; M.A., Ph.D. in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics; Advisor: Isaac M. Held
1978--1979    University of Washington, Seattle; Graduate studies in Atmospheric Sciences
1973--1978    Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India; M.Sc. in Physics (5-year program)
1973--1978    National Science Talent Scholar, Government of India (national merit list, top five)
1972/73          All India Higher Secondary Examination,CBSE, New Delhi (national merit list, top five)
2016--2018    Foreign Affairs Officer, US Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP)|
Senior Science Advisor, Office of Multilateral Affairs (EAP/MLA), Lower Mekong Initiative
2016--2017    Jefferson Science Fellow, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, DC
2003--            Professor, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science & Earth System Science, University of Maryland
2000--2003    Director, Large-scale Dynamic Meteorology Program, National Science Foundation
2002--2003    Program Officer, Water Cycle Research; Biocomplexity in the Environment Initiative; National Science Foundation
1987--2002    Research Scientist, Research Professor; Department of Meteorology, University of Maryland
2016--2018    Jefferson Science Fellow, National Academies of Sciences; Jefferson fellowship photos|
2017--2018    Chair, Drafting Committee, American Meteorological Society's Information Statement on Climate Change
2014--            Chair, Committee on Climate Variability and Change, American Meteorological Society
2015--            Chair, Advisory Panel, Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD), NCAR
2013              Distinguished Alumnus Award, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India
2012--            Member,International Commission on Dynamic Meteorology, IAMAS, IUGG
2011--2012    Member, Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, The National Academies, Washington, DC
2008--2010    Member, Climate Research Committee, The National Academies, Washington, DC
2006--            Fellow, American Meteorological Society, Boston
2005--2006    Editor, Journal of Climate (climate science journal of the American Meteorological Society)
2003--            Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society, UK
201x--            Listed in American Men and Women in Science; Marquis Who's Who
2017--2019    Advisory Committee, Geosciences Directorate (AC-GEO), National Science Foundation; press report|
2015--            Advisory Panel, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder
201x              Committee of Visitors, NSF's Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences
201x              Committee of Visitors, US Department of Energy's Climate & Environmental Sciences Division
2011--2012    Lead, CMIP5 Task Force - MAPP Program, NOAA Climate Program Office, Washington DC
2011--2014    Nominating Committee, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), Boulder
2010--            Drought Interest Group, World Climate Research Programme, WMO
2007--2010    US Principal Scientist, US-NOAA and India-MoES Collaborative on South Asian Regional Reanalysis
2006--2009    Drought Working Group, US Climate Variability & Predictability (CLIVAR) Program, Washington DC
2005--2006    Co-Chair, Phenomena, Observations, and Synthesis panel, US CLIVAR, Washington DC
2005--2009    Co-Chair, Climate Variability Working Group, NCAR Community Earth System Model, Boulder CO
2005--2006    Science Steering Committee, US CLIVAR, Washington DC
2004--2005    Co-Chair, US CLIVAR Pacific Implementation Panel, Washington DC
2003--2005    Committee on Climate Variability and Change, American Meteorological Society
2014--2015    Co-Chair, 27th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, American Meteorological Society|
2011--            Organizer, The Eugene Rasmusson Lectures, Dept. of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland
2010--            U Md. Representative, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
2008--            Member, India International Center, New Delhi, India
2007              Co-Chair, The Eugene Rasmusson Symposium; Symposium booklet; Gene's Address; AMS Annual Meeting
Eugene Martin Rasmusson (27 February 1929 - 22 March 2015)
UMD Obituary; Obituary in BAMS; Interment at Arlington National Cemetery (some pictures)
Ni Dai (Ph.D. Candidate, Winter 2015; co-advisor: Phil Arkin, ESSIC): ENSO precipitation structure in observations and climate simulations. |
Rebecca Eager (Ph.D. Candidate, Fall 2016; Scientist, Johns Hopkins APL): Multidecadal variability of late-summer Arctic sea ice: Role of Atlantic Multidecadal Variability
Natalie Thomas (Ph.D. Candidate, Fall 2017): Seasonality in the secular warming of the Northern Continents. National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow (2015-2018); Goldhaber Travel Award (2017).
Agniv Sengupta (Ph.D. prospectus, Spring 2018): SST-based statistical prediction of South Asian summer monsoon rainfall distribution. 2017 Monsoon Rainfall Forecast. Supported by Dr. M. Rajeevan, National Monsoon Mission, Government of India. Leah Thornton Lozano Graduate Fellow; Goldhaber Travel Award (2017).
Ryan Clark (Ph.D. prospectus, Spring 2018; LT, US Coast Guard): Seasonal and interannual variability of Arctic sea ice: Dynamical mechanisms.
Zhenchen Liu (Ph.D. Visiting Student, 2017-2018; Hohai University, Nanjing, China): Statistical reconstruction and prediction of droughts over China.
William (Liam) Leslie (Ph.D. Student, joined Fall 2017 ): The Recent Steep Decline in Arctic Sea Ice Extent: Will it Abate or Continue?
Lu Zhang (UG Senior; 2017-18; co-advisor: Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas): Senior Thesis on Climate Change in the Indus River Basin.|
Justin Hicks (UG Senior: 2017-18; co-advisor: Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas): Senior Thesis on Atmospheric Rivers: Origin and transports.
Vishal Ravi (Summer Research, 2016; home institution: University of Cambridge): Seasonality in the Vertical Structure of Temperature Trends over North America. (Co-authored manuscript being reviewed by the J. Climate).
Doctoral Theses Advised (2007-Present;  ALL)|
Stephen Baxter (Ph.D., Winter 2015/16): Observed Teleconnections in Northern Winter: Subseasonal Evolution and Tropical Linkages. AMS Graduate Fellowship 2010; CMNS Dean's Fellowship 2011; Eugene Rasmusson Fellowship 2013; Best Student Publication 2015; Best Doctoral Dissertation 2016; Staff Meteorologist, NOAA Climate Prediction Center, College Park, MD.|
Yongjing Zhao (Ph.D., Summer 2014; defense on 1 August; advisors: Eugenia Kalnay & Sumant Nigam): Application of breeding to nonlinear waves and diurnal cycle in the MARS reanalysis., Vice President, Predictive Modeling, Citibank, Washington, DC
Argyro Kavvada (Ph.D., Summer 2014; advisors: Sumant Nigam & Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas): Atlantic Multidecadal Variability: Surface and subsurface thermohaline structure and hydroclimate impacts. Eugene Rasmusson Fellowship 2014; Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA Headquarters, Washington DC
Kye-Hwan Kim (Ph.D., May 2013): Statistical Modeling of Atlantic hurricane activity using atmospheric reanalyses and IPCC simulations and projections. Lt. Colonel, South Korea Air Force, Seoul.
Massimo Bollasina (Ph.D., April 2010): Surface and aerosol effects on the South Asian monsoon hydroclimate. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of Maryland Graduate School 2008-2009; Best Student Seminar 2008; Global Climate Change Fellowship, The Green Fund Foundation 2009; Best Doctoral Dissertation 2010. Postdoc, NOAA/GFDL, Princeton University (2010-2013); WCRP Young Scientist Award 2011;WMO Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award 2013;
AGU James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award 2013; Assistant Professor, University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2013-).
Bin Guan (Ph.D., October 2008): Pacific decadal SST variability and North American droughts. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, Univ. of Maryland Graduate School, 2007-2008; Univ. of Maryland Goldhaber Travel Award 2007. Visiting Scientist, Climate Physics Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena.Bin Guan in NASA/JPL News.
Ching-Yee Chang (Ph.D., July 2008; advisors: Sumant Nigam & James Carton): Seasonal and interannual ocean-atmosphere variability in the tropical Atlantic: Observed structure and model representation. Univ. of Maryland Goldhaber Travel Award 2007; Visiting Scholar, Department of Geography, University of California, Berkeley.
Megan Linkin (Ph.D., May 2008): North Pacific climate variability and Arctic sea ice. AMS Global Change Travel Scholarship 2005-07; University of Maryland Goldhaber Travel Award 2006. Atmospheric Peril Specialist. Vice President, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re, Armonk, New York. Megan in NY Times.
Steven Chan (Ph.D., April 2008): On the summertime development of the North Pacific sea-level pressure anticyclone. NASA Earth System Science Fellow, 2004-07; NSF East Asian-Pacific Summer Inst. Fellow 2004. Scientist, UK Met Office, Exeter.
Scott Weaver (Ph.D., May 2007): The Great Plains Low-level Jet: Structure, variability mechanisms & hydroclimate impacts. Center for Teaching Excellence Distinguished Teaching Assistant Award, 2004-05;  Research Meteorologist, NOAA Climate Prediction Center, College Park;  Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) 2012; Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, Washington DC (2015-2018); Director, National Windstorm Impact Reduction, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), MD.
IAMAS session on the Seasonal Cycle, Intl. Commission on Dynamic Meteorology, Cape Town, S Africa (31 August 2017)|
US Embassy, New Delhi, India; Economic, Environment, Science, and Technology Section (24 August 2017)
US State Department, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of Multilateral Affairs (15 August 2017)
National Academy of Sciences, Jefferson Science Fellows Distinguished Lecture Series (1 August 2017)
The Stimson Center, Southeast Asia Program's Roundtable on Mekong Water Resources (12 July 2017)
Vietnam National Mekong Committee, Hanoi, Vietnam (8 May 2017)
Fourth Santa Fe Conference on Global and Regional Climate Change, Santa Fe, New Mexico (5-10 February 2017)
National Institute of Oceanography Seminar, Government of India, Dona Paula, Goa, India (8 March 2016)
Biennial Rosenburg International Forum for Water Policy, Ninth Forum, Panama City, Panama (27-28 January 2016)
University of Edinburgh, School of Geosciences Seminar, Edinburgh (12 March 2015)
Ansal University: Workshop on Impacts of Aerosols and Changing Climate on Monsoons, India (12-15 January 2015)
Japan Society for Promotion of Science - Climate Change Symposium, Cosmos Club, Washington, DC (22 February 2013)
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei (21 September 2012)
NTU Intl Science Conference on Climate Change; Taida Institute for Mathematical Sciences, NTU, Taipei (17-20 Sept. 2012)
National Monsoon Mission: Consultancy Meeting; Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune (11-12 September 2012)
The George Philander Symposium, Princeton University, NJ (6 September 2012)
LASG Seminar, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China (10 August 2012)
ICDM Workshop on Dynamics & Predictability of High Impact Weather & Climate Events, Kunming, China (6-9 August 2012)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (22 June 2012)
Atmospheric Science & Physical Oceanography (CASPO) Seminar, University of California, San Diego (5 April 2012)
Institute for Terrestrial & Planetary Atmospheres, State University of New York, Stony Brook (21 March 2012)
Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology, Pune, India; Golden Jubilee Celebrations, 21-25 February 2012
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine (19 December 2011)
NRC Workshop on Himalayan Glaciers, Hydrology and Climate Change, Washington, DC (19-20 October 2011)
GEWEX TRACE Workshop: The atmosphere/climate system. Silver Spring, MD (18-20 April 2011)
WCRP Workshop on Drought Predictability and Prediction in a Changing Climate, Barcelona, Spain (2-5 March 2011)
NRC Committee on Climate, Energy, and National Security, Washington, DC (10-11 January 2011).National Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Seminar, Ministry of Earth Sciences, India (5 January 2011)
Session Chair, The Mike Wallace Symposium, University of Washington, Seattle (28 September 2010)
Panelist, Innovation in Research Cooperation, IIT Kanpur Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Washington DC (9 July 2010)
Organizer, CRC Forum on Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation, The National Academies, DC (27 April 2010)
GFDL Seminar, Princeton University, Princeton (18 March 2010)
Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences Seminar, University of Tokyo, Japan (2 November 2009)
Nigam, S. and S. Baxter, 2014: Teleconnections. Invited contribution in Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences  (2nd Edition; Editors: Gerald North, Fuqing Zhang and John Pyle) Academic Press, Elsevier Science, London, 90-109.|
Nigam, S., 2003: Teleconnections. Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences; Editors: J.R. Holton, J.A. Pyle & J.A. Curry; Academic Press, Elsevier Science, London, 2243-2269.
Nigam, S., and E. DeWeaver, 2003: Stationary Waves (Orographic and Thermally forced). Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences; Editors: J.R. Holton, J.A. Pyle & J.A. Curry; Academic Press, Elsevier Science, London, 2121- 2137.
Present--2010 (*Student; **Research Associate)
Nigam, S., and N. P. Thomas*, 2018: Surface Warming over Antarctica: Origin and Mechanisms. To be submitted in March.
Nigam S., R. E. Eager*, and A. Ruiz-Barradas**, 2018: Arctic Sea Ice Loss after Factoring for Multidecadal Variability. To be submitted in March.
Sengupta*, A., S. Nigam, S. Baxter, and A. Ruiz-Barradas**, 2018: Anatomy of the 2015-16 El Niñnd 2017-18 La Nina. To be submitted to the J. Climate in April.
Nigam, S., and A. Sengupta*, 2018: The Full Extent of El Nino's Precipitation Influence on the United States and the Americas: The Sub-Optimality of the Nino 3.4 SST Index. To be submitted to the J. Climate in March.
Sengupta*, A., and S. Nigam, 2018: The Northeast Winter Monsoon over the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia: Evolution, Interannual Variability, and Model Simulations. Submitted to the J. Climate (19th January).
Ruiz-Barradas**, A., and S. Nigam, 2018: Hydroclimate Variability and Change over the Mekong River Basin: Modeling, and Predictability and Policy Implications. Submitted to the J. Hydrometeor. (17th October; revised 2nd April).
Thomas*, N., V. Ravi*, and S. Nigam, 2018: Seasonality in the Vertical Structure of Temperature Trends over North America. Submitted to the J. Climate (submitted 3rd January).
Thomas*, N., and S. Nigam, 2018: 20th-Century Climate Change over Africa: Seasonal Hydroclimate Trends and Sahara Desert Expansion. J. Climate, 31, 3349-3370. The 1920-2013 Desert Creep (seasonal)
UMD-CMNS Press Release; NSF Press Release; Washington Post Coverage; Other Coverage.
Nigam, S., A. Ruiz-Barradas**, and L. Chafik, 2018: Gulf Stream Excursions and Sectional Detachments Generate the Decadal Pulses in the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. J. Climate, 31, 2853-2870.
Ruiz-Barradas**, A., L. Chafik, S. Nigam, and S. Hakkinen, 2018: Recent Subsurface North Atlantic Cooling Trend in context of Atlantic Decadal-to-Multidecadal Variability. Submitted to Tellus A: Dynamical Meteorology & Oceanography (submitted 20th July 2017; in revision).
Nigam, S., N. Thomas*, A. Ruiz-Barradas**, and S. Weaver, 2017: Striking Seasonality in the Secular Warming of the Northern Continents: Structure and Mechanisms. J. Climate, 30, 6521-6541.
Lemone, M. A., S. Nigam, and J. M. Wallace (2017): Eugene M. Rasmusson (1929-2015). Memorial Tributes, Volume 21, The National Academies Press, Washington, DC.
Chafik, L, and co-authors (S Nigam), 2016: Global linkages originating from decadal oceanic variability in the subpolar North Atlantic. Geophys. Res. Lett., 10.1002/2016GL071134
Nigam, S., 2016: Atmospheric Science of Humid Areas: Why are humid areas humid? Invited peer-reviewed book chapter, Rosenberg International Forum on Water Policy, California Institute for Water Resources, University of California; to be published by Routledge Press, London.
Nigam, S., and A. Ruiz-Barradas**, 2016: Key Role of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation in 20th Century Drought and Wet Periods over the US Great Plains and the Sahel. Invited book chapter (pgs. 255-270) in Dynamics and Predictability of Large-scale High-Impact Weather and Climate Events. Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 9781316468746.
Nigam, S., Y. Zhao*, A. Ruiz-Barradas**, and T. Zhou, 2016: The South-Flood North-Drought Pattern over Eastern China and the Drying of the Gangetic Plain: Observations, Simulations, and Origin. Invited book chapter (pgs. 347-360) in Climate Change: Multidecadal and Beyond (Editors: Michael Ghil, Mojib Latif, Mike Wallace, and C.P. Chang) World Press, 376pp.
Wallace, J.M., and S. Nigam, 2015: Eugene M. Rasmusson (1929-2015). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 96, 1804-1808.
Baxter*, S., and S. Nigam, 2015: Key Role of North Pacific Oscillation/West Pacific Pattern in Generating the Extreme 2013-2014 North American Winter. J. Climate, 28, 8109-8117.
Zhao*, Y., and S. Nigam, 2015: The Indian Ocean Dipole: A Monopole in SST. J. Climate, 28, 3-19.
Nigam, S. and S. Baxter*, 2015: Teleconnections. Invited contribution in Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences (2nd Edition; Editors: G. North, F. Zhang, and J. Pyle) Academic Press, Elsevier Science, London, 90-109.
Ruiz-Barradas**, A, and S. Nigam, 2013: Atmosphere-Land-surface Interactions over the Southern Great Plains: Characterization from Pentad Analysis of ARM Observations and NARR. J. Climate, 26, 875-886.
Kavvada*, A., A. Ruiz-Barradas**, and S. Nigam, 2013: AMO's Structure and Climate Footprint in Observations and IPCC AR5 Climate Simulations. Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-013-1712-1.
Baxter*, S., and S. Nigam, 2013: A Sub-Seasonal Teleconnection Analysis: PNA Development and Its Relationship to the NAO. J. Climate, 26, 6733-6741.
Ruiz-Barradas**, A., S. Nigam, and A. Kavvada*, 2013: The AMO in 20th Century Climate Simulations: Uneven Progress from CMIP3 to CMIP5. Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-013-1810-0.
Sheffield, J., et al. (including S. Nigam), 2013: North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments. Part I: Evaluation of Historical Simulations of Continental and Regional Climatology. J. Climate, 26, 9209-9245.
Sheffield, J., et al. (including S. Nigam), 2013: North American Climate in CMIP5 Experiments. Part II: Evaluation of Historical Simulations of Intra-Seasonal to Decadal Variability. J. Climate, 26, 9247-9290.
Grodsky, S., J. Carton, S. Nigam, and Y. Okumura, 2012: Tropical Atlantic Biases in CCSM4. J. Climate, 25, 3684-3701.
Nigam, S., B. Guan*, and A. Ruiz-Barradas**, 2011: Key role of the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation in 20th century drought and wet periods over the Great Plains. Geophys Res.Lett., 38, L16713, 0.1029/2011GL048650.
Nigam, S., and B. Guan*, 2011: Atlantic Tropical Cyclones in the 20th Century: Natural Variability and Secular Change in Cyclone Count. Climate Dynamics, 36:2279-2293 DOI 10.1007/s00382-010-0908-x.
Nigam, S., and M. Bollasina*, 2011: Reply to Comment by K. M. Lau and K. M. Kim on "'Elevated heat pump' hypothesis for the aerosol-monsoon hydroclimate link: 'Grounded' in observations? J. Geophys. Res. 116, D07204, DOI: 10.1029/2010JD015246.
Bollasina*, M., and S. Nigam, 2011: The Summertime "Heat" Low over Pakistan / Northwestern India: Evolution and Origin. Climate Dynamics, 37:957-970. DOI 10.1007/s00382-010-0879-y.
Bollasina*, M., and S. Nigam, 2011: Modeling of Regional Hydroclimate Change over the Indian Subcontinent: Impact of the Expanding Thar Desert. J. Climate, 24, 3089-3106.
Bollasina*, M., and S. Nigam, 2011: Increasing desertification of Northwestern India can adversely impact the South Asian monsoon. GEWEX News, 21, No. 2, 8-10.
Weaver*, S.J., and S. Nigam, 2011: Recurrent Supersynoptic Evolution of the Great Plains Low-Level Jet. J. Climate, 24, 575-582.
Ruiz-Barradas**, A., and S. Nigam 2010: SST - North American hydroclimate links in AMIP simulations of the Drought Working Group models: A proxy for the idealized drought modeling experiments. J. Climate, 23, 2585-2598.
Ruiz-Barradas**, A., and S. Nigam 2010: Great Plains Precipitation and its SST Links in 20th Century Climate Simulations, and 21st and 22nd Century Climate Projections. J. Climate, 23, 6409-6429.
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, doi:10.1029/2009JD013800.
Science Cover (28 May 2004)|