Michela Biasutti

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
206B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8512
(845) 365-8157
Fields of interest: 
Tropical Climate: dynamics of ITCZs and monsoons. Past and future anthropogenic climate change, especially over Africa. Adaptation to climate change in developing countries.

I am interested in atmospheric and climate dynamics. My focus is on the climate of the Tropics, in particular on what controls the location and intensity of rainfall, both over the ocean and over land. A proper understanding of mechanisms is both the mean and the end in studying climate change in the past and the future.


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle
MS in Atmospheric Sciences
University of Washington, Seattle
Laurea in Fisica (cum laude)
Universita` degli studi di Trieste, Italy
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Referenced in the Following News Items: 
Selected Publications: 
Delayed seasonal cycle and African monsoon in a warmer climate, Biasutti, M; Sobel, A H , Geophysical Research Letters, Volume 36, p.L23707, (2009)

SST forcings and Sahel rainfall variability in simulations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Biasutti, M.; Held, I. M.; Sobel, A. H.; Giannini, A. , Journal of Climate, Jul 15, Volume 21, Issue 14, p.3471-3486, (2008), Doi 10.1175/2007jcli1896.1

A climate model-based review of drought in the Sahel: Desertification, the re-greening and climate change, Giannini, A.; Biasutti, M.; Verstraete, M. M. , Global and Planetary Change, Dec, Volume 64, Issue 3-4, p.119-128, (2008), DOI 10.1016/j.gloplacha.2008.05.004

AGCM precipitation biases in the tropical Atlantic, Biasutti, M.; Sobel, A. H.; Kushnir, Y. , Journal of Climate, Mar 15, Volume 19, Issue 6, p.935-958, (2006)

Robust Sahel drying in response to late 20th century forcings, Biasutti, M.; Giannini, A. , Geophysical Research Letters, Jun 8, Volume 33, Issue 11, p.-, (2006), Doi 10.1029/2006gl026067