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Lamont Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
The Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR)
Earth and Environmental Sciences
104B Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8669
(845) 365-8157


Fields of interest: 
Diagnostic analysis of climate variability; Climate impacts; Climate predictability; Ocean-Atmosphere interaction.


List of degrees from highest to lowest:
Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences
Oregon State Univeristy
M.Sc., Meteorology
Tel Aviv Univeristy
B.Sc., Physics
Technion, Israel Institute of Technology
Honors & Awards: 
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society 2013

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Selected Publications:

Mediterranean precipitation climatology, seasonal cycle, and trent as simulated by CMIP5 Kelley, Colin; Ting, Mingfang; Seager, Richard, Kushnir, Yochanan Geophysical Research Letters (2012)
Mechanisms of tropical Atlantic SST influence on North American hydroclimate variability Kushnir, Y; Seager, R; Ting, M; Naik, N; Nakamura, J Journal of Climate (2010)
Indian summer monsoon rainfall and its link with ENSO and Indian Ocean climate indices Ihara, C.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A.; De la Pena, V. H. International Journal of Climatology Feb Volume: 27 Issue: 2 p.: 179-187 (2007) Doi 10.1002/Joc.1394
The physical basis for predicting Atlantic sector seasonal-to-interannual climate variability Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W. A.; Chang, P.; Robertson, A. W. Journal of Climate Dec 1 Volume: 19 Issue: 23 p.: 5949-5970 (2006)
Mechanisms of hemispherically symmetric climate variability Seager, R.; Harnik, N.; Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W.; Miller, J. Journal of Climate Sep Volume: 16 Issue: 18 p.: 2960-2978 (2003)
Reduced space approach to the optimal analysis interpolation of historical marine observations: Accomplishments, difficulties, and prospects Kaplan, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y. Advances in the Applications of Marine Climatology p.: 199-216 (2003)
Deconstructing Atlantic Intertropical Convergence Zone variability: Influence of the local cross-equatorial sea surface temperature gradient and remote forcing from the eastern equatorial Pacific Chiang, J. C. H.; Kushnir, Y.; Giannini, A. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres Jan Volume: 107 Issue: D1-D2 p.: - (2002) Doi 10.1029/2000jd000307
A simple coupled model of tropical Atlantic decadal climate variability Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Miller, J.; Chiang, J. C. H. Geophysical Research Letters Dec 13 Volume: 29 Issue: 23 p.: - (2002) Doi 10.1029/2002gl015874
Seasonality in the impact of ENSO and the North Atlantic high on Caribbean rainfall Giannini, A.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A. Physics and Chemistry of the Earth Part B-Hydrology Oceans and Atmosphere Volume: 26 Issue: 2 p.: 143-147 (2001)
Interdecadal Variations in North-Atlantic Sea-Surface Temperature and Associated Atmospheric Conditions Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Jan Volume: 7 Issue: 1 p.: 141-157 (1994)