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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:

Understanding Pacific Ocean influence on interannual precipitation variability in the Sahel Pomposi, Catherine; Giannini, Alessandra; Kushnir, Yochanan: Lee, Dong-Eun GRL Volume: 43 (2016) 10.1002/2016GL069980
Dead Sea drawdown and monsoonal influences in the Levant during the last interglacial Torfstein, A.; Goldstein, S.L.; Stein, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Enzel, Y.; Haug, G. Earth and Planetary Science Letters Volume: 412 p.: 235-244 (2015)
Moisture Budget Analysis of SST-Driven Decadal Sahel Precipitation Variability in the 20th Century Pomposi, C.A.; Kushnir, Y; Giannini, A. Climate Dynamics (2014)
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)
Forced and Internal 20th Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic Ting, M.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R.; Li, C. Journal of Climate March/2009 Volume: 22 Issue: 6 p.: 13 (2009) 10.1175/2008JCLI2561.1
Forced and internal 20th Century SST changes in the North Atlantic Ting, M; Kushnir, Y; Seager, R; Li, C Journal of Climate Volume: 22 p.: 1469-1481 (2009)
Classifying North Atlantic tropical cyclones tracks by their mass moments Nakamura, J; Lall, U; Kushnir, Y; Camargo, S J J Climate Volume: 22 p.: 5481-5494 (2009)
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
Atlantic climate variability and predictability: A CLIVAR perspective Hurrell, J. W.; Visbeck, M.; Busalacchi, A.; Clarke, R. A.; Delworth, T. L.; Dickson, R. R.; Johns, W. E.; Koltermann, K. P.; Kushnir, Y.; Marshall, D.; Mauritzen, C.; McCartney, M. S.; Piola, A.; Reason, C.; Reverdin, G.; Schott, F.; Sutton, R.; Wainer, Journal of Climate Oct 15 Volume: 19 Issue: 20 p.: 5100-5121 (2006)
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)
Regional and global atmospheric patterns governing rainfall in the southern Levant Ziv, B.; Dayan, U.; Kushnir, Y.; Roth, C.; Enzel, Y. International Journal of Climatology Jan Volume: 26 Issue: 1 p.: 55-73 (2006) Doi 10.1002/Joc.1238
Mechanisms of ENSO-forcing of hemispherically symmetric precipitation variability Seager, R.; Harnik, N.; Robinson, W. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Ting, M.; Huang, H. P.; Velez, J. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society Apr Volume: 131 Issue: 608 p.: 1501-1527 (2005) Doi 10.1256/Qj.04.96
Modeling of tropical forcing of persistent droughts and pluvials over western North America: 1856-2000 Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Herweijer, C.; Naik, N.; Velez, J. Journal of Climate Oct 1 Volume: 18 Issue: 19 p.: 4065-4088 (2005)
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)
Atmospheric GCM response to extratropical SST anomalies: Synthesis and evaluation Kushnir, Y.; Robinson, W. A.; Blade, I.; Hall, N. M. J.; Peng, S.; Sutton, R. Journal of Climate Aug 15 Volume: 15 Issue: 16 p.: 2233-2256 (2002)
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
The ENSO teleconnection to the tropical Atlantic Ocean: Contributions of the remote and local SSTs to rainfall variability in the tropical Americas Giannini, A.; Chiang, J. C. H.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Seager, R. Journal of Climate Volume: 14 Issue: 24 p.: 4530-4544 (2001)
Interdecadal changes in the ENSO teleconnection to the Caribbean region and the North Atlantic oscillation Giannini, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Volume: 14 Issue: 13 p.: 2867-2879 (2001)
Looking for the role of the ocean in tropical Atlantic decadal climate variability Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Chang, P.; Naik, N.; Miller, J.; Hazeleger, W. Journal of Climate Volume: 14 Issue: 5 p.: 638-655 (2001)
North Atlantic climate variability: Phenomena, impacts and mechanisms Marshall, J.; Kushnir, Y.; Battisti, D.; Chang, P.; Czaja, A.; Dickson, R.; Hurrell, J.; McCartney, M.; Saravanan, R.; Visbeck, M. International Journal of Climatology Dec Volume: 21 Issue: 15 p.: 1863-1898 (2001)
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)
Wind-driven shifts in the latitude of the Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension and generation of SST anomalies on decadal timescales Seager, R.; Kushnir, Y.; Naik, N. H.; Cane, M. A.; Miller, J. Journal of Climate Volume: 14 Issue: 22 p.: 4249-4265 (2001)
Interannual variability of Caribbean rainfall, ENSO, and the Atlantic Ocean Giannini, A.; Kushnir, Y.; Cane, M. A. Journal of Climate Jan 15 Volume: 13 Issue: 2 p.: 297-311 (2000)
Interdecadal changes in eastern Pacific ITCZ variability and its influence on the Atlantic ITCZ Chiang, J. C. H.; Kushnir, Y.; Zebiak, S. E. Geophysical Research Letters Nov 15 Volume: 27 Issue: 22 p.: 3687-3690 (2000)
Dominant patterns of climate variability in the Atlantic Ocean during the last 136 years Tourre, Y. M.; Rajagopalan, B.; Kushnir, Y. Journal of Climate Aug Volume: 12 Issue: 8 p.: 2285-2299 (1999)
Analyses of global sea surface temperature 1856-1991 Kaplan, A.; Cane, M. A.; Kushnir, Y.; Clement, A. C.; Blumenthal, M. B.; Rajagopalan, B. Journal of Geophysical Research-Oceans Aug 15 Volume: 103 Issue: C9 p.: 18567-18589 (1998)
Observed decadal midlatitude and tropical Atlantic climate variability Rajagopalan, B.; Kushnir, Y.; Tourre, Y. M. Geophysical Research Letters Nov 1 Volume: 25 Issue: 21 p.: 3967-3970 (1998)
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)