Science Highlights 2021

Here you can find the Science Highlights from previous months:


Armstrong McKay, D. I., Cornell, S. E., Richardson, K., & Rockström, J. (2021). Resolving ecological feedbacks on the ocean carbon sink in Earth system models. Earth System Dynamics, 12(3), 797–818.

Guptha, G. C., Swain, S., Al-Ansari, N., Taloor, A. K., & Dayal, D. (2021). Evaluation of an urban drainage system and its resilience using remote sensing and GIS. Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 23, 100601. 10.1016/j.rsase.2021.100601

Kumar, P., & Gairola, R. M. (2021). Fostering the Need of L-Band Radiometer for Extreme Oceanic Wind Research. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing.

KUMAR, P., GAIROLA, R., KUBOTA, T., & KISHTAWAL, C. (2021). Hybrid Assimilation of Satellite Rainfall Product with High Density Gauge Network to Improve Daily Estimation: A Case of Karnataka, India. Journal of the Meteorological Society of Japan. Ser. II. 

Mohanty, D.D., Mandal, P. (2021). Evidence of heterogeneous and unstable anisotropic settings beneath the Northeast Indian lithosphere from characterization of null splitting measurements. Acta Geophys.

Newton. R. Matandirotya (2021). Research trends in the field of ambient air quality monitoring and management in South Africa: A bibliometric review. Environmental Challenges, Volume 5, 2021.

Pal, L., Ojha, C. S. P., & Dimri, A. P. (2021). Characterizing Rainfall Occurrence in India: Natural Variability and Recent Trends. Journal of Hydrology. 126979.

Rapolaki, R. S., Blamey, R. C., Hermes, J. C., & Reason, C. J. C. (2021). Moisture sources and transport during an extreme rainfall event over the Limpopo River Basin, southern Africa. Atmospheric Research, 105849.

Sánchez-Balseca, J., & Pérez-Foguet, A. (2021). Compositional Spatio-Temporal PM2.5 Modelling in Wildfires. Atmosphere, 12(10), 1309.

Thandlam, V., Rutgersson, A. & Sahlee, E. (2021). Spatio-temporal variability of atmospheric rivers and associated atmospheric parameters in the Euro-Atlantic region. Theor Appl Climatol.


Anoruo, C.M. (2021). Monsoon-seasonal validation of MODIS aerosol optical depth and characterization using AERONET observation retrieve over Italy. Environmental Research 111985.

Langendijk, G. S., Rechid, D., Sieck, K., & Jacob, D. (2021). Added value of convection-permitting simulations for understanding future urban humidity extremes: Case studies for Berlin. Weather and Climate Extremes, 100367. 

Newton. R. Matandirotya, Roelof. P. Burger (2021). Spatiotemporal variability of tropospheric NO2 over four megacities in Southern Africa: Implications for transboundary regional air pollution. Environmental Challenges, volume 5,2021,100271.

Romshoo, B., Müller, T., Pfeifer, S., Saturno, J., Nowak, A., Ciupek, K., Quincey, P., & Wiedensohler, A. (2021). Optical properties of coated black carbon aggregates: numerical simulations, radiative forcing estimates, and size-resolved parameterization scheme. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 21(17), 12989–13010. 

Sahoo, S., Swain, S., Goswami, A., Sharma, R., & Pateriya, B. (2021). Assessment of trends and multi-decadal changes in groundwater level in parts of the Malwa region, Punjab, India. Groundwater for Sustainable Development, 14, 100644.

Samanta, D., Goodkin, N. F., & Karnauskas, K. B. (2021). Volume and heat transport in the South China Sea and Maritime Continent at present and the end of the 21st century. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, e2020JC016901.


Ananthavel Aravindhavel, Sanjay Kumar Mehta, TV Ramesh Reddy, Saleem Ali, and D. Narayana Rao (2021). Vertical distributions and columnar properties of the aerosols during different seasons over Kattankulathur (12.82 oN, 80.04 oE): A semi-urban tropical coastal station. Atmospheric Environment 256: 118457.

Latonin, M.M., Bashmachnikov, I.L., Bobylev, L.P., Davy, R. (2021). Multi-model ensemble mean of global climate models fails to reproduce early twentieth century Arctic warming. Polar Science, In Press. 

Banik, T., Thandlam, V., De, B.K. et al. (2021). Understanding dynamics of tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal using lightning data. Meteorol Atmos Phys.

Olmo, ME., Bettolli, ML. (2021). Statistical downscaling of daily precipitation over southeastern South America: Assessing the performance in extreme events. International Journal of Climatology, 1–20.

Rupakheti, D., Kang, S., Rupakheti, M. et al. (2021). Black Carbon in Surface Soil and Its Sources in Three Central Asian Countries. Arch Environ Contam Toxicol 80, 558–566.

Timmermans, M.-L. & Z. M. Labe (2021). [The Arctic] Sea surface temperature [in “State of the Climate in 2020”]. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 102(8), S277-S279.


Ananthavel, Aravindhavel, et al. (2021). Micro Pulse Lidar measurements in coincidence with CALIPSO overpasses: Comparison of tropospheric aerosols over Kattankulathur (12.82 oN, 80.04 oE). Atmospheric Pollution Research 12.6 101082.

Camus, P., Haigh, I. D., Nasr, A. A., Wahl, T., Darby, S. E., & Nicholls, R. J. (2021). Regional analysis of multivariate compound coastal flooding potential around Europe and environs: sensitivity analysis and spatial patterns. Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 2021-2040.

Labe, Z. M., & Barnes, E. A. (2021). Detecting climate signals using explainable AI with single‐forcing large ensembles. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, e2021MS002464.

Keenan, B. et al. (2021). Molecular evidence for human population change associated with climate events in the Maya lowlands. Quaternary Science Reviews 258, 106904.

Mindlin, J., Shepherd, T. G., Vera, C., & Osman, M. (2021). Combined effects of global warming and ozone depletion/recovery on Southern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation and regional precipitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 48, e2021GL092568.

H. Vishnu, G. Deane, M. Chitre, D. Stokes, and O. Glowacki (2020). Vertical line array measurements of the sound radiated by melting glaciers in Hornsund Fjord. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol 148, pp. 2483–2483.


Gulizia, C., Pirotte, M. N. (2021). Characterization of simulated extreme El Niño events and projected impacts on South American climate extremes by a set of Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 global climate models. International Journal of Climatology, 1–15.

H. Vishnu, G. Deane, M. Chitre, O. Glowacki, D. Stokes, and M. Moskalik (2020). Vertical directionality and spatial coherence of the sound field in glacial bays in Hornsund Fjord. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, vol. 148, no. 6, 2020.

Peings, Y., Labe, Z. M., & Magnusdottir, G. (2021). Are 100 ensemble members enough to capture the remote atmospheric response to + 2° C Arctic sea ice loss? Journal of Climate, 34(10), 3751-3769. 

Osman, M., Coelho, C.A.S. & Vera, C.S (2021). Calibration and combination of seasonal precipitation forecasts over South America using Ensemble Regression. Clim Dyn.

Salauddin Mohammad, Gopa Dutta, P V Rao, MCA Kumar, PV Kumar and Krishna Ette (2021). Seasonal variations of Inertia Gravity Waves over Hyderabad (17.4 °N, 78.5 °E), a tropical station using radiosonde measurements. J. Atmos. Solar Terrs. Phys. (Elsevier), 219 105641.

Swain, S., Mishra, S.K. & Pandey, A (2021). A detailed assessment of meteorological drought characteristics using simplified rainfall index over Narmada River Basin, India. Environmental Earth Sciences 80, 22.


Hyung-Gyu Lim, Jong-Yeon Park, John Dunne, Charles Stock, Sung-Ho Kang, Jong-Seong Kug (2021). Importance of human-induced Nitrogen flux increases in simulated Arctic warming. Journal of Climate, 34 (10).

Olmo, M.E., Bettolli, M.L. (2021). Extreme daily precipitation in southern South America: statistical characterization and circulation types using observational datasets and regional climate models. Clim Dyn.

Toreti, A., Bassu, S., Perez Blanco, D., Capitanio, F., Ramos Ribeiro, R.R., Molinari, D., Webber, H. (2020). Agriculture. In: Casajus Valles, A., Marin Ferrer, M., Poljanšek, K., Clark, I. (eds.), Science for Disaster Risk Management 2020: acting today, protecting tomorrow. Publications Office of the European Union, p. 256-266, ISBN 978-92-76-18182-8. DOI: 10.2760/571085

Alaa Mhawish, Meytar Sorek-Hamer, Robert Chatfield, Tirthankar Banerjee, Muhammad Bilal, Manish Kumar, Chandan Sarangi, Meredith Franklin, Khang Chau, Michael Garay, Olga Kalashnikova (2021). Aerosol characteristics from earth observation systems: A comprehensive investigation over South Asia (2000–2019). Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 259, 112410, ISSN 0034-4257.


Anoruo, C.M. (2021). Sub-seasonal aerosol characterization at the Middle East regions of AERONET site. Urban Climate.

Arshad A, Raza MA, Zhang Y, Zhang L, Wang X, Ahmed M, Habib-ur-Rehman M (2021). Impact of Climate Warming on Cotton Growth and Yields in China and Pakistan: A Regional Perspective. Agriculture. 2021; 11(2):97.

Kim Gruetzmacher, William B. Karesh, John H. Amuasi, Adnan Arshad, Andrew Farlow, Sabine Gabrysch, Jens Jetzkowitz, Susan Lieberman, Clare Palmer, Andrea S. Winkler, Chris Walzer. 2021. The Berlin principles on one health – Bridging global health and conservation. Science of The Total Environment, volume 764,142919.

Lapides, D.A., Leclerc, C.D., Moidu, H., Dralle, D.N. and Hahm, W.J. (2021). Variability of stream extents controlled by flow regime and network hydraulic scaling. Hydrological Processes.


Archibald, A. T., Neu, J. L., Elshorbany, Y. F., Cooper, O. R., Young, P. J., Akiyoshi, H., Saxena, P…. & Zeng, G. (2020). Tropospheric Ozone Assessment ReportA critical review of changes in the tropospheric ozone burden and budget from 1850 to 2100. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 8(1).

Dongsheng Zhang, Zhanxiang Sun, Liangshan Feng, Wei Bai, Ning Yang, Zhe Zhang, Guijuan Du, Chen Feng, Qian Cai, Qi Wang, Yue Zhang, Ruonan Wang, Adnan Arshad, Xingyu Hao, Min Sun, Zhiqiang Gao, Lizhen Zhang (2020). Maize plant density affects yield, growth and source-sink relationship of crops in maize/peanut intercropping. Field Crops Research, volume 257, 107926.

Jamal Nasar, Zeqiang Shao, Adnan Arshad, Qiang Gao, Xue Zhou, Shah Fahad, Shuoran Liu, Chunlin Li, John Banda S.K, Lehlogonolo Evans Kgorutla, Khadim Muhammad Dawar (2020). Maize-alfalfa intercropping induced changes in plant and soil nutrient status under nitrogen application. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science, volume 22, issue 6.

Kolluru, S., Gedam, S. S., & Inamdar, A. B. (2021). A neural network approach for deriving absorption coefficients of ocean water constituents from total light absorption and particulate absorption coefficients. Computers & Geosciences, 147, 104678.

Majeed, U., Rashid, I., Sattar, A., Allen, S., Stoffel, M., Nüsser, M., & Schmidt, S. (2021). Recession of Gya Glacier and the 2014 glacial lake outburst flood in the Trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh, India. Science of The Total Environment, 756, 144008.

Singh, V., Konduru, R. T., Srivastava, A. K., Momin, I. M., Kumar, S., Singh, A. K., … & Sinha, A. K. (2021). Predicting the rapid intensification and dynamics of pre-monsoon extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ (2019) over the Bay of Bengal in a 12-km global model. Atmospheric Research, 247, 105222.


Konduru, R. T., G. M. (2020). Effect of offshore troughs on the South India erratic summer monsoon rainfall in June 2017. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans.

Konduru, R. T., Takahashi, H. G. (2020). Effects of convection representation and model resolution on diurnal precipitation cycle over the Indian monsoon region: Toward a convection‐permitting regional climate simulation. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125, e2019JD032150.

M. Adnan Abid, F. Kucharski, F. Molteni, I-S. Kang, A. M. Tompkins, M. Almazroui (2020). Separating the Indian and Pacific Ocean impacts on the Euro-Atlantic response to ENSO and its transition from early to late winter. Journal of Climate.

N. Mejjad, A. Laissaoui A. Fekri, A. Benmhammed, O. El Hammoumi, E. Cherif (2020). Does human activities growth lead to biodiversity loss in the Moroccan coastal lagoons? A diagnostic comparison study. In Proceedings of ACM GEOIT4W-2020, March 11–12, 2020, Al-Hoceima, Morocco, 5 pages.

S.E. Sbai, N. Mejjad, A. Norelyaqine, F. Bentayeb. (2020). Air quality change during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown over the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, France. (Accepted) Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health. https://DOI: 10.1007/s11869-020-00965-w