Science Highlights 2020

Here you can find the Science Highlights from last year:


A. Benmhammed, A. Laissaoui, N. Mejjad, N. Ziad, El. Chakir, A. Benkdad, H. Ait Bouh, A. El Yahyaoui. (2020). Recent pollution records in Sidi Moussa coastal lagoon (western Morocco) inferred from sediment radiometric dating. Journal of Environmental Radioactivity.

Bouhlassa, S., Bouhsane, N. (2019). Assessment of areal water and tillage erosion using magnetic susceptibility: the approach and its application in Moroccan watershed. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26, 25452–25466.

K. Cherif, M. Vodopivec, N. Mejjad, E. Silva, S. Simonovič, H. Boulaassal. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic Consequences on Coastal Water Quality Using WST Sentinel-3 Data: Case of Tangier, Morocco. Water 2020, 12, 2638.

M. K. Joshi, M. Adnan Abid, F. Kucharski (2020). The role of an Indian Ocean heating dipole in the ENSO teleconnection to the North Atlantic European region in early winter during 20th century in Reanalysis and CMIP5 simulations. Journal of Climate.

N. Mejjad, A. Laissaoui, O. El-Hammoumi, N. H. Hassen, A. Fekri, A. Benkdad, H. Amsil. (2020). Tracking natural and human impact on sediment dynamics using radiometric approach in Oualidia lagoon (Morocco). International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

Sánchez-Balseca, J. and Pérez-Foguet, A. (2020). Influence of atmospheric parameters on human mortality data at different geographical levels. Science of the Total Environment, 144186.

Vorrath, M.E., Müller, J., Rebolledo, L., Cárdenas, P., Shi, X., Esper, O., Opel, T., Geibert, W., Muñoz, P., Haas, C., Kuhn, G., Lange, C. B., Lohmann, G., & Mollenhauer, G. (2020). Sea ice dynamics in the Bransfield Strait, Antarctic Peninsula, during the past 240 years: a multi-proxy intercomparison study. Clim. Past, 16, 2459–2483.


Bouhlassa, S., Bouhsane, N. (2020). Estimation Of Soil Losses By The Improved Tillage Homogenization Model And Rusle Model. International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Science, XLIII-B3-2020, 961–967.

Bouhsane, N., Bouhlassa, S. (2018). Assessing Magnetic Susceptibility Profiles of Topsoils under Different Occupations. International Journal of Geophysics, vol. 2018, Article ID 9481405, 8 pages.

Dorheim, K., Link, R., Hartin, C., Kravitz, B., & Snyder, A. (2020). Calibrating simple climate models to individual Earth system models: Lessons learned from calibrating Hector. Earth and Space Science, 7, e2019EA000980. https://doi. org/10.1029/2019EA000980


Anoruo, C.M. (2020). Modelling and Analysis of Aerosol and Cloud-Precipitable Water Inter-Hemispheric Interactions of Aerosol-Satellite Data Using Ground Observation. Aerosol Science and Engineering.

Anoruo, C.M. (2020). Validation of OMI seasonal and spatio-temporal variations in aerosol-cloud interactions over Banizoumbou using AERONET data. Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics.

Nurdan Akakçe, Aysun Uğur Görgün, Ercüment Avşar (2020). A case study: the relationship between Rn in rainwater and earthquakes according to air masses. Environmental Earth Sciences, 79:460.


Ahmad, S., Hörmann, G., Zantout, N., & Schrautzer, J. (2020). Quantifying actual evapotranspiration in fen ecosystems: Implications of management and vegetation structure. Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology.

Borges de Amorim, P., Silva de Souza, K.I., Chaffe, P.L.B. (2020). A web-based tool for synthesis assessments of the impacts of climate change on water resources. Environmental Modelling & Software 133,104848.

C.M., Anoruo (2020). Space and ground-based remote sensing comparison of seasonal interaction of aerosol-cloud-precipitable water. Atmospheric Environment.

C.M., Anoruo (2020). Seasonal trend analysis of carbon dioxide across latitudes of Africa,Europe and Asia. Atmósfera.

Díaz, L. B., Saurral, R. I., & Vera, C. S. (2020). Assessment of South America summer rainfall climatology and trends in a set of global climate models large ensembles. International Journal of Climatology.

Eekhout, J.P.C., Boix-Fayos, C., Pérez Cutillas, P., de Vente, J. (2020). The impact of reservoir construction and changes in land use and climate on ecosystem services in a large Mediterranean catchment. Journal of Hydrology 590, 125208.

Franke, S., Jansen, D., Binder, T., Dörr, N., Helm, V., Paden, J., Eisen, O. (2020). Bed topography and subglacial landforms in the onset region of the Northeast Greenland Ice Stream. Annals of Glaciology, 61(81), 143-153.

Iacovone, M. F., Pántano, V. C., & Penalba, O. C. (2020). Consecutive dry and wet days over South America and their association with ENSO events, in CMIP5 simulations. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 1-14.

M. Adnan Abid, M. Ashfaq, F. Kucharski, K. J. Evans, M. Almazroui (2020). Tropical Indian Ocean Mediates ENSO Influence Over Central Southwest Asia Rainfall during the wet season. Geophysical Research Letters.

Nangombe, S., Zhou, T., Zhang, L., & Zhang, W. (2020). Attribution Of The 2018 October–December Drought Over South Southern Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(1), S135-S140.

Qingyue, W., Enyoh, C.E., Chowdhury, T., Chowdhury, M.A.H. (2020). Analytical techniques, occurrence and health effects of micro and nano plastics deposited in street dust. International Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry.

Sánchez-Balseca, J. & Pérez-Foguet, A. (2020). Spatio-temporal air pollution modelling using a compositional approach. Heliyon, 6(9).


Awais, M., Hanif, M., Ishaq, M., Jan, I. U. (2020). An integrated approach to evaluate dolomite in the Eocene Chorgali Formation, Khair-e-Murat Range, Pakistan: Implications for Reservoir Geology. Journal of Himalayan Earth Sciences, 53(1).

Awais, M., Hanif, M., Jan, I. U., Ishaq, M., Khan, M. Y. (2020). Eocene Carbonate Microfacies Distribution of the Chorgali Formation, Gali Jagir, Khair-e-Murat Range, Potwar Plateau-Pakistan: Approach of Reservoir Potential using Outcrop Analogue. Arabian Journal of Geosciences, 13 (14).

Mindlin, J., Shepherd, T.G., Vera, C.S., Osman, M., Zappa, G., Lee, R. W., Hodges, K. I. (2020). Storyline description of Southern Hemisphere midlatitude circulation and precipitation response to greenhouse gas forcing. Clim Dyn 54, 4399–4421.

Romina C. Ruscica, Jan Polcher, M. Mercedes Salvia, Anna A. Sörensson, Maria Piles, Esteban G. Jobbágy & Haydee Karszenbaum (2020). Spatio-temporal soil drying in southeastern South America: the importance of effective sampling frequency and observational errors on drydown time scale estimates. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 41:20, 7958-7992.

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Tang, G.S., Li, X., Cao, J., Liu, S., Chen, G., Haijun, M., Zhang, X., Shi, S., Sun, J., Li, Y., and Calabia, A. (2020). APOD mission status and preliminary results. Sci. China Earth Sci., 63, 257-266.


Ahmad, S., Liu, H., Beyer, F., Kløve, B., & Lennartz, B. (2020). Spatial heterogeneity of soil properties in relation to microtopography in a non-tidal rewetted coastal mire. Mires & Peat, 26. 10.19189/MaP.2019.GDC.StA.1779

Calabia, A., Molina, I., and Jin, S.G. (2020). Soil Moisture Content from GNSS Reflectometry using Dielectric Permittivity from Fresnel Reflection Coefficients. Remote Sens., 12 (1), 122.

Khan, N., Ahmad, I., Ishaq, M., Jan, I. U., Khan, W. M., Awais, M. (2020). Reservoir potential evaluation of the Middle Paleocene Lockhart Limestone of the Kohat Sub-basin, Pakistan: Petrophysical Analyses. International Journal of Economic and Environmental Geology, 11 (1).

Olmo M., Bettolli ML., Rusticucci M. (2020). Atmospheric circulation influence on temperature and precipitation individual and compound daily extreme events: Spatial variability and trends over southern South America. Weather and Climate Extremes.

Shah, M., Calabia, A., Tariq, M.A., Ahmed, J., Ahmed, A. (2020). Possible ionosphere and atmosphere precursory analysis related to Mw >6.0 earthquakes in Japan. Remote Sensing of Environment 239, 111620.

Sheikh, L., Lutfi, W., Zhao,Z., Awais, M. (2020). Geochronology, trace elements and Hf isotopic geochemistry of zircons from Swat orthogneisses, Northern Pakistan. Open Geosciences, 12 (1), 148-162.

Sudheesh, V., Gupta, G. V. M., Naqvi, S. W. A. (2020). Massive methane loss during seasonal hypoxia/anoxia in the nearshore waters of the southeastern Arabian Sea. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:324.

Sudheesh, V. (2020). Comments on the article “Spatio-temporal variations in sulfur-oxidizing and sulfate-reducing bacterial activities during upwelling, off south-west coast of India”. Oceanologia, 62 (3), 408-410.

Thandlam, V., T.V.S, U.B., Hasibur, R. et al. (2020). A sea-level monopole in the equatorial Indian Ocean. npj Clim Atmos Sci 3, 25.


Calabia, A., and Jin, S.G. (2020). New modes and mechanisms of long‐term ionospheric TEC variations from Global Ionosphere Maps. Journal of Geophysical Research: Space Physics, 125, e2019JA027703.

Calabia, A., Tang, G., and Jin, S.G. (2020). Assessment of new thermospheric mass density model using NRLMSISE-00 model, GRACE, Swarm-C, and APOD observations. J. Atmos. Solar Terrest. Phys, 199, 105207.

Calabia, A., and Jin, S.G. (2019). Solar-flux and asymmetric dependencies of GRACE-derived thermospheric neutral density disturbances due to geomagnetic and solar wind forcing. Ann. Geophys., 37(5), 989-1003.

Edokossi, K., Calabia, A., and Jin, S.G., and Molina, I. (2020). GNSS-Reflectometry and Remote Sensing of Soil Moisture: A Review of Measurement Techniques, Methods, and Applications. Remote Sens., 12(4), 614.

Jiang, Z., Sharma, A., & Johnson, F. (2020). Refining Predictor Spectral Representation Using Wavelet Theory for Improved Natural System Modeling. Water Resources Research, 56(3), e2019WR026962.

Reboita, M.S., Reale, M., da Rocha, R.P. et al. (2020). Future changes in the wintertime cyclonic activity over the CORDEX-CORE southern hemisphere domains in a multi-model approach. Clim Dyn.

Reale, M., Giorgi, F., Solidoro, C., Di Biagio, V., Di Sante, F., Mariotti, L., Farneti R., Sannino G. (2020). The Regional Earth System Model RegCM‐ES: Evaluation of the Mediterranean climate and marine biogeochemistry. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems,12, e2019MS001812.

Rivera, J.A., Otero, F., Naranjo Tamayo, E. and Silva, M. (2020). Sixty Years of Hail Suppression Activities in Mendoza, Argentina: Uncertainties, Gaps in Knowledge and Future Perspectives. Frontiers in Environmental Science 8: 45.

Schrapffer, A., Sörensson, A., Polcher, J., Fita, L. (2020). Benefits of representing floodplains in a Land Surface Model: Pantanal simulated with ORCHIDEE CMIP6 version. Climate Dynamics.


Prasath, R. A., Paul, A., & Singh, S. (2019). Earthquakes in the Garhwal Himalaya of the Central Seismic Gap: A Study of Historical and Present Seismicity and Their Implications to the Seismotectonics. Pure and Applied Geophysics, 176(11), 4661-4685.

Akam, Sajjad A., Richard B. Coffin, Hussain AN Abdulla, and Timothy W. Lyons. (2020). Dissolved Inorganic Carbon Pump in Methane-Charged Shallow Marine Sediments: State of the Art and New Model Perspectives. Frontiers in Marine Science,

A simplified representation of DIC cycling at diffusion-controlled marine settings.


Chaudhary, N., Westermann, S., Lamba, S., Shurpali, N., Sannel, A.B.K., Schurgers, G., Miller, P.A. and Smith, B. (2020), Modelling past and future peatland carbon dynamics across the pan‐Arctic, Glob Change Biol. Accepted Author Manuscript.

Sánchez-Balseca, J. and Pérez-Foguet, A.  (2020). Modelling hourly spatio-temporal PM2.5 concentration in wildfire scenarios using dynamic linear models, Atmospheric Research, 242, 104999.

Holanda, B. A., Pöhlker, M. L., Walter, D., Saturno, J., Sörgel, M., Ditas, J., Ditas, F., Schulz, C., Franco, M. A., Wang, Q., Donth, T., Artaxo, P., Barbosa, H. M. J., Borrmann, S., Braga, R., Brito, J., Cheng, Y., Dollner, M., Kaiser, J. W., Klimach, T., Knote, C., Krüger, O. O., Fütterer, D., Lavrič, J. V., Ma, N., Machado, L. A. T., Ming, J., Morais, F. G., Paulsen, H., Sauer, D., Schlager, H., Schneider, J., Su, H., Weinzierl, B., Walser, A., Wendisch, M., Ziereis, H., Zöger, M., Pöschl, U., Andreae, M. O., and Pöhlker, C.(2020). Influx of African biomass burning aerosol during the Amazonian dry season through layered transatlantic transport of black carbon-rich smoke. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 4757–4785.


Muhammad, S. and Thapa, A.  (2020). An improved Terra–Aqua MODIS snow cover and Randolph Glacier Inventory 6.0 combined product (MOYDGL06*) for high-mountain Asia between 2002 and 2018. Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 12, 345–356.

Jain, S., Scaife, A.A., Dunstone, N., Smith, D., & Mishra, S.K. (2020). Current chance of unprecedented monsoon rainfall over India using dynamical ensemble simulations. Environmental Research Letters.

Pradhan, H.K., Voelker, C., Bracher, A., Losa, S & Nerger, L. 2020. Global Assimilation of Ocean‐Color Data of Phytoplankton Functional Types: Impact of Different Data Sets. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans.

Arshad, A., Ashraf, M., R-Siti-Sundari, Wajid, M., Qamar, H. and Hasan, M. 2020. Vulnerability Assessment of Urban Expansion and Modelling Green Spaces to Build Heat Waves Risk Resiliency in Karachi. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 46.

Balogun, A.L., Marks, D., Sharma, R., Shekhar, H., Balmes, C., Maheng, D., Arshad, A., Salehi, P. 2020. Assessing the potentials of digitalization as a tool for climate change adaptation and sustainable development in urban centres. Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol. 53.

Ribeiro, R. R. R., Sulaiman, S. N., Bonatti, M., Sieber, S., & Lana, M. A. 2020. Perception of Natural Hazards in Rural Areas: A Case Study Examination of the Influence of Seasonal Weather. Sustainability, 12(6), 1-13.


Bolaño-Ortiz, T. R., Pascual-Flores, R. M., López-Noreña, A. I., Ruggeri, M. F., Lakkis, S. G., Fernández, R. P., & Puliafito, S. E. (2019). Assessment of absorbing aerosols on austral spring snow albedo reduction by several basins in the Central Andes of Chile from daily satellite observations (2000–2016) and a case study with the WRF-Chem model. SN Applied Sciences, 1(11), 1352.

Puliafito, S. E., Bolaño-Ortiz, T.R., Berná, L., & Pascual Flores, R. (2020). High resolution inventory of atmospheric emissions from livestock production, agriculture, and biomass burning sectors of Argentina. Atmospheric Environment, 223, 117248.

Puliafito, S. E., Bolaño-Ortiz, T. R., Berná Peña, L. L., & Pascual-Flores, R. M. (2020). Dataset supporting the estimation and analysis of high spatial resolution inventories of atmospheric emissions from several sectors in Argentina. Data in Brief, 29, 105281.

Samanta, D., Rajagopalan, B., Karnauskas, K. B., Zhang, L., & Goodkin, N. F. (2020). La Niña’s diminishing fingerprint on the Central Indian summer monsoon. Geophysical Research Letters.


Muhammad, S., Tian, L., & Khan, A. (2019). Early twenty-first century glacier mass losses in the Indus Basin constrained by density assumptions. Journal of Hydrology, 574, 467-475. 

Ehsan, M.A., Nicolì, D., Kucharski, F. et al. (2020). Atlantic Ocean influence on Middle East summer surface air temperature. NPJ Clim Atmos Sci 3, 5.