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Zouhair Lachkar, Senior Scientist
PhD, Environmental Sciences, Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris, France, 2007
Master of Science (DEA), Meteorology, Oceanography and Environment, Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France, 2002
Meteorologist Diploma, National School of Meteorology (ENM), Toulouse, France, 2002
Master of Engineering, Meteorology and Environment, Hassania Institute of Civil Engineering, Casablanca, Morocco, 2002
Zouhair is a senior scientist at the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM), NYU Abu Dhabi. He obtained his PhD at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (France) in 2007, and then served as a post-doc and later as a senior researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETH Zurich) before joining the CPCM in 2014.
His research interests are in the areas of oceanography, climate and marine biogeochemistry. The overarching goal of his work is to improve our understanding of the coupling between physical and biogeochemical processes in the ocean and the potential impact this has on climate change and variability. To this end, Zouhair has been investigating the functioning of the marine carbon cycle and its sensitivity to climate perturbations and small eddies using a hierarchy of oceanic numerical models applied to various regions of the world’s oceans. These include the Southern Ocean (e.g., Lachkar et al., 2007, 2009), the Eastern Boundary Upwelling Systems (e.g., Lachkar and Gruber, 2011, 2012, 2013, Lachkar 2014) and the Arabian Sea (e.g., Lachkar et al. 2016). After joining the CPCM, Zouhair has started investigating the dynamics of the oxygen deficient zones in the north Indian Ocean and the vulnerability of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal to acidification and changes in the Indian monsoon system.
Zouhair has authored and co-authored over 20 scientific publications in top-field academic journals such as Nature Geoscience, Science, Geophysical Research Letters, Climate Dynamics and Biogeosciences. He is regularly actively participating in large international scientific conferences and has been invited to deliver keynote talks at several of them.