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Investigating India's Evolving Monsoon

A team of scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi have published a paper arguing that monsoon winds that provide rain to the west coast of India may shift northward in the future, leaving southern areas of the country drier than they are now.

NYUAD Center Wins Grant From India to Study Monsoon

Weather prediction, even over a short period of time, is extremely difficult. There are so many variables in the atmosphere that it's impossible to say for sure what the weather will be like next year, next month, or even tomorrow.

Resident Expert: The Science of Sandstorms

The sandstorms that can complicate life in Abu Dhabi are part of a complex weather pattern that also provides India with the monsoon rain essential to the crops that sustain one billion people, NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are learning.  

Modeling Future Climate

Understanding our planet's climate, and how it is changing, is growing increasingly urgent. But the task is so enormously complex that today's best computer models are still insufficient, almost primitive.

Professor Andrew Majda Wins Award

Andrew Majda, principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM), has been awarded the Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) for his outstanding scholarship in the field of applied mathematics.

Looking to the Clouds to Predict Future Climate

Right now, we're using only 1 percent of the current data available from satellites to help us understand climate change," said Andrew Majda, founder and principal investigator of NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling (CPCM).

In the News

NYU Abu Dhabi science research is frequently featured in local and international media.

World's largest marine dead zone may reach UAE’s shores
NYUAD researchers use computer modelling to study growth of dead zone in Arabian Gulf.
The National | June 16, 2019

New study reveals teleconnection between Indian monsoon and Atlantic Nino
There is a growing teleconnection between Indian summer monsoon rainfall and Atlantic sea surface temperature anomalies, said a new study.
Business Standard | May 19, 2019

Atlantic sea-surface temperatures could impact monsoons: Scientists
Researchers have known for a long time that distant weather parameters called 'teleconnections' can influence the performance of the summer monsoon.
The Telegraph | May 17, 2019

New weather model to spot India's massive monsoons coming
Climate change could significantly impact agriculture, industry and lives.
The National | May 17, 2019

Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears
Lachkar and other researchers are worried that global warming is causing the zone to expand, raising concerns for local ecosystems and industries including fishing and tourism. | July 17, 2018

How NYUAD research hopes to predict crucial changes to India's monsoon 
Rains are essential to agriculture - as is understanding how climate change may alter them. 
The National | April 28, 2018

Climate model projects 45% fall in monsoon
Researchers from the Centre for Prototype Climate Modeling, New York University Abu Dhabi predict that there could be a 45% decrease in Indian summer monsoon in the late stages of 21st century.
The Times of India | March 01, 2018

Rain alert on rising temperatures
Rising global temperatures will lead to a 60 per cent fall in the number of low pressure storms over the Bay of Bengal that serve as key rain-bearing engines during the monsoon, climate scientists have predicted.
The Telegraph India | February 28, 2018

Simulations suggest changes in weather patterns coming to India due to global warming | February 27, 2018

Northern India may get extreme rainfall in future
Extreme rainfall events may increase over north India while central India may become drier as a result of global warming, a new simulation study predicting future monsoon activity says.
Nature Asia | February 27, 2018

Climate dynamics: Shorter monsoon season
The Indian summer monsoon (ISM) is characterized by extensive rainfall across the sub-continent, driven, in part, by land-sea temperature contrasts and the resulting landward flow of moist oceanic air.
Nature | May 31, 2017

Study sees limited impact of climate change on fisheriesClimate research experts at Abu Dhabi center notice many global weather anomalies this year, including the recent rainfall in the UAE
Global warming is less of a concern to the fisheries industries along the Omani coast during the summer season of June through September than previously thought, a new study has revealed.
Times of Oman | October 24, 2016

UAE-based scientists hope to predict monsoon rains in India
Called the Monsoon Mission, the project will use historical data in India to inform predictions about future rainfall.
The National | September 21, 2015

Professor Andrew Majda awarded Lagrange Prize from the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
ICAM (The International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics) Lagrange Prize is awarded to Andrew J. Majda (New York University, USA) in recognition of his ground-breaking, original, fundamental and pioneering contributions to applied mathematics and, in particular, to wavefront propagation and combustion, scattering theory, fluid dynamics and atmosphere climate science.
International Congress for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, ICIAM 2015 | August 14, 2015

Monsoon winds shift to affect climate in Arabian countries
A team of scientists at New York University Abu Dhabi has published a paper arguing that monsoon winds that provide rain to India's west coast may shift northward, leaving the southern parts of India drier.
Times of Oman | October 8, 2014

Madden-Julian Oscillation modeled using new cloud parameterization
Centered on the tropical Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO) is a major atmospheric system that has a strong effect on global weather systems, affecting everything from the rains in Australia to the temperature in the eastern United States.
Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union | August 14, 2015

W Coast to face the heat
The core of the southwest monsoon regime has been showing a tendency to shift north along India’s West coast, leaving the south increasingly dry.
The Hindu Businessline | August 12, 2014

Many global weather anomalies this year
Scientists believe they have discovered the cause of the extreme weather that hit the Middle East. When dry cold air meets warm moist air, a phenomenon called 'occlusion' occurs. This caused the record rainfall in Gulf region last month
Times of Oman | December 9, 2013

After worst November weather in a decade, scientists discover cause of UAE storms
Scientists at the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling unit at the New York University Abu Dhabi believe they have discovered what caused the freak weather that hit the UAE last month.
The National | December 5, 2013

Tracing the footprints of an unusual wet spell
Climate research experts at Abu Dhabi center notice many global weather anomalies this year, including the recent rainfall in the UAE
Gulf News | December 5, 2013

Abu Dhabi Research Center to help scientists understand climate change
The Centre for Prototype Climate Modelling, at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), will study clouds that form over the tropics.
The National | February 2, 2013

Experts tackle water scarcity
A new center for prototype climate modeling at the New York university institute will help researchers study ways to bring more water into the Middle East and North Africa region
Gulf News | May 8, 2011