Benjamin Zaitchik

Assistant Professor

Olin Hall 222
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Zaitchik’s research is directed at understanding, managing, and coping with climatic and hydrologic variability. Understanding variability requires examination of the natural processes that drive climate and surface change. Managing variability relates to our ability to control anthropogenic influences on climate and hydrology at the local, regional, and global scales. Coping with variability includes improved forecast systems and methods of risk assessment. In each of these areas of research he employs a combination of observation-both in situ and remotely sensed-and numerical modeling techniques.

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S Satti, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr, T Tadesse
Enhancing dynamical seasonal predictions through objective regionalization
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 2017

AK Dezfuli, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr, J Evans, CD Peters-Lidard
The Role of Low-Level, Terrain-Induced Jets in Rainfall Variability in Tigris–Euphrates Headwaters
Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (3), 819-835, 2017

T Alemneh, A Ambelu, S Bahrndorff, ST Mereta, C Pertoldi, BF Zaitchik
Modeling the impact of highland settlements on ecological disturbance of streams in Choke Mountain Catchment: Macroinvertebrate assemblages and water quality
Ecological Indicators 73, 452-459, 2017

Are the Central Andes Mountains a warming hot spot?
Journal of Climate, 2017

BF Zaitchik
Madden-Julian Oscillation impacts on tropical African precipitation
Atmospheric Research 184, 88-102, 2017

J Shortridge, S Guikema, B Zaitchik
Robust decision making in data scarce contexts: addressing data and model limitations for infrastructure planning under transient climate change
Climatic Change 140 (2), 323-337, 2017

F Policelli, D Slayback, B Brakenridge, J Nigro, A Hubbard, B Zaitchik, ...
The NASA Global Flood Mapping System: Final Draft
Remote Sensing of Hydrological Extremes, 47-63, 2017

W Nie, BF Zaitchik, G Ni, T Sun
Impacts of Anthropogenic Heat on Summertime Rainfall in Beijing
Journal of Hydrometeorology, 2016

M Eggen, M Ozdogan, BF Zaitchik, B Simane
Land Cover Classification in Complex and Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands
Remote Sensing 8 (12), 1020, 2016

HS Badr, AK Dezfuli, BF Zaitchik, CD Peters-Lidard
Regionalizing Africa: Patterns of Precipitation Variability in Observations and Global Climate Models
Journal of Climate 29 (24), 9027-9043, 2016

M Barlow, B Zaitchik, S Paz, E Black, J Evans, A Hoell
A review of drought in the middle east and southwest asia
Journal of Climate 29 (23), 8547-8574, 2016

F Policelli, D Slayback, B Brakenridge, J Nigro, A Hubbard, B Zaitchik, ...
The NASA Global Flood Mapping System
Remote Sensing of Hydrological Extremes, 47, 2016

S Rivero‐Calle, CE Del Castillo, A Gnanadesikan, A Dezfuli, B Zaitchik, ...
Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters
Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30 (11), 1620-1638, 2016

AA Scott, B Zaitchik, D Waugh, K O’Meara
Intra-urban temperature variability in Baltimore
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 2016

DB Kirschbaum, GJ Huffman, RF Adler, S Braun, K Garrett, E Jones, ...
NASA’s Remotely-sensed Precipitation: A Reservoir for Applications Users
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 2016

JE Shortridge, SD Guikema, BF Zaitchik
Machine learning methods for empirical streamflow simulation: a comparison of model accuracy, interpretability, and uncertainty in seasonal watersheds
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20 (7), 2611, 2016

SV Kumar, BF Zaitchik, CD Peters-Lidard, M Rodell, R Reichle, B Li, ...
Assimilation of gridded GRACE terrestrial water storage estimates in the North American Land Data Assimilation System
Journal of Hydrometeorology 17 (7), 1951-1972, 2016

SK Regonda, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr, M Rodell
Using climate regionalization to understand Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) precipitation performance for the Conterminous United States (CONUS)
Geophysical Research Letters 43 (12), 6485-6492, 2016

BF Zaitchik, MH Hayden, DAM Villela, CC Lord, UD Kitron, JJ Carvajal, ...
Climate Information for Arbovirus Risk Monitoring: Opportunities and Challenges
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97 (5), ES107-ES111, 2016

A Dezfuli, B Zaitchik
Using WRF to understand how topographically-driven mesoscale features influence rainfall variability in Tigris-Euphrates System
EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts 18, 10877, 2016