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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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

BF Zaitchik
Madden-Julian Oscillation Impacts on Tropical African Precipitation
Atmospheric Research, 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, 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, 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

T Tadesse, T Haigh, N Wall, A Shiferaw, B Zaitchik, S Beyene, G Berhan, ...
Linking Seasonal Predictions to Decision-Making and Disaster Management in the Greater Horn of Africa
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97 (4), ES89-ES92, 2016

S Rivero‐Calle, CE Del Castillo, A Gnanadesikan, A Dezfuli, B Zaitchik, ...
Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters
Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 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, 2016

CM Lee, A Serrat-Capdevila, N Iqbal, M Ashraf, B Zaitchik, J Bolten, ...
Applying Earth Observations to Water Resources Challenges
Earth Science Satellite Applications, 147-171, 2016

B Simane, BF Zaitchik, JD Foltz
Agroecosystem specific climate vulnerability analysis: application of the livelihood vulnerability index to a tropical highland region
Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 21 (1), 39-65, 2016

B Zaitchik
Visualizing and Understanding Socio-Environmental Dynamics in Baltimore
2015 AGU Fall Meeting, 2015

B Zaitchik
Understanding Recent Trends in Freezing Level Height over the Tropical Andes Mountains of South America: An Investigation of Reanalysis Products and GEOSCCM Integrations.
2015 AGU Fall Meeting, 2015

B Zaitchik
An MJO-Mediated Mechanism to Explain ENSO and IOD Impacts on East African Short Rains
2015 AGU Fall Meeting, 2015

B Zaitchik
Towards Actionable Waterborne and Vector-borne Disease Forecasts
2015 AGU Fall Meeting, 2015

HS Badr, BF Zaitchik, AK Dezfuli
A tool for hierarchical climate regionalization
Earth Science Informatics 8 (4), 949-958, 2015

PS Bhattacharjee, BF Zaitchik
Perspectives on CMIP5 model performance in the Nile River headwaters regions
International Journal of Climatology 35 (14), 4262-4275, 2015

JE Shortridge, SM Falconi, BF Zaitchik, SD Guikema
Climate, agriculture, and hunger: statistical prediction of undernourishment using nonlinear regression and data-mining techniques
Journal of Applied Statistics 42 (11), 2367-2390, 2015

F Berhane, B Zaitchik, HS Badr
The Madden–Julian Oscillation’s Influence on Spring Rainy Season Precipitation over Equatorial West Africa*
Journal of Climate 28 (22), 8653-8672, 2015

J Pullinger, C Melamed, G Bentley, J Shortridge, S Falconi, B Zaitchik, ...
Fuel for growth and development
Significance 12 (5), 22-43, 2015