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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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, 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

T Tadesse, T Haigh, N Wall, A Shiferaw, B Zaitchik, S Beyene, G Berhan, ...
Linking Seasonal Predictions into Decision-making and Disaster Management in the Greater Horn of Africa
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 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

JE Shortridge, SD Guikema, BF Zaitchik
Empirical streamflow simulation for water resource management in data-scarce seasonal watersheds
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions 12, 11083-11127, 2015

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, 2015

PM Lawston, JA Santanello Jr, BF Zaitchik, M Rodell
Impact of irrigation methods on land surface model spinup and initialization of WRF forecasts
Journal of Hydrometeorology 16 (3), 1135-1154, 2015

CD Peters-Lidard, EM Kemp, T Matsui, JA Santanello, SV Kumar, ...
Integrated modeling of aerosol, cloud, precipitation and land processes at satellite-resolved scales
Environmental Modelling & Software 67, 149-159, 2015

S Satti, B Zaitchik, S Siddiqui
The question of Sudan: a hydro-economic optimization model for the Sudanese Blue Nile
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19 (5), 2275-2293, 2015

SI Soneja, JM Tielsch, FC Curriero, B Zaitchik, SK Khatry, B Yan, ...
Determining particulate matter and black carbon exfiltration estimates for traditional cookstove use in rural Nepalese village households
Environmental science & technology 49 (9), 5555-5562, 2015

C de Toledo Castanho, CJ Lortie, B Zaitchik, PI Prado
A meta-analysis of plant facilitation in coastal dune systems: responses, regions, and research gaps
PeerJ 3, e768, 2015