NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Columbia University, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

General Research Interests:
Land-atmosphere interactions, climate variability and change, terrestrial water cycle, climate and terrestrial ecosystem modeling, land-use/land-cover change and climate, climate impacts on global vegetation and  agro-ecosystems

Since December 2013, I am a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at IRI (International Research Institute For Climate and Society), at Columbia University. I am hosted by Alessandra Giannini. My research project focuses on the role of land-atmosphere interactions in climate models' projections of the West African Monsoon.

Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Associate at Rutgers University, with a visiting appointment at GFDL (Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory). I was working with Kirsten Findell (GFDL), Benjamin Lintner (Rutgers University), and Pierre Gentine (Columbia University). My work focused on diagnosing land-atmosphere coupling and its impact on climate variability in reanalysis and climate models.

Before moving to the US, I obtained my PhD from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France, working at IPSL. I was working with Nathalie de Noblet (LSCE-IPSL) and Benjamin Sultan (LOCEAN-IPSL). I included a representation of tropical croplands in the land surface model ORCHIDEE to study crop-climate interactions in tropical regions.

Contact information:

Alexis Berg
International Research Institute for Climate and Society
207F Monell Building
Lamont Campus
61 Route 9W
Palisades, New York 10964
(845) 680-4421
aberg at iri.columbia.edu

Some obvious instance of land-atmosphere interaction
(photo by D.Gourdon)