Dr. Annalisa Molini

Dr. Annalisa Molini

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Infrastructure and Environmental Engineering

Address: Khalifa University, Masdar City Campus, Building 1B, Level 1, #17, P.O. Box: 54224, Abu Dhabi

Telephone: +971 (02) 810 9231

Fax: +971 (02) 810 9901

Email: annalisa.molini@ku.ac.ae

Prior to joining Khalifa University, she was a research associate at Duke University, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a joint appointment at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Visiting Scholar at the Ralph M. Parsons Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the MIT Technology and Development Program, and Data Manager and Analyst in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Field Inter-comparison of Rainfall Intensity Gauges, at the Italian Air-force Meteorological Center of Vigna di Valle, Rome, Italy.

Her research mainly focuses on the connections between aridity, climate change and water resources availability, and embraces a number of interconnected research topics including mixed physically-based/stochastic approaches to ecohydrology, hydrometeorology, land/vegetation atmosphere interactions at global, regional and local scales, boundary layer meteorology and the modeling of extreme hydrological and environmental processes such as severe droughts and flash-floods.

She is the main instructor of the graduate course “Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptations” in the Water and Environmental Engineering MSc Program at KU and the PhD level course “Climate Dynamics” in the multi-disciplinary Engineering PhD program. She is a member of the editorial board of Hydrological Processes (Wiley) where she is responsible for handling submissions in the field of eco-hydrology, stochastic hydrology and hydrometeorology. She is also one of the initiators (together with Dr. Marpu and Dr. Armstrong at Masdar Campus)  and chair of the Environmental Monitoring Platform (MIEMP).

  • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering – Methods and Technologies for Environmental Monitoring, University of Basilicata, Italy; 2002
  • MSc, Environmental Sciences, University of Genova, Italy; 1998
  • Climate Sciences
  • Hydrology
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Climate change, climate variability and water resources;
  • Arid lands hydro-climatology;
  • Hydro-statistics and wavelet-based spectral methods for hydro-climatic applications;
  • Stochastic modeling of hydrological, eco-hydrological and environmental processes;
  • Extreme hydrological and biological events and their spatio-temporal synchronization;
  • Multi-scaling, complexity and intermittency in hydrological systems;
  • Causality in climate sciences and hydrology;
  • Land-atmosphere interactions, and their impacts on the seasonal performance of climate models and water resources management;
  • Micrometeorology, turbulent fluxes and atmospheric boundary layer climatology as applied to renewable energy harvesting

Selected Publications:

1) Perri S., Entekhabi, D. and A. Molini (2018) Plant Osmoregulation as an Emergent Water-Saving Adaptation, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2017WR022319.

2) N. Kumar, A. Molini, Taha B.M.J. Ouarda and Madhavan Nair Rajeevan (2017) North Atlantic controls on wintertime warm extremes in the Middle East, Nature Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 12301.

3) Lazzarini M., Molini A., Marpu P.R., Ouarda T.B.M.J. and H. Ghedira (2015) Urban climate modifications in hot-desert cities: The role of land-cover, local climate and seasonality, Geophysical Research letters, 42(22), 9980–9989.

4) Casagrande E., Mueller B., Miralles D., Entekhabi D., Molini A., (2015) Wavelet correlations to reveal multiscale coupling in geophysical systems, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmosphere, 120(15), 7555-7572.

5) Niranjan Kumar K., Entekhabi D., Molini A., (2015) Hydrological extremes in hyper-arid regions: A diagnostic characterization of intense precipitation over the Central Arabian Peninsula, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, 120(5), 1637–1650, doi:10.1002/2014JD022341.

6) Lepore C., Veneziano D., Molini A., (2015) Temperature and CAPE Dependence of Rainfall Extremes in the Eastern United States, Geophysical Research Letters, 42(1), 74–83, doi:10.1002/2014GL062247.

7) Detto M., Molini A., Katul G. G., Stoy P., Palmroth S., Baldocchi D., (2012) Causality and Persistence in Ecological Systems: A Nonparametric Spectral Granger Causality Approach, American Naturalist, 179(4), 524–535, doi:10.1086/664628.

8) Molini A., Talkner, P., Katul, G., Porporato, A., (2011) First passage time statistics of Brownian motion with purely time dependent drift and diffusion, Physica A, 390(11), 1841-1852, doi:10.1016/j.physa.2011.01.024.

9) Molini A., Katul, G., Porporato, A. (2011) Maximum discharge from snowmelt in a changing climate, Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L05402, doi:10.1029/2010GL046477.

10) Molini A., Katul G., Porporato A., (2010) Scale-wise evolution of rainfall probability density functions fingerprints the rainfall generation mechanism, Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L07403, doi:10.1029/2010GL042634