Aiguo Dai, PhD

Examines the global water cycle, drought and future climate change.

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Aiguo Dai, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

Climate variability and change; precipitation variability; global water cycle; drought; global and regional climate change

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Professor Dai received his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from Columbia University in 1996. After that, he worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), first as a post-doctor and later became a Scientist III (equivalent to Associate Professor), until 2012, when he joined the faculty at the University at Albany. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences. He studies climate variability and change using both observations and climate models, with an emphasis on global and large-scale problems related to inter-annual to decadal variations and long-term changes in  precipitation, temperature,  drought, streamflow, and other hydroclimate fields.

As of early January 2019, he published over 140 peer-reviewed research articles in Nature, Nature Climate Change, J. Climate, Climate Dynamics, and other well-respected journals in atmospheric and climate sciences. Professor Dai has been consistently selected since 2014 as one of the world's Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson Reuters (the whole SUNY system only has 4-6 Highly Cited Researchers), and he is the most cited scholar at the University at Albany according to Google Scholar, with a total of citations over 30,000, an annual citation rate exceeding 4200 per year and an H-index of 67 as of early January 2019. For a list of his publications, see his Google Scholar profile.

Learn more about Professor Dai on his homepage at the Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences website.