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Debjani Ghatak, PhD

Title/s:  Lecturer

Specialty Area: Hydro-Climatology

Office #:  BVM Hall 212

Phone: 773-508-3446 (Ext.: 83446)


Additional Profile Information

Teaching Certificate:

  • 'HEART' (Hopkins Engineering Applications & Research Tutorials) fellow
  • Teachers’ training workshop at the Johns Hopkins Teaching Institute, 2017


  • Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), Environmental Research Letters (ERL), Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (JAMC), Journal of Climate, Geophysical Research Letters.

Proposal Review:                  

  • NASA Grant Review Panel Member, Fall 2021 
  • NASA Grant Review Panel Member, Fall 2017                                                                            
  • NSF Grant Review Panel Member, Fall 2017


  • Ph.D., Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY)
  • Master of Science (MS), Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Graduate Center of the City University of New
  • York (CUNY) Master of Science (M.Sc.), Geography, University of Calcutta (India)

Professional Employment

Work Experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Texas A&M University
  • Clinical Data Analyst, Abbvie
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Other Relevant Work Experience:

  • New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
  • The Institute for Sustainable Cities City University of New York

Research Interests

  • Arctic Climate
  • Interaction between cryosphere and atmosphere
  • Northern Hemisphere Land-surface snow variability
  • Cryospheric teleconnection
  • Environmental Issues of South Asia
  • High Elevation Climate Change
  • Hydro-climatic issues of Chicago and surrounding area

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN).
  • Association of American Geographers (AAG).
  • Association of American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • American Meteorological Society (AMS)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)


  • Grant for involving undergraduates in research from the College of Geosciences “EXPANDING HIGH IMPACT EXPERIENCES IN THE GEOSCIENCES”, Spring 2022.
  • World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference best poster award, Denver CO, 2011.
  • UCAR 2013 PACE fellowship finalist.
  • Mina S. Rees Graduate Scholarship in Sciences and Mathematics from Hunter College, City University of New York, 2009
  • Graduate Student Research Grant Awarded from The Graduate Center, CUNY , 2008
  • Provost Fellowship from City University of New York
  • National Scholarship (India) in 2001, 1998, 1996

Selected Publications


Saha, K., D. Ghatak and N. S. S. Muralee. (2022) Impact of Plantation Induced Forest Degradation on the Outbreak of Emerging Infectious Diseases-Wayanad District, Kerala, India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(12):7036. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19127036. PMID: 35742291; PMCID: PMC9222524.

Ghatak, , B Zaitchik, S Kumar, M Matin, B Bajracharya, C Hain and M Anderson, (2018) Influence of Precipitation Forcing Uncertainty on Hydrological Simulations with the NASA South Asia Land Data Assimilation System, Hydrology5(4), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/hydrology5040057

Ghatak, D. and B. Zaitchik (2017), The role of local heating in the 2015 Indian Heat Wave. Nature Scientific Reports, 7: 7707, DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-07956-5.

Ghatak, D., Sinsky and J. Miller (2014), Role of Snow-Albedo Feedback in Higher Elevation Warming over the Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau and Central Asia. Environmental Research Letters, 9 114008 doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/11/114008.

Ghatak, D., and J. Miller (2013), Implications for Arctic amplification of changes in the strength of the water vapor feedback, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 118, 7569–7578, doi:1002/jgrd.50578. 

Ghatak, D., G. Gong, A. Frei, (2010): North American Temperature, Snowfall, and Snow-Depth Response to Winter Climate Modes. J. Climate, 23:9, 2320-2332

Ghatak, D., C. Deser, A. Frei, G. Gong, A. Phillips, D. Robinson, and J. Stroeve, (2012): Simulated Siberian Snow Cover Response to Observed Arctic Sea Ice Loss, 1979-2008. Geophys. Res., 117, D23, doi:10.1029/2012JD018047, 2012.

Ghatak, D., A. Frei, G. Gong, J. Stroeve, D. Robinson,(2010): On the emergence of an Arctic amplification signal in terrestrial Arctic snow extent, J. Geophys. Res., 115, D24105, doi:10.1029/2010JD014007.


James R. Miller, Imtiaz Rangwala, Debjani Ghatak (2012), Potential Climate and Hydrological Changes in the Aral Sea Region, in Michael R. Edelstein, Astrid Cerny, Abror Gadaev (ed.) Disaster by Design: The Aral Sea and its Lessons for Sustainability (Research in Social Problems and Public Policy, Volume 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, doi: 10.1108/S0196-1152(2012)0000020013, pp.53-64.