- Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
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.
Zaitchik, Benjamin. “Assimilation of GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage Data into a Land Surface Model: Results for the Mississippi River Basin.” (2008). doi.org/10.1175/2007JHM951.1
Bakker C, Zaitchik BF, Siddiqui S, Hobbs BF, Broaddus E, Neff RA, Haskett J, Parker CL (2018). Shocks, seasonality, and disaggregation: Modelling food security through the integration of agricultural, transportation, and economic systems. Agricultural Systems. 164. 165-184. doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2018.04.005
Smith, T.T., Zaitchik, B.F. & Gohlke, J.M. Climatic Change (2013) 118: 811. doi.org/10.1007/s10584-012-0659-2
Moore, Sean M. and Azman, Andrew S. and Zaitchik, Benjamin F. and Mintz, Eric D. and Brunkard, Joan and Legros, Dominique and Hill, Alexandra and McKay, Heather and Luquero, Francisco J. and Olson, David and Lessler, Justin. “El Niño and the shifting geography of cholera in Africa,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, v.114, 2017. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617218114
Bakker, Craig and Zaitchik, Benjamin F. and Siddiqui, Sauleh and Hobbs, Benjamin F. and Broaddus, Elena and Neff, Roni A. and Haskett, Jonathan and Parker, Cindy L.. “Shocks, seasonality, and disaggregation: Modelling food security through the integration of agricultural, transportation, and economic systems,” Agricultural Systems, v.164, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.agsy.2018.04.005
Funk, Chris and Harrison, Laura and Shukla, Shraddhanand and Pomposi, Catherine and Galu, Gideon and Korecha, Diriba and Husak, Gregory and Magadzire, Tamuka and Davenport, Frank and Hillbruner, Chris and Eilerts, Gary and Zaitchik, Benjamin and Verdin, J. “Examining the role of unusually warm Indo-Pacific sea-surface temperatures in recent African droughts,” Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 2018. doi:10.1002/qj.3266