Purdue Climate Change Research Center

Dev Niyogi

Contact Information

LILY 2-420
915 W. State Street
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054


The primary focus of Dev’s research is to significantly contribute to our understanding of the Earth system and the dynamic role of coupled land surface processes on weather and regional climate. His specific research interest is to represent vegetation feedbacks for improved land - atmosphere interactions, and the associated physics/dynamics in the coupled models. In particular, focus has been to investigate the hitherto poorly understood impact of agricultural and urban landscapes and land surface feedbacks, and to investigate to what extent does the land surface variability affect the initiation and intensification of heavy convective precipitation, surface temperatures trends and regional climate?

Dr. Niyogi’s research has four inter-related themes: (1) Investigation of the effects of land surface processes on weather and climate. This involves the detection of the land surface/land use land cover change signature within climate observations; as well as studying the role of land surface processes on short term weather such as mesoscale convection and heavy precipitation. (2) Development and assimilation of satellite datasets for enhanced land surface representation and improving regional/mesoscale weather forecast models. (3) Incorporation of the effects of agricultural and urban landscapes in weather forecast, surface hydrology, and environmental/air quality models. (4) Synthesis of land – atmosphere interactions over United States, and the tropical Indian Monsoon Region as part of the regional and global climate systems.

Selected Publications

Niyogi, Dev, Hsin-I Chang, Fei Chen, Lianhong Gu, Anil Kumar, Surabi Menon, Roger A. Pielke Sr., 2007, Potential Impacts of Aerosol-Land-Atmosphere Interaction on the Indian Monsoonal Rainfall Characteristics, Natural Hazards- Monsoon Special Issue, DOI - 10.1007/s11069-006-9085-y

Matsui T. G, A. Beltrain-Przekurat, D. Niyogi, R.A. Pielke Sr., M. Coughenour, 2007: Aerosol light scattering effect on terrestrial plant productivity and energy fluxes over the eastern U.S., Journal of Geophysical Research, Yoram J. Kaufman Symposium Issue, 113, D14S14, doi:10.1029/2007JD009658.

Pielke Sr. R.A., C. Davey, D. Niyogi, S. Fall G, J. Steinweg-Woods U, K. Hubbard, X. Lin, M. Cai, Y.K. Lim, H. Li, J. Nielsen-Gammon, K. Gallo, R. Hale, J. Angel, R. Mahmood, S. Foster, R.T. McNider, P. Blanken, 2007, Unresolved Issues With the Assessment of Multi-Decadal Global Land Surface Temperature Trends, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, D24S08, doi:10.1029/2006JD008229.

Niyogi, D., T. Holt, S. Zhong, P. C. Pyle, and J. Basara, 2006: Urban and land surface effects on the 30 July 2003 mesoscale convective system event observed in the Southern Great Plains, Journal of Geophysical Research, 111, D19107, doi:10.1029/2005JD006746.

Douglas E., D. Niyogi, S. Frolking, J.B. Yeluripati, R. A. Pielke Sr., N. Niyogi, C. J. Vörösmarty, U.C. Mohanty, 2006, Changes in moisture and energy fluxes due to agricultural land use and irrigation in the Indian Monsoon belt, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L14403, doi:10.1029/2006GL026550.


B.Engg. (Civil Engg) - Pune University, India, 1994

M.S. (Atmospheric Sciences) – North Carolina State University, 1996
Thesis: Dynamic Interactions in Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer Processes.

Ph.D. (Atmospheric Sciences) – North Carolina State University, 2000
Dissertation: Biosphere Atmosphere Interactions coupled with CO2 and Soil Moisture Changes

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