Annalisa Molini

Annalisa Molini


Dr. Annalisa Molini is an assistant professor in the Masdar Institute Department of Chemical and Water Engineering. Her research focuses mainly on the connections between climate change and water resources availability, hydro-climatology, and the stochastic modeling of hydrological and environmental processes, as well as the study of extreme events such as severe droughts and flash floods.

She received her Master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Genova, Italy, with a major in Physics of Atmosphere and Oceanography, and her PhD in Methods for Environmental Monitoring from the University of Basilicata, Italy, with a research focused on the stochastic modeling of precipitation.

Prior to joining Masdar Institute, Dr. Molini was a research associate at Duke University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a joint appointment at the Nicholas School of the Environment; a 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.

Courses/Teaching interests

  • WEN523 – Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation (Spring Semester)
  • WEN619 – Climate Dynamics (Spring Semester)

Advisor to current Masdar Institute students

  • James Aggrey (MSc)
  • Saverio Perri (PhD)
  • Mijael Rodrigo Vargas Godoy (MSc) (co-Advisor)

Dr. Molini’s research interests span a number of diverse areas at the interface between climate sciences and hydrology, including hydrometeorology, hydro-climatology and the stochastic modeling of hydrological and environmental processes under climate change and climate variability in general.  A common thread in her research is the search for a deeper understanding of the connections between climate dynamics and water resource availability through a multi-scale and multidisciplinary approach.

Current research projects include:

  • Climate, Water, Health And The Environment in Arid Regions
  • Evolution of the Virtual Water Trade Network under Climate and Energy Constraints: Impact and Role of Arid Regions
  • Land-Atmosphere Interactions And Their Role In Shaping The Hydro-Climatology Of Arid And Semi-Arid Climates
  • Mangroves In Hyper-Arid Regions: An Ecohydrological Model And Its Experimental Validation Through Eddy Covariance Measurements
  • Experimental Characterization of Aerosol Wettability for Meteorological Applications
  • Boundary Layer Climatology of Arid Regions


  • Lazzarini, M., Molini, A., Marpu, P.R., Ouarda, T. B. M. J. and Ghedira, H.  (2015) Urban climate modifications in hot-desert cities: The role of land-cover, local climate and seasonality, Geophysical Research Letters, 42(22), 9980–9989.
  • Lepore, C., D. Veneziano, and A. Molini (2015), Temperature and CAPE dependence of rainfall extremes in the eastern United States, Geophysical Research Letters, 42(1), 74–83.
  • Casagrande, E., Miralles, D., Mueller, B., Entekhabi, D. and Molini, A. (2015) Wavelet correlations to reveal multiscale coupling in geophysical systems, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere, 120(15), 7555–7572.
  • Kumar, N., D. Entekhabi, and A. Molini (2015), Hydrological extremes in hyper‐arid regions: A diagnostic characterization of intense precipitation over the Central Arabian Peninsula, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmosphere.
  • Vico, G., Thompson, S.E., Manzoni, S., Molini, A., Albertson, J.D., Almeida-Cortez, J.S., Fay, P.A., Feng, X., Guswa, A.J., Liu, H., Wilson, T.G. and A. Porporato (2015), Climatic, ecophysiological, and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology, 8(4), 658–679.

For more information about Annalisa’s research, please visit her web page http://www.waterandclimatelab.net.