Annalisa Molini

Annalisa Molini


Dr. Annalisa Molini is an assistant professor in the Water and Environmental Engineering Program at Masdar Institute. Her research mainly focuses the connections between climate change and water resource 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.

Dr. Molini 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 focus on the stochastic modeling of precipitation.

Prior to joining Masdar Institute, she was a research associate at Duke University, in the 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

  • Global Climate Change: Impacts and Adaptation (Fall Semester)
  • Climate Dynamics (Spring Semester)

Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students:

  • Beppino Defner
  • Bushra Chalermthai  
  • James Aggrey
  • Iyasu Gebrezgabher Eibedingil


Research Interests

  • Climate change and water resources availability
  • Stochastic modeling in hydrology and eco-hydrology
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Modeling of extreme hydrological and biological events
  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Complexity in the environment
  • Non-linear time series analysis
  • Hydro-statistics and wavelet-based spectral methods
  • Virtual Water Trade

Current Projects include:

  • Climate, Water, Health and the Environment in Arid Regions, Masdar Institute – Massachusetts Institute of Technology FLAGSHIP Project;
  • Evolution of the Virtual Water Trade Network under Climate and Energy Constraints: Impact and Role of Arid Regions, Research Support Grants;
  • Land-Atmosphere Interactions and their Role in Shaping the Hydro-Climatology of Arid and Semi-Arid Climates, Masdar Institute –Massachusetts Institute of Technology   One to One project;


Selected Publications

  • 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, doi:10.1002/2014JD022341.
  • 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, doi:10.1002/2014GL062247.
  • 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 (2014), Climatic, ecophysiological, and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology, doi:10.1002/eco.1533.
  • Ouarda, T. B. M. J., C. Charron, K. Niranjan Kumar, P. R. Marpu, H. Ghedira, A. Molini, and I. Khayal (2014), Evolution of the rainfall regime in the United Arab Emirates, J. Hydrol., 514, 258–270, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.04.032.

For more information about Dr. Molini’s research visit her webpage http://www.waterandclimatelab.net