Debjani Ghatak

Debjani Ghatak

Visiting Assistant Professor

Cryosphere (Land Surface Snow & Sea Ice), Arctic Climate, High Altitude Climate Change, Climate Change Impact on South Asia

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  Eller O&M 814C


  • Arctic Climate
  • Interaction between cryosphere and atmosphere
  • Cryospheric teleconnection
  • Environmental Issues of South Asia
  • High Elevation Climate Change

Selected Publications


  • Saha K, D. Ghatak, 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.
  • D 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;
  • 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, 75697578, doi:1002/jgrd.50578.
  • 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. J. Geophys. Res., 117, D23, doi:10.1029/2012JD018047.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stroeve, J., A. Frei, J. McCreight, Ghatak, (2008), Arctic Sea Ice Variability Revisited. Annals of Glaciology, V48, p. 71-81.



 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.


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)                                                                                                                                                     


World Climate Research Programme Open Science Conference best poster award, Denver CO., 2011

Mina S. Rees Graduate Scholarship in Sciences and Mathematics from Hunter College, City University of New York, 2009

Additional Information


  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Johns Hopkins University

Relevant Work Experience:

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

Professional Affiliation:

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

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