Rodrigo Bombardi

Rodrigo Bombardi

Assistant Professor

Climate Change, Applied Climatology, Tropical Climate, Monsoons

  (979) 458-1712

  Eller O&M 814B


My research focuses on climate variability, climate predictability, and model development. I am most interested in research that has immediate applications to societal needs. For instance, by providing decision makers with improved predictions of the timing and amount of precipitation for the rainy season, they can make better informed decisions that impact global food security, electricity generation, and water management.

The prediction of monsoon systems and monsoon representation in climate models remains a challenge. My research has been focused on understanding the sources of monsoon variability and investigating ways of improving the prediction of monsoon systems. I work on problems related to atmospheric convection on range of timescales: from convective parameterization issues to sub-seasonal and seasonal predictability. In my research I make use of regional atmospheric models and global coupled climate models as well as multivariate analysis.

Selected Publications

Ford V, Frauenfeld OW, Nowotarski, C, Bombardi RJ (2020) Effective Sea Ice Area Based on a Thickness Threshold. Climate Dynamics.

Bombardi RJ, Moron V, #Goodnight JS (2019) Detection, variability, and predictability of monsoon onset and withdrawal dates: A review. International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.6264

Bombardi RJ, Kinter JL, Frauenfeld OW (2019) A Global Gridded Dataset of the Characteristics of the Rainy and Dry Seasons. BAMS, DOI: 10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0177.1

Dirmeyer PA, Halder S, Bombardi RJ (2018) On the harvest of predictability from land states in a global forecast model. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 123 (23), 13,111-13,127 

Bombardi RJ, Trenary L, Pegion KV, Cash B, DelSole T, Kinter JL (2018) Seasonal predictability of summer rainfall over South America. J. Clim., 31 (20), 8181–8195. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0191.1 (full-text 

Alvez LM, Marengo JA, Fu Rong, Bombardi RJ (2017) Sensitivity of Amazon Regional Climate to Deforestation. American Journal of Climate Change. DOI: 10.4236/ajcc.2017.61005

Bombardi RJ, Pegion KV, Kinter JL, Cash BA, Adams JM (2017) Sub-seasonal predictability of the onset and demise of the rainy season over monsoonal regions. Submitted to Frontiers Atmospheric Science.

Bombardi RJ, Tawfik AB, Manganello JV, Marx L, Shin C-S, Halder S, Schneider EK, Dirmeyer PA, Kinter JL (2016) The heated condensation framework as a convective trigger in the NCEP climate forecast system version 2. JAMES, DOI: 10.1002/2016MS000668

Bombardi RJ, Schneider EK, Marx L, Halder S, Singh B, Tawfik AB, Dirmeyer PA, Kinter JL (2015) Improvements in the representation of the Indian Summer Monsoon in the NCEP Climate Forecast System version 2. Climate Dynamics, 45, 2485-2498. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2484-6

Bombardi RJ, Zhu J, Marx L, Huang B, Chen H, Lu J, Krishnamurthy L, Krishnamurthy V, Colfescu I, Kinter JL, Kumar A, Hu Z-Z, Moorthi S, Tripp P, Wu X, Schneider EK (2015) Evaluation of the CFSv2 CMIP5 Decadal Predictions. Climate Dynamics. 44:543-557. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-014-2360-9

Bombardi RJ, Carvalho LMV, Jones C (2014) Simulating the Influence of the South Atlantic Dipole on the South Atlantic Convergence Zone During Neutral ENSO. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 118, 251:269. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-013-1056-0

Bombardi RJ, Carvalho LMV, Jones C, and Reboita MS (2014) Precipitation over Eastern South America and the South Atlantic Sea Surface Temperature during Neutral ENSO Periods. Climate Dynamics, 42, 1553-1568. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-013-1832-7

Bombardi RJ and Carvalho LMV (2011) The South Atlantic Dipole and Variations in the Characteristics of the South American Monsoon in the WCRP-CMIP3 Multi-Model. Climate Dynamics, 36, 2091-2102. DOI 10.1007/s00382-010-0836-9

Morales CAR, Rocha RP, and Bombardi RJ (2010) On the development of summer thunderstorms in the city of São Paulo: Mean meteorological characteristics and pollution effect. Atmospheric Research, 96, 477 – 488. DOI 10.1016/j.atmosres.2010.02.007

Bombardi RJ and Carvalho LMV (2009) IPCC Global Coupled Model Simulations of the South America Monsoon System. Climate Dynamics, 33, 893-916. DOI 10.1007/s00382-008-0488-1

Bombardi RJ and Carvalho LMV (2008) Variability of the monsoon regime over the Brazilian Savanna: the present climate and projections for a 2xCO2 scenario using the MIROC model. Revista Brasileira de Meteorologia, 23, 58-72. DOI 10.1590/S0102-77862008000100007  (in Portuguese)


Ph.D. Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013

M.S. Meteorology, University of São Paulo, 2008

B.S. Meteorology, University of São Paulo, 2005

Additional Information

Member of the Committee on Climate Services of the American Meteorological Society

Member of the Board of Women and Minorities of the American Meteorological Society 

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