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Agniv Sengupta

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 233-200

Pasadena, CA 91109


(818) 354-6299


(818) 354-3221

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Dr. Agniv Sengupta is a postdoctoral scholar at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. His interests broadly span across climate dynamics, hydroclimate variability, prediction, and predictability. A current focus of his research is on better understanding and predicting winter precipitation variations in the western United States. He is also interested in evaluating the representation of the global and regional water cycle in climate model simulations. Prior to joining JPL, he received his Ph.D. (2020) and M.S. (2016) in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Maryland (UMD) at College Park. His doctoral research at UMD was focused on sea-surface temperature based statistical forecasting of the South-Southeast Asian summer monsoon rainfall distribution.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland College Park (2020)
  • M.S., Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland College Park (2016)
  • B.Engg., Civil Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India (2014)

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (2020-Present)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland College Park (2015-2019)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland College Park (2014-2015)

Community Service

  • Student Board Member, AMS Committee on Climate Variability and Change (2018-2020)
  • Reviewer, Journal of Climate, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Climate Dynamics, npj Climate and Atmospheric Science, International Journal of Climatology, Earth and Space Science, Climatic Change
  • Treasurer, University of Maryland MetoGrads Student Organization (2017-2019)
  • Student Member, UMD Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Awards Committee (2015-2016)

Research Interests

  • Climate Dynamics
  • Hydroclimate Variability
  • Subseasonal-to-Seasonal Prediction
  • Atmospheric Rivers
  • Atmospheric Teleconnections

Selected Awards

  • AOSC Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, University of Maryland (2020)
  • Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship, University of Maryland (2019)
  • Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant Award, University of Maryland (2018-2019)
  • Eugene Rasmusson Graduate Fellowship, University of Maryland (2018)
  • Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Award, University of Maryland (2017)
  • Leah Thornton Lozano Graduate Fellowship, University of Maryland (2017)
  • NCAR-CESM Tutorial Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research (2017)
  • CMNS Dean's Fellowship, University of Maryland (2016)
  • Indian Academy of Sciences Summer Research Fellowship (2013)

Selected Publications

  1. Nigam, S. and A. Sengupta, 2021: The full extent of El Niño’s precipitation influence on the United States and the Americas: The sub-optimality of the Niño 3.4 SST index. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(3),
  2. Nigam, S., A. Ruiz-Barradas, and A. Sengupta, 2021: The Chennai water crisis: Insufficient rainwater or suboptimal harnessing of runoff? Current Science, 120(1), 43-55.
  3. Nigam, S., A. Sengupta, and A. Ruiz-Barradas, 2020: Atlantic-Pacific links in observed multidecadal SST variability: Is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation's phase-reversal orchestrated by the Pacific Decadal Oscillation? J. Climate, 33, 5479-5505,
  4. Wootten, A., E. Massoud, A. Sengupta, D. Waliser, and H. Lee, 2020: The effect of tatistical downscaling on the weighting of multi-model ensembles of precipitation. Climate, 8(12), 138,
  5. Massoud, E., T. Massoud, B. Guan, A. Sengupta, V. Espinoza, M. De Luna, C. Raymond, and D. Waliser, 2020: Atmospheric rivers and precipitation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Water, 12(10), 2863,
  6. Sengupta, A. and S. Nigam, 2019: The Northeast winter monsoon over the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia: Evolution, interannual variability, and model simulations. J. Climate, 32, 231-249,
  7. Sengupta, A. and M. Rajeevan, 2013: Uncertainty quantification and reliability analysis of CMIP5 projections for the Indian summer monsoon. Current Science, 105(12), 1692-1703.