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Michael Deflorio
Postdoctoral Researcher

  • PhD, Oceanography (Climate Science), UC-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography (2015)
  • BS, Earth and Atmospheric Science, Cornell University (2009)

Research Interests
  • sub seasonal predictability of atmospheric rivers
  • coupled ocean/atmosphere modeling and dynamics
  • extreme events in a warming climate
  • climate change impacts and adaptation
  • aerosol-cloud-land-climate interactions

Professional Experience
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (Dec 2015-present)
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, UC-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Jul 2015-Dec 2015)
  • Graduate Student Researcher, UC-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Sep 2009-Jul 2015)
  • DOE Summer Research Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Jun 2008-Aug 2008)

Selected Awards
  • Doherty Fellowship, UC-San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Sep 2009-Jun 2010)
  • Dean's List, Cornell University  (Sep 2005-May 2009)

Selected Publications
  1. Myers, T. A., C. R. Mechoso, G. V. Cesana, M. J. DeFlorio, and D. E. Waliser (2018), Cloud feedback key to 2014-2015 marine heatwave off Baja California, Geophysical Research Letters, in revision.
  2. DeFlorio, M. J., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, F. M. Ralph, and F. Vitart (2018), Global evaluation of atmospheric river subseasonal prediction skill, Climate Dynamics, in revision.
  3. DeFlorio, M. J., D. E. Waliser, B. Guan, D. A. Lavers, F. M. Ralph, and F. Vitart (2018), Global assessment of atmospheric river prediction skill, Journal of Hydrometerology, 19, 409-426, doi:
  4. Myers, T. A., C. R. Mechoso, and M. J. DeFlorio (2017), Importance of positive cloud feedback for tropical Atlantic interhemispheric climate variability, Climate Dynamics, doi 10.1007/s00382-017-3978-1.
  5. Myers, T. A., C. R. Mechoso, and M. J. DeFlorio (2017), Coupling between marine boundary layer clouds and summer-to-summer SST variability over the North Atlantic and Pacific, Climate Dynamics, 50, 955-969, doi 10.1007/s00382-017-3651-8.
  6. Amaya, D. J., M. J. DeFlorio, A. J. Miller, and S.-P. Xie (2016), Wind-Evaporation-SST feedback and the Atlantic Meridional Mode: an observational analysis with CMIP5 comparisons, Climate Dynamics, 49, 1665-1679, doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3411-1.
  7. Lou, S., L. M. Russell, Y. Yang, L. Xu, M. A. Lamjiri, M. J. DeFlorio, A. J. Miller, S. J. Ghan, Y. Liu, and B. Singh (2016), Impacts of the East Asia monsoon on springtime dust concentrations and its direct effect over China, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120, 87618780, doi: 10.1002/2016JD024758.
  8. Yang, Y., L. M. Russell, L. Xu, S. Lou, M. A. Lamjiri, R. C. J. Somerville, A. J. Miller, D. R. Cayan, M. J. DeFlorio, S. J. Ghan, Y. Liu, B. Singh, H. Wang, J. Yoon, and P. J. Rasch (2016), Impacts of ENSO events on cloud radiative effects in preindustrial conditions: Changes in cloud fraction and their dependence on interactive aerosol emissions, deposition and transport, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 121, 6321-6335, doi: 10.1002/2015JD024503.
  9. DeFlorio, M. J., I. D. Goodwin, D. R. Cayan, A. J. Miller, S. J. Ghan, D. W. Pierce, L. M. Russell, and B. Singh (2016), Interannual modulation of subtropical Atlantic boreal summer dust variability by ENSO Climate Dynamics 46, 585-599, doi: 10.1007/s00382-015-2600-7.
  10. DeFlorio, M. J., S. J. Ghan, B. Singh, A. J. Miller, D. R. Cayan, L. M. Russell, and R. C. J. Somerville (2014), Semi-direct dynamical and radiative effect of North African dust transport on lower tropospheric clouds over the subtropical North Atlantic in CESM 1.0, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 119, 8284-8303, doi: 10.1002/2013JD020997.
  11. DeFlorio, M.J., D.W. Pierce, D.R. Cayan, and A.J. Miller, 2013: Western U.S. Extreme Precipitation Events and Their Relation to ENSO and PDO in CCSM4. Journal of Climate, 26, pp. 4231-4243, doi: 10.1178/JCLI-D-12-00257.1.

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