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Student Profile
Argie Kavvada
Chios, Greece
4339 Computer & Space Science Building
Ph.D., M.S., Atmospheric & Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., Applied Mathematics, Georgetown University
B.S., Physics & Astronomy, The Johns Hopkins University
Dr. Sumant Nigam & Dr. Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas
Research Interests

My research focuses on the low frequency variability in the coupled, ocean-atmosphere North Atlantic climate system and its impact on the adjacent continents' hydroclimate and society, including North America, Northwestern Europe, as well as parts of Northwestern Africa (Sahel, Guinea) and South America (Brazil). Furthermore, I am interested in identifying the respective contributions of long-term trends and decadal-to-multidecadal climate signals to regional warming (cooling) and fluctuations in oceanic heat uptake and other key hydrographic properties that link surface variability to subsurface pertrubations.

Some of my completed research work, on the extent to which principal, 20th Century, atmosphere-ocean coupled, climate model simulations participating in the Intergovernental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC - AR5) project capture the spatiotemporal evolution and climate impact of AMO over North America, Greenland, North-Eastern Brazil, the African Sahel and parts of Northern Europe, has been published in Climate Dynamics, a leading international journal, among the top-three climate science journals based on ISI's 2012 ranking of impact factors and also cited in the latest (5th) Assessment Report of the IPCC.

Publications and Presentations

Kavvada, Argyro, Alfredo Ruiz-Barradas, and Sumant Nigam. "AMO’s structure and climate footprint in observations and IPCC AR5 climate simulations." Climate dynamics 41.5-6 (2013): 1345-1364 (pdf).

Ruiz-Barradas, Alfredo, Sumant Nigam, and Argyro Kavvada. "The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation in twentieth century climate simulations: uneven progress from CMIP3 to CMIP5." Climate dynamics 41.11-12 (2013): 3301-3315(pdf).

Presentation, Science On a Sphere (SOS) Users Collaborative Network Workshop, Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California, November 2012

Rowley, P. & A. Kavvada, 2012: Summer of Drought, EarthNow.

Kavvada A., Ruiz-Barradas A. and Nigam S. The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation: 3-Dimensional Structure and Spatiotemporal Evolution. Poster Presentation, INTRAMIF Summer School, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France (08/22-26/2012)

Graduate Student Seminar, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, University of Maryland, College Park, June 2011


- Eugene Rasmusson Graduate Student Fellowship Award for academic excellence and publication impact, 2014
- Graduate Research Fellowship, The Dean's Office, University of Maryland, College Park, 2013-2014
- Excellence and Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching in the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology, University of Maryland, College Park (Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2012, Spring 2013)
- A.G. Leventis Grant, January 2007-August 2009 (Academic Fellowship for M.S. studies in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, Georgetown University)
- Chios Societies of the United States and Canada, 2007

Member of the Following Organizations

MetoGrads, University of Maryland, College Park
American Geophysical Union (AGU)
American Meteorological Society (AMS)
Society of Physics & Astronomy Students, Johns Hopkins University
Alumni Association, Johns Hopkins University
Alumni Association, Georgetown University
American Association for University Women.

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