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Erwan Monier

Principal Research Scientist

Monier, who has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis (2009), has been at MIT since 2009. He became a Principal Research Scientist in 2016. Research Statement: Erwan Monier's research focuses on: (i) climate impact assessment, using processed-based models, integrated assessment models and econometric impact models; (ii) modeling the coupled human-Earth system, focusing on improving the representation of agriculture and land-use change; (iii) climate modeling and uncertainty quantification, using a hierarchy of climate models and investigating the uncertainty in global and regional projections of climate change and climate extremes; and (iv) integrated assessment of the food-energy-water-climate nexus. He was a major contributor to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project. Within the CIRA project, he contributed to or led various climate impact assessments including the impacts of climate on agriculture and water resources, on forestry and wildfires, and on air quality and health. He also contributed to the intercomparison project with Earth System Models of Intermediate Complexity (EMICs) undertaken in support of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). Finally, he has contributed to the development of the MIT Earth System Model (MESM), an Earth system model of intermediate complexity, and designed and conducted large ensembles of climate simulations using a hierarchy of climate models.


Groisman P, Shugart H, Kicklighter D, Henebry G, Tchebakova N, Maksyutov S, Monier E Gutman G, Gulev S, Qi J, Prishchepov A, Kukavskaya E, Porfiriev B, Shiklomanov A, Loboda T, Shiklomanov N, Nghiem S, Bergen K, Albrechtová J, Chen J, Shahgedanova M, Shvidenko A, Speranskaya N, Soja A, de Beurs K, Bulygina O, McCarty J, Zhuang Q, Zolina O (2017) Northern Eurasia Future Initiative (NEFI): facing the challenges and pathways of global change in the twenty-first century. Prog. Earth Planet. Sci., 4, 41, doi:10.1186/s40645-017-0154-5.

Blanc E, Caron J, Fant C, Monier E (2017) Is Current Irrigation Sustainable in the United States? An Integrated Assessment of Climate Change Impact on Water Resources and Irrigated Crop Yields. Earth's Future, 5, 877–892, doi: 10.1002/2016EF000473.

Xu L, Pyles RD, Paw U KT, Snyder RL, Monier E, Falk M, Chen SH (2017) Impact of Canopy Representations on Regional Modeling of Evapotranspiration using the WRF-ACASA Coupled Model. Agr. Forest. Meteorol., 247, 79-92, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.07.003.

Monier E, Kicklighter DW, Sokolov AP, Zhuang Q, Sokolik IN, Lawford R, Kappas M, Paltsev SV, Groisman PYa (2017) A review of and perspectives on global change modeling for Northern Eurasia. Environ. Res. Lett., 12, 083001, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7aae.

Garcia-Menendez F, Monier E, Selin NE (2017) The role of natural variability in projections of climate change impacts on U.S. ozone pollution. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 2911-2921, doi: 10.1002/2016GL071565.

Kim JB, Monier E, Sohngen B, Pitts G, Drapek R, McFarland J, Ohrel S, Cole J (2017) Assessing climate change impacts, benefits of mitigation, and uncertainties on major global forest regions under multiple socioeconomic and emissions scenarios. Environ. Res. Lett., 12, 045001, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa63fc.

Gao X, Schlosser CA, O'Gorman P, Monier E, Entekhabi D (2017) Twenty-First-Century Changes in U.S. Regional Heavy Precipitation Frequency Based on Resolved Atmospheric Patterns. J. Climate, 30, 2501-2521, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0544.1.

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