Paola Malanotte-Rizzoli is a physical oceanographer whose interests include:
i) investigation and modeling, both mathematical and numerical, of nonlinear coherent structures such as oceanic rings shed by western boundary currents and atmospheric blocking in the atmosphere;
ii) circulation and water mass formation processes of marginal, semi-enclosed seas such as the Mediterranean and Black Sea, including modeling of their shallow water ecosystems (northern Adriatic, Black Sea shelf);
iii) development of novel, theoretical methods for the assimilation of oceanic observations into general circulation ocean models (ogcm's);
iv) investigation and modeling of the processes characterizing the tropical oceans (tropical Atlantic, South China Sea and Indonesian Through-Flow) and of their ocean/atmosphere coupled modes of interaction.
Her most recent interests are focused on the development and application of a regional climate coupled ocean/atmosphere model for the South Asia Maritime Continent for the understanding of its present climate and the prediction of future climate scenarios. This project is part of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Program.
A constant interest throughout her career has been the study and prediction of the extreme floods affecting the city of Venice, Italy, and of its lagoon and the construction of the mobile barriers at the lagoon inlets for their protection.
Enrico Marchi Invited lecture, University of Catania, June 2018
Rachel Carson invited lecture, American Geophysical Union, New Orleans Dec. 2017
Singapore-MIT SMART Program Chair 2013-2014
Recipient of the Recognition Award from the Prime Minister of the Italian Government for the contribution to the IPCC report winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, 2006
Fellow of the American Meteorological Society, 2002
Winner of the 1998 Masi of the Italian government for excellence in environmental sciences
Editor’s Award from the American Meteorological Society as best reviewer of the Journal of Physical Oceanography, 1992
Cecil and Ida Green Scholar, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1978-1980
Special issue of the Journal of Geophysical Research on “Recent Progresses in Oceanography and Air-Sea Interactions in Southeast Asian Archipelago”. L..Oey, Editor; P. Malanotte-Rizzoli, Guest Editor
Li,M., Wei, J., Wang,D., Gordon A.L., Malanotte-Rizzoli P., Yang, S., and Jiang, G.Q. “ Exploring the importance of the Mindoro and Sibutu pathways to the upper layer circulation of the South China Sea and Indonesian Throughflow ” , Journal of Geophysical research, Oceans, 124, https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC0149 2019
Jiang,G.Q., Wei,J., Malanotte-Rizzoli,P., Li, M. and Gordon, A.L. “Seasonal and Interannual variability of the subsurface velocity profile of the Indonesian Throughflow at Majassar Strait”, in press in Journal of Geophysical Research, 2019
Xue, P., Malanotte-Rizzoli, P., Wei, J. and Eltahir, E. “Coupled Regional Climate Modeling over the Maritime Conrinent: A review” Under revision for Journal of Geophysical research, 2019
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Jiang, G.Q. Wei, J., Malanotte-Rizzoli P. Gordon, A.L. “An abrupt reversal of the South China Sea surface temperature sence 1998” Submitted to Nature Scientific Reports, 2019