Curriculum Vitae


2024 - Present: Postdoc at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

2020 - 2024: Ph.D at Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Nov 2022 - Feb 2023: Visiting Researcher at Harvard, MA, USA

2018 - 2020: Masters in Hydrology from IIT Bombay, India

2014 - 2018: Bachelors in Civil Engineering from AMU, India

Research Interest:

My research centers around hydro-climatology with a focus on extreme weather events and land-atmosphere interactions. Currently, I am working on developing and utilizing physics-based box models of the Earth system that explicitly consider thermodynamic limits as a constraint on surface-atmosphere exchange. These models then enable me to investigate various aspects of temperature variability, turbulent exchange and hydrologic sensitivities. By integrating observations, data analysis, and modeling approaches, I seek to contribute to the advancement of our understanding of the Earth system and its response to climate change.

Journal Publications:

  1. Ghausi, S. A., Tian, Y., Zehe, E., & Kleidon, A. (2023). Radiative controls by clouds and thermodynamics shape surface temperatures and turbulent fluxes over land. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 120(29), e2220400120.
  2. Ghausi, S. A., & Ghosh, S. (2020). Diametrically opposite scaling of extreme precipitation and streamflow to temperature in South and Central Asia. Geophysical Research Letters, 47, e2020GL089386.
  3. Ghausi, S. A., Ghosh, S., & Kleidon, A. (2022). Breakdown in precipitation–temperature scaling over India predominantly explained by cloud-driven cooling. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 26(16), 4431-4446.
  4. Tian, Y., Ghausi, S. A., Zhang, Y., Zhang, M., Xie, D., Cao, Y., ... & Kleidon, A. (2023). Radiation as the dominant cause of high-temperature extremes on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Environmental Research Letters.
  5. Tian, Y., Zhong, D., Ghausi, S. A., Wang, G., and Kleidon, A.: Understanding variations in downwelling longwave radiation using Brutsaert's equation, Earth System Dynamics., 14, 1363–1374,, 2023.
  6. Sahastrabuddhe, R., Ghausi, S. A., Joseph, J., & Ghosh, S. (2023). Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall in a changing climate: a review. Journal of Water and Climate Change, 14(4), 1061-1088.


  1. Ghausi, S.A., Muzzammil, M. (2021). Grey Water Characterization and Its Management. In: Jha, R., Singh, V.P., Singh, V., Roy, L., Thendiyath, R. (eds) Water Resources Management and Reservoir Operation . Water Science and Technology Library, vol 107. Springer, Cham.

Publications (Submitted/under review)

    1. Ghausi, S. A., McColl, K., Zehe, E., & Kleidon, A. Explaining the short term variations and long-term trends in the diurnal air temperature range (under review).
    2. Ghausi, S.A., Zehe, E., Ghosh, S., Tian,Y., & Kleidon, A. Attributing variations in extreme precipitation - temperature sensitivities to cloud radiative effects.
    3. Tian,Y., Kleidon,A., Zhou,S., Ghausi,S.A., Wang,G., Zhong,D.,and Zscheischler, J. Shifts towards more damaging heat extremes under global warming (under review).


    1. Ghausi, S. A., McColl, K., & Kleidon, A. (2023). Determining the radiative and hydrologic controls on the diurnal air-temperature range using the thermodynamic limit of maximum power (No. EGU23-7721). Copernicus Meetings.
    2. Ghausi, S. A., Kleidon, A., and Ghosh, S.: Radiative cooling by clouds affects the precipitation - temperature scaling derived from observations, EMS Annual Meeting 2021, online, 6–10 Sep 2021, EMS2021-108,, 2021.
    3. Ghausi, S. and Kleidon, A.:  How much of the surface energy partitioning can be explained by controls imposed by thermodynamics?, EGU General Assembly 2022, Vienna, Austria, 23–27 May 2022, EGU22-4528,, 2022.
    4. Ghausi, S. A., Kleidon, A., and Ghosh, S.: Attributing the negative scaling of extreme precipitation with temperature over India to cloud radiative cooling during the monsoon season, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-7902,, 2021
    5. Ghausi, S. A., Zehe, E., Ghosh, S., Tian, Y., & Kleidon, A. (2024). Extreme precipitation–temperature scaling: disentangling causality and covariation (No. EGU24-10848). Copernicus Meetings.
    6. Ghausi, Sarosh Alam, Axel Kleidon, and Subimal Ghosh. "Cloud radiative cooling explains the global variability in precipitation-temperature scaling derived from observations." AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 2021. 2021.
    7. Ghausi, S A, Tian Y, Zehe E, and Kleidon A. "How much land-surface information is required to predict the seasonal variation in turbulent fluxes and surface temperatures?" AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts. Vol. 2022. 2022.

      Academic Merits:

        1. Innovative Student Project award at Master's level by Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) - 2020
        2. Prof. UC Kothyari Best Master's Thesis Award by Indian Society of Hydraulics (ISH) - 2020
        3. Best Paper Award at HYDRO 2018 International Conference - 2018
        4. Peer reviewer for Journals: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS), Earth System Dynamics (ESD), Climatic Change (CC)
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