Professor & Department Head

Department of Atmospheric Sciences

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX 77843-3150

Phone: (979) 845-0175

e-mail: sarava (at)


  • 1990 Ph. D. (Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences), Princeton University

  • 1986 Master of Science (Physics), Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur)

Professional Experience

  • 2018-present, Head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

  • 2005-present, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University

  • 1993-2005, Scientist I,II,III, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

  • 1990-1993, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Applied Math. & Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK

Professional Service

  • Member, Prediction and Research Moored Array in the Atlantic (PIRATA) Science Steering Committee (2010-2018)

  • Member, American Meteorological Society Committee on Climate Variability and Change (2014-2017)

  • Member, NRC Committee on the Assessment of Intraseasonal to Interannual Climate Prediction and Predictability (2009)

  • Co-organizer, TAMU Symposium on Climate, Statistics, and Satellites (2009)

  • Editor, Journal of Climate (2007-2010)

  • Co-chair, Program Committee for the 14th AMS Conference on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics, San Antonio, Texas (2003)

  • Co-convener, NCAR/ASP Colloquium on the Dynamics of Decadal-to-Centennial Climate Variability (2000)

  • Member, American Meteorological Society Committee on Atmospheric and Oceanic Fluid Dynamics (2000-2003)

  • Member, NASA Seasonal-to-Interannual Predictability (NSIPP) Science Team (2000-2005)

  • Member, U.S. CLIVAR Pacific Sector Implementation Panel (1999-2000)

Honors and awards

  • Texas A&M University, College of Geosciences Distinguished Research Award, 2015

Courses taught

  • ATMO 201: Introduction to Atmospheric Science

  • ATMO 321: Computer Applications in Atmospheric Science

  • ATMO 324: Physical and Regional Climatology

  • ATMO 459: Tropical Meteorology

  • ATMO 604: General Circulation and Climate

  • ATMO 611: Atmospheric Dynamics II

  • GEOS 210: Climate Change

Peer-reviewed Publications

Full list of publications (ResearcherID)

Selected Publications:

  • Patricola, C.M., R. Saravanan, P. Chang, 2018: The response of Atlantic tropical cyclones to suppression of African easterly waves, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 471-479. doi:10.1002/2017GL076081

  • Patricola, C.M., P. Chang, R. Saravanan, 2016: Degree of simulated suppression of Atlantic tropical cyclones modulated by flavour of El Niño, Nature Geoscience, 9, 155-160. doi:10.1038/ngeo2624

  • Ma, X., P. Chang, R. Saravanan, R. Montuoro, J.-S. Hsieh, D. Wu, X. Lin, L. Wu, Z. Jing, 2015: Distant influence of Kuroshio eddies on North Pacific weather patterns? Scientific Reports, 5, 17785. doi:10.1038/srep17785

  • Wang, Y., R. Zhang, and R. Saravanan, 2014: Asian pollution climatically modulates mid-latitude cyclones following hierarchical modelling and observational analysis. Nature Communications, 5, 3098. doi:10.1038/ncomms4098

  • Balaguru, K., P. Chang, R. Saravanan, and L. R. Leung, 2012: Ocean barrier layers' effect on tropical cyclone intensification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 109, 14343-14347, doi:10.1073/pnas.1201364109

  • Magnusdottir, G., C. Deser, and R. Saravanan, 2004: The effects of North Atlantic SST and sea-ice anomalies on the winter circulation in CCM3: Part I: Main features and storm-track characteristics of the response. Journal of Climate, 17, 857-876. doi

  • Giannini, A., R. Saravanan, and P. Chang, 2003: Oceanic forcing of Sahel rainfall on interannual to interdecadal time scales. Science, 302, 1027-1030, doi:10.1126/science.1089357

  • Saravanan, R., and J. C. McWilliams, 1998: Advective ocean–atmosphere interaction: an analytical stochastic model with implications for decadal variability. Journal of Climate, 11, 165–188. doi

  • Saravanan, R., 1993: Equatorial superrotation and the maintenance of general circulation in two–level models. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 50, 1211–1227. doi

Book Chapters

  • Saravanan, R., 2008: Seasonal-to-decadal prediction using climate models: successes and challenges. In: Large-Scale Disasters: Prediction, Control and Mitigation, Cambridge University Press, Mohamed Gad-El-Hak, ed., 318-328pp.