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Dr. Erwan Monier

Research Associate



Research Interests
Dr Erwan Monier was a Principal Research Scientist at the CGCS and MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change until leaving for University of California Davis in 2018. He began at MIT as a postdoctoral associate in 2009, and was a research scientist from 2011-2015. His research focused on quantifying the uncertainty in future regional climate projections and estimating the contributions from various sources of uncertainty, including the uncertainty in the global climate system response, emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols, natural variability, future land use change as well as climate model structural uncertainty. He was a contributor 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). He has also served as a climate scientist for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change Impacts and Risk Analysis (CIRA) project. Within this project, he was involved in various climate impact assessments including the impacts of climate on agriculture and water resources, on wildfires and terrestrial ecosystem carbon storage, and on air quality and health. He completed his PhD in Atmospheric Science at the University of California, Davis, and holds a Master's degree in Hydraulics and Fluid Dynamics Engineering from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse (ENSEEIHT, University of Toulouse).

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

Xu L, Pyles RD, Paw U KT, Chen S, Monier E (2014) Coupling the high-complexity land surface model ACASA to the mesoscale model WRF. Geosci. Model Dev., 7, 2917-2932, doi:10.5194/gmd-7-2917-2014. 

Strzepek K, Neumann J, Smith J, Martinich J, Boehlert B, Hejazi M, Henderson J, Wobus C, Jones R, Calvin K, Johnson D, Monier E, Strzepek J, Yoon J (2014) Benefits of Greenhouse Gas Mitigation on the Supply, Management, and Use of Water Resources in the United States. Climatic Change, in press, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1279-9. 

Gao X, Schlosser A, Xie P, Monier E, Entekhabi D (2014) An Analogue Approach to Identify Heavy Precipitation Events: Evaluation and Application to CMIP5 Climate Models in the United States. J. Climate, 27, 5941-5963, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00598.1. 

Monier E, Gao X, Scott JR, Sokolov AP, Schlosser CA (2014) A framework for modeling uncertainty in regional climate change. Climatic Change, in press, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1112-5. 

Mills D, Jones R, Carney K, St Juliana A, Ready R, Crimmins A, Martinich J, Shouse K, DeAngelo B, Monier E (2014) Quantifying and Monetizing Potential Climate Change Policy Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystem Carbon Storage and Wildfires in the United States. Climatic Change, in press, doi:10.1007/s10584-014-1118-z. 

Monier E, Gao X (2014) Climate change impacts on extreme events in the United States: an uncertainty analysis. Climatic Change, in press, doi:10.1007/s10584-013-1048-1. 

Paltsev S, Monier E, Scott J, Sokolov A, Reilly J (2013) Integrated economic and climate projections for impact assessment. Climatic Change, in press, doi:10.1007/s10584-013-0892-3. 

Monier E, Scott JR, Sokolov AP, Forest CE, Schlosser CA (2013) An integrated assessment modeling framework for uncertainty studies in global and regional climate change: the MIT IGSM-CAM (version 1.0). Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 2063-2085, doi:10.5194/gmd-6-2063-2013. 

Monier E, Sokolov AP, Schlosser CA, Scott JR, Gao X (2013) Probabilistic projections of 21st century climate change over Northern Eurasia. Environ. Res. Lett., 8, 045008, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/4/045008. 

Zickfeld K, Eby M, Weaver AJ, Alexander K, Crespin E, Edwards NR, Feulner G, Fichefet T, Forest CE, Friedlingstein P, Goose H, Holden PB, Joos F, Kawamiya M, Kicklighter D, Kienert H, Matsumoto K, Mokhov II, Monier E, Olsen SM, Pedersen JOP, Perrette M, Philippon-Berthier G, Ridgwell A, Schlosser A, Schneider von Deimling T, Shaffer G, Sokolov A, Spahni R, Steinacher M, Tachiiri K, Tokos KS, Yoshimori M, Zeng N, Zhao F (2013) Long-Term Climate Change Commitment and Reversibility: An EMIC Intercomparison. J. Climate, 26, 5782-5809, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00584.1.

Hallgren W, Schlosser CA, Monier E, Kicklighter D, Sokolov A, Melillo J (2013) Climate Impacts of a Large-Scale Biofuels Expansion. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 1624-1630, doi:10.1002/grl.50352. 

Eby M, Weaver AJ, Alexander K, Zickfeld K, Abe-Ouchi A, Cimatoribus AA, Crespin E, Drijfhout SS, Edwards NR, Eliseev AV, Feulner G, Fichefet T, Forest CE, Goosse H, Holden PB, Joos F, Kawamiya M, Kicklighter D, Kienert H, Matsumoto K, Mokhov II, Monier E, Olsen SM, Pedersen JOP, Perrette M, Philippon-Berthier G, Ridgwell A, Schlosser A, Schneider von Deimling T, Shaffer G, Smith RS, Spahni R, Sokolov AP, Steinacher M, Tachiiri K, Tokos K, Yoshimori M, Zeng N, Zhao F (2013) Historical and idealized climate model experiments: an intercomparison of Earth system models of intermediate complexity. Clim. Past, 9, 1111-1140, doi:10.5194/cp-9-1111-2013. 

Reilly J, Paltsev S, Strzepek K, Selin NE, Cai Y, Nam KM, Monier E, Dutkiewicz S, Scott J, Webster M, Sokolov A (2013) Valuing climate impacts in integrated assessment models: the MIT IGSM. Climatic Change, 117(3), 561-573, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0635-x.

 Sokolov AP, Monier E (2012) Changing the Climate Sensitivity of an Atmospheric General Circulation Model through Cloud Radiative Adjustment. J. Climate, 25(19), 6567-6584, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00590.1. 

Monier E,Weare BC (2011) Climatology and trends in the forcing of the stratospheric zonal-mean flow. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 12,751-12,771, doi:10.5194/acp-11-12751-2011. 

Monier E,Weare BC (2011) Climatology and trends in the forcing of the stratospheric ozone transport. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 6311-6323, doi:10.5194/acp-11-6311-2011. 

Monier E, Weare BC, Gustafson WI (2010) The Madden-Julian oscillation wind-convection coupling and the role of moisture processes in the MM5 model. Clim. Dyn., 35(2-3), 435-447, doi:10.1007/s00382-009-0626-4.

Contact Information



M.Eng., Hydraulics and Fluid Mechanics, National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, ENSEEIHT, 2003
Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, University of California, Davis, 2009