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Nie W, BF Zaitchik, M Rodell, SV Kumar, MC Anderson, C Hain (2018) Groundwater Withdrawals Under Drought: Reconciling GRACE and Land Surface Models in the United States High Plains Aquifer. Water Resources Research. https://doi.org/10.1029/2017WR022178

Scott A, DW Waugh and BF Zaitchik (2018) Reduced urban heat island intensity under warmer conditions. Environmental Research Letters.

Bakker C, BF Zaitchik, S Siddiqui, BF Hobbs . . . & CL Parker (2018) Shocks, seasonality, and disaggregation: Modelling food security through the integration of agricultural, transportation, and economic systems. Agricultural Systems, 164, 165-184.

Funk C, L Harrison, S Shukla . . . B Zaitchik & J Verdin (2018) Examining the role of unusually warm Indo‐Pacific sea surface temperatures in recent African droughts. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. DOI: 10.1002/qj.3266.

Policelli F, A Hubbard, HC Jung, B Zaitchik and C Ichoku (2018) Lake Chad Total Surface Water Area as Derived from Land Surface Temperature and Radar Remote Sensing Data. Remote Sensing, 10(2), 252.

Colston JM, T Ahmed ... & B Zaitchik (2018) Evaluating meteorological data from weather stations, and from satellites and global models for a multi-site epidemiological study. Environmental Research, 165, 91-109.

Wu CYH, BF Zaitchik, & JM Gohlke (2018) Heat waves and fatal traffic crashes in the continental United States. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 119, 195-201.

Pizzitutti F, W Pan, B Feingold, B Zaitchik, CA Alvarez and CF Mena (2018) Out of the net: An agent-based model to study human movements influence on local-scale malaria transmission. PloS one, 13(3), e0193493.

Bernknopf R, D Brookshire, Y Kuwayama, M Macauley, M Rodell, A Thompson, P Vail and B Zaitchik (2018) The Value of Remotely Sensed Information: The Case of a GRACE-Enhanced Drought Severity Index. Weather, Climate, and Society, 10, 187-203.

Moore SM, AS Azman, BF Zaitchik, ED Mintz, J Brunkard, D Legros, ... & J Lessler (2017) El Niño and the shifting geography of cholera in Africa. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201617218.

Scott AA, H Misiani, J Okoth, A Jordan, J Gohlke, G Ouma, J Arrighi, BF Zaitchik, E Jjemba, S Vergee, and D Waugh (2017) Temperature and heat in informal settlements in Nairobi. PLoS ONE12(11), e0187300.

Ghatak D, B Zaitchik, C Hain and M Anderson (2017) The role of local heating in the 2015 Indian Heat Wave. Scientific reports, 7(1), 7707.

Zaitchik B (2017) Climate and Health across Africa. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.555

Wilusz DC, BF Zaitchik, MC Anderson, CR Hain, MT Yilmaz & IE Mladenova (2017) Monthly flooded area classification using low resolution SAR imagery in the Sudd wetland from 2007 to 2011. Remote Sensing of Environment, 194, 205-218.

Satti S, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr and T Tadesse (2017) Enhancing dynamical seasonal predictions through objective regionalization. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0192.1

Zaitchik BF (2017) Madden-Julian Oscillation impacts on tropical African precipitation. Atmospheric Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2016.10.002

Russell A, A Gnanadesikan and B Zaitchik (2017) Are the Central Andes Mountains a warming hot spot? Journal of Climate. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0268.1.

Dezfuli AK, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr, J Evans and CD Peters-Lidard (2017) The role of low-level terrain-induced jets in rainfall variability in Tigris-Euphrates Headwaters. Journal of Hydrometeorology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-16-0165.1.

Shortridge J, S Guikema and B Zaitchik (2017) Robust decision making in data scarce contexts: addressing data and model limitations for infrastructure planning under transient climate change. Climatic Change, 140(2), 323-337.

Nie W, BF Zaitchik, G Ni and T Sun (2017) Impacts of Anthropogenic Heat on Summertime Rainfall in Beijing. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18(3), 693-712.

Soneja SI, JM Tielsch, SK Khatry, B Zaitchik, FC Curriero and PN Breysse (2017) Characterizing Particulate Matter Exfiltration Estimates for Alternative Cookstoves in a Village-Like Household in Rural Nepal. Environmental Management. DOI:10.1007/s00267-017-0915-3.

Zeleke TT, F Giorgi, GT Diro and BF Zaitchik (2017) Trend and periodicity of drought over Ethiopia. International Journal of Climatology. DOI:10.1002/joc.5122

Kuras ER, M Bernhard, et al. (2017) Opportunities and challenges for personal heat exposure research. Environmental Health Perspectives, 85001, 1.

Badr HS, AK Dezfuli, BF Zaitchik and CD Peters-Lidard (2016) Regionalizing Africa: Patterns of Precipitation Variability in Observations and Global Climate Models. Journal of Climate. DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0182.1

Scott AA, B Zaitchik, D Waugh and K O’Meara (2016) Intra-urban temperature variability in Baltimore. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0232.1

Alemneh T, A Ambelu, S Bahrndorff, ST Mereta, C Pertoldi and BF Zaitchik (2017) Modeling the impact of highland settlements on ecological disturbance of streams in Choke Mountain Catchment: Macroinvertebrate assemblages and water quality. Ecological Indicators 73:452-459.

Eggen M, M Ozdogan, BF Zaitchik and B Simane (2016) Land Cover Classification in Complex and Fragmented Agricultural Landscapes of the Ethiopian Highlands. Remote Sensing, 8(12), 1020

Regonda SK, BF Zaitchik, HS Badr and M Rodell (2016) Using Climate Regionalization to Understand Climate Forecast System Version 2 (CFSv2) Precipitation Performance for the Conterminous United States (CONUS). Geophysical Research Letters. DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069150

Zaitchik BF, MH Hayden, DAM Villela, CC Lord, UD Kitron, JJ Carvajal, DCP Câmara, and IC dos Reis (2016) Climate information for arbovirus risk monitoring: opportunities and challenges. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0016.1

Shortridge J , S Guikema, and B Zaitchik (2016) Empirical streamflow simulation for water resource management in data-scarce seasonal watersheds. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20:2611-2628, doi:10.5194/hess-20-2611-2016

Rivero-Calle S, CE Del Castillo, A Gnanadesikan, A Dezfuli, B Zaitchik and DG Johns (2016) Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. doi:10.1002/2015GB005361

Kirschbaum, DB, GJ Huffman, RF Adler, S Braun, K Garrett, ... and BF Zaitchik (2016) NASA’s Remotely-sensed Precipitation: A Reservoir for Applications Users. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00296.1

Kumar SV, BF Zaitchik, CD Peters-Lidard, M Rodell, RH Reichle, B Li, M Jasinski, D Mocko, A Getirana, G De Lannoy, M Cosh, CR Hain, M Anderson, KR Arsenault, Y Xia, and M Ek (2016) Assimilation of gridded GRACE terrestrial water storage estimates in the North American Land Data Assimilation System. Journal of Hydrometeorology. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-15-0157.1

Tadesse T, T Haigh, N Wall, A Shiferaw, B Zaitchik, S Beyene, G Berhan and J Petr (2016) Linking Seasonal Predictions to Decision-Making and Disaster Management in the Greater Horn of Africa. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 97(4):ES89-ES92

Simane B, BF Zaitchik and JD Foltz (2016) Agroecosystem specific climate vulnerability analysis: application of the livelihood vulnerability index to a tropical highland region. Mitig Adapt Strateg Glob Change. 21(1): 39-65, DOI 10.1007/s11027-014-9568-1

Berhane F, BF Zaitchik, and HS Badr (2015) The Madden-Julian Oscillation’s influence on Spring Rainy Season Precipitation over Equatorial West Africa. J Climate 28(22):8653-8672, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00510.1

Urquhart EA, BF Zaitchik, SD Guikema, BJ Haley, E Taviani, A Chen, ME Brown, A Huq and RR Colwell (2015) Use of Environmental Parameters to Model Pathogenic Vibrios in Chesapeake Bay. Journal of Environmental Informatics, doi:10.3808/jei.201500307

Satti S, BF Zaitchik, and S Siddiqui (2015) The question of Sudan: a hydroeconomic optimization model for the Sudanese Blue Nile. Hydrol. & Earth System Sci. 19:2257–2293, doi:10.5194/hess-19-2275-2015

Badr HS, BF Zaitchik and AK Dezfuli (2015) A tool for hierarchical climate regionalization. Earth Science Informatics 8(4): 949-958, DOI 10.1007/s12145-015-0221-7

Shortridge JE, SM Falconi, BF Zaitchik and SD Guikema (2015) Climate, agriculture, and hunger: statistical prediction of undernourishment using nonlinear regression and data-mining techniques. Journal of Applied Statistics 42(11): 2367-2390, DOI:10.1080/02664763.2015.1032216

Bhattacharjee P and BF Zaitchik (2015) Perspectives on CMIP5 model performance in the Nile River headwaters regions. International Journal of Climatology 35(14): 4262-4275, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4284

Dezfuli AK, BF Zaitchik, A Gnanadesikan (2015) Regional atmospheric circulation and rainfall variability in South Equatorial Africa. Journal of Climate 28, 809–818. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00333.1

Castanho CdT, CJ Lortie, B Zaitchik, and PI Prado (2015) A meta-analysis of plant facilitation in coastal dune systems: responses, regions, and research gaps. PeerJ 3:e768 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.768

Lawston PM, JA Santanello, BF Zaitchik, and M Rodell (2015) Impact of irrigation methods on land surface model spinup and initialization of WRF forecasts. Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JHM-D-14-0203.1

Barlow M, BF Zaitchik, S Paz, E Black, JP Evans, and A Hoell (2015) A Review of Drought in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. Journal of Climate. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00692.1

Soneja SI, JM Tielsch, FC Curriero, B Zaitchik, SK Khatry, B Yan, SN Chillrud, and PN Breysse (2015) Determining Particulate Matter and Black Carbon Exfiltration Estimates For Traditional Cookstove Use In Rural Nepalese Village Households. Environmental Science & Technology. 49(9): 5555-5562

Berhane F and BF Zaitchik (2014) Modulation of daily precipitation over East Africa by the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Journal of Climate. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00693.1.

Badr HS, BF Zaitchik, and SD Guikema (2014) Application of Statistical Models to Prediction of Seasonal Rainfall Anomalies over Sahel. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0181.1.

Anderson W, S Guikema, B Zaitchik and W Pan (2014) Methods for Estimating Population Density in Data-Limited Areas: Evaluating Regression and Tree-Based Models in Peru. PLoS ONE 9(7): e100037. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0100037

Urquhart EA, BF Zaitchik, DW Waugh, SD Guikema, and CE Del Castillo (2014) Uncertainty in Model Predictions of Vibrio vulnificus Response to Climate Variability and Change: A Chesapeake Bay Case Study. PLOS ONE doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098256.

Simane B and BF Zaitchik (2014) The Sustainability of Community-Based Adaptation Projects in the Blue Nile Highlands of Ethiopia. Sustainability 6(7), 4308-4325. doi:10.3390/su6074308

Tadesse T, GB Demisse, BF Zaitchik, and T Dinku (2014) Satellite-based hybrid drought monitoring tool for prediction of vegetation condition in Eastern Africa: A case study for Ethiopia. Water Res. Res. 50: 2176-2190, doi:10.1002.2013WR014281.

Yilmaz, MT, MC Anderson, BF Zaitchik, CR Hain, WT Crow, M Ozdogan, JA Chun, and JP Evans (2014) Comparison of prognostic and diagnostic surface flux modeling approaches over the Nile River basin. Water Res. Res. 50: 386–408, doi:10.1002/2013WR014194.

Kent ST, LA McClure, BF Zaitchik, TT Smith, and JM Gohlke (2014) Heat Waves and Health Outcomes in Alabama (USA): The Importance of Heat Wave Definition. Environ Health Perspect. DOI:10.1289/ehp.1307262

Berhane F, BF Zaitchik and A Dezfuli (2014) Sub-seasonal analysis of precipitation variability in the Blue Nile River basin. Journal of Climate. http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00094.1

Danysh H, RH Gilman, J Wells, W Pan, B Zaitchik, G Gonzalvez, M Alvarez and W Checkley (2014) El Nino adversely affected childhood stature and lean mass in northern Peru. Climate Change Responses 2014, 1:7

Urquhart EA, MJ Hoffman, RR Murphy and BF Zaitchik (2013) Geospatial Interpolation of MODIS-Derived Salinity and Temperature in the Chesapeake Bay. Remote Sensing of Environment. 135: 167-177

Zaitchik BF, JA Santanello, SV Kumar and CD Peters-Lidard (2013) Representation of soil moisture feedbacks during drought in NASA Unified WRF (NU-WRF). Journal of Hydrometeorology. doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-069.1

Brennan ME and BF Zaitchik (2013) On the potential for alternative greenhouse gas equivalence metrics to influence sectoral mitigation patterns. Environ. Res. Lett. 8: 014033

Simane B, BF Zaitchik and M Ozdogan (2013) Agroecosystem analysis of the Choke Mountain watersheds, Ethiopia. Sustainability 5(2): 592-616; doi:10.3390/su5020592

Smith TT, BF Zaitchik, and JM Gohlke (2013) Heat Waves in the United States: definitions, patterns and trends, Climatic Change. 118(3-4): 811-825; doi: 10.1007/s10584-012-0659-2

Zaitchik BF and N Levin (2013) Understanding the dynamics of Tropical African climate [workshop report]. EOS, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union. 94(23): 209

Valle D, B Zaitchik, B Feingold, K Spangler, and W Pan (2013) Abundance of water bodies is critical to guide mosquito larval control interventions and predict risk of mosquito-borne diseases. Parasites & vectors, 6(1): 179-180.

Kent, ST, LA McClure, BF Zaitchik, and JM Gohlke (2013) Area-level risk factors for adverse birth outcomes: trends in urban and rural settings. BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 13:129; doi:10.1186/1471-2393-13-129

Cavieres, LA, RW Brooker, and 30 co-authors, including BF Zaitchik (2013) Facilitative plant interactions and climate simultaneously drive alpine plant diversity. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12217

Butterfield, BJ, LA Cavieres and 24 co-authors, including BF Zaitchik (2013) Alpine cushion plants inhibit the loss of phylogenetic diversity in severe environments. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12070

Anderson WB, BF Zaitchik, CR Hain, MC Anderson, MT Yilmaz, J Mecikalski, and L Schultz (2012) Towards an integrated soil moisture drought monitor for East Africa. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 16: 2893-2913; doi:10.5194/hess-16-2893-2012

Zaitchik BF, B Simane, S Habib, MC Anderson, M Ozdogan, and JD Foltz (2012) Building Climate Resilience in the Blue Nile/Abay Highlands--A role for Earth System Sciences. Int. J. Env. Res. Pub. Health 9(2): 435-461; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020435

Simane B, BF Zaitchik and D Mesfin (2012) Building Climate Resilience in the Blue Nile/Abay Highlands--A framework for Action. Int. J. Env. Res. Pub. Health 9(2): 610-631; doi:10.3390/ijerph9020610

Urquhart E, BF Zaitchik, M Hoffman, S Guikema, and EF Geiger (2012) Remotely Sensed Estimates of Surface Salinity in the Chesapeake Bay. Remote Sensing of Environment 123: 522-531.

Li B, M Rodell, BF Zaitchik, RH Reichle, R Koster, and TM van Dam (2012) Assimilation of GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage into a Land Surface Model: Evaluation and Potential Value for Drought Monitoring in Western and Central Europe. J. Hydrology: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhydrol.2012.04.035

Houbourg R, M Rodell, B Li, RH Reichle, and BF Zaitchik (2012) Drought Indicators Based on Model Assimilated GRACE Terrestrial Water Storage Observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology 48, W07525, doi:10.1029/2011WR011291

Zeng N, A King, BF Zaitchik, SD Wullschlegger, J Gregg, SWang, D Kirk-Davidoff (2012) Ecological carbon sequestration via wood harvest and storage: An assessment of its practical harvest potential. Climatic Change, doi:10.1007/s10584-012-0624-0

Ben's Previous Publications

Zaitchik BF, M Rodell, and F Olivera (2010) Evaluation of the Global Land Data Assimilation System using global river discharge data and a Source-to-Sink routing scheme. Water Resources Research 46, W06507, doi:10.1029/2009WR007811.

Zaitchik BF and M Rodell (2009) Forward-looking assimilation of MODIS-derived Snow Covered Area into a Land Surface Model.  Journal of Hydrometeorology 10(1): 130-148.

Evans JP and BF Zaitchik (2008) Modeling the large scale water balance impact of diferent irrigation systems.  Water Resources Research 44, W08448, doi:10.1029/2007WR006671

Zaitchik BF, M Rodell, and RH Reichle (2008) Assimilation of GRACE terrestrial water storage data into a land surface model.  Journal of Hydrometeorology 9:535-548

Zaitchik BF, JP Evans, and RB Smith (2007) Regional impact of an elevated heat source: the Zagros Plateau of Iran.  Journal of Climate 20(16): 4133-4146

Zaitchik BF, JP Evans, RA Geerken, and RB Smith (2007) Climate and vegetation in the Middle East: inter-annual variability and drought feedbacks.  Journal of Climate 20(15): 3924-3941

Hole F and BF Zaitchik (2007) Policies, plans, practices, and prospects: irrigation in northeastern Syria.  Land Degradation and Development 18:DOI:10.1002/ldr.772

Zaitchik BF, AK Macalady, LR Bonneau, and RB Smith (2006) Europe’s 2003 heatwave: a satellite view of impacts and land-atmosphere feedbacks.  International Journal of Climatology 26:743-769

Geerken R, B Zaitchik, and JP Evans (2005) Classifying rangeland vegetation type and coverage from NDVI time series using Fourier Filtered Cycle Similarity.  International Journal of Remote Sensing 26:5535-5554

Zaitchik BF, J Evans, and RB Smith (2005) MODIS-derived boundary conditions for MM5: application to irrigated agriculture in the Tigris-Euphrates Basin.  Monthly Weather Review 133(6):1727-1743.

Zaitchik BF, HM van Es, and PJ Sullivan (2003) Modeling slope stability in Honduras: parameter sensitivity and scale of aggregation.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 267:268-278.

Zaitchik BF and HM van Es (2003) Applying a GIS slope stability model to site-specific landslide prevention in Honduras.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 58(1):45-53.

Shemesh, H, BF Zaitchik, T Acuna, and A Novoplansky (2012) Architectural plasticity in a Mediterranean winter annual. Plant Signaling and Behavior 7(4)

Zaitchik BF, LG LeRoux, and EA Kellogg (2000) Development of Male Flowers in Zizania aquatica (North American Wild-Rice; Gramineae).  International Journal of Plant Sciences 161(3):345-351.

Spangler R, B Zaitchik, E Russo, and E Kellogg (1999) Andropogoneae evolution and generic limits in Sorghum (Poaceae) using ndhF sequences.  Systematic Botany 24:267-281.