Divyansh Chug

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Dr. Divyansh Chug is a climate scientist working on maximizing the utility of climate impact assessments for decision-makers and stakeholders who face the direst consequences. His current project seeks to understand how farmers in northwest India engage with climate services and make decisions to tackle uncertain weather conditions and adaptation choices to perceived changes in the regional climate.

He completed his PhD from the Department of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign where his work focused on the exchange of heat and moisture between the land and the atmosphere at a range of spatiotemporal scales. Divyansh’s doctoral work has led to the identification of preferential convection over dry soil patches on the order of tens of kilometers over South America – a phenomenon previously observed over the Sahel and the Tibetan Plateau.

Divyansh holds an M.Sc. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois where he also received the Liberal Art and Sciences (LAS) Impact Award 2021 for outstanding organizational leadership in co-chairing the Midwest Student Conference on Atmospheric Research (MSCAR). Divyansh also holds a B.Tech. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay where he launched the maiden edition of the on-spot startup funding event ‘The 10 Minute Million’.

In his free time, Div enjoys hiking, cooking and learning about exotic spices.

Selected Publications

Chug, D., F. Dominguez, C. M. Taylor, C. Klein, S. W. Nesbitt, 2023: Dry-to-Wet Soil Gradients Enhance Convection and Rainfall over Subtropical South America. J. Hydrometeor. (submitted)

Chug, D., F. Dominguez and Z. Yang, 2022: The Amazon and La Plata river basins as Moisture Sources of South America: Climatology and Intra-seasonal Variability. JGR – Atmospheres, https://doi.org/10.1029/2021JD035455

Eiras‐Barca, J., F. Dominguez, Z. Yang, D. Chug, R. Nieto, L. Gimeno and G. Miguez‐Macho, 2020: Changes in South American hydroclimate under projected Amazonian deforestation. Ann. N.Y. Acad. Sci.https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14364

Chug, D., A. Pathak, J. Indu, Sharad K. Jain, Sanjay K. Jain, A. P. Dimri, D. Niyogi and S. Ghosh, 2020: Observed Evidence for Steep Rise in the Extreme Flow of Western Himalayan Rivers, Geophys. Res. Lett.https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL087815

Chug, D. and F. Dominguez, 2019: Isolating the Observed Influence of Vegetation Variability on the Climate of La Plata River Basin. J. Climate, 32, 4473–4490, https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0677.1