Earth Institute Staff Directory

Chiara Lepore

Associate Research Scientist , Ocean & Climate Physics , Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) , The Earth Institute

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: My area of interest is at the intersection between hydrology and natural hazards, with particular emphasis on the statistical modeling of the rainfall process, its extremes, its interactions with the atmosphere and its effects on land. I have applied my skills to different aspects of the field of natural-hazards research, such as the analysis of rainfall extremes at both point and regional scales, and local and regional analysis of landslide risks with physical and statistical models.

Through the past years, I have come to appreciate the complexities of the rainfall process. In particular, I have pursued two very different approaches to characterizing rainfall: a statistical method, and a physically-based method, trying to relate these statistical properties to the physics and dynamics of the atmosphere. I consider both approaches necessary for a deeper understanding of the rainfall process, and to bridging the gap between different fields of the climate extremes research.