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Alessandra Giannini


Laurea in Physics, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy
PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University in the City of New York

 Research interests

A climate scientist engaged in international collaboration in scientific research and in science-policy dialogues, especially in Africa, Alessandra Giannini is best known for her post-doctoral work that conclusively demonstrated the oceanic origin of Sahel drought

After a postdoctoral appointment at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, in Boulder, Colorado, Giannini joined the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) in 2003. In December 2018 she moved to the Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique thanks to a "Make Our Planet Great Again" grant>. In December 2020, she took on a full professor position at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris.

Research interests include the dynamics of tropical climate (drought and recovery in the Sahel ; monsoons and climate change ; the El Niño-Southern Oscillation and its teleconnections ; El Niño as an analogue in climate change) ; the impact of climate on society (desertification and re-greening in the Sahel ; climate sensitivity of food security) ; adaptation and mitigation win-wins in developing countries, and scientific communication (teaching climate change in high school as an interdisciplinary endeavor ; the role of scientific knowledge in policy and practice)

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 Honors and awards

Laureate of Make Our Planet Great Again, President Emmanuel Macron’s initiative to support climate change research (2017)

NSF Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) (2010)