Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Priyanka Yadav

(Assistant Research Scientist)

Org Code: 610.1

Mail Code: 610.1
Greenbelt, MD 20771


Brief Bio

Priyanka Yadav is an Assistant Research Scientist with the University of Maryland Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center and the Global Modeling and Assimilation Office at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Her research focuses on improving predictability of the atmospheric circulation on subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) timescales using observational data, climate models, and advanced statistical techniques. She is interested in understanding the dynamics of the large-scale circulation, and the influence of tropical variability (e.g. Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD), and ENSO) on global weather and climate on different timescales via tropospheric and stratospheric pathways.

Priyanka has worked on diverse research projects including tropical-extratropical interactions due to the MJO via tropospheric and stratospheric pathways, stratosphere-troposphere coupling, the North American monsoon, the Indian summer monsoon and its links to the ENSO and IOD, and studying the stratospheric ozone depletion.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Spring 2016, Introduction to the Fundamentals of Atmospheric Sciences, George Mason University.


Ph.D., Climate Dynamics, George Mason University, USA. Dissertation: The character of mid-latitude response to the fast and slow cycles of the Madden-Julian Oscillation heating.

M.Tech., Atmospheric Science, SavitriBai Phule University (formerly Univ. Of Pune), India. Thesis: Effects of meteorological inputs on air pollutant dispersion modeling over Pune City using AERMOD model.

M.Sc., Space Science, SavitriBai Phule University (formerly Univ. Of Pune), India. Thesis: Satellite data analysis of stratospheric ozone using TOMS data.

B.Sc., Electronics, RDVV, India.

Other Professional Information



Straus, D. M., D. I. Domeisen, S.-J. Lock, F. Molteni, and P. Yadav. 2023. Intrinsic Predictability Limits arising from Indian Ocean MJO Heating: Effects on tropical and extratropical teleconnections Weather and Climate Dynamics 4 1001-1018 [10.5194/wcd-4-1001-2023]

Garfinkel, C. I., W. Chen, Y. Li, et al. C. Schwartz, P. Yadav, and D. Domeisen. 2022. The Winter North Pacific Teleconnection in Response to ENSO and the MJO in Operational Subseasonal Forecasting Models Is Too Weak Journal of Climate 35 (24): 8013-8030 [10.1175/jcli-d-22-0179.1]

Schwartz, C., C. I. Garfinkel, P. Yadav, W. Chen, and D. I. Domeisen. 2022. Stationary wave biases and their effect on upward troposphere– stratosphere coupling in sub-seasonal prediction models Weather and Climate Dynamics 3 (2): 679-692 [10.5194/wcd-3-679-2022]

Stan, C., C. Zheng, E. K. Chang, et al. D. I. Domeisen, C. Garfinkel, A. M. Jenney, H. Kim, Y.-K. Lim, H. Lin, A. Robertson, C. Schwartz, F. Vitart, J. Wang, and P. Yadav. 2022. Advances in the prediction of MJO-Teleconnections in the S2S forecast systems Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 103 (6): E1426-E1447 []

Chen, L., T. W. Ford, and P. Yadav. 2021. The Role of Vegetation in Flash Drought Occurrence: A Sensitivity Study Using Community Earth System Model, Version 2 Journal of Hydrometeorology 22 (4): 845-857 [10.1175/jhm-d-20-0214.1]

Yadav, P., D. M. Straus, and E. T. Swenson. 2019. The Euro-Atlantic Circulation Response to the Madden-Julian Oscillation Cycle of Tropical Heating: Coupled GCM Intervention Experiments Atmosphere-Ocean 57 (3): 161-181 [10.1080/07055900.2019.1626214]

Zadra, A., K. Williams, A. Frassoni, et al. M. Rixen, Á. F. Adames, J. Berner, F. Bouyssel, B. Casati, H. Christensen, M. B. Ek, G. Flato, Y. Huang, F. Judt, H. Lin, E. Maloney, W. Merryfield, A. Van Niekerk, T. Rackow, K. Saito, N. Wedi, and P. Yadav. 2018. Systematic Errors in Weather and Climate Models: Nature, Origins, and Ways Forward Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 99 (4): ES67-ES70 [10.1175/bams-d-17-0287.1]

Yadav, P., and D. M. Straus. 2017. Circulation Response to Fast and Slow MJO Episodes Monthly Weather Review 145 (5): 1577-1596 [10.1175/mwr-d-16-0352.1]

Gadgil, S., M. N. Rajeevan, L. Zubair, and P. Yadav. 2011. INTERANNUAL VARIATION OF THE SOUTH ASIAN MONSOON: LINKS WITH ENSO AND EQUINOO World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate 25-42 [10.1142/9789814343411_0003]

Janakiraman, S., M. Ved, R. N. Laveti, P. Yadav, and S. Gadgil. 2011. Prediction of the Indian summer monsoon rainfall using a state-of-the-art coupled ocean–atmosphere model Current Science Vol. 100, No. 3 pp. 354-362