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Auroop Ganguly

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering



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3Qs: What sparked the Tennessee wildfires?

Wild­fires raged recently through the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Moun­tains, dam­aging more than 1,400 struc­tures and killing 14 people. Last week, two juve­niles were charged with aggra­vated arson in con­nec­tion with them. Northeastern’s Auroop Gan­guly, an expert on cli­mate extremes, notes that the “chain of causality” in such events is com­plex, with human activity sig­nif­i­cant but other fac­tors, including cli­mate change, also playing a role.

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Faculty’s summer assignment: prepare for the fall semester

North­eastern fac­ulty mem­bers were hard at work this summer preparing to teach their fall courses. Here’s a look at some of the brand new courses they’ve devel­oped and the work that goes into preparing for the new aca­d­emic year.

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Climate change forces scientists to speak up

Blurb: When dis­cussing one of the most con­tentious topics of the 21st century—climate change—finding the bal­ance between fact and emo­tion is pre­car­ious, say North­eastern faculty.


The impact of climate change beyond the weather

On a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram to India this summer, North­eastern stu­dents saw first­hand how the nation of more than 1.2 bil­lion people is preparing for cli­mate change.


Student projects assess Logan Airport resilience

Grad­uate stu­dents recently met with Mass­port offi­cials to present rec­om­men­da­tions for strength­ening infra­struc­ture life­line resilience at Logan Inter­na­tional Air­port. The pro­posals were devel­oped as part of a new inter­dis­ci­pli­nary course at Northeastern.


Climate models suggest major changes in coastal marine ecosystems

By the end of the 21st cen­tury, cli­mate change will sig­nif­i­cantly alter an impor­tant oceano­graphic process that reg­u­lates the pro­duc­tivity of fish­eries and marine ecosys­tems, North­eastern researchers report in a new paper in Nature. These changes are likely to influ­ence the geo­graphic dis­tri­b­u­tion of marine biodiversity.

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A promising alternative to medical marijuana

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­macy Ganesh Thakur has received a $2.4 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tutes of Health to con­tinue his ground­breaking work to create a novel class of com­pounds to treat glaucoma.

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How does marine life survive climate extremes?

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team of researchers at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received a four-​​year, $1.2 mil­lion grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to develop new ways to study how marine organ­isms respond to cli­mate related severe tem­per­a­ture stress.


Climate change research goes to the extremes

In a new paper, North­eastern researchers show how they’ve used advanced com­pu­ta­tional data sci­ence tools to demon­strate that despite global warming, we may still expe­ri­ence severe cold snaps due to increasing vari­ability in tem­per­a­ture extremes.


Last dance with Mary Jane

Assis­tant pro­fessor of phar­macy Ganesh Thakur is devel­oping com­pounds that have the same ben­e­fits as med­i­c­inal mar­i­juana but without the neg­a­tive side effects.

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A new era for climate change science

New research from North­eastern cli­mate sci­en­tists sug­gests that the most recent gen­er­a­tion of models is no better at pre­dicting future out­comes than the older gen­er­a­tion. But they have a solution.

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The global water crisis

In the first ses­sion of the semester-​​long Open Class­room series on the world’s water crisis, Shafik Islam, the director of the Water Diplo­macy Ini­tia­tive at Tufts Uni­ver­sity, posed a chilling ques­tion: “Will water lead to war?”


3Qs: The current state of climate change science

Auroop Gan­guly, an asso­ciate pro­fessor and extreme weather expert, dis­cusses the newest report on cli­mate change, which found that humans are almost cer­tainly to blame for the global phenomenon.


3Qs: With Sandy, climate change ‘loads the dice’

Auroop Gan­guly, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering, exam­ines the role our planet’s changing cli­mate plays in weather events like Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

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3Qs: Back to the dust bowl?

The western and southern United States is cur­rently expe­ri­encing the worst drought since 1988. We asked Auroop Gan­guly, a pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering, to explain the effects of cli­mate change on drought and its impact on the environment.


3Qs: Hot, hot heat

Auroop Gan­guly, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering, ana­lyzed the rela­tion­ship between global warming and last week’s heat wave.

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3Qs: What is ‘global weirding’?

Auroop Gan­guly — an asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering who heads Northeastern’s Sus­tain­ability and Data Sci­ences Lab — explains how global cli­mate change and extreme weather, such as hur­ri­canes and heat waves, could affect water sus­tain­ability, crit­ical infra­struc­tures and human health.

Population growth would fuel global water shortage

Civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering asso­ciate pro­fessor Auroop Gan­guly devel­oped a com­pu­ta­tional model to pre­dict future water avail­ability based on both cli­mate — and global pop­u­la­tion change.

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Taking on extreme weather

Auroop Gan­guly, asso­ciate pro­fessor of civil and envi­ron­mental engi­neering, takes an inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach to studying cli­mate change and severe weather conditions.

Photo by Mary Knox Merrill.

Selected Publications

For a complete list of faculty citations, please visit iRis, Northeastern’s digital archive.


Lack of uniform trends but increasing spatial variability in observed Indian rainfall extremes

(with Ghosh, S., Das, D., and Kao, S.-C.) Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate1327. Highlighted by the National Science Foundation.


Intensity, duration, and frequency of precipitation extremes under 21st-century warming scenarios

(with Kao, S.C.) Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 116(D16119), 14p.


Multivariate and multi-scale dependence in the global climate system revealed through complex networks

(with Steinhaeuser, K.S., and Chawla, N.) Climate Dynamics, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-011-1135-9.

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