Research Interests

​Author of more than 290 journal and conference publications, Professor Stenchikov's research interests are in multi-scale modeling of environmental processes and numerical methods; global climate change, climate downscaling, atmospheric convection; assessment of anthropogenic impacts and geoengineering; air-sea interaction, evaluating environmental consequences of catastrophic events like volcanic eruptions, nuclear explosions, forest and urban fires; and air pollution, transport of aerosols, chemically and optically active atmospheric tracers, their radiative forcing and effect on climate.


  • Habilitation, Modeling of the Large-Scale Anthropogenic Impacts on Climate, Computer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, 1989
  • Ph.D., Numerical and Analytical Study of Weak Plasma Turbulence, Moscow Physical Technical Institute, Russia, 1977
  • M.S., Physics and Mathematics, Moscow Physical Technical Institute, Russia, 1973

Professional Experience

  • 2009 - present: Professor of Applied Mathematics and Computational Sciences and Professor of Environmental Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

  • 1998 - 2009: Research Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA

  • 1992 - 1998: Senior Research Scientist, Department of Meteorology (previously Associate Research Scientist and Research Associate), University of Maryland,  College Park, MD, USA

  • 1976 - 1992: Head of the Branch of Mathematical Modeling of Anthropogenic Impacts (previously Senior Research Scientist and Junior Research Scientist), Computer Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Professional Memberships

  • 2004 - present: International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior
  • 1993 - present: American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2007: Co-authored the Nobel Prize-winning IPCC AR4 report
  • 2006: AGU Journal Highlight Award for the 2005 paper by Delworth, Ramaswamy, and Stenchikov: 
  • The impact of aerosols on simulated ocean temperature and heat content in the 20th century, Geophys. Res. Lett. , DOI: 10.1029/2005GL024457.
  • 2004: NOAA Outstanding Scientific Paper Award for 2003 for a paper by Soden, Wetherald, Stenchikov, and Robock, 2002: Global cooling after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo: A test of climate feedback by water vapor, Science, 296, 727-730.
  • 2003: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Award “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the extremely successful Cirrus Regional Study of Tropical Anvils and Cirrus Layers - Florida Area Cirrus Experiment (CRYSTAL-FACE) based in the Florida Everglades region in July 2002”
  • 1986: Prize of the Council of Ministers of the USSR for the development of multi-tasking software
  • 1985: Gold Medal Award of the National Exhibition of the Economy Achievements of the USSR for the climate impact studies

Selected Publications

Osipov, S., & Stenchikov, G. (2018). Simulating the Regional Impact of Dust on the Middle East Climate and the Red Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123(2), 1032–1047. doi:10.1002/2017jc013335
Osipov, S., & Stenchikov, G. (2017). Regional Effects of the Mount Pinatubo Eruption on the Middle East and the Red Sea. Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 122(11), 8894–8912. doi:10.1002/2017jc013182
Dogar, M. M., Stenchikov, G., Osipov, S., Wyman, B., & Zhao, M. (2017). Sensitivity of the regional climate in the Middle East and North Africa to volcanic perturbations. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122(15), 7922–7948. doi:10.1002/2017jd026783
Genton, M. G., Johnson, C., Potter, K., Stenchikov, G., & Sun, Y. (2014). Surface boxplots. Stat, 3(1), 1–11. doi:10.1002/sta4.39
Stenchikov, G., Delworth, T. L., Ramaswamy, V., Stouffer, R. J., Wittenberg, A., & Zeng, F. (2009). Volcanic signals in oceans. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114(D16). doi:10.1029/2008jd011673