V. Venugopal

Research Interests

  • Stochastic Hydrology
  • Space-time Structure and Scale-invariance of Precipitation
  • Tropical Rainfall and its Extremes
  • Hydrological Modelling


PhD and M.S. (Univ. of Minnesota); B.Tech. (IIT Madras)



  • Pritam Borah (PhD)

  • Sayan Jana (PhD)

  • Walter Samuel (PhD; ICWaR)

  • Saubhik Das (PhD; ICWaR)


  • Ram Ratan (PhD, 2016; MS 2009); currently PostDoc at IIT Bombay.

  • Anwesa Bhattacharya (PhD, 2016; jointly with Arindam Chakraborty); currently PostDoc at Korea Institute of Atmospheric Prediction Systems.

  • Sandeep Sahany (PhD, 2010; jointly with Ravi Nanjundiah); Faculty, Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi ; Senior Scientist, Centre for Climate Research, Singapore; PostDoc, UCLA.

  • Rajat Joshi (M.Tech., 2020); currently pursuing PhD at Princeton University.

  • Vaibhav Bathri (M.Tech., 2018); currently at Airbus, Bangalore.

  • Malarvizhi Arulraj (M.Tech., 2014); currently pursuing PhD at Duke University

  • Pranesh Muddebihal (M.Tech., 2014); currently at Function Space Labs, Pune.

  • Bodhi Chattopadhyay (M.S., 2013); currently at Swiss Re Pvt. Ltd., Bangalore.

  • Karthik Madhyastha (M.S., 2013); currently at ATREE, Bangalore.

  • Charu Singh (M.S., 2007); currently at Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun.


Mathematical Methods in Climate Science (AS209)

Selected Publications

V. Venugopal, J. Sukhatme, R. Murtugudde and R. Roca (Eds.), Tropical Extremes: Natural Variability and Trends, Elesvier Press, 364 pages, 2018.


Borah, P., V. Venugopal, J. Sukhatme, P. Muddebihal and B. N. Goswami, Indian monsoon derailed by a North Atlantic wavetrain, , Science , DOI: 10.1126/science.aay6043, 2020.


L. Alexander et al., On the use of indices to study extreme precipitation on sub-daily and daily timescales, , Environmental Research Letters , DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab51b6, 2019.


Moon, H., L. Gudmundsson, B. P. Guillod, V. Venugopal and S. I. Seneviratne, Intercomparison of daily precipitation persistence in multiple global observations and climate models, Environmental Research Letters , DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab4169, 2019.


C. Guilloteau, R. Roca, M. Gosset and V. Venugopal, Stochastic generation of precipitation fraction at high resolution with a multiscale constraint from satellite observations, , Quarterly Journal of Royal Meteorological Society , DOI: 10.1002/qj.3314, 2018.


Salameh et al., Fifteen years (1993-2007) of surface freshwater storage variability in the Ganges-Brahmaputra river basin using multi-satellite observations, Water, 9(4), 245; DOI:10.3390/w9040245, 2017.


V. Venugopal and J. M. Wallace, Climatology of contribution-weighted tropical rain rates based on TRMM 3B42, Geophysical Research Letters, DOI:10.1002/2016GL069909, 2016.


A. Bhattacharya, A. Chakraborty and V. Venugopal, Role of aerosols in modulating cloud properties during active-break cycle of Indian summer monsoon, Climate Dynamics, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-016-3437-4, 2016.


V. Venugopal, K. Virts, J. Sukhatme, J. M. Wallace and B. Chattopadhyay, A comparison of the fine-scale structure of the diurnal cycle of tropical rain and lightning, Atmospheric Research, DOI:10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.09.004, 2015.


J. Sukhatme and V. Venugopal, Waxing and waning of observed extreme annual tropical rainfall, Quarterly Journal of Royal Meteorological Society, DOI: 10.1002/qj.2633, 2015.


F. Papa et al., Satellite-derived surface and sub-surface water storage in the Ganges-Brahamputra River Basin, Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, DOI:10.1016/j.ejrh.2015.03.004, 2015.


A. Bhattacharya, A. Chakraborty and V. Venugopal Variability of cloud liquid water and ice over South Asia from TMI estimates, Climate Dynamics, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-013-1978-3, 2014.


Ratan, R. and V. Venugopal, Wet and dry spell characteristics of global tropical rainfall, Water Resources Research, 49, DOI:10.1002/wrcr.20275, 2013.


Suprit, K., D. Shankar, V. Venugopal, and N. V. Bhatkar, Simulating the daily discharge of the Mandovi river, west coast of India, Hydrological Sciences Journal, DOI:10.1080 / 02626667.2012.674641, 2012.


Sahany, S., V. Venugopal, and R. S. Nanjundiah, The 26 July 2005 heavy rainfall event over Mumbai: Numerical modeling aspects, Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, DOI:10.1007 / s00703-010-0099-3, 109, 115-128, 2010.


Sahany, S., V. Venugopal, and R. S. Nanjundiah, Diurnal scale signatures of monsoon rainfall over the Indian region from TRMM satellite observations, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheres, DOI:10.1029 / 2009JD012644, 115, D02103, 2010.


Roux, S. G., V. Venugopal, K. Fienberg, A. Arneodo, and E. Foufoula-Georgiou, Evidence for inherent nonlinearity in temporal rainfall, Advances in Water Resources , DOI:10.1016 / j.advwatres. 2008.09.007, 32 (1), 41-48, 2009.


B. N. Goswami, V. Venugopal, D. Sengupta, M. Madhusoodanan and Prince K. Xavier, Increasing trend of extreme rain events over India in a warming environment, Science, 314, 1442, doi: 10.1126/science.1132027, 2006.


Venugopal, V., S. G. Roux, E. Foufoula-Georgiou and A. Arneodo, Revisiting multifractality of high resolution temporal rainfall using a wavelet-based formalism, Water Resources Research, 42 (W06D14), DOI:10.1029/2005WR004489, 2006.



Contact Info


Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Indian Institute of Science
Bangalore, Karnataka 560012

E-mail: venu@iisc.ac.in 
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