Laure Zanna

Laure Zanna

Professor of Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science [she/her]

Courant Institute, NYU

+ Center for Data Science (Affiliated)

Our group aims to advance the fundamental understanding of ocean dynamics and its role in the climate system in order to improve climate change projections. Our team works on a wide range of topics including global and regional sea level rise, ocean decadal predictions, the representation of ocean turbulence in climate models, and uncertainty quantification for seasonal predictions. Recently, we have been particularly interested in the role of the ocean dynamics in shaping patterns of ocean heat and carbon storage and sea level under climate change, and in the development of physics-aware machine learning models to deepen our understanding of climate processes and their representation in climate models.

Our group strives to create a productive, safe, positive and inclusive environment. We value and support the participation of every member of our group and want to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally.

[formal bio] Laure Zanna is a Professor in Mathematics & Atmosphere/Ocean Science at the Courant Institute, New York University. Her research focuses on the dynamics of the climate system and the main emphasis of her work is to study the influence of the ocean on local and global scales. Prior to NYU, she was a faculty member at the University of Oxford until 2019, and obtained her PhD in 2009 in Climate Dynamics from Harvard University. She was the recipient of the 2020 Nicholas P. Fofonoff Award from the American Meteorological Society “For exceptional creativity in the development and application of new concepts in ocean and climate dynamics”. She is the lead principal investigator of the NSF-NOAA Climate Process Team on Ocean Transport and Eddy Energy, and M2LInES – an international effort to improve climate models with scientific machine learning. She currently serves as an editor for the Journal of Climate, a member on the International CLIVAR Ocean Model Development Panel, and on the CESM Advisory Board.

  • Ocean Dynamics
  • Climate Change
  • Machine Learning/Data Science
  • Ocean Warming & Sea Level
  • PhD in Climate Dynamics, 2009

    Harvard University

  • MSc in Environmental Sciences, 2003

    Weizmann Institute of Science

  • BSc in Atmospheric Physics, 2001

    Tel Aviv University