Dr. Vinoj. VAssociate Professor
School of Earth, Ocean and Climate Sciences

Research Interests

Aerosol Cloud Climate Interactions; Satellite Remote Sensing; Monsoon and Climate Change; Climate Modeling; Urban Climate; Land Use and Climate; Air Pollution

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 Degree Discipline Year School
 Post Doctoral Research Climate Science 2013 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
 Ph.D. (Engineering) By Research 2009 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA
 M.Sc. (Engineering) By Research 2003 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA
 M.Sc. Meteorology 2000 Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, INDIA


Dr. Vinoj completed his Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the Centre for Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences (CAOS), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore under the guidance of Prof. S. K. Satheesh. During this period, his research focused on characterizing aerosol optical and microphysical properties over the south India using ground, ship, aircraft and satellite measurements. These were then used to estimate the aerosol radiative effect. He then continued his research as a research associate at Divecha Centre for Climate Change (DCCC) and CAOS for a short period before joining the United States Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) at Richland, Washington in 2010. At PNNL, his mentor was Prof. Philip J Rasch, the Chief Scientist and Lab Fellow at Earth Systems Analysis & Modeling Division. He switched over to modeling from field measurements at this stage to understand the effect of aerosols on the Indian monsoon rainfall using global climate models (CAM5/CESM). After completion of his post-doctoral training, he joined the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bhubaneswar as a faculty at the School of Earth Ocean and Climate Sciences.

Currently, he along with a small team of students/researchers investigate the effect of aerosols on climate with specific focus over the Indian region. The current research of his research team focuses on the following themes,

1. Indian Monsoon

2. Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interaction

3. Air Pollution Meteorology

4. Urbanization and Climate Change

5. Satellite Remote Sensing and Applications

6. Climate Applications




Recent Publications (International Journals)

1Nandini. G; V Vinoj; Soumya Satyakanta Sethi; Hara Prasad Nayak; K. Landu; D. Swain; U.C. Mohanty (2022), A modelling study on quantifying the impact of urbanization and regional effects on the wintertime surface temperature over a rapidly growing tropical city, Computational Urban Science, https://doi.org/10.1007/s43762-022-00067-6
2A Asutosh,V. Vinoj; H. Wang; K. Landu; Jin-Ho Yoon (2022), Response of Indian summer monsoon rainfall to remote carbonaceous aerosols at short time scales: Teleconnections and Feedbacks, Environmental Research, Volume 214, Part 3, November 2022, 113898. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2022.113898
3A. Asutosh, V. Vinoj, Nuncio Murukesh, Ramakrishna Ramisetty & Nishant Mittal (2022), Investigation of June 2020 giant Saharan dust storm using remote sensing observations and model reanalysis, Scientific Reports volume 12, Article number: 6114 (2022), https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-10017-1
4Nandini, G., Vinoj, V. & Pandey, S.K. (2022) Arabian Sea Aerosol-Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall relationship and its modulation by El-Nino Southern Oscillation. npj Clim Atmos Sci 5, 25 (2022). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41612-022-00244-8
5Asutosh, A, Pandey, S.K, Vinoj, V, Ramisetty, R, Mittal, N (2021), Assessment of Recent Changes in Dust over South Asia Using RegCM4 Regional Climate Model. Remote Sens. 2021, 13, 4309. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13214309
6Mitra, Arijeet; Sen, Indra; Pandey, Satyendra; Vinoj, V.; Reisberg, L.; Bizimis, Michael; Cloquet, Christophe; Nizam, Sarwar (2021), Lead isotope evidence for enhanced anthropogenic particle transport to the Himalayas during summer months, Environmental Science & Technology, DOI:10.1021/acs.est.1c03830
7Mukherjee. T and V. Vinoj (2021), The sub-daily variability of aerosol loading and associated radiative forcing over the Indian Region, Front. Earth Sci. | doi: 10.3389/feart.2021.727169. https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/feart.2021.727169/abstract
8T.S. Sarin , D SWAIN , Kiranmayi Landu , E Suhas and V Vinoj (2021), Aerosol induced changes in sea surface temperature over the Bay of Bengal due to COVID-19 lockdown, Front. Mar. Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.648566, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.648566
9S. K, Sahu, P. Mangaraj, G. Beig, B. Tyagi, S. Tikle, V. Vinoj (2021), Establishing a link between fine particulate matter (PM2.5) zones and COVID -19 over India based on anthropogenic emission sources and air quality data, Urban Climate, Volume 38, 2021, 100883, ISSN 2212-0955, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.uclim.2021.100883
10Pandey, S.K. and V. Vinoj (2021). Surprising Changes in Aerosol Loading over India Amid COVID-19 Lockdown. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2020.07.0466
11Zore. T, K. Landu, P.P. Gogoi and V. Vinoj (2021), Effect of Tropical Subseasonal Variability on Heat Waves over India, International Journal of Climatology, https://doi.org/10.1002/joc.6844
12Mukherjee. T, V. Vinoj, S. K. Midya, B. Adhikary (2020), Numerical Simulations of Different Sectoral Contributions to Post monsoon Pollution over Delhi, Heliyon, Volume 6, Issue 3, March 2020, e03548, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2020.e03548
13P. P. Gogoi, V. Vinoj and Parag Phukon, (2020), Role of meteorology and local orography on a flood event in the Lower Subansiri Basin and post-flood changes to land use and land cover, CURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 118, NO. 5, 10 MARCH 2020, doi: 10.18520/cs/v118/i5/778-785, https://www.currentscience.ac.in/cs/Volumes/118/05/0778.pdf]
14S. Nizam, I. S. Sen, V. Vinoj, V. Galy, D. Selby, M. F. Azam, S. K. Pandey, R. A. Creaser, A. K. Agarwal, A. P. Singh, M. Bizimis (2020), Biomass-derived provenance dominates glacial surface organic carbon in the western Himalaya [Environmental Science & Technology, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c02710
15Navinya. D. C., V. Vinoj and S. K. Pandey (2020), Evaluation of PM2.5 Surface Concentrations Simulated by NASA’s MERRA Version 2 Aerosol Reanalysis over India and its relation to the Air Quality Index, [Aerosol and Air Quality Research, https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2019.12.0615]
16S. K. Pandey, V. Vinoj and A. Panwar (2020), The short-term variability of aerosol and its impact on cloud properties and radiative effect over the Indo-Gangetic Plain, Atmospheric Pollution Research, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apr.2019.12.017
17Mukherjee. T, V. Vinoj, S. K. Midya, B. Adhikary (2020), Aerosol Radiative impact during a high dust and biomass burning event over South Asia: Effect on Surface Ozone. Atmospheric Environment, 4 December 2019, 117201, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.117201
18Mukherjee. T and V. Vinoj, (2019), Atmospheric aerosol optical depth and its variability over an urban location in Eastern India, Natural Hazards, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11069-019-03636-x.
19Partha Pratim Gogoi, V. Vinoj and Parag Phukon, (2020), A study of the role of meteorology and local orography on the flood of Lower Subansiri Basin and the post-flood changes to land use land cover (LULC), Current Science
20Anasuya Barik, D Swain and V. Vinoj (2019), Analysis of LULC changes and its impacts on LST over Bhubaneswar city, India (Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, DOI : 10.1007/s10661-019-7699-2)
21P. P. Gogoi, V. Vinoj, D. Swain, G. J. Roberts, J. Dash, S. Tripathy (2019), The Land Use-Land Cover (LULC) induced changes to Surface Temperature over Eastern India. Scientific Reports, Volume 9, Article number: 8859, https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-45213-z).
22T. Mukherjee, A. Asutosh, S. K. Pandey, L. Yang, A. Panwar, P. P. Gogoi and V. Vinoj (2018), Increasing Potential for Air Pollution over Megacity New Delhi: A Study Based on 2016 Diwali Episode, Aerosol and Air Quality Research, DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2017.11.0440
23Pandey. S. K., V. Vinoj, K. Landu, S. S. Babu (2017), Declining dust loading over South Asia: Signature of a changing regional climate, Scientific Reports, (Nature Publishing Group), doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16338-w.
24D. Swain, G. J. Roberts, J. Dash, V. Vinoj, K. Lekshmi, and S. Tripathy (2017), Impact of rapid urbanization on the microclimate of Indian cities: a case study for the city of Bhubaneswar, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., India, Sect. A Phys. Sci. DOI 10.1007/s40010-017-0453-7)
25Yoon, J.-H., Rasch, P. J., Wang, H., Vinoj, V. and Ganguly, D. (2016), The role of carbonaceous aerosols on short-term variations of precipitation over North Africa. Atmosph. Sci. Lett., 17: 407–414. doi: 10.1002/asl.672
26V. Vinoj, P. J. Rasch, Hailong Wang, Jin-Ho Yoon, K. Landu, B. Singh and Po-Lun Ma (2014), Short-term modulation of Indian summer monsoon rainfall by West Asian dust. Nature Geoscience, 7, 308-313, doi:10.1038/ngeo2107).
27J.D. Fast, J. Allan, R. Bahreini, J. Craven, L. Emmons, R.A. Ferrare, P.L. Hayes, A. Hodzic, J. Holloway, C.A. Hostetler, J.L. Jimenez, H. Jonsson, S. Liu, Y. Liu, A. Metcalf, A. Middlebrook, J. Novak, M. Pekour, A. Perring, L. Russell, A. Sedlacek, J. Seinfeld, A. Setyan, J. Shilling, M. Shrivastava, S. Springston, C. Song, R. Subramanian, J.W. Taylor, V. Vinoj, Q. Yang, R.A. Zaveri, and Q. Zhang (2014), Modeling Regional Aerosol Variability over California and Its Sensitivity to Emissions and Long-Range Transport during the 2010 CalNex and CARES Campaigns. (Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 10013-10060, 2014, doi:10.5194/acp-14-10013-2014).
28K. Landu, L. Ruby Leung, Samson Hagos, V. Vinoj, Sara Rauscher, Todd Ringler and Mark Taylor (2014), The dependence of ITCZ structure on model resolution and dynamical core. (Journal of Climate). http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00269.1
29D. G. Kaskaoutis, P.R. Sinha, V. Vinoj, P.G. Kosmopoulos, S.N. Tripathi, R.P. Singh (2013), Aerosol properties and radiative forcing estimates over Ganges Basin during severe aerosol loading conditions, Atmospheric Environment, Vol 79, pp 7-19.
30Wang, H., R. C. Easter, P. J. Rasch, M. Wang, X. Liu, S. J. Ghan, Y. Qian, J.-H. Yoon, P.-L. Ma and V. Vinoj, (2013), Sensitivity of remote aerosol distributions to representation of cloud-aerosol interactions in a global climate model, Geosci. Model Dev., 6, 765-782
31S.K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj and K. Krishna Moorthy (2011), Weekly Periodicities in Aerosol Properties at a Continental Urban Location in India, Atmospheric Research, 101 (2011) 307–313, (doi:10.1016/j.atmosres.2011.03.003).
32V. Vinoj, S.K. Satheesh, and K. Krishna Moorthy (2010), Optical, radiative and source characteristics of aerosols at a remote island, Minicoy in the southern Arabian Sea, Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D01201, doi:10.1029/2009JD011810.
33S.K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj and K. Krishna Moorthy (2010), Radiative effects of aerosols at an urban location in southern India: observations versus model, Atmospheric Environment, Volume 44, Issue 39, December 2010, Pages 5295-530, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2010.07.020.
34S.K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj and K Krishna Moorthy (2010), Assessment of aerosol radiative impact over oceanic regions adjacent to Indian subcontinent using multi-satellite analysis, Advances in Meteorology, Volume 2010, Article ID 139186, 13 pages, doi:10.1155/2010/139186).
35V. Vinoj, S.K. Satheesh and K.Krishna Moorthy (2009), Aerosol characteristics at a continental urban station in southern India, International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, Vol. 4, Nos. 1/2, pp.256–266. DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2009.026896.
36S. K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj, S. Suresh Babu, K. Krishna Moorthy, and Vijayakumar S. Nair, (2009), Vertical distribution of aerosols over the east coast of India inferred from airborne LIDAR measurements, Annales. Geophysicae., 27, 1–13. doi:10.5194/angeo-27-4157-2009.
37S.K. Satheesh, O. Torres, L.A. Remer, S. S. Babu, V. Vinoj, T.F. Eck , R.G. Kleidman and B.N. Holben, (2009), Improved Assessment of Aerosol Absorption using OMI-MODIS data, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D05209, doi:10.1029/2008JD011024.
38S.K. Satheesh, K. Krishna Moorthy, S. Suresh Babu, V. Vinoj, Vijayakumar S.Nair, S. Naseema Beegum, C.B.S. Dutt, D.P. Alappattu and P.K.Kunhikrishnan (2009), Vertical Structure and Horizontal Gradients of Aerosol Extinction Coefficients over Coastal India Inferred from Airborne Lidar Measurements during the ICARB Field Campaign, J. Geophys. Res., 114, D05204, doi:10.1029/2008JD011033.
39S. Naseema Beegum, K. Krishna Moorthy, S. Suresh Babu, S.K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj, K.V.S. Badarinath, P.D. Safai, P.C.S. Devara, Sacchidanand Singh, Vinod, U.C. Dumka, P. Pant (2009), Spatial distribution of aerosol black carbon over India during pre-monsoon season, Atmospheric Environment, 43 (2009) 1071–1078. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2008.11.042.
40V. Vinoj, S.K. Satheesh, and K. Krishna Moorthy, (2008) Aerosol characteristics at a remote island: Minicoy in southern Arabian Sea. Journal of Earth System Science, 117, S1, July 2008, pp. 389–397, doi:10.1007/s12040-008-0017-y.
41S. K. Satheesh, K. Krishna Moorthy, S. Suresh Babu, V. Vinoj, and C. B. S. Dutt (2008), Climate implications of large warming by elevated aerosol over India, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L19809, doi:10.1029/2008GL034944.
42R R Reddy, K Rama Gopal, K Narasimhulu, L Siva Sankara Reddy, K Raghavendra Kumar, Y Nazeer Ahammed, V. Vinoj & S K Satheesh, (2008) Measurement of CO and SO2 trace gases in the southern India during ISRO-GBP Land Campaign–I, Indian Journal of Radio & Space Physics, Vol. 37, pp. 221-229.
43S. Naseema Beegum, K Krishna Moorthy, Vijayakumar S Nair, S Suresh Babu, S K Satheesh, V. Vinoj, R Ramakrishna Reddy, K Rama Gopal, K V S Badarinath, K Niranjan, Santosh Kumar Pandey, M Behera, A Jayaraman, P K Bhuyan, M. M Gogoi, Sacchidanand Singh, P Pant, U. C. Dumka, Yogesh Kant, J C Kuniyal, Darshan Singh, (2008) Characteristics of Spectral Aerosol Optical Depths over India during ICARB, Journal of Earth System Science., 117, S1, July 2008.
44V. Vinoj, A. Anjan, M. Sudhakar, S. K. Satheesh, J. Srinivasan, and K. K. Moorthy (2007), Latitudinal variation of aerosol optical depths from northern Arabian Sea to Antarctica, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L10807, doi:10.1029/2007GL029419.
45S.K. Satheesh, J. Sreenivasan, V. Vinoj and S. Chandra (2007) “Reply to comment on New Directions: How representative are aerosol radiative impact assessments?”, Atmospheric Environment 41, 5536–5540.
46S. K. Satheesh, V. Vinoj, and K. Krishna Moorthy (2006), Vertical distribution of aerosols over an urban continental site in India inferred using a micro pulse lidar. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L20816, doi:10.1029/2006GL027729.
47S.K. Satheesh, J. Sreenivasan, V. Vinoj and S. Chandra (2006) New Directions: How representative are aerosol radiative impact assessments? Atmospheric Environment, 40, 3008–3010.
48Moorthy, K. Krishna; Sunilkumar, S. V.; Pillai, Preetha S.; Parameswaran, K.; Nair, Prabha R.; Ahmed, Y. Nazeer; Ramgopal, K.; Narasimhulu, K.; Reddy, R. Ramakrishna; Vinoj, V.; Satheesh, S. K.; Niranjan, K.; Rao, B. Malleswara; Brahmanandam, P. S.; Saha, Auromeet; Badarinath, K. V. S.; Kiranchand, T. R.; Latha, K. Madhavi (2005), Wintertime spatial characteristics of boundary layer aerosols over peninsular India. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 110, No. D8, D08207 10.1029/2004JD005520.
49V. Vinoj, S.K. Satheesh, S S Babu, and K. Krishna Moorthy (2004): Large aerosol optical depths observed at an urban location in southern India associated with rain-deficit summer monsoon season, Annales Geophysicae, 22 (8): 3073-3077.
50V. Vinoj, Babu S S, Satheesh S K, Moorthy K K and Kaufman Y J (2004): Radiative forcing by aerosols over the Bay of Bengal region derived from ship-borne, island-based, and satellite (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) observations, Journal of Geophysical Research, 109 (D5): Art. No. D05203. doi:10.1029/2003JD004329.
51V. Vinoj and S.K. Satheesh (2004), Direct and indirect radiative effects of sea-salt aerosols over Arabian Sea, Current Science, 86 (10): 1381-1390.
52Sumanth, E.; Mallikarjuna, K.; Stephen, Joshi; Moole, Mahesh; Vinoj, V.; Satheesh, S. K.; Moorthy, K. Krishna Moorthy (2004) Measurements of aerosol optical depths and black carbon over Bay of Bengal during post-monsoon season, Geophysical Research Letters., Vol. 31, No. 16, L16115 10.1029/2004GL020681.
53V. Vinoj and S.K. Satheesh (2003), Measurements of aerosol optical depth over Arabian Sea during summer monsoon season, Geophysical Research Letters, 30(5), 1263, doi: 10.1029/2002GL016664.
54V. Vinoj and S.K. Satheesh (2003), Observation of aerosols from space: An overview, Mausam, 54, 1, 287-298. https://metnet.imd.gov.in/mausamdocs/154127_F.pdf

Academic Honors & Awards

  • Roddam Family Medal for outstanding PhD. thesis from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore

Research Scholar

Mr. Satyendra Pandey [Awarded] - Absorbing Aerosols and Aerosol-Cloud Interactions using Satellite Observations and Numerical Simulation 
Mr. Tanmoy Mukherjee [Awarded] - Ozone and aerosol variability over the Indian region: Effects of major weather events
Mr. Asutosh  Acharya [Submitted] - Role of Local and Remote Absorbing Aerosols in Modulating the Indian Summer Monsoon Rainfall: A Numerical Modelling Study
Mr. Partha Pratim Gogoi [Completed, Final Stage] - Land use land cover changes and its relation to surface air temperature over India
Mr. Soumya Satyakanta Sethi [Ongoing]
Mr. Sanatan Binisia [Ongoing]
Ms. Nandini Gopinath [Ongoing]
Mr. Sarin Thulasi [Ongoing]

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