Alberto Elizalde Arellano

Personal Information



Phone: +49-40-41173-129

Fax: +49-40-41173-298

Room no. 129


Mailing Address

Max Planck Institute for Meteorology

Bundesstr. 53

D-20146 Hamburg




The Ocean in the Earth System


Research Group

Ocean Physics


Research Interests

Air-sea interactions. Hydrological cycle. Mediterranean Climate, Regional Climate Modelling




   2007-2011    PhD thesis: “The Water Cycle in the Mediterranean Region and the Impact of the Climate Change”, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany.

   2005-2006    Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA) in Atmospheric physics, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

   1998-2000    PhD courses at Burgos University, Burgos, Spain.

   1993-1998    B. S. in Physics, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico D.F.


Professional Career

   Since 2011   PostDoc at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany.

   2005-2007    Research assistant,. Universidad Castilla la Mancha (UCLM), Toledo, Spain.




   Dubois, C.; Somot, S.; Calmanti, S.; Carillo, A.; Déqué, M.; Dell’Aquilla, A.; Elizalde, A.; Gualdi, S.; Jacob, D.; L’Hévéder, B.; Li, L.; Oddo, P.; Sannino, G.; Scoccimarro, E. and Sevault, F. Future projections of the surface heat and water budgets of the Mediterranean Sea in an ensemble of coupled atmosphere–ocean regional climate models Climate Dynamics, Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2012, 1-26.

   Tomassini, L. and Elizalde, A. Does the Mediterranean Sea influence the atmospheric dynamics of the European summer climate? The anomalous summer 2003 as a testbed. Climate Dynamics., 2011. (accepted)

   Gualdi S., S. Somot, L. Li, V. Artale, M. Adani, A. Bellucci, A. Braun, S. Calmanti, A. Carrillo, A. Dell'aquila, M. Déqué, C. Dubois, A. Elizalde, A Harzallah, D. Jacob, B. L'Heveder, A. May, P. Oddo, P. Ruti, A. Sanna, G. Sannino, E. Scoccimarro, F. Sevault and A. Navarra. 2012. The CIRCE simulations: a new set of regional climate change projections performed with a realistic representation of the Mediterranean Sea. BAMS (accepted).

   Jacob, D.; Elizalde, A.; Haensler, A.; Hagemann, S.; Kumar, P.; Podzun, R.; Rechid, D.; Remedio, A. R.; Saeed, F.; Sieck, K.; Teichmann, C. & Wilhelm, C. 2012. Assessing the Transferability of the Regional Climate Model REMO to Different COordinated Regional Climate Downscaling EXperiment (CORDEX) Regions. Atmosphere, 3, 181-199.

   Elizalde, A., Jacob, D. Water vapor transport and precipitation over the Mediterranean region as simulated by a regional atmosphere-ocean coupled model. Climate Dynamics. Submitted.

   Elizalde, A., Sein, D., Mikolajewick, U. and Jacob, D. 2010. Technical Report: Atmosphere-ocean-hydrology coupled regional climate model. Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. Available at or by email alberto.elizalde@we dont want
   Menéndez, C., de Castro, M., Boulanger, J.-P., D’Onofrio, A., Sanchez, E., Sörensson, A., Blazquez, J., Elizalde, A., Jacob, D., Le Treut, H., Li, Z., Núñez, M., Pessacg, N., Pfeiffer, S., Rojas, M., Rolla, A., Samuelsson, P., Solman, S. and Teichmann, C. 2009. Downscaling extreme month-long anomalies in southern South America. Climatic Change, Springer Netherlands, 98, 379-403. DOI:10.1007/s10584-009-9739-3

    Elizalde A., 2006. “Comparison of climatic databases to evaluate climate and environment models”. DEA final work. Complutense University, Madrid, Spain.

    Elizalde A., Tufino M., Escamilla, M. 1998. “Construction, filling and comparison of water triple point cells”. B.Sc. thesis. National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico D.F.



    Elizalde A. and Mikolajewicz, U. 2012. Talk (invited):“Resolving the Black Sea in the Mediterranean Sea simulations using a fully coupled atmosphere-ocean model”. MedCORDEX and HyMEX Meeting, 27-29 March, Toulouse, France.

    Elizalde A., Jacob D. and Mikolajewicz, U. 2010. Talk:“Analysis of Evaporation Sources over the Mediterranean Region”. EMS Annual Meeting, 13-17 September, Zürich, Switzerland.

    Elizalde A., Jacob D. and Mikolajewicz, U. 2009. Talk:“Assessment of the Mediterranean water cycle using an atmosphere-ocean-discharge coupled model”. EMS Annual Meeting, 28 Sep-30 Oct, Touluse, France.

    Elizalde A., Jacob D. and Mikolajewicz, U. 2008. Talk (invited speaker):“An atmosphere-ocean coupled regional climate model for the Mediterranean”. EFS MedCLIVAR workshop, 13-15 October, Trieste, Italy.

    Elizalde A., Göttel H. and Jacob D., 2008. Poster: “Influence of Boundaries on Regional Climate Precipitation Modelling (further results)”. 2nd HyMeX workshop, 2-4 June, Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.

    Elizalde A., Göttel H. and Jacob D., 2008. Poster: “Influence of Boundaries on Regional Climate Precipitation Modelling”. EGU General Assembly, 13-18 April, Vienna, Austria.

    Elizalde A., 2000. Talk: “Comparison of solar radiation geometric models”, IX Solar Energy Iberian Congress, Córdoba, Spain.