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A Little About Me...

Dr. Pinhas Alpert, Professor in Atmospheric Sciences, The Mikhael M. Nebenzahl and Amalia Grossberg Chair Professor in Geodynamics

My Office Phone is: 972-3-6407380

My Fax is: 972-3-6409282

My E-mail is: pinhas@post.tau.ac.il

Date and place of birth: Sept. 28, 1949, Jerusalem
Married with Rachel (+8) and live in Moshav Bet-Gamliel

For my publications please press here




  • Messer Yaron H., Alpert P., Zinevich A. and Goldshtein O., Monitoring and mapping of atmospheric phenomena, WIPO Patent Application WO/2007/007312, 2006
  • David N., Alpert P. and Messer-Yaron H., System and method for identifying a hydrometeor, WO 2013124853 A1, 2013



Some Recent Invited Lectures:

Newspapers Articles:


  • B.Sc. - 1967-1970, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Mathematics-Physics and Computer Sciences
  • M.Sc. - 1970-1972, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Physics-Elecrooptics
  • Ph.D. - 1977-1980, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Meteorology
  • Post-Doc - 1980-1982, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. USA

Academic and Professional Experience:

  • 1972-1977 - Israel Defence Forces, Forecasting, Major.
  • 1977-1980 - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Meteorology, Instructor
  • 1980-1982 - Harvard University, Cambridge Mass. USA. Dynamic Meteorology, Post-doctoral
  • 1982-1986 - Tel Aviv University, Geophysics & Planetary Sci., Lecturer
  • Feb.-July 1983, The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA. Meteorology (CIMMS), Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Dec. 1986 - June 1987, NASA - Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, USA Laboratory for Atmospheres, Visiting Scientist
  • 1987-1992 - Tel Aviv University, Geophysics, Senior Lecturer
  • June-Sept. 1987 - Reading University, Reading, England, Meteorology, Visiting Scientist
  • July-Sept 1992 - Penn-State University, University Park, USA, Meteorology Visiting Scientist
  • 1993-1997 - Tel Aviv University, Geophysics, Associate Prof.
  • 1995-1997 - NASA - Goddard, Data Assimilation Office, NRC Senior associate
  • 1998-present - Tel Aviv University, Geophysics, Professor
  • 2006-2008 - Tel Aviv University, Geophysics, Head
  • 2008-2013 Tel Aviv University, The Porter School for Environmental Studies, Head

Membership in Professional Societies:

  • 1978-1980 - American Meteorological Society - Student Member
  • 1978-present - Israel Meteorological Society
  • 1981-present - American Meteorological Society - Member
  • 1988-present - European Geophysical Society.
  • 1991-2006 - Council Member of the Israel Meteorological Society.
  • 1994-1998 - Royal Meteorological Society

Membership in International Committees:

  • 1992, Organizing Committee of Yale Mintz Memorial Symposium
  • 1993-97, Vice-Chairman for the "Mediterranean Cyclone Project - Steering Group" of the World Meteorological Organization MCP-SG/WMO
  • 1995, Organizing Committee of Jehuda Neumann Memorial Symposium
  • 1996-7, Organizing Committee of WMO International Symposium on Cyclones in the Mediterranean
  • 1997- Coordinator of Israel Space Agency for NASA EOSDIS Node
  • 1998-2002 NASA TOMS Science Team
  • 1999, Organizing Committee of 2nd Gentner Symposium on Geoscience
  • 1999-present, Head, Regional Center for NASA EOSDIS in Israel
  • 2000-2005, MEIDEX Cooperating Investigator. MEIDEX= MEditerranean Dust EXperiment; Also the Israeli Astronaut Experiment
  • 2000-2012, MEDEX Steering Committee. MEDEX=MEDiterranean EXperiment WMO/WWRP Project
  • 2001-2012 GLOWA - Jordan River Project, Head in Israel
  • 2004-2010 Israel representative in the European Science Foundation (ESF) project: Mediterranean Climate Variability and Predictability (MEDCLIVAR)
  • 2005-2014 Member of MEDCLIVAR International Steering Committee
  • 2008- Member of the HyMex International Scientific Steering Committee
  • 2010-2011 Member of expert committee nominated by the Israeli Minister of Environmental Protection on Air Pollution Abatement
  • 2010-2012 Member of the international advisory committee to UNEP's Global Environmental Outlook report, GEO-5
  • Member of the Expert Roster of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • 2007-2013 IEF (Israel Energy Forum) Advisory Committee member
  • 2011- DESERVE Advisory Board
  • 2013-2015 Member of the Steering Committee of the Israel Space Agency

Research Topics:

  • Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Climate and Climate Change
  • Mesoscale Modeling
  • Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Aerosols Observations and Modelling Dust and Sea-Salt Forecasting
  • Factor Separation articles (updated till 2013)
  • Collaborations:

    • NASA/Goddard
      • Data Assimilation Office
      • Aerosols: observations and models
    • NASA EOSDIS Node in Israel- Coordinator by the Israel Space Agency
    • Florida State University: Monsoon and Mediterranean Cyclones, Dust Modeling
    • Louvain - la - Neuve, Belgium: Climate Change over S. Israel

    • We have developed a new method in analyzing atmospheric model simulations entitled "Factor Separation Method". The method is currently used by several groups in US (CSU, Univ. of Washington, NASA), Canada, Belgium, Spain, Israel.

    Professional Academic and Awards:

    • 1965- Israel Psalms Champion for youth
    • 1967- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Distinction Prize
    • 1970- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Distinction Prize
    • 1974- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Grant
    • 1975- Goethe Institute, Munchen, Germany Prize
    • 1980-82- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA Fellowship
    • 1982- NATO Advanced Study Institute Grant
    • 1983- The University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA Fellowship
    • 1995-97- NASA/Goddard, Greenbelt, US NRC Senior Associate
    • 1998- American Men and Women of Sciences (AMWS Book)
    • 2003-08- NASA Goddard Flight Center Goddard Fellow
    • 2004- World Jewish Academy of Sciences Honorary Member
    • 2007-09- Board of Governors of Tel-Aviv University Member as the Senate Delegate
    • 2009 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Medal WIPO Medal, 2009, "for the best invention to predict floods using cellular networks" (with N. David and H. Messer-Yaron)Here is the Certificate
    • 2012- The Mikhael M. Nebenzahl and Amalia Grossberg Chair Professor in Geodynamics
    • 2008-13 Head of Porter School for Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University
    • 2014- 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21th Century 8th Edition
    • 2009- Popular Science Award - Best of What's New in the Security topic for our Flood Warning Invention: Here is the popular science's link: http://www.popsci.com/bown/2009/product/flood-warning
    • 2016 Most Influential Paper Award by the American Journal of Climate Change (AJCC) to: Pinhas Alpert, Olga Shvainshtein and Pavel Kishcha for the paper: "AOD trends over megacities based on space monitoring using MODIS and MISR", AJCC, 1, 117-131, 2012.

    • pinhas@post.tau.ac.il