Dr. Di Lorenzo, Emanuele

Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo
ES&T 3252
Adjunct Professor
  • Oceanography
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Inverse and Ocean Modeling
  • Ecosystems and Climate Change
  • Ocean Solutions & Coastal Resilience


Dr. Emanuele Di Lorenzo is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University. Prior to that he was Professor and Director of the Ocean Science and Engineering program at Georgia Tech, which he co-founded in 2016. He is also Chairman and co-founder of Ocean Visions.  He received a Ph.D. in ocean and climate sciences from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 2003 and joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 2004 and the Brown faculty in 2022. He is internationally recognized for his work and leadership in understanding ocean climate and its impact on marine ecosystems and coastal communities. More recently, Di Lorenzo efforts have focused on transforming research and knowledge generated in academia into equitable and practicable ocean-based solutions to climate by co-founding in 2019 the Ocean Visions and in 2022 the United Nations Ocean Decade Center on Ocean-Climate Solutions.

  • Co-Founder, Program in Ocean Science & Engineering (OSE)

  • Chairman, Ocean Visions (OV)

  • Class of 1964 Teaching Award, Georgia Tech, 2012
  • Sigma Xi Young Faculty Award, Georgia Tech, 2009
  • Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence, Georgia Tech, 2007
  • Regents Graduate Fellowship, University of California San Diego, 2000



SELECTED RECENT (bold = Di Lorenzo Research Group)
  • Di Lorenzo, E., T. Xu, Y. Zhao, M. Newman, A. Capotondi, S. Stevenson, D. Amaya, B. T. Anderson, R. Ding, J. C. Furtado, Y. Joh, G. Liguori, J. Lou, A. J. Miller, G. Navarra, N. Schneider, D. Vimont, S. Wu and H. Zhang, 2022: Modes and Mechanisms of Pacific Decadal-Scale Variability. Annual Reviews of Marine Science, https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-marine-040422- 084555 

  • Liguori, G., S. McGregor, M. Singh, J. Arblaster and E. Di Lorenzo, 2022: Revisiting ENSO and IOD Contributions to Australian Precipitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 49(1) 12, doi:10.1029/2021gl094295.

  • Park, K., I. Federico, E. Di Lorenzo, T. Ezer, K. M. Cobb, N. Pinardi and G. Coppini, 2022: The contribution of hurricane remote ocean forcing to storm surge along the Southeastern US coast. Coastal Engineering, 173 20, doi:10.1016/j.coastaleng.2022.104098
  • Navarra, G. and E. Di Lorenzo (2021). "Poleward shift and intensification of Kuroshio-Oyashio Extension and North Pacific Transition Zone under climate change " Climate Dynamics, 18, doi:10.1007/s00382-021-05677-0.
  • Joh, Y., E. Di Lorenzo, L. Siqueira and B. Kirtman (2021). "Enhanced interactions of Kuroshio Extension with tropical Pacific in a changing climate." Nature Scientific Reports, 11 (6247), doi:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-85582-y.
  • Zhao, Y. Y., E. Di Lorenzo, D. X. Sun and S. Stevenson, 2021: Tropical Pacific Decadal Variability and ENSO Precursor in CMIP5 Models. Journal of Climate, 34(3) 1023-1045, doi:10.1175/jcli-d-20-0158.1. [PDF]

  • Zhao, Y. Y., M. Newman, A. Capotondi, E. Di Lorenzo and D. X. Sun, 2021: Removing the Effects of Tropical Dynamics from North Pacific Climate Variability. Journal of Climate, 34(23) 9249-9265, doi:10.1175/jcli-d-21-0344.1. 

  • Zhao, Y. and E. Di Lorenzo, 2020: The impacts of Extra-tropical ENSO Precursors on Tropical Pacific Decadal-scale Variability. Nature Scientific Reports, doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-59253-3.
  • Joh, Y. and E. Di Lorenzo, 2019: Interactions between Kuroshio extension system and Pacific meridional mode enhances a decadal peak in North Pacific Variability. Nature Scientific Reports, 9:13558,https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-49927-y.
  • Liguori, G. and E. Di Lorenzo: 2019 Separating the North and South Pacific Meridional Modes contributions to ENSO and tropical decadal variability. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI 10.1029/2018GL080320.
  • Sainz, J. F., E. Di Lorenzo, S. Gaines, T. W. Bell, H. Lenihan and R. J. Miller: Spatial planning of Marine Aquaculture under Climate Decadal Variability: A case study for Mussel Farms in California. Frontiers of Marine Science, https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00253.
  • Liu, Z. Y. and E. Di Lorenzo, 2018: Mechanisms and Predictability of Pacific Decadal Variability. Current Climate Change Reports, https://doi.org/10.1007/s40641-018-0090-5.
  • Liguori, G., and E. Di Lorenzo (2018), Meridional Modes and Increasing Pacific decadal variability under greenhouse forcing, Geophys. Res. Lett., DOI 10.1002/2017GL076548.
  • Joh, Y. and E. Di Lorenzo2017: Evidence for stronger and more prolonged Northeast Pacific marine heatwaves. Geophysical Research Letters, 44(22), 11663-11671, doi:10.1002/2017gl075930.
  • Pozo Buil, M. and E. Di Lorenzo, 2017: Decadal predictability of coastal hypoxia in the Northeast Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1002/2017GL072931.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., and N. J. Mantua (2016), Multi-year persistence of 2014/15 North Pacific marine heatwave, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate3082.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., G. Liguori, N. Schneider, J. C. Furtado, B. T. Anderson, and M. A. Alexander (2015), ENSO and meridional modes: A null hypothesis for Pacific climate variability, Geophys. Res. Lett., 42(21), 9440-9448, doi:10.1002/2015gl066281.
  • Di Lorenzo, E. (2015), The future of coastal ocean upwelling, Nature, 518(7539).
  • Di Lorenzo, E., and M. D. Ohman (2013), A double-integration hypothesis to explain ocean ecosystem response to climate forcing, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(7), 2496-2499, doi:10.1073/pnas.1218022110.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., D. Mountain, H. P. Batchelder, N. Bond, and E. E. Hofmann (2013), Advances in Marine Ecosystem Dynamics from US GLOBEC The Horizontal-Advection Bottom-up Forcing Paradigm, Oceanography, 26(4), 22-33.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., et al. (2013), Synthesis of Pacific Ocean Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics, Oceanography, 26(4), 68-81.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., K. M. Cobb, J. C. Furtado, N. Schneider, B. T. Anderson, A. Bracco, M. A. Alexander, and D. J. Vimont (2010), Central Pacific El Nino and decadal climate change in the North Pacific Ocean, Nature Geoscience, 3(11), 762-765, doi:10.1038/ngeo984.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., et al. (2009), Nutrient and salinity decadal variations in the central and eastern North Pacific, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, doi:10.1029/2009gl038261.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., et al. (2008), North Pacific Gyre Oscillation links ocean climate and ecosystem change, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35(8), L08607, doi:10.1029/2007gl032838.
  • Di Lorenzo, E., A. M. Moore, H. G. Arango, B. D. Cornuelle, A. J. Miller, B. Powell, B. S. Chua, and A. F. Bennett (2007), Weak and strong constraint data assimilation in the inverse Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS): Development and application for a baroclinic coastal upwelling system, Ocean Modelling, 16(3-4), 160-187, doi:10.1016/j.ocemod.2006.08.002.