Beena Balan Sarojini

Research Department, Earth System Predictability Section, Extended Range


Beena is interested in ocean and sea ice initialisation, coupled forecasting on sub-seasonal to seasonal time scales, assessing ocean observational impact on numerical weather prediction,  and in Earth System variability and change.

Professional interests:
  • Arctic Sea Ice Forecasting
  • Sub-seasonal to Seasonal Predictability
  • Forecast Initialisation
  • Earth System Variability
  • Changes in the water cycle
Career background:


Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany (2002-2006). Thesis titled "Effect of daily surface flux anomalies on the time-mean oceanic circulation". PhD Advisor: J.-S von Storch

M.Sc. in Physical Oceanography, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala, India (1995-1998). Dissertation titled "Sea surface temperature characteristics over North Indian Ocean".

Professional Experience

  • 04/2017 - present: Scientist, Earth System Predictability Section, ECWMF, Reading, U.K.
  • 03/2008 - 04/2017: Post doc, National Centre for Atmospheric Science - Climate / Univ. of Reading, Reading, UK.
  • 07/2007 - 07/2007: Visiting Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Germany.
  • 08/2002 - 08/2002: Visiting Researcher, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.
  • 06/2001 - 12/2006: Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology / Meteorological Institute, Univ. of Hamburg, Germany.
  • 11/1999 - 03/2001: Research Assistant, Centre for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India.
  • 04/1998 - 11/1999: Research Trainee, Division of Physical Oceanography, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa, India.
External recognitions

Contributing Author, Chapter 10 on Detection and Attribution of Climate Change, Physical Science Basis, Working Group 1, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC - AR5), 2013.