Retish Senan

Research, Earth System Predictability, Long Range


Retish Senan is a Scientist in the Earth System Predictability Section of ECMWF's Research Department. Having joined the Centre in 2016, he contributed to the development of a climate configuration of IFS and has been responsible for maintaining and improving long multiyear experimentation capabilities of IFS. His interests include climate variability on sub-seasonal to interannual timescales and the impact of land-surface and cryosphere on seasonal predictability.​ He also focuses on the attribution of seasonal climate anomalies - their forecast error and predictability, as well as improving diagnostic tools for seasonal forecast verification.


Professional interests:
  • Earth System Modelling
  • Model evaluation and diagnostics
  • Sub-seasonal to interannual climate variability and predictability
  • Land-surface and cryospheric impacts on climate
Career background:


Ph.D., Indian Institute of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Bangalore, India (2004). Thesis on "Intraseasonal variability of the equatorial Indian Ocean circulation". Advisors: Profs. Debasis Sengupta and B. N. Goswami

M.Sc. (Engg.),  Indian Institute of Science, Faculty of Engineering, Bangalore, India (1999). Master's Thesis on "Intraseasonal variability of the northeast Indian Ocean circulation in an ocean model".

M.Sc. in Oceanography, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India (1997).


Professional Experience

  • 2012-2015: Researcher, Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  • 2007-2011: Scientist, Norwegian Meteorological Institute, Oslo, Norway
  • 2007: Research Engineer, LSCE/IPSL/CEA, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  • 2006-2007: Research Engineer, LOCEAN, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • 2004-2006: Post-Doctoral Researcher, LOCEAN, University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
  • 1999-2004: Doctoral Researcher, Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, India