Eli Tziperman

Eli Tziperman

  • Pamela and Vasco McCoy, Jr. Professor of Oceanography and Applied Physics


Eli Tziperman's research deals with ocean, atmosphere and climate dynamics, trying to understand physical processes that affect Earth's climate on time scales of a few years to millions of years.
Climate variability results from a rich set of nonlinear, sometime chaotic, physical interactions of the oceans, atmosphere and at times the biosphere as well. Some of the very basic questions in this research area are still unanswered. For example, why were there ice ages; why is El Nino difficult to predict; what future warming can we expect in a century; how can we understand specific observed features of past warm climates millions of years ago; and what can they teach us about the future.
These open challenges make this a fascinating field to work in for those of us with an interest in applying physical and mathematical principles to the study of the natural world.
In addition, climate is, of course, a research area with practical aspects directly affecting our life, creating an engaging combination of a scientific challenge and societal relevance. We normally use both simplified mathematical models of a given climate phenomenon to understand the mechanisms in question in detail, together with realistic state-of-the-art simulations for testing ideas developed using simpler models. See more at https://www.seas.harvard.edu/climate/eli/Level2/research.html

Contact Information

Office:456 Geological Museum
Office Phone:(617) 384-8381
Office Fax(617) 495-8839
Assistant Office:
Research Mgr: Derek Barton

Primary Teaching Area

Positions & Employment

Harvard University, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

  • August 2003: Professor of Oceanography & Applied Physics, Harvard University
Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1998-2003: Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1994-1998: Associate Prof.,Department of Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1990-1993: Senior Scientist, Department of Environmental Sciences, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • 1989-1990: Scientist, The Weizmann Institute of Science


  • Professor E.D. Bergman Memorial Award, 1990, Israeli-US Binational Science foundation
  • Alon Scholarship, 1989, Israeli Academic Planning and Grant Committee (VATAT)
  • Carl-Gustav Rossby Award for the most outstanding thesis submitted to the Center for Meteorology and Physical Oceanography, MIT, in the academic year 1986-1987
  • Meirbaum Oceanographic Scholarships, Hebrew University, 1984, 1985, 1987