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Francina Dominguez



As a hydroclimatologist, my work is focused on the interactions between the land and the atmosphere, and more specifically, on changes in hydrology and climate due to human modification of the land surface and greenhouse gas emissions. The two primary lines of research in my group look at land-atmosphere interaction from two perspectives: 1) the effect of climate variability and change, primarily extreme events, on surface hydrology and 2) the effect of changes in surface hydrology on climate. 


  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Head, Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Atmospheric Sciences
Professor, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Professor, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

Recent Publications

Leyba, I. M., Solman, S. A., Saraceno, M., Martinez, J. A., & Dominguez, F. (2023). The South Atlantic Ocean as a moisture source region and its relation with precipitation in South America. Climate Dynamics, 61(3-4), 1741-1756.

Matus, S. A., Dominguez, F., & Ford, T. W. (2023). Land and Atmosphere Conditions prior to Extreme Great Plains Low-Level Jets. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 24(4), 783-800.

Stephens, G., Polcher, J., Zeng, X., van Oevelen, P., Poveda, G., Bosilovich, M., Ahn, M. H., Balsamo, G., Duan, Q., Hegerl, G., Jakob, C., Lamptey, B., Leung, R., Piles, M., Su, Z., Dirmeyer, P., Findell, K. L., Verhoef, A., Ek, M., ... Bony, S. (2023). The First 30 Years of GEWEX. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 104(1), E126-E157.

Chug, D., Dominguez, F., & Yang, Z. (2022). The Amazon and La Plata River Basins as Moisture Sources of South America: Climatology and Intraseasonal Variability. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127(12), Article e2021JD035455.

Dominguez, F., Eiras-Barca, J., Yang, Z., Bock, D., Nieto, R., & Gimeno, L. (2022). Amazonian Moisture Recycling Revisited Using WRF With Water Vapor Tracers. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 127(4), Article e2021JD035259.

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