Benjamin L Cook

Adjunct Research Scientist, Biology and Paleo Environment, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO), Columbia Climate School

Affiliated with: M.S. in Sustainability Management

School of Professional Studies

P.O. Box 1000
61 Route 9W
Palisades, NY 10964-1000


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Approaching a thermal tipping point in the Eurasian boreal forest at its southern margin 2023
Climate variability and simultaneous breadbasket yield shocks as observed in long-term yield records 2023
Multiyear La Niña Events and Multiseason Drought in the Horn of Africa 2023
Growing impact of wildfire on western US water supply 2022
Megadroughts in the Common Era and the Anthropocene 2022
Modeling demographic-driven vegetation dynamics and ecosystem biogeochemical cycling in NASA GISS's Earth system model (ModelE-BiomeE v.1.0) 2022
Changing hydroclimate dynamics and the 19th to 20th century wetting trend in the English Channel region of northwest Europe 2021
Dendroarchaeological analysis of the Terminal Warehouse in New York City reveals a history of long-distance timber transport during the Gilded Age 2021
Disentangling the Regional Climate Impacts of Competing Vegetation Responses to Elevated Atmospheric CO2 2021
Placing the east-west North American aridity gradient in a multi-century context 2021
Projected Changes to Hydroclimate Seasonality in the Continental United States 2021
Uncertainties, Limits, and Benefits of Climate Change Mitigation for Soil Moisture Drought in Southwestern North America 2021
U.S. Pacific Coastal Droughts Are Predominantly Driven by Internal Atmospheric Variability 2021
A quantitative hydroclimatic context for the European Great Famine of 1315-17 2020
Divergent Regional Climate Consequences of Maintaining Current Irrigation Rates in the 21st Century 2020
Seven centuries of reconstructed Brahmaputra River discharge demonstrate underestimated high discharge and flood hazard frequency 2020
Twenty-First Century Drought Projections in the CMIP6 Forcing Scenarios 2020
A double bootstrap approach to Superposed Epoch Analysis to evaluate response uncertainty 2019
Dynamics and Variability of the Spring Dry Season in the United States Southwest as Observed in AmeriFlux and NLDAS-2 Data 2019
Investigating the Causes of Increased Twentieth-Century Fall Precipitation over the Southeastern United States 2019
Oceanic and radiative forcing of medieval megadroughts in the American southwest 2019
Blue Water Trade-Offs With Vegetation in a CO2-Enriched Climate 2018
Climate and the Global Famine of 1876-78 2018
Critical impact of vegetation physiology on the continental hydrologic cycle in response to increasing CO2 2018
Past and future drought in Mongolia 2018
Revisiting the Leading Drivers of Pacific Coastal Drought Variability in the Contiguous United States 2018
Six Centuries of Upper Indus Basin Streamflow Variability and Its Climatic Drivers 2018
Comparing proxy and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era 2017
Covariability of climate and streamflow in the Upper Rio Grande from interannual to interdecadal timescales 2017
European and Mediterranean hydroclimate responses to tropical volcanic forcing over the last millennium 2017
Precipitation, Temperature, and Teleconnection Signals across the Combined North American, Monsoon Asia, and Old World Drought Atlases 2017
The 2016 Southeastern U.S. Drought: An Extreme Departure From Centennial Wetting and Cooling 2017
The Curious Case of Projected Twenty-First-Century Drying but Greening in the American West 2017
Internal ocean-atmosphere variability drives megadroughts in Western North America 2016
North American megadroughts in the Common Era: reconstructions and simulations 2016
Relative impacts of mitigation, temperature, and precipitation on 21st-century megadrought risk in the American Southwest 2016
Are Simulated Megadroughts in the North American Southwest Forced? 2015
Assessing the evolving fragility of the global food system 2015
Bridging Past and Future Climate across Paleoclimatic Reconstructions, Observations, and Models: A Hydroclimate Case Study 2015
Causes of interannual to decadal variability of Gila River streamflow over the past century 2015
Climatology, Variability, and Trends in the U.S. Vapor Pressure Deficit, an Important Fire-Related Meteorological Quantity 2015
Contribution of anthropogenic warming to California drought during 2012–2014 2015
North American Pancontinental Droughts in Model Simulations of the Last Millennium 2015
Supplemental Data: Climatology, variability and trends in United States vapor pressure deficit, an important fire-related meteorological quantity 2015
Unprecedented 21st century drought risk in the American Southwest and Central Plains 2015
Urbanization causes increased cloud base height and decreased fog in coastal Southern California 2015
Winter-to-summer precipitation phasing in southwestern North America: A multicentury perspective from paleoclimatic model-data comparisons 2015
Broadleaf Forest Raw Recruitment Data 2014
Dynamical and Thermodynamical Causes of Large-Scale Changes in the Hydrological Cycle over North America in Response to Global Warming 2014
Global Warming and 21st Century Drying 2014
Hydroclimate Variability and Change in the Prairie Pothole Region, the “Duck Factory” of North America 2014
Pan-Continental Droughts in North America over the Last Millennium 2014
The legacy of episodic climatic events in shaping temperate, broadleaf forests 2014
The worst North American drought year of the last millennium: 1934 2014
Dust Bowl 2013
Intensification of North American Megadroughts through Surface and Dust Aerosol Forcing 2013
Megadroughts in Southwestern North America in ECHO-G Millennial Simulations and Their Comparison to Proxy Drought Reconstructions 2013
Paleoclimate histories improve access and sustainability in index insurance programs 2013
Projections of declining surface-water availability for the southwestern United States 2013
Stationarity of the Tropical Pacific Teleconnection to North America in CMIP5/PMIP3 Model Simulations 2013
The response of the North American Monsoon to increased greenhouse gas forcing 2013
Atmospheric circulation anomalies during two persistent north american droughts: 1932-1939 and 1948-1957 2011
The impact of devegetated dune fields on North American climate during the late Medieval Climate Anomaly 2011
Forced and unforced variability of twentieth century North American droughts and pluvials 2010
On the causes and dynamics of the early twentieth century North American pluvial 2010
Amplification of the North American ‘‘Dust Bowl’’ drought through human-induced land degradation 2009
Global surface temperature signals in pine ring-width chronologies from southern monsoon Asia 2005