GFDL - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

Arnico K. Panday

Arnico Panday

Postdoctoral Research Associate,Princeton University, Atmospheric and Oceanic

GFDL Room 231,201 Forrestal Road

Princeton NJ 08540, USA

office phone: +1 609 642 4257

email: arnico [at] princeton [dot] edu


During my doctoral research at MIT, I carried out a field and modeling study of air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

In my current postdoctoral research, I work on high-resolution numerical modeling
(using WRF and WRF/Chem) of the transport, and the downwind impacts upon chemistry,
clouds, and radiative transfer, of black carbon and other air pollutants from the
Ganges Basin in India, focusing on what happens when mountain wind systems in the
Himalaya lift the pollutants into the upper troposphere. I am also planning future
experimental research in the Himalaya.

Some Recent Publications:


  • Panday, A. K., and R. G. Prinn (2009), “The diurnal cycle of air pollution
    in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal: Observations.” Journal of Geophysical
    ., 114, D09305, doi:10.1029:2008JD009777.
  • Yu, Yong, Bo Galle, Elke Hodson, Arnico Panday, Ronald Prinn, and Shuhui
    Wang. 2009. “Observations of high NO2 ” HONO conversion in the nocturnal
    atmospheric boundary layer an urban site in Kathmandu .” Atmospheric Chemistry
    and Physics Discussions.

    Available at:

  • Yu, Yong, Arnico Panday, Elke Hodson, Bo Galle, and Ronald Prinn. 2007.
    “Monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in Kathmandu during the winter season.”
    Water, Air and Soil Pollution. doi: 10.1007/s11270-007-9607-6
  • Panday, Arnico. 2006.The Diurnal Cycle of Air Pollution in the Kathmandu
    Valley , Nepal
    . Center for Global Change Science Report Series # 75, Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology , Cambridge , MA.

    Available online at

Peer-reviewed, revised, resubmitted:

  • Panday, Arnico Ronald Prinn, and Christoph Schaer. 2009. “The diurnal cycle
    of air pollution in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal:  Modeling results”
    Journal of Geophysical Research. doi:10.1029/


  • Several papers to be submitted to Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics by late June 2009, examining vertical transport mechanisms in the Himalaya.