Prof. Maria A. F. Silva Dias

Department of Atmospheric Sciences,

Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil

Professor (Senior – retired)



Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences (Colorado State University, 1979), present position Full Professor – Senior (retired) Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil

Consultant in Meteorology

2003-2009 – National Institute for Space Research (INPE) – Center for Weather Forecast and Climate Studies (CPTEC) – Director, (while on leave of absence from USP)

Publications (Selected)

  • Santos, M. J., Medvigy, D., Silva Dias, M. A. F., Freitas, E. D., & Kim, H. (2019). Seasonal flooding causes intensification of the river breeze in the central Amazon. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124.
  • Machado, L. A. T.; Calheiros, A. J. P.; Biscaro, T.; Giangrande, S.; Silva Dias, Maria A. F.; Cechini, M. A.; Albrecht, R.; Andreae, Meinrat O e outros. 2018.Overview: Precipitation characteristics and sensitivities to environmental conditions during GoAmazon2014/5 and ACRIDICON-CHUVA In ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS (ONLINE). , v.18, 6461-6482
  • Sena, ELISA T.; Silva Dias, M. A. F.; Carvalho, L. M. V.; Silva Dias, P. L.. 2018. Reduced wet season length detected by satellite retrievals of cloudiness over Brazilian Amazonia: a new methodology. JOURNAL OF CLIMATE. , v.31, 9941-9964
  • Silva Dias, M. A. F.; Carvalho, Leila M. V. 2016 The South American Monsoon System In: The global monsoon system research and forecast.3 ed.Singapura : World Scientific Publishing Co.,v.9, p. 25-33.
  • Camponogara, G.; Silva Dias, M. A. F., Carrió, G. 2018.Biomass burning CCNs enhance the dynamics of a Mesoscale Convective System over the La Plata Basin: a numerical approach, Atmospheric Chemistry & Physics . 2018, Vol. 18 Issue 3, p2081-2096, ,
  • Perez, G. M. P.; Silva Dias, M. A. F.. 2017. Long-term study of the occurrence and time of passage of sea breeze in São Paulo, 1960-2009. International Journal of Climatology, v.37, 1-11
  • Freitas, S. R.; Panetta, J.; Longo, K. M.; Rodrigues, L F.; Moreira, D. S.; Rosario, N.E.; Silva Dias, P. L.; Silva Dias, M. A. F.; Souza, E. P.; Freitas, E. D.; Longo, M. et al 2017. The Brazilian developments on the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (BRAMS 5.2): an integrated environmental model tuned for tropical areas In Geoscientific Model Development. , v.10, 189-222
  • Saraiva,I, MAF Silva Dias, CAR Morales, JMB Saraiva.. Regional Variability of Rain Clouds in the Amazon Basin as Seen by a Network of Weather Radars Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55 (12), 2657-2675, 2016
  • Zilli, M. T.; Carvalho, L. M. V.; Liebmann, B.; Silva Dias, M. A.F.,A comprehensive analysis of trends in extreme precipitation over southeastern coast of Brazil. International Journal of Climatology. , v.36, p.10.1002/joc.484 - , 2016.
  • Martins, J. A.; Brand, V. S.; Capucim, M. N.; Felix, R. R.; Martins, L. D.; Freitas, E. D.; Gonçalves, F. L.T.; Hallak, R.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Cecil, D. J. Climatology of destructive hailstorms in Brazil. Atmospheric Research (Print). , v.184, p.126 - 138, 2016.
  • Nunes, A. M. P.; Silva Dias, Maria A. F.; Anselmo E. M.; Morales, Carlos A. Severe Convection Features in the Amazon Basin: A TRMM-Based 15-Year Evaluation. Frontiers in Earth Science. , v.4, p.2016/000037 - , 2016.
  • Santos, M. J., M.A. F. Silva Dias, E. D. Freitas, 2014. Influence of local circulations on wind moisture and precipitation close to Manaus City, Amazon Region – Brazil. Journal of Geophysical Research 119, (23), 13,233-13,249 doi:10.1002/2014JD021969.
  • Machado, L. A. T., Silva Dias, M. A. F., Morales, C., Fisch, G, Vila, D, Albrecht, RL, Goodman, S J., Calheiros, A, Biscaro, T, Kummerov, C, Cohen, J, Fitzjarraçd, D, Nascimento, EI, Sakamoto, M, Cunningham, C, Chaboureau, J-P, Petersen, W A., Adams, D, Baldini, L, Angelis, C F., Sapucci, L F., Salio, P, Barbosa, H M. J., Landulfo, E, Souza, RF., Blakeslee, R J., Bailey, J, Freitas, S, Lima, Wagner. F. A., Tokay, A. 2014. The CHUVA Project - how does convection vary across Brazil? In Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. , v.95, 1365-1380
  • Camponogara, G., Silva Dias, M. A. F., and Carrió, G. G.: Relationship between Amazon biomass burning aerosols and rainfall over the La Plata Basin, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 4397-4407, doi:10.5194/acp-144397-2014, 2014.
  • Silva Dias, M. A. F., Dias, J., Carvalho, L. M. V., Freitas, E. D., Silva Dias, P. L. 2013, Changes in extreme daily rainfall for São Paulo, Brazil. Climatic Change. 116:705–722 DOI 10.1007/s10584-012-0504-7
  • Silva Dias, M. A. F.. 2011. An increase in the number of tornado reports in Brazil. Weather, Climate and Society, v.3, 209-217
  • Freitas, S. R. Longo, K. M.; Chatfield, R.; Lathan, D.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Andreae, M. O; Prins, E.; Santos, J C; Gielow, Ralf; Carvalho JR, J AIncluding the sub-grid scale plume rise of vegetation fires in low resolution atmospheric transport models. Atmospheric Chemistry And Physics Discussion, , v. 8, p. 11521-11559, 2006.
  • Albrecht, Rachel I.; Morales, Carlos A.; Silva Dias, Maria A. F.. 2011.Electrification of precipitating systems over the Amazon: Physical processes of thunderstorm development In Journal of Geophysical Research, v.116, D08209
  • Saad, Sandra I.; da Rocha, Humberto R.; Silva Dias, Maria A. F.; Rosolem, Rafael. 2010.Can the Deforestation Breeze Change the Rainfall in Amazonia? A Case Study for the BR-163 Highway Region In Earth Interactions. , v.14, 1-25
  • Betts, Alan K; Silva Dias, Maria Assunção F. 2010. Progress in Understanding Land-Surface-Atmosphere Coupling from LBA Research In Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems. , v.2, 1-20
  • Martin, Scot T.; Andreae, Meinrat O.; Artaxo, Paulo; Baumgardner, Darrel; Chen, Qi; Goldstein, Allen H.; Guenther, Alex; Heald, Colette L.; Mayol-Bracero, Olga L.; McMurry, Peter H.; Pauliquevis, Theotonio; Pöschl, Ulrich; Prather, Kimberly A.; Roberts, Gregory C.; Saleska, Scott R.; Silva Dias, M. A.; Spracklen, Dominick V.; Swietlicki, Erik; Trebs, Ivonne. 2010. Sources and properties of Amazonian aerosol particles In Reviews of Geophysics (1985). , v.48, 1-42
  • Zhang, Yan; Fu, Rong; Yu, Hongbin; Qian, Yun; Dickinson, Robert; Silva Dias, Maria Assunção F.; da Silva Dias, Pedro L.; Fernandes, Kátia. 2009. Impact of biomass burning aerosol on the monsoon circulation transition over Amazonia In Geophysical Research Letters. , v.36, L10814
  • Martins, J. A.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Gonçalvez, F. L. T.. 2009. Impact of biomass burning aerosols on precipitation in the Amazon: A modeling case study In Journal of Geophysical Research. , v.114, D02207
  • Freitas, S. R.; Longo, K. M.; Silva Dias, M. A. F.; Chatfield, R.; Silva Dias, P.; Artaxo, P.; Andreae, M. O.; Grell, G.; Rodrigues, L. F.; Fazenda, A.; Panetta, J.. 2009.The Coupled Aerosol and Tracer Transport model to the Brazilian developments on the Regional Atmospheric Modeling System (CATT-BRAMS) ¿ Part 1: Model description and evaluation In Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (Online). , v.9, 2843-2861
  • Martins, J. A.; Brand, V. S.; Capucim, M. N.; Felix, R. R.; Martins, L. D.; Freitas, E. D.; Gonçalves, F. L.T.; Hallak, R.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Cecil, D. J. Climatology of destructive hailstorms in Brazil. Atmospheric Research (Print). , v.184, p.126 - 138, 2016.
  • Martins, J A; Silva Dias, M A F. 2009. The impact of smoke from forest fires on the spectral dispersion of cloud droplet size distributions in the Amazonian region In Environmental Research Letters. , v.4, 015002
  • Vera, Carolina; Baez, Julio; Douglas, Michael; Emanuel, C B; Marengo, Jose; Mitin, Jose; Nicolini, Matilde; Nogues-Paegle, Julia; Paegle, Jan; Penalba, Olga; Salio, Paola; Sauo, Celeste; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Silva Dias, Pedro; Zipser, Ed. 2006.The South American Low Level Jet Experiment (SALLJEX) In Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. , v.86, 63-77
  • Silva Dias, M.A.F. Silva Dias,, P.L.; Longo, Marcos; Fitzjarrald, D.R.; SCOTT, A; Denning. 2004. River breeze circulation in eastern Amazon:observations and modeling results In Theoretical and Applied Climatology. , v.78, 111-121
  • Andreae, Meinrat O; Rosenfeld, D.; Artaxo, Paulo; Costa, Alexandre; Frank, G.; Longo, Karla Maria; Silva Dias, M.A.F.. 2004. Smoking rain clouds over the Amazon In Science. , v.303, 1337-1342
  • Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Petersen, W.; Silva Dias, Pedro Leite; Cifelli, R.; Betts, A. K.; Gomes A. M.; Fisch, Gilberto; Lima, M. A.; Longo, Marcos; Antonio, M. A.; Albrecht, Rachel Ifanger. 2002.A case study of the organization of convection into precipitating convective lines in the Southwest Amazon In Journal of Geophysical Research. , v.107, 39.1-39.20
  • Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Rutledge, S.; Kabat, P.; Silva Dias, Pedro Leite; Nobre, C. A.; Fisch, Gilberto; Dolman, A J; Zipser, E.; Garstantg, M.; Manzi, A. O.; Fuentes, J.; Rocha, H. R.; Marengo, Jose; Plana-Fattori, A.; Sá, L.; Alvalá, R.; Andreae, M.; Artaxo, Paulo; Gielow R.; Gatti, Luciana. 2002.Clouds and rain processes in a biosphere atmosphere interaction context in the Amazon Region In Journal of Geophysical Research. , v.107, 46.1-46.23
  • Souza, E. P.; Renno, N.; Silva Dias,M.A.F.. 2000. Convective circulations induced by surface heterogeneities. In Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. , v.57, 2915-2922
  • Cohen, J. C. P.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Nobre, C. A.. 1995. Environmental Conditions Associated With Amazonian Squall Lines: A Case Study In Monthly Weather Review. , v.123, 3163-3174
  • Silva Dias, M.A.F.; Betts, A. K.; Stevens, D. E.. 1984. Linear Spectral Model Of Tropical Mesoscale Systems. Sensitivity Studies. In Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. , v.41, 1704-1716
  • Betts, A. K.; Silva Dias, M.A.F.. 1979.Unsatured Downdraft Thermodynamics In Cumulonimbus. In Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences. , v.36, 1061-1071

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