MISTRY Malcolm

Position Adjunct Professor
E-mail malcolm.mistry@unive.it
Website www.unive.it/persone/malcolm.mistry (personal record)
Office Department of Economics
Website: https://www.unive.it/dep.economics

Personal identifiers in scientific databases

Scopus Author ID: 57195134788; ORCID: 0000-0003-3345-6197

Bio-sketch: Malcolm Mistry holds a PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change from the Dept. of Economics, Ca’Foscari University of Venice. His thesis focused on impacts of climate change and variability on crop yields using emulators and empirical models. Malcolm holds a Master’s in Weather and Climate Modelling from the University of Reading (U.K.) where his dissertation examined the Intra-seasonal variability of Indian Summer Monsoon (ISM) in Observed and General Circulation Model (GCM).

Apart from being a post-doctoral researcher at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Malcolm also holds a scientific affiliation with Fondazione Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC – ECIP Division). He has previously worked as a Research Associate at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (Spain), where he gained expertise in big data, handling large climate datasets, running Earth System Models (ESM), numerous scientific data management and spatial analysis tools. Malcolm’s research interests include modelling the sectoral impacts of climate change (such as on agriculture, health and energy), application of climate extreme indices, and last but not the least, creating awareness of the science of climate change and its potential impacts by giving talks in local schools. Prior embarking on a research career, Malcolm worked as a navigating officer onboard research and seismic survey ships, engaged in data acquisition of sea bed profiles for offshore oil and gas industry.

Work Experience

(i) March 2018 to Present Day
ERC Post-doctoral Research Associate, Lecturer

Deputy Coordinator of Master of Research Program in Science and Management of Climate Change
Department of Economics, Ca’Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Development and analysis of high-resolution climate-energy indices for econometric applications (ENERGYA – Energy use for adaptation - European Research Council funded project) http://www.energy-a.eu/

Lecturer (Master/PhD of Science and Management of Climate Change): 

 Statistics [PHD140]                                                                                                                                                                                   Climate Change Economics: Theory, Methods and Applications [PHD088]
 Quantitative methods for climate change [PHD021]: R programing language 
 Decision theory and multi-criteria analysis [PHD067]                                                                                                                                  

Member Developers' Network R Climpact package for Climate Extreme Indices (WMO ETCCDI/ET-SCI)

(ii) January 2017 to Present Day

Researcher (Scientific Affiliation), 
Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Venice, Italy (www.cmcc.it)

Economic analysis of climate impacts and policy. Development of high resolution climate extreme indices, development of global-gridded socio-economic dataset.

(iii) May 2014 to February 2018

Junior Researcher
Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Venice, Italy

Assessing impacts of climate change and variability on agriculture, using econometric approaches, coupling of crop yield emulator to Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs).

(iv) July 2008 to December 2008

Research Support Engineer 
Department of Earth Science, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS), Barcelona, Spain.

Technical support for climate modelling, air quality forecasting, parallel computing, parameterizations and coupling of different modules within the Earth System Modelling Framework (ESMF).

Education and training

(i) September 2013 to February 2017

PhD in Science and Management of Climate Change, Ca' Foscari University of Venice, Italy

Dynamics of climate variations and climate change, economic impact assessment of climate change, management of climate-change-related environmental and socio-economical processes.

Dissertation: Impacts of Climate Change and Variability on Crop Yields Using Emulators and Empirical Models

(ii) October 2005 to September 2006

Master of Science in Weather Climate and Modelling Numerical, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading, U.K.

Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans, Fluid Dynamics, Remote Sensing, Tropical Meteorology, Climate Change, Atmospheric Physics. Completed a 4 day Weather Forecasting course conducted by Met office, U.K 

Dissertation: Intraseasonal Behaviour of the Indian Summer Monsoon in a General Circulation Model (HadCM2)

(iii) September 2001 to September 2004

Bachelor in Information Technology, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Object Oriented and Component Programming, Website Management, Data Structures, Relational Database Management System, System Security, Web authoring

Technical skills and competences

(i) Programming languages / Software environments (Expert): R, NetCDF Command Language (NCL), Matlab, GAMS, Fortran 90, Python, Unix Shell scripting.

(ii) Scientific software and tools (Expert): Grads, CDAT, IDV, NCview, NCO, CDO, XConv, QGIS, Panoply.

(iii) Data dissemination technologies (Expert): ESGF, OPeNDAP

(iv) Multimedia and web authoring tools (Advance): HTML, Dreamweaver, Paintshop Pro, Adobe Photoshop.

(v) Others at an inter-mediate level: Latex, C, C++, Java, Source Code version control (SVS, GitHub), DHTML, SQL, Visual Basic, High Performance Computing (HPC), Parallel Programming Paradigms (MPI, OpenMP).

ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3345-6197

(i) Peer-reviewed Journal: 

Published: “Simulated vs. Empirical Weather Responsiveness of Crop Yields: U.S. Evidence and Implications for the Agricultural Impacts of Climate Change”, Mistry M, Sue Wing I and E De Cian, 2017, Environmental Research Letters (ERL). doi:https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aa788c

“Climate Risk Index for Italy”, Mysiak J, Torresan S, Bosello, F, Mistry M, Amadio M, Marzi S, Furlan E, Sperotto A. 2018. Philosophical Transactions (Royal Society) A 20170305. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2017.0305

“Economic impacts of climate change on vegetative agriculture markets in Israel”, Zelingher R, Ghermandi A, De Cian E, Mistry M and Kan I, 2019, Environmental and Resource Economics (ERE), https://doi.org/10.1007/s10640-019-00340-z

“A High Resolution Global Gridded Historical Dataset of Climate Extreme Indices”, Mistry M.N., 2019, Data, 4(1), https://doi.org/10.3390/data4010041, Dataset: https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.898014

“Households' adaptation in a warming climate. Air conditioning and thermal insulation choices”, De Cian E, Pavanello F, Randazzo T, Mistry M and Davide M, 2019, Environmental Science & Policy, 136-157 (100), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2019.06.015

"Historical global gridded degree‐days: A high‐spatial resolution database of CDD and HDD", Mistry M.N., 2019, Geoscience Data Journal; 00: 1– 8, https://doi.org/10.1002/gdj3.83, Dataset: https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.903123

"Heavy precipitation events over East Africa in a changing climate: results from CORDEX RCMs", Obed M. Ogega, James Koske, James B. Kung’u, Enrico Scoccimarro, Hussen S. Endris and Malcolm N. Mistry, 2020, Climate Dynamics,  https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-020-05309-z

"Air conditioning and electricity expenditure: The role of climate in temperate countries", Teresa Randazzo, Enrica De Cian and Malcolm N. Mistry, 2020,Economic Modelling, Vol 90, 273-287 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econmod.2020.05.001

"A High Spatiotemporal Resolution Global Gridded Dataset of Historical Human Discomfort Indices", Mistry M.N., 2020, Atmosphere, 11, 835, https://doi:10.3390/atmos11080835, Dataset: https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.904282 

"Intraseasonal Precipitation Variability over West Africa under 1.5 °C and 2.0 °C Global Warming Scenarios: Results from CORDEX RCMs", Ogega M.O., Gyampoh B.A., Mistry, M.N., 2020, Climate 8 (12), 243, https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8120143 

"Climate Variability, Crop and Conflict: exploring the Impacts of Inequality in Agricultural Production", accepted, Vesco P., Kovacic M., Mistry M.N., Croicu M., 2020, Special Issue on ‘Security Implications of Climate Change’, Journal of Peace Research Doi: 10.1177/0022343320971020

"Impacts of a warmer world on space cooling demand in Brazilian households", Bezerra P., Silva F., Cruz T., Mistry M.N., Vasquez-Arroyo, E., Magalar L., De Cian E.,  Lucena A. F. P., Schaeffer R., 2021, Energy and Buildings, 234, 110696,

(ii) Technical Report (Contribution: Computation of climate extreme indices)
“Piano Nazionale di Adattamento ai Cambiamenti Climatici (PNACC), Italy”, 2017 http://www.minambiente.it/print/7402 

(iii) Policy Brief (Chapter Contribution) 
“Climate Adaptation: Mitigation and Action in a Post Paris World”, Center for Climate Change and Sustanability Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India, 2017

(iv) Book 
Title: "Indian Summer Monsoon: Active-Break Cycles in Observations and Climate Model Simulations" 
Publisher: Verlag Dr. Muller (VDM), ISBN: 978-3-639-20004-1