Komurcu, Muge

Muge Komurcu
Former Research Scientist, CGCS

Focus Areas

Regional Analysis


Dr. Muge Komurcu has a Ph.D. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and completed her post-doctoral studies at Yale University, Department of Geology and Geophysics. She studies physical risks associated with climate change and resilient adaptation pathways in regional and local scales through interdisciplinary collaborations. Her current research projects focus on improving the resilience of cities and urban infrastructure under climate change and changing extremes. For example, one of her funded collaborations is with MIT Department of Architecture and aims to improve resiliency of cities through climate aware urban design. Furthermore, Dr. Komurcu is a Microsoft AI for Earth grantee for her work on AI based climate change - energy demand interactions, which aims to guide resilient and sustainable management of urban infrastructure. She created and analyzed the first high resolution (3 km horizontal resolution, hourly frequency) climate projections for the Northeastern United States for sixty years for an NSF funded project. The study became the top read paper in AGU’s Earth and Space Science in 2018-2019. 

Education + Credentials
Ph.D., Meteorology, Penn State University, 2011
M.S., Meteorology, Istanbul Technical University, 2005
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 2004
B.S., Meteorology, Istanbul Technical University, 2003

Recent Publications

Joint Program Report
Komurcu, M. and S. Paltsev (2021). Joint Program Report Series Report 352, June, 16 p. [PDF]
Journal Article
Komurcu, M., C.A. Schlosser, I. Alshehri, T. Alshahrani, W. Alhayaza, A. Alsaati and K. Strzepek   (2020). Atmosphere, 11(10), 1068 (doi: 10.3390/atmos11101068)
Journal Article
Komurcu, M., K.A. Emanuel, M. Huber and R.P. Acosta (2018). Earth and Space Science, 5(11), 801-826 (doi: 10.1029/2018EA000426)

News + Media

News Release
MIT News | 
Dec 13, 2018
News Release
MIT News | 
Nov 13, 2018
News Release
Joint Program News | 
Nov 06, 2018