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Peer reviewed papers

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Bachèlery, ML., S. Illig and M. Rouault. Interannual Coastal Trapped Waves in the Angola-Benguela Upwelling System and Benguela Niño and Niña

 events. Journal of Marine Systems, 203:103262 (1-16)

 Longandjo, G.-N T. and M. Rouault (2020). On the structure of large–scale circulation of the central Africa rainfall system. Journal of Climate. In

 press. OI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-19-0176.1 33(1):145-62.

Taguela TN, Vondou DA, Moufouma-Okia W, Fotso-Nguemo TC,  Longandjo, G.-N T, Pokam WM, Tanessong RS, [et al]. (2020). CORDEX multi-RCM 

 hindcast over Central Africa: Evaluation with in observational uncertainty. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 125: e2019JD031607. 


Imbol Koungue, R. A., Rouault, M.,Illig, S., Brandt, P., & Jouanno, J. (2019).Benguela Niños and Benguela Niñas inforced ocean simulation from  1958 to2015.Journal of Geophysical Research:Oceans,124.


Imbol Nkwinkwa N., A.S.; Rouault, M.; Johannessen, J.A. Latent Heat Flux in the Agulhas Current. Remote Sens. 2019, 11, 1576.


Nkwinkwa Njouodo, A.S., Koseki, S., Keenlyside, N. and Rouault, M., 2018. Atmospheric signature of the Agulhas Current. Geophysical  Research Letters. 45(10): 5185–5193.  DOI:10.1029/2018GL077042 

                           Agulhas Current has an impact on South African rainfall along the eastern coast

                           The mechanism for low‐level convergence and collocated rainfall show similarities to that for the Gulf Stream

                            Regional atmospheric model experiments indicate that the Agulhas Current generates convective rainfall along the coast

Pohl B, Dieppois B, Crétat J, Lawler D, Rouault M. 2018, From synoptic to interdecadal variability in southern African rainfall: towards a unified view         across timescales. Journal of Climate, 31, 5845-5872, DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0405.1

Ramanantsoa, J.D., Penven, P., Krug, M., Gula, J. and Rouault, M., 2018. Uncovering a New Current: The Southwest  Madagascar Coastal Current. Geophysical Research Letters, 45(4), pp.1930-1938.PDF

                              • The Southwest MAdagascar Coastal Current (SMACC) is a newly discovered surface poleward current
                             • The SMACC exhibits a seasonal cycle and is driven by thewind stress curl
                             • The SMACC influences the coastal upwelling region south of Madagascar


Ramanantsoa, J.D., Krug, M., Penven, P., Rouault, M. and Gula, J., 2018. Coastal upwelling south of Madagascar: temporal and spatial variability.    Journal   of Marine Systems, 178, pp.29-37.

                             • Upwelling south of Madagascar has two separated upwelling cells (Core 1, Core 2)

                             • Cores are subjected by different variabilities, intensities, and forcing mechanisms

                             • Cores are generated by dual forcing: wind-driven and currents influences.


Rouault, M., Illig, S., Lübbecke, J. and Koungue, R.A.I., 2018. Origin, development and demise of the 2010–2011 Benguela Niño. Journal of Marine        Systems.  pdf


Vianello, P., I. Ansorge, M. Ostrowski and M. Rouault (2017). Characterisation and dynamics of the ocean environment of the Mascarene Plateau

        and   its influence on the equatorial current system. African Journal of Marine Science. 39(4):453-466. DOI:10.2989/1814232X.2017.1400999.


​Imbol Koungue R.A., Illig S. and M Rouault 2017 Role of interannual Kelvin wave propagations in the equatorial Atlantic on the Angola Benguela   

Current system.  Geophys. Res. Oceans, 122, 4685–4703, doi:10.1002/2016JC012463.        


Holton, L., J. Deshayes, B.C. Backeberg, B.R. Loveday, J.C. Hermes and C.J.C. Reason (2017). Spatio‑temporal characteristics of Agulhas leakage: a model inter-comparison study. Climate Dynamics, DOI 10.1007/s00382-016-3193-5



Braby, L., Backeberg, B.C., Ansorge, I., Roberts, M.J., Krug, M. and Reason C.J.C. (2016). Observed eddy dissipation in the Agulhas Current, Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 8143–8150, doi:10.1002/2016GL069480.

Dieppois, B., Pohl, B., Rouault, M., New, M., Lawler, D. and Keenlyside, N., 2016. Interannual to Interdecadal variability of winter and summer southern African rainfall, and their teleconnections.

Rouault, M., Verley, P. and Backeberg, B., 2016. Wind changes above warm Agulhas Current eddies. Ocean Science, 12(2), pp.495-506

Visinelli, L., Masina, S., Vichi, M., Storto, A. and Lovato, T., 2016. Impacts of data assimilation on the global ocean carbonate system. Journal of Marine Systems, 158, pp.106-119.





Beraki, A.F., Landman, W.A., DeWitt, D. and Olivier, C. (2016). Global dynamical forecasting system conditioned to robust initial and boundary forcing: seasonal context. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4643.


Beraki, A.F., Landman, W.A. and DeWitt, D. (2015). On the comparison between seasonal predictive skill of global circulation models: coupled versus uncoupled. Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 120, 11151-11172, DOI:10.1002/2015JD023839


Blamey, L. K., L. J. Shannon, J. J. Bolton, R. J. M. Crawford, F. Dufois, H. EversKing, C. L.  Griffiths, L. Hutchings, A. Jarre, M. Rouault, K. Watermeyer, H. Winker (2015) Ecosystem change in the southern Benguela and the underlying processes. Journal of Marine Systems.


Dieppois B, M Rouault and M New. (2015) "The impact of ENSO on Southern African rainfall in CMIP5 ocean atmosphere coupled climate models." Climate Dynamics,45,9, 2425-2442. DOI 10.1007/s00382-015-2480-x


Engelbrecht, C.J. and Landman, W.A. (2015). Interannual variability of seasonal rainfall over the Cape south coast of South Africa and synoptic type association. Climate Dynamics, DOI: 10.1007/s00382-015-2836-2.


Engelbrecht, C.J., Landman, W.A., Engelbrecht F.A. and Malherbe, J. (2015). A synoptic decomposition of rainfall over the Cape south coast of South Africa. Climate Dynamics, 44(9-10), 2589-2607, DOI 10.1007/s00382-014-2230-5.


Fourie, J.P.,  I. Ansorge, B. Backeberg, H.C. Cawthra, M.R. MacHutchon and F.W. van Zyl (2015). The influence of wave action on coastal erosion along Monwabisi Beach, Cape Town. South African Journal of Geomatics,  4(2):96-109


Meque A, and Abodiun BJ (2015): Simulating the link between ENSO and summer drought in Southern Africa using regional climate models. Climate Dynamics. 44, 1881-1900


Muchuru, S., Landman, W.A. and DeWitt, D. (2015). Prediction of inflows into Lake Kariba using a combination of physical and empirical models. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.4513.


Muchuru, S., Landman, W.A., DeWitt, D. and Lötter, D. (2014). Seasonal rainfall predictability over the Lake Kariba catchment area. Water SA, 40 (3), 461-469.


Muchuru, S., Botai, J.O., Botai, C.M., Landman, W.A. and Adeola, A.M. (2016). Variability of rainfall over Lake Kariba catchment area in the Zambezi river basin, Zimbabwe. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 124(1), 325-338, DOI 10.1007/s00704-015-1422-1.


Morioka Y., . and Behera S.K. (2015). Potential sources of decadal climate variability over southern Africa. Journal of Climate. DOI:10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0201.1.


Roxy M.K., A Modi, R Murtugudde, V Valsala, S Panickal, S. Prasanna Kumar, M. Ravichandran, M. Vichi and M Lévy (2015) A reduction in marine
primary productivity driven by rapid warming over the tropical Indian Ocean, Geophysical Research Letter, DOI:10.1002/2015GL066979

Salvanes, Anne Gro V., Chris Bartholomae, Dawit Yemane, Mark J. Gibbons, Paul Kainge, Jens‐Otto Krakstad, M. Rouault, Arved Staby, and Svein Sundby. "Spatial dynamics of the bearded goby and its key fish predators off Namibia vary with climate and oxygen availability." Fisheries Oceanography 24, no. S1 (2015): 88-101. DOI: 10.1111/fog.12068.


Tagliabue A, O Aumont, JP. Dunne, S Dutkiewicz, E Galbraith, JK Moore, A Ridgwell, C Stock, M Vichi, C Volker and A Yool (2015) How well do
global ocean biogeochemistry models simulate dissolved iron distributions? Global Biogeochemical Cycle, DOI:10.1002/2015GB005289


Woodborne, S., Hall, G., Robertson, I., Patrut, A., Rouault, M., & Loader, N. J. (2015). A 1000-Year Carbon Isotope Rainfall Proxy Record from South African Baobab Trees (Adansonia digitata L.). PLoS ONE, 10(5), e0124202.




Backeberg, B. C., F. Counillon, J. A. Johannessen and M.-I. Pujol (2014). Assimilating along-track SLA data using the EnOI in an eddy resolving model of the Agulhas system. Ocean Dynamics, 64, 1121-1136.


Pohl B., M. Rouault, S. Roy (2014). Simulation of the annual and diurnal cycles of rainfall over South Africa by a regional climate model. Climate Dynamics. 43, 7-8, 2207-2226, doi 10.1007/s00382-013-2046-8


Rouault, M., P. Verley and B. Backeberg (2014). Wind increase above warm Agulhas Current eddies. Ocean Sci. Discuss., 11, 2367-2389.


Ternon, J.-F., M. Roberts, T. Morris, L. Hanke, and B. Backeberg (2014). In situ measured current structures of the eddy field in the Mozambique Channel. Deep Sea Research II, 100, 10-26.




Mead A, C L Griffiths, G M Branch, C D McQuaid, L K Blamey, J J Bolton, R J Anderson, F Dufois, M Rouault, P W Froneman, A K Whitfield, L R Harris, R Nel, D Pillay, J B Adams (2013) Human-mediated drivers of change: impacts on coastal ecosystems and marine biota of South Africa, 35, 3, 403-425


Richard, Y., Rouault, M., Pohl, B., Crétat, J., Duclot, I., Taboulot, S., Reason, C. J. C., Macron, C. and Buiron, D. (2013), Temperature changes in the mid- and high-latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere. Int. J. Climatol., 33:1948–1963, doi: 10.1002/joc.3563


Rouault, M., Roy, S. S. and Balling, R. C. (2013), The diurnal cycle of rainfall in South Africa in the austral summer. Int. J. Climatol.,33, 770–777, doi: 10.1002/joc.3451


van Aken HM, J.R.E. Lutjeharms, M. Rouault, C. Whittle, and W.P.M. de Ruijter (2013) Observations of an early Agulhas Retroflection event in 2001: a temporary cessation of inter-ocean exchange south of Africa? Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, vol. 72, pp. 1-8


Roy S.S. and M. Rouault, Spatial patterns of seasonal scale trends in extreme hourly precipitation in South Africa (2013), Applied Geography, Volume 39, May 2013, Pages 151-157, ISSN 0143-6228, 10.1016/j.apgeog.2012.11.022. .




Backeberg B. C., Penven P, and M Rouault (2012) Impact of intensified Indian Ocean winds on mesoscale variability in the Agulhas system, Nature Climate Change, 2012. doi:10.1038/nclimate1587161.2012.692830


Dufois, F., Rouault, M., (2012) Sea surface temperature in False Bay (South Africa): Towards a better understanding of its seasonal and interannual variability. Continental Shelf Research,43,24–35,


Rouault, M. (2012), Bi-annual intrusion of tropical water in the northern Benguela upwelling, Geophys. Res. Lett., 39, L12606, doi:10.1029/2012GL052099.




Crétat, J., Richard, Y., Pohl,B., Rouault, M., Reason, C. andFauchereau, N. (2011) Recurrent daily rainfall patterns over South Africa and associated dynamics during the core of the australsummer. Int. Jnl. of Climatology doi:10.1002/joc.2266.


Philippon, N., M. Rouault, Y. Richard and A. Favre (2011). The influence of ENSO on winter rainfall in South Africa. Int. J. Climatol.  doi:10.1002/joc.3403.




Backeberg, B. C. and C. J. C. Reason (2010). A connection between the South Equatorial Current north of Madagascar and Mozambique Channel Eddies. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L04604, doi:10.1029/2009GL041950.



Rouault, M., B. Pohl and P. Penven, (2010) Coastal Oceanic climate change and variability from 1982 to 2009 around South Africa, African Journal of Marine Science 32(2): 237–246


Pohl, B., N. Fauchereau, C. J. C.  Reason and M. Rouault (2010). Relationships between the Antarctic Oscillation, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and ENSO, and Consequences for Rainfall Analysis. J. Climate, 23, 238-254.



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