Catherine Smith

CIRES, Campus Box 449
University of Colorado
Boulder, CO 80309
(303) 497-6263

Research Experience:

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Professional Research Assistant.
December 1991 - present.

Scientific Programmer.
Worked on medical study of drug efficacy in the department of Biostatistics. This included performing statistical tests, maintaining records and being responsible for examining quality of life measures for the patients.
June 1990 - September 1991.

Research Assistant/ Masters student/ Teachers Assistant.
Thesis title: Singular Value Decomposition as a Statistical Technique in the Study of the Low Frequency Relationship Between the Atmosphere and Ocean .
Chairperson of the Supervisory Committee: Professor J.M Wallace
September 1984 - March 1992.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA.
Student Research Program (UROP) programmer
Worked with Professional Reginald Newell in examining SST and ENSO relationships.
January 1984 - August 1985.


M.S. Atmospheric Science, December 1989
Course work included meteorology, mathematics, oceanography and statistics.

MIT, Cambridge MA..
B.S. Atmospheric Science, June 1985.
Course work included atmospheric dynamics, physical oceanography, numerical analysis and statistics.

Computer Skills:

Current Projects:

Refereed Publications:

ESRL : PSD : Catherine Smith
  • M. A. Alexander, J. D. Scott, D. Swales, M. Hughes, K. Mahoney, C. A. Smith, 2014: Moisture Pathways into the US Intermountain West Associated with Heavy Winter Precipitation Events J. Hydrometerology, accepted.
  • Smith, C.A., G.P. Compo, and D.K. Hooper, 2014: Web-based Reanalysis Intercomparison Tools (WRIT) for analysis and comparison of reanalyses and other datasets. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 95, 1671-1678, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00192.1.
  • Waliser D. E., K. M. Weickmann, R. M. Dole, S. Schubert, O. Alves, C. Jones, M. Newman, H.-L. Pan, A. Roubicek, S. Saha, C. Smith, H. Van den Dool, F. Vitart, M. C. Wheeler and J. S. Whitaker (April 2006): The Experimental MJO Prediction Project. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 87 (4), 425-431. doi:10.1175/BAMS-87-4-425
  • State of the Climate in 2012 By:Blunden, J (Blunden, Jessica)et al. BULLETIN OF THE AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY Volume: 94 Issue: 8 Pages: S1-S238 Published: AUG 2013
  • Smith, C.A. and P. Sardeshmukh, 2000, The Effect of ENSO on the Intraseasonal Variance of Surface Temperature in Winter., International J. of Climatology,20 1543-1557.
  • Wolter, K., R. M. Dole, and C. A. Smith, 1999: Short-Term Climate Extremes over the Continental United States and ENSO. Part I: Seasonal Temperatures. J. Climate, 12, 3255-3272.
  • Radok U., C.A. Smith and G. Wendler 1998: Southern Ocean synoptics - observations and analyses. Meteorol. App.l, 5,33-36.
  • Deser, C., and C.A. Smith, 1997: Diurnal and semidiurnal wind variations over the tropical Pacific Ocean. Journal of Climate, Volume: 11 Issue: 7 Pages: 1730-1748 Published: JUL 1998.
  • Liebmann,B. and C.A. Smith 1996: Description of a Complete (Interpolated) Outgoing Longwave Radiation Dataset. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc, 77, 1275-1277.
  • Wallace, J.M., C.A. Smith and Q. Jiang 1989: Spatial Patterns of Atmosphere-Ocean Interaction in the Northern Winter. J. Climate, 3,990-998.
  • Bretherton, C.S., C.A. Smith and J.M. Wallace 1992: An Intercomparison of Methods for Finding Coupled Patterns in Climate Data. J. Climate, 5,541-560.
  • Wallace, J.M., C.A. Smith and C. S. Bretherton 1992: Singular Value Decomposition of Wintertime Sea Surface Temperature and 500-mb Height Anomalies. J. Climate, 5,561-576.

Catherine Smith
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