Michael A. Alexander


NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328
(303) 497-6030


Ph.D., Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990. Advisor - John E. Kutzbach

M.S., Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986. Advisor - Gerald Herman.

B.S., Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, 1982.


Meteorologist., NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center , 10/99 - present
Analyzing climate variability in atmospheric GCM simulations as the lead scientist at the Climate Diagnostic Center on the University-GFDL Consortium Project. Using mixed layer ocean model simulations (image) and subsurface temperature observations to study climatic processes such as subduction in the upper ocean. Research Summary

Research Associate. (Visiting Fellow 1/91-1/92), Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, 1/92 - 9/99. Instructor, Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics and Interannual Climate Variability Course, University of Washington, Friday Harbor Lab, 7/93 - 8/93.

Research Assistant, Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 7/83 - 12/90.
Examined climatic variability, large scale air-sea interaction, and atmospheric and oceanic energy transport, through modeling experiments and data analysis.

Head Teaching Assistant, Introductory meteorology, Department of Meteorology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1/86 - 5/86.

Weather Information Specialist, Weather Services International (WSI), Boston, MA, 9/82 - 6/83.

Weather Forecaster, The Weather Center, Ithaca, New York, 1/82 - 8/82.


Research Affiliate, The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC) at the University of Colorado at Boulder (12/11-)

Editor, Bulletin on the American Meteorological Society (BAMS; 8/13 -)

A Lead Author of the Oceans Chapter in the National Climate Assessemnt Report on Climate Change Impacts in the United States (5/14)

Editor, Journal of Climate (8/08-3/12)

Co-Chair of the US CLIVAR Phenomena, Observations and Synthesis Panel (POSP) (3/07-12/09) (panel member starting in 8/05)

Co-Chair of the Member of the US CLIVAR Western Boundary Current Working Group (1/07-12/09)

Associate Editor, Journal of Climate (2/06-7/08)

Member of the NCAR, Climate and Global Change Division, Scientific Steering Committee (6/05-)

Member of the GLOBEC scientific steering committee (3/04-10/11)

Chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Air-Sea Interaction Committee (4/03-2/06)

Co-chair Climate Variability Working Group for NCAR's Community Climate System Model (4/01-8/05)

Chairman, Secretary and Co-founder of the Madison chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 3/87 - 9/88.

President of the Cornell chapter of the AMS, 9/81 - 6/82.

Member of the American Meteorological Society.

Member of the American Geophysical Union



Michael A. Alexander