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Jim Hurrell, PhD
Global Climatologist

Jim Hurrell received his MS and PhD in atmospheric science from Purdue University in 1986 and 1990, respectively. He joined the Climate and Global Dynamics Division (CGD) of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) following his graduate studies, where he is now a senior scientist within the Climate Analysis Section and also the acting director of CGD. His research has centered on empirical and modeling studies and diagnostic analyses to better understand climate, climate variability and climate change. He has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as dozens of other planning documents and workshop papers. He has convened over one dozen national and international workshops and he has served several national and international science-planning efforts. Currently, he is extensively involved in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) on Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) and he serves as co-chair of Scientific Steering Committee of US CLIVAR. Jim has also been involved in the assessment activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and he has served on several National Research Council (NRC) panels.

The influence of Jim's peer-reviewed work has been recognized in part by the prestigious 2001 Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society and the 1997 Outstanding Publication Award from NCAR. Jim has given more than 60 invited talks, as well as many contributed presentations at national and international conferences. Jim is recognized worldwide as an expert on the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), one of the most prominent and recurrent patterns of atmospheric circulation variability. In particular, his work has been foremost in the field at illustrating that the NAO and its time dependence are central to the global change debate. He was lead editor on the 2003 American Geophysical Union Geophysical Monograph "North Atlantic Oscillation: Climatic Significance and Environmental Impact." A total of 42 specialists participated in writing the material for the book, which for the first time brought together atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, paleoclimatologists and biologists to present a state-of-the-art assessment of the current understanding of this dominant climate phenomenon and its environmental and societal consequences. Jim also served as a co-editor of an Oxford University Press book entitled "Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: the North Atlantic" published in May 2004.


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Co-editor: Marine Ecosystems and Climate Variation: The North Atlantic. Oxford University Press, 2004, 227 pp.

Hoerling, M. P., J. W. Hurrell, T. Xu, G. Bates and A. Phillips, 2004: Twentieth Century North Atlantic climate change. Part II: Understanding the effects of Indian Ocean warming. Climate Dynamics, in press.


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