J. David Neelin

Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA

7961 Math Sciences Building
Phone: (310) 206-3734 Fax: (310) 206-5219

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
University of California, Los Angeles
405 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90095-1565

Group Web Page  Publications   CV (pdfs):   · full   · 2pg. w/ selected bib.   · 1pg. cv  Undergrad Text (+Supplemental):
Climate Change &
Climate Modeling

Professor Neelin heads the Climate Systems Interaction Group.
More research details are available on the group website

The research areas below include links to sample papers in each area.

Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction
· El Nino/Southern oscillation
· Midlatitude ocean-atmosphere interaction
· Climate variations on interannual and longer time scales
· Monsoon theory as a problem in ocean-atmosphere-land interaction
· Thermohaline circulation-atmosphere interaction

Sea-ice-ocean interaction

Land-surface climate interaction

Tropical atmospheric dynamics for tropical climate problems
· Interaction between moist convection and large-scale motions
· Moist teleconnections
· Tropical precipitation change under global warming
· Intraseasonal oscillations
· Stochastic moist convection
· Hurricanes

Hierarchical ocean-atmosphere-land modeling
· Hybrid coupled models
· Quasi-equilibrium Tropical Circulation Models (QTCMs)

Research description from Departmental Brochure

Research interests

Neelin's research involves interactions between different pieces of the climate system, starting with ocean-atmosphere interaction and later spreading to some of the other interactions that must be understood as fully coupled processes. Early in his career, a grant program manager, struggling to categorize him as an atmospheric or an oceanic scientist, referred to him as "one of those damned new coupled modelers no one knows where to put".

Tropical climate variability has been a major area of endeavor. El Nino/Southern Oscillation phenomenon, Neelin became fascinated by the Achilles heel of early tropical ocean-atmosphere theory: the complex interaction between the large-scale tropical atmosphere and moist convection. These moist dynamical processes strongly affect and are affected by the ocean surface layer. Several research areas have evolved from this, including moist teleconnections and the tropical precipitation response to global warming...

UCLA Affiliations:
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (Affiliate Faculty)
Center for Canadian Studies (Executive Committee member)

Last modified: 09/14