CGD Advisory Panel

Mission Statement
The Advisory Board will advise CGD on how to better interact with the University community in fulfilling the CGD mission and strategic plan.

Simona Bordoni

California Institute of Technology
Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering 

Dr. Bordoni's research interests are in atmospheric dynamics, with a special emphasis on understanding the coupling between larger-scale circulations and the hydrological cycle. She is particularly interested in tropical circulations, such as Hadley and monsoonal circulations, because of their intimate coupling with moist convection and rainfall, and the variety of scales they embody. She makes use of observations and models of different complexity, and emphasize theoretically-based approaches that allow for conceptual understanding.
Contact: | (626) 395-2672

William D. (Bill) Collins

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Division Director, Accelerator for Climate, Energy, and Environment Solutions 

Dr. Collins is an internationally recognized expert in climate modeling and climate change science. He is the Director of the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area the the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a Professor in Residence in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California-Berkeley, and the founding Director of the Accelerator for Climate, Energy, and Environment Solutions. Dr. Collins is a Coordinating Lead Author of the Sixth Assessment of the IPCC, a Lead Author of the Fifth IPCC Assessment, and a Lead and Collaborating Author of the Fourth IPCC Assessment, for which the IPCC was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and APS.
Contact: | (510) 495-2407

Ben Kirtman

University of Miami
Professor, Department of Atmospheric Sciences RSMAS/MPO 

Dr. Kirtman uses complex coupled ocean atmosphere general circulation models to investigate the predictability of the climate system on time scales from days-to-decades and to study the influence of tropical variability on mid-latitude predictability.
Contact: | (305) 421-4046

J. David Neelin

Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

Dr. 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. Tropical climate variability has been a major area of endeavor; in particular the complex interaction between the large-scale tropical atmosphere and moist convection.
Contact: | (310) 206-3734

Luanne Thompson

University of Washington
Director, Program on Climate Change Professor of Oceanography; Adjunct Professor Physics and Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Thompson’s research concerns the roles that the oceans and ocean dynamics in particular play in climate variability. She utilizes analytical models of ocean circulation and numerical models of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system to explore the coupling of oceanic changes to storms and sea-ice, and the storage of carbon.
Contact: | (206) 543-9965