CCR People

Susan Bates, Project Scientist


Dr. Bates is a Project Scientist in the Oceanography Section of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at NCAR. Her career in oceanography and climate dynamics has included: teaching, research and community service. Susan is the CESM ocean model science liaison. In this role, she assists the POP user community and supports the research of the Ocean Model Working Group (OMWG), including development of the Parallel Ocean Program (POP) model and maintenance of the ocean model diagnostics tools. She helps with the preparation of the CESM tutorial every summer and teaches part of the ocean portion. Susan's research interests lie in the area of air-sea interaction and the role of the ocean in climate. Her recent research topics include coupled variability in the tropical Atlantic Ocean, investigation of an air-sea feedback mechanism in the subpolar North Atlantic that may play a role in North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) decadal variability, investigation of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in CCSM3 in both modern day and last glacial maximum scenarios, assessment of surface heat fluxes in North Atlantic storms modeled by the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model, and assessment of air-sea fluxes in the CCSM4.

  • Member of the American Geophysical Union

Recent Publications

Seasonal Influences on Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Variability in the Tropical Atlantic Ocean. Bates, S.C., 2010: J. Climate, 23, 582-604, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI2826.1.

Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction and Variability in the Tropical Atlantic Ocean with and without an Annual Cycle. Bates, S.C., 2008: J. Climate, 21, 5501-5523, doi:10.1175/2008JCLI1983.1.

CGD People

Susan Bates, Project Scientist