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David Schneider, Project Scientist


David Schneider is a projecft scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He studies polar climate variability and change in observations and climate models, with an emphasis on the recent climate history of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Current projects include the relative roles of stratospheric ozone depletion and tropical variability in driving recent Antarctic climate change, understanding atmospheric circulation changes over Antarctica during the past century, and the implications of Southern Ocean model biases for projections of Southern Hemisphere climate change.

In addition to his scientific research, David has led the development of the Climate Data Guide, a website that offers unique, expert-written assessments of the strengths and limitations of the observational datasets used to evaluate earth system models and to understand the global climate system. David also represents the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory on NCAR's Data Stewardship Engineering Team (DSET), which has recently launced the DASH NCAR Data Search.


  • Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
  • M.S., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, MN


My Google Scholar list of publications may be viewed here.

32. Schneider, D.P. and Fogt, R.L., 2017: Artifacts in century-length atmospheric and coupled reanalyses over Antarctica due to historical data availability, Geophysical Research Letters Article.

31. Fogt, R.L., C.A. Goergens, J.M. Jones, D.P. Schneider , J.P. Nicolas, D.H. Bromwich, and H.E. Dusselier, 2017: A 20th Century perspective on summer Antarctic pressure change and variability and contributions from tropical SSTs and ozone depletion, Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2017GL075079.

30. Schneider, D.P. and C. Deser, 2017: Tropically driven and externally forced patterns of Antarctic sea ice change: Reconcilling observed and modeled trends. Climate Dynamics. [Article]

29. Jones, J.M., S.T. Gille, H. Goossee, N.J. Abram, P.O. Canziani, D.J. Charman, K.R. Clem, X. Costa, C. de Lavergne, I. Eisenman, M.H. England, R.L. Fogt, L.M. Frankcombe, G.J. Marshall, V. Masson-Delmotte, A.K. Morrison, A.J. Orsi, M.N. Raphael, J.A. Renwick, D.P. Schneider, G.R. Simpkins, E.J. Steig, B. Stenni, D. Swingedouw, and T.R. Vance, 2016: Assessing recent trends in high-latitude Southern Hemisphere surface climate, Nature Climate Change, 6, 917-926. [Article]

28. Schneider, D.P. and D. Reusch, 2016: Antarctic and Southern Ocean surface temperatures in CMIP5 models in the context of the surface energy budget, Journal of Climate, 29, 1689-1716. [Article]

27. Berkelhammer, M, D.C. Noone, H.C. Steen-Larsen, M. O'Neill, A. Bailey, C. Cox, D.P. Schneider, K. Steffen, and J.W.C. White, 2016: Surface-atmosphere decoupling limits accumulation at Summit, Greenland, Science Advances, 2, e1501704. [Article]

26. Mayewski, P.A., T. Bracegirdle, I. Goodwin, D.P. Schneider, N.A.N. Bertler, S. Birkel, A. Carleton, M. H. England. J-H. Kang, A. Khan, J. Russell, J. Turner, and I. Veliconga, 2015: Potential for Southern Hemisphere Climate Surprises, J. Quaternary Science, 30, 391-395. [Article]

25. Raphael, M.N., G.J. Marshall, J. Turner, R. Fogt, D.P. Schneider, D.A. Dixon, J.S. Hosking, J. Jones, and W. Hobbs, 2015: The Amundsen Sea Low: Variability, change and impact on Antarctic climate. Bull. Am. Met. Soc., 97, 111-121. [Article]

24. Schneider, D.P., C. Deser and T. Fan, 2015: Comparing the impacts of tropical SST variability and polar stratospheric ozone loss on the Southern Ocean westerly winds. J. Climate, 28, 9350-9372 [Article]

23. Fan, T., C. Deser, and D.P. Schneider, 2014: Recent Antarctic sea ice trends in the context of Southern Ocean surface climate variations since 1950, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 2419-2426. [Article]

22. D.P. Schneider, C. Deser, J. Fasullo, and K. Trenberth, 2013: Climate Data Guide Spurs Discovery and Understanding, Eos Trans. AGU, 94(13), 121. [Article]

21. E.J. Steig, Q. Ding, J.W.C. White, M. Kuttel, S.B. Rupper, T.A. Neumann, P. Neff, A. Gallant, P.A. Mayewski, K. C. Taylor, G. Hoffmann, D.A. Dixon, S. Schoeneman, B. Markle, D.P. Schneider, T.J. Fudge, A.J. Schauer, R.P. Teel, B.H. Vaughan, L. Burgener, J. Williams, and E. Korotkikh, 2013: Recent climate and ice sheet changes in West Antarctica compared to the past 2000 years, Nature Geoscience, 6, 372-375. [Article]

20. D. Noone, C. Risi, A. Bailey, M. Berkelhammer, D.P. Brown, N. Buenning, S. Gregory, J. Nusbaumer, D. Schneider, J. Sykes, B. Vanderwende, J. Wong, Y. Meillier, and D. Wolfe, 2013: Determining water sources in the boundary layer from tall tower profiles of water vapor and surface water isotope ratios after a snowstorm in Colorado, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 13, 1607-1623. [Article]

19. Okumura, Y., D.P. Schneider, C. Deser, and R. Wilson, 2012: Decadal-interdecadal climate variability over Antarctica and linkages to the tropics: Analysis of ice core, instrumental, and tropical proxy data, Journal of Climate, 25, 7421-7441. [Article]

18. Schneider, D.P., and D.C. Noone, 2012: Is a bipolar seesaw consistent with observed Antarctic climate variability and trends?, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L06704, doi:10.1029/2011GL050826. [Article] [Editors' Highlight] [ Nature Climate Change Research Highlight ] [EOS Research Spotlight]

17. Landrum, L., M. Holland, D.P. Schneider, and M. Hunke, 2012: Antarctic sea ice climatology,variability and late 20th-Century change in CCSM4, Journal of Climate, 25, 4817-4838. [Article]

16. Schneider, D.P., Y. Okumura and C. Deser, 2012: Observed Antarctic climate variability and tropical linkages, Journal of Climate, 25, 4048-4066. [Article]

15. Schneider, D.P., C. Deser, and Y. Okumura, 2012: An assessment and interpretation of the observed warming of West Antarctica in the austral spring, Climate Dynamics 38(1), 323-347, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0985-x. [Article] [Antarctic temperature trends]

14. Zhong, Y., G. Miller, B. Otto-Bliesner, M. Holland, D. Bailey, D.P. Schneider, and A. Geirsdottir, 2011: Centennial-scale climate change from decadally-paced explosive volcanism: A coupled sea ice-ocean mechanism, Climate Dynamics, doi:10.1007/s00382-010-0967-z. [Article]

13. Kaufman, D.S., D.P. Schneider, N.P. McKay, C.M. Ammann, R.S. Bradley, K.R. Briffa, G.H. Miller, B.L. Otto-Bliesner, J.T. Overpeck et al., 2009: Recent warming reverses long-term Arctic cooling, Science, 325, 1236-1239, doi:10.1126/science.1173983. [Article]

12. Schneider D.P., C.M. Ammann, B.L. Otto-Bliesner, and D.S. Kaufman, 2009: Climate response to large, high latitude and low-latitude volcanic eruptions in the Community Climate System Model, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 114, doi:10.1029/2008JD011222. [Article]

11. Steig E.J., D.P. Schneider, S.D. Rutherford, M.E. Mann, J.C. Comiso, and D.T. Shindell, 2009: Warming of the Antarctic ice sheet surface since the 1957 International Geophysical Year, Nature, 457, 459-463, doi:10.1038/nature07669. [Article]

10. Monaghan A.J., D.H. Bromwich and D.P. Schneider, 2008: Twentieth-century Antarctic air temperature and snowfall simulations by IPCC Climate models. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L07502, doi:10.1029/2007GL032630. [Article]

9. Schneider D.P., and E.J. Steig, 2008: Ice cores record significant 1940s Antarctic warmth related to tropical climate variability, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105, 12154-12158, doi:10.1073/pnas.0803627105. [Article]

8. Schneider, D.P., and D.C. Noone, 2007: Spatial covariance of water isotope records in a global network of ice cores spanning twentieth-century climate change, Journal of Geophysical Research, 112, D18105, doi:10.1029/2007JD008652. [Article]

7. Schneider, D.P., E.J. Steig, T. van Ommen, D. Dixon, P.A. Mayewski, J. Jones, and C.A. Bitz, 2006: Antarctic temperatures over the past two centuries from ice cores, Geophysical Research Letters, 33, doi:10.1029/2006GL027057. [Article]

6. Schneider, D.P., E.J. Steig, and T. van Ommen, 2005: High-resolution ice core stable isotopic records from Antarctica: towards interannual climate reconstruction, Annals of Glaciology, 41, 63-70, doi:10.3189/172756405781813357.[Article]

5. Steig, E.J., P.A. Mayewski, D. Dixon, S. Kaspari, M. Frey, D.P. Schneider, S.A. Arcone, G.S. Hamilton, V.B. Spikes, M. Albert, D. Meese, A. Gow, C.A. Shuman, J.W.C. White, S. Sneed, J. Flaherty, and M. Wumkes 2005: High-resolution ice cores from US-ITASE (West Antarctica): development and validation of chronologies and determination of precision and accuracy, Annals of Glaciology, 41, 77-84, doi:10.3189/172756405781813311.[Article]

4. Jacobel, R., B. Welch, E.J. Steig, and D.P. Schneider, 2005: Hercules Dome, Antarctica: A Possible Site for deep ice core drilling, Journal of Geophysical Research, 110, F01015, doi10.1029/2004JF000188. [Article]

3. Schneider, D.P., E.J. Steig, and J.C. Comiso, 2004: Recent climate variability in Antarctica from satellite-derived temperature data, Journal of Climate, 17, 1569-1583, doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2004)017.2. [Article]

2. Winebrenner, D.P., E.J. Steig, and D.P. Schneider, 2004: Temporal covariation of surface and microwave brightness temperatures in Antarctica, with implications for the observation of surface temperature variability using satellite data, Annals of Glaciology, 39, 346-350, doi:10.3189/172756404781813952. [Article]

1. Schneider, D.P., and E.J. Steig, 2002: Spatial and temporal variability of Antarctic ice sheet microwave brightness temperatures, Geophysical Research Letters, 29, 25.1-25.4, doi:10.1029/2002GL015490. [Article]

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David Schneider, Project Scientist