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Jim Hurrell, Senior Scientist

Short Biography

James (Jim) W. Hurrell is the Director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). He is also a Senior Scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD), and has been elected incoming president of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Jim received a Ph. D. (1990) in Atmospheric Science from Purdue University. He is the former Chief Scientist of Community Climate Projects in CGD, which includes the Community Earth System Model (CESM), and a former Director of CGD and the NCAR Earth System Laboratory. Jim also spent a year as a visiting scientist at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in the U.K.

Jim's 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 around 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as well as dozens of other planning documents, workshop papers, and editorials. Jim has also edited several books, and he has been acknowledged as a Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson-ISI (2004). Jim has given more than 150 professional invited and keynote talks, as well as many other contributed presentations at national and international conferences.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, 1990, Thesis: "Maintenance of short-term subtropical wind maxima in the Southern Hemisphere: Observational and modeling study"
  • M.S., Atmospheric Science, Purdue University, 1986, Thesis: "Eddy energy budgets in the tropical Southern Hemisphere during FGGE, 10-27"
  • B.S., Mathematics and Earth/Space Sciences, University of Indianapolis, 1984.

Recent Publications

Deser, C., J. W. Hurrell and A. S. Phillips, 2016: The Role of the North Atlantic Oscillation in European Climate Projections. Clim. Dyn., in press. [Article] [Supplementary Material]

Gamelon, M., V. Grøtan, A. L. K. Nilsson, S. Engen, J. W. Hurrell, K. Jerstad, A. S. Phillips, O. W. Røstad, T. Slagsvold, B. Walseng, N. C. Stenseth, and B.-E. Saether, 2017: Interactions between demography and environmental effects are important determinants of population dynamics. Sci. Adv., 3, e1602298 (2017). [Article]

Hurrell, J. W. and C. Deser, 2015: Northern hemisphere climate variability during winter: Looking back on the work of Felix Exner. Meteorol. Z., 24, 113-118, 10.1127/metz/2015/0578. [Print Version]

Hurrell, J. W., 2014: Climate Variability: North Atlantic and Arctic Oscillation. Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences (2nd edition), G. R. North, EIC, J. Pyle and F. Zhang, Eds., Elsevier, 47-60.

(The following paper was recently selected to be part of the GRL 40th Anniversary Special Collection.)
Hurrell,J.W., 1996: Influence of Variations in Extratropical Wintertime Teleconnections on Northern Hemisphere Temperatures. Geophysical Research Letters: Vol. 23, No. 6, pp.665-668.
[Print Version]

Moss, R. H., G. A. Meehl, M. C. Lemos, J. B. Smith, J. R. Arnold, J. C. Arnott, D. Behar, G. P. Brasseur, S. B. Broomell, A. J. Busalacchi, S. Dessai, K. L. Ebi, J. A. Edmonds, J. Furlow, L. Goddard, H. C. Hartmann, J. W. Hurrell, J. W. Katzenberger, D. M. Liverman, P. W. Mote, S. C. Moser, A. Kumar, R. S. Pulwarty, E. A. Seyller, B. L. Turner II, W. M. Washington, and T. J. Wilbanks, 2013: Hell and High Water: Practice Relevant Adaptation Science. Science, Vol. 342, pp. 696-698, doi: 10.1126/science.1239569. [Downloadable from AGCI website]

Hurrell, J. W., M. M. Holland, P. R. Gent, S. Ghan, J. E. Kay, P. J. Kushner, J. -F. Lamarque, W. G. Large, D. Lawrence, K. Lindsay, W. H. Lipscomb, M. C. Long, N. Mahowald, D. R. Marsh, R. B. Neale, P. Rasch, S. Vavrus, M. Vertenstein, D. Bader, W. D. Collins, J. J. Hack, J. Kiehl, and S. Marshall, 2013: The Community Earth System Model: A Framework for Collaborative Research. Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 94, 1339-1360, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-12-00121.1. [Print Version]

Asrar, G. R., J. W. Hurrell and A. J. Busalacchi, 2013: The World Climate Research Program Strategy and Priorities: Next Decade. Climate Science for Serving Society: Research, Modeling and Prediction Priorities, G. R. Asrar, and J. W. Hurrell, Eds., Springer Netherlands, pp. 1-12. [Chapter 1] [Book Preview]

Danabasoglu, G., S. G. Yeager, Y. -O. Kwon, J. J. Tribbia, A. S. Phillips, and J. W. Hurrell, 2012. Variability of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation in CCSM4. J. Climate, 25, 5153-5172, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-11-00463.1. [Article (.pdf)]

Hoerling, M., J. Hurrell, A. Kumar, L. Terray, J. Eischeid, P. Pegion, T. Zhang, X. -W. Quan, and T. Y. Xu, 2011: On North American Decadal Climate for 2011-2020. Journal Of Climate: Vol. 24, pp. 4519-4528, doi: 10.1175/2011JCLI4137.1
[Complete Article]

Goddard, L., J. W. Hurrell, B. .P. Kirtman, J. Murphy, T. Stockdale, and C. Vera, 2011: Two timescales for the price of one (almost). Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society:, Vol. 93, pp. 621-629, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-11_00220.1.
[Print Version]

Hurrell, J. W., and K. E. Trenberth, 2010: Climate Change. Effects of Climate Change on Birds, A. P. Møller, W. Fiedler, and P. Berthold, Eds., Oxford University Press, 9-29.
[Frontmatter] [Chapter 2 (B+W figures)] [Chapter 2 Color Figures]

McCarthy, J, L. Graumlich, C. Field, and J. Hurrell, 2010: The science behind climate science. Politico: July 2010.
[HTML Version]

Overland, J., J. Alheit, A. Bakun, J. W. Hurrell, D. Mackus, and A. Miller, 2010: Climate controls on marine ecoystems and fish populations. Journal of Marine Systems Vol. 79, pp 305-315, DOI: 10.1016/j.jmarsys.200812.009
[Print Version]

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Jim Hurrell, Senior Scientist and NCAR Director