CCR People

Gerald A. Meehl, Senior Scientist


Jerry Meehl is a Senior Scientist at NCAR. His research interests include studying the interactions between El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and the monsoons of Asia; identifying possible effects on global climate of changing anthropogenic forcings, such as carbon dioxide, as well as natural forcings, such as solar variability; and quantifying possible future changes of weather and climate extremes in a warmer climate. He was contributing author (1990), lead author (1995), and coordinating lead author (2001, 2007) for the first four Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate change assessment reports, and is currently a lead author on the near-term climate change chapter for the IPCC AR5. He received his Ph.D. in climate dynamics from the University of Colorado, and received the Jule G. Charney Award from AMS in 2009. Dr. Meehl is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Climate. He serves as vice-chair of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and co-chair of the Community Climate System Model Climate Change Working Group. Additionally, he is co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Working Group on Coupled Models (WGCM), the group that coordinates international global climate model experiments addressing anthropogenic climate change.

  • Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS);
  • Member, American Meteorological Society (AMS);
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, University of Hawaii Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research;
  • Member, Pacific Science Association;
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union.


B.A. 1974, University of Colorado (With Distinction, Atmospheric Science)
M.A. 1978, University of Colorado (Climate Dynamics)
Ph.D. 1987, University of Colorado (Climate Dynamics)

Recent Publications

van Loon, H. and G.A. Meehl, 2011: The average influence of decadal solar forcing on the atmosphere in the South Pacific region. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L12804, doi:10.1029/2011GL047794.

Arblaster J.M., G.A. Meehl and D.J. Karoly, 2011: Future climate change in the Southern Hemisphere: Competing effects of ozone and greenhouse gases. Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L02701, doi:10.1029/2010GL045384.

Morss, R., O. Wilhelmi, G.A. Meehl, and L. Dilling, 2011: Improving societal outcomes of extreme weather in a changing climate: An integrated perspective. Ann. Rev. of Environment and Resources, in press.

Hu, A., G.A. Meehl, W. Han, and J. Yin, 2011: Effect of the potential melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet on the meridional overturning circulation and global climate in the future. Deep Sea Res., in press.

Meehl, G. A., and J. M. Arblaster, 2011: Decadal variability of Asian-Australian monsoon-ENSO-TBO relationships. J. Climate, 24, 4925-4940, DOI: 10.1175/2011JCLI4015.1 article.

Lough, J.M., G.A. Meehl, and M.J. Salinger, 2011: Observed and projected changes to tropical Pacific climate. In Pacific Fisheries and Climate Change: A Vulnerability Assessment. J. Bell, ed., Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)/AusAID, in press.

Turner, A., K. Sperber, J. Slingo, G.A. Meehl, C.R. Mechoso, M. Kimoto, and A. Giannini, 2011: Modelling monsoons: Understanding and predicting current and future behaviour. In The Global Monsoon System: Research and Forecast (2nd Edition), eds. C.P. Chang, Y. Ding, N.-C. Lau, R.H. Johnson, B. Wang, and T. Yasunari, World Scientific Series on Asia-Pacific Weather and Climate, Vol. 5, World Scientific Publication Company: Hackensack, NJ, USA, ISBN:978-981-4343-40-4, 608pp.

Solomon, A., L. Goddard, A. Kumar, J. Carton, C. Deser, I. Fukumori, A.M. Greene, G. Hegerl, B. Kirtman, Y. Kushnir, M. Newman, D. Smith, D. Vimont, T. Delworth, G.A. Meehl, and T. Stockdale, 2011: Distinguishing the roles of natural and anthropogenically forced decadal climate variability: Implications for prediction.Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 92, 141-156.

Mehta, V., G.A. Meehl, L. Goddard, J. Knight, A Kumar, M. Latif, T. Lee, A. Rosati, and D. Stammer, 2011: Decadal climate predictability and prediction: Where are we? Bull Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 141-156.

Overpeck, J.T., G.A. Meehl, S. Bony, and D.R. Easterling, 2011: Climate data challenges in the 21st century. Science, 331, 700-702, doi:10.1126/science.1197869.

CGD People

Gerald A. Meehl, Senior Scientist