David W. J. Thompson, PhD.


Atmospheric Science

Fields of Expertise

Climate Science

Areas of Interest

Global climate variability, Large-scale atmospheric dynamics, Ocean-atmosphere interaction


David Thompson received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado in 1994, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Washington in 1998 and 2000, respectively. At the University of Washington, he worked with Prof. John M. Wallace on the analysis and diagnosis of large-scale climate variability and the interpretation of climate change. He joined the Atmospheric Science faculty at Colorado State University in January 2001. David's current research is focused on improving our understanding of global climate variability using observational data. His research interests include large-scale atmospheric dynamics, climate change, climate impacts, decadal climate variability and ocean-atmosphere interactions. His recent publications have contributed to our understanding of large-scale modes of month-to-month variability in the atmosphere and the signature of these modes in recent climate trends.