Jerry Meehl is a senior scientist in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division of the National Center for Atmospheric Research. 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 human factors, such as carbon dioxide, as well as natural factors, such as solar variability; and quantifying possible future changes of weather and climate extremes in a warmer climate. He also studies "climate commitment" – the extent to which warming would continue even is society were to immediately eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions.
Jerry 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 has authored and co-authored over 170 refereed journal articles. Jerry served as co-chair of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s 2008 report Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate.
Jerry received his Ph.D. in climate dynamics from the University of Colorado and was a recipient of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society in 2009.
Outside of Science: Jerry’s hobby is history, WWII history in particular, and specifically the history of the Pacific war. He has co-authored three books on the topic, and has another one currently in press.