Current research projects include the development of coupled global ocean and atmosphere models, assessing the role of cloud‹radiation feedbacks in climate change, and modeling and predicting seasonal climate variability. CRD research combines the analysis of large observational data sets, the development of comprehensive numerical models of the climate system, and the exploitation of satellite remote sensing capabilities for monitoring the entire planet. CRD researchers collaborate closely with other scientists at Scripps and elsewhere. Studies focus on a wide range of regional and global climate phenomena, including El Niño and the Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the Indian monsoon, the Pacific Intertropical Convergence Zone, the California Current system, and precipitation and water supply in the United States.
CRD scientists have stressed research on the regional and
transient implications of global change for climate,
emphasizing those aspects of climate which are potentially
predictable. In recent work, CRD scientists and their
collaborators have developed advanced coupled ocean‹
atmosphere models for ENSO prediction. This research is
critical to global change objectives, because there are
strong indications that climate changes such as greenhouse
warming may have profound effects on ENSO phenomena.