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Martin P. Hoerling



Dr. Martin Hoerling is a research meteorologist, specializing in climate dynamics, in NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory located in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Convening Lead Author for the US Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report on "Attribution of the Causes of Climate Variations and Trends over North America," released in 2009. Dr. Hoerling is Chairman of the US CLIVAR (Climate Variability) research program. Dr. Hoerling served as Editor for the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, and has published over 50 scientific papers dealing with climate variability and change.

Research Interests

Dr. Hoerling's research interests include climate variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, focusing on air-sea interactions such as related to El Niño, and the role of oceans in decadal climate variation and climate change, and climate attribution He received his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1987. He is principal investigator on several research projects to understand the causes and origins for Earth's global climate variations during the last century, and advancing capabilities to predict such variations. He has served as project manager for NOAA's Regional Integrated Science Assessment on Water, Climate and Society in the Interior Western United States that is studying this region's sensitivity and responses to climate variations, and the need for climate information by regional decision makers.



  • NOAA Employee of the Year (2001): For his work on the advancement of understanding our seasonal climate predictability, the advancement progress on NOAA's seasonal-to-internannual climate prediction effort, and the advancement of understanding on the dynamics of climate change.
  • NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research - Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (2000): For "Understanding and Predicting Extratropical Teleconnections Related to ENSO."
  • NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research - Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (2002): For "The Perfect Ocean for Drought"
  • Department of Commerce Group Bronze Medal Award (2007): For superior federal service for designing and implementing the consolidation of six research organizations in Boulder, Colorado into the new NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory.
  • NOAA Administrator's Award (2008): For outstanding dedication to developing U.S. Climate Change Science Program synthesis and assess- ment products integrating climate research for decision support.
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Norbert Gerbier–Mumm International Award (2009): Best paper for the study "Unraveling the Mystery of Indian Monsoon Failure during El Niño"
  • NOAA Administrator's Award (2011): For support to the Interagency Working Group addressing flooding and development of a NOAA Decision Support System for Devils Lake

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