Randall M. Dole
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
Physical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305

Work phone: (303) 497-5812
Home phone: (303) 530-2762
Fax: (303) 497-7013
Email: Randall.M.Dole@noaa.gov

Professional Experience

10/2005 - present Chief Scientist and Deputy Director
Physical Sciences Division
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
1/2008 - 10/2008 Acting Deputy Director for Research
NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory
10/1995 - 09/2005 Director
NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center
5/95 - 9/95 Acting Director, Supervisory Meteorologist
NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center
8/91 - 4/95 Meteorologist
NOAA Climate Diagnostics Center
7/89 - 8/91 Associate Professor (Meteorology)
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7/83 - 6/89 Assistant Professor (Meteorology)
Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2/82 - 7/83 Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Center for Earth and Planetary Physics
Harvard University
9/76 - 12/81 Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


1982 Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Meteorology.
1975 B. Sc., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Atmospheric Sciences.


2010 Fellow, American Meteorological Society
2008 NOAA Administrator's Award, "For outstanding leadership in and dedication to developing U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Products integrating climate research for decision support."
2007 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, "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."
2006 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, "For developing an integrated state, local and federal strategy for a National Integrated Drought Information System endorsed by the Western Governors' Association."
2002 Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award, "For developing the NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center into a unique and valuable national resource for climate research."
1999 Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, "For Extraordinary Contributions to the Design, Development and Implementation of the El Niño Rapid Response Project"
1995 NOAA Outstanding Performance Award.
1993 NOAA Sustained Superior Performance Award.
1990 M.I.T. Award for Outstanding Teaching, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences.
1982 M.I.T. Carl-Gustav Rossby Award, "For the most outstanding thesis submitted to the Department of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography in 1982."
1995-present University of Colorado, Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences.
1982 Cornell University, Graduate with Honors and Distinction.
Honorary societies Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Psi, Hoh-nun-de-kah (Cornell honorary society).
Other NCAR Summer Fellow, 1978.

Invited Speaker: Numerous universities, meteorological research laboratories, operational forecasting centers (NMC and ECMWF), AMS symposia.

Capitol Hill Briefings: Drought causes, characteristics, and predictions.

Local and National Press Briefings: Newspaper, radio, and television (including national and international networks), on droughts, El Niño - Southern Oscillation, and other extreme climate and weather events.

Invited Contributor: Seven book chapters.

Additional Professional Activities

2009-present NASA Global Modeling and Assimilation Office Advisory Board
2009-present NWS Science and Technology Infusion Program – Climate Team
2009 Co-chair, NOAA team to develop a vision for climate services in NOAA
2008-present External Advisory Board, Cornell University Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
2008-present Steering Committee, Pacific Climate Information System (PaCIS).
2008-present NCAR Earth and Sun Systems Laboratory Advisory Panel
2008-present NOAA Climate Service Development Team.
2008 NOAA Tiger Team to evaluate options for a National Climate Service.
2007-present NOAA Climate Goal capability lead, "Analysis and Attribution."
2007-present NOAA Climate Executive Board
2007 U.S. Delegation, for Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group I Fourth Assessment Report, "Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis."
2006-present AMS Ad Hoc Committee on Education Planning.
2006-present ESRL Science and Technology Council
2006 U.S. Government expert reviewer, IPCC WG1 Fourth Assessment Report.
2006-present NOAA Executive Committee on Drought.
2005-present NOAA THORPEX Executive Committee.
2005-present NOAA Climate Test Bed Oversight Board.
2005-present Executive Board, Columbia University Cooperative Institute for Climate Applications and Research (CICAR).
2005-present CIRES Associate Director, "Weather and Climate Dynamics Division".
2005-present CIRES Executive Committee.
2005-2008 Chair, Author team, and Lead agency representative, CCSP Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.3: "Reanalysis of Historical Climate Data for Key Atmospheric Features: Implications for Attribution of Causes of Observed Change."
2005-2006 CENR USGEO Subcommittee "Near-term Opportunity" task force on Drought.
2005-2006 Co-chair, AMS 2007 Annual Meeting Presidential Forum: "Climate Variations and Changes as Manifested by Changes in the Weather."
2005 CENR Subcommittee for Disaster Reduction "Grand Challenge" task force on Drought.
2003-2005 Core team member for plan to develop a National Integrated Drought Information System.
2003-2004 Member, NOAA Science Team on May 4-10, 2003 Tornado Outbreak.
2002-2003 Chair, Council of OAR-Boulder Laboratory Directors
2002-2003 Chair, Tenant Directors Board, David Skaggs Research Center
2001-2003 Co-Lead Author, for "Climate Variability and Change" and contributing author to "Climate Modeling Strategy" chapters of the U.S. Climate Change Science Plan (CCSP).
2001-present Co-chair interagency working group, "Climate Variability and Change" and "Climate Modeling" components of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program
1997-2001 Co-Lead, NOAA Strategic Planning Team, "Implement Seasonal to Interannual Climate Forecasts."
1996-1999 Advisory Committee, NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis; Chair, 1997-1999.
1997 Scientific Organizing Committee, WMO WWRP Conference on Dynamical Extended Range Forecasting, Toulouse France.
1996 University of Colorado Center for Chaos and Complexity.
1996-1998 CIRES Career Track Development Committee.
1995-1996 CU/CIRES Faculty Search Committee.
1995-present Fellow, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder.
1994-1996 AMS Committee, Atmospheric and Oceanic Waves and Stability.
1994-1996 Editor, Monthly Weather Review.
1986-1993 Associate Editor, Monthly Weather Review.
1991 Scientific Advisory Panel, NOAA Dynamical Extended Range Forecast (DERF) Project CORE Proposal.
Scientific Organizations American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, Royal Meteorological Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Academic Teaching and Advisory Experience

Advisory Massachusetts Institute of Technology:
Primary Thesis Advisor: completed degrees: 5 Ph.D., 3 M.Sc. Numerous Ph.D. Committees (atmospheric sciences and civil engineering/hydrology)
Teaching Courses: Introduction to Meteorology (two semester, undergrad/grad), Seminar on Weather Prediction, Introductory and Advanced Synoptic Meteorology, Cyclogenesis, Topics in the Physics of Atmospheres. Seminar series: Sources for low-frequency variability: observations and theories.

Research Interests

  • Drought; causes and potential predictability.
  • Weather-climate connections.
  • Methods for diagnostic analysis and climate attribution.
  • Earth system analysis and reanalysis.
  • Application of weather and climate information in decision-making.

Selected Publications