Earth & Environmental Sciences, Oceanography
Applications in Physical Sciences
LuAnne Thompson is a Professor of Oceanography, Adjunct Professor in Physics and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director of the Program on Climate Change. Her research focuses on using simulations, run at the UW and by other groups, combined with observations to investigate the role of oceans in climate.
“The ocean holds most of the excess heat and carbon in the climate system. However, our ability to predict changes in the ocean and the climate as a whole is hampered by our lack of understanding and skill in modeling ocean dynamics. Using numerical models of the coupled ocean-atmosphere system, we explore what role the ocean plays in heat and chemical storage under non-equilibrium conditions. Explorations using both weather forecast models as well as comprehensive models used for climate change research focuses our research on the coupling of oceanic changes to storms and sea-ice, and the storage of carbon.”