Ronald Stouffer

Head of Climate and Ecosystem Group, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
External Collaborator
Office Phone
GFDL, 201 Forrestal Rd, Princeton NJ 08542


Climate: past, present, and future.


Ronald J. Stouffer is a senior research climatologist and group head of the Climate and Ecosystems Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), Princeton, NJ. Stouffer is one of the leading climate modelers in the world, and uses complex numerical models to study and predict the behavior of the earth's climate system. Because of his scientific contributions to climate research over the past two decades (over 120 papers), he has been a central contributor to the first four Working Group 1 assessment reports from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and has been a chapter author for the 1995, 2001 and 2007 reports. He is also a member and chair of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) Coupled Model Intercomparison Panel (CMIP). He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society and also a Penn State Alumni Fellow. Stouffer along with Manabe first showed that the Southern Ocean will play a large role as climate changes. He has co-authored a number of cutting edge papers highlighting the important physical processes in the Southern Ocean.

For the SOCCOM program, Dr. Stouffer is organizing a Southern Ocean Model Intercomparison project (with Russell and Danabasoglu) and will participate directly in data analysis, model analysis and metric development, and high resolution bigeochemical modeling.