Tom R. Knutson

Research Meteorologist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Dr. Knutson avoids one-dimensional thinking whenever possible, but especially at work. Because the GFDL research meteorologist sees global climate change as much more than a surface temperature issue, he approaches and studies it as a multi-layered phenomenon daily. As a member of GFDL’s Climate Change, Variability, and Prediction Group, the bulk of Knutson’s research revolves around anthropogenic forcings (due to human activity), such as increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and how they may be altering the earth’s climate. Knutson has worked at GFDL since 1990. He serves as co-chair of the World Meteorological Organization Expert Team on Climate Impacts on Tropical Cyclones and has authored studies on the potential impact of climate change and hurricanes. Recently, he led a project focused on simulating past and future Atlantic hurricane activity using regional highresolution models.