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George Mason University
Climate Dynamics Department


Edwin K. Schneider has been Professor of Climate Dynamics at George Mason University since 2002 and Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies since 1984. He received his undergraduate and PhD degrees from Harvard, where his graduate thesis advisor was Richard Lindzen. He held a postdoctoral position at MIT, where his supervisor was Jule Charney. He then spent a year at Reading University (UK) as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, and was a Research Scientist at MIT and Harvard. He joined COLA at its inception as a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland, and remained with COLA when it became an independent non-profit corporation. His research is focused on increasing understanding of the dynamics of the climate system. Current areas of interest include climate change, low frequency climate variability in the North Atlantic, and ENSO. His publications address topics including tropical atmospheric dynamics; zonally symmetric Hadley circulation; zonally averaged general circulation; properties of large scale midlatitude transience and turbulence; stationary waves; climate variability, climate sensitivity; atmospheric and coupled general circulation modeling of the past, present, and future; stratospheric modeling; ENSO dynamics and prediction; land-climate interactions; atmospheric boundary layer dynamics; ocean mixing; parameterization of cumulus convection; land surface processes; sunlight penetration into the ocean; numerical methods; and Martian Great Dust Storms. He has been Executive Editor of the journal Climate Dynamics since 2004. His service to the science community also includes extensive reviewing activities for journals as well as national and international agencies. He has served on NOAA programmatic working groups and as co-chair of the CCSM Natural Variability and Climate Variability Working Groups, and is a member of the CLIVAR Process Studies and Model Improvement Panel. He has organized workshops on secular climate variability and tropical biases. He is author of more than120 professional publications, including 60 papers in peer reviewed journals. He has delivered talks at many national and international scientific meetings, universities, and government laboratories. He has received more than $2.3 million in research grants as PI from federal agencies, and also has participated as Co-PI on grants totaling more than $31 million. Dr. Schneider is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. His biographical information can be found in American Men and Women of Science and Marquis Who's Who in America.