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National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Senior Scientist
Paleoclimate Modeling


Bette Otto-Bliesner is a Senior Scientist in the Paleoclimate Group in the Climate and Global Dynamics Division at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Her research interests are in using computer-based models of Earth's climate system to investigate past climate change and climate variability across a wide range of time scales. She is particularly interested in climate change forced naturally over the glacial-interglacial cycles of the last few million years. She has been involved in the IPCC Working Group I reports since the Third Assessment and was a Lead Author for Chapter 6, Paleoclimate, of the IPCC AR4 and for Chapter 5, Information from Paleoclimate Archives, of the IPCC AR5. She received her Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Otto-Bliesner served as the Chair of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) Past Global Changes (PAGES) and is Co-chair of the Community Earth System Model (CESM) Paleoclimate Working Group. She is a member of the Scientific Steering Committee for the Paleoclimate Modeling Intercomparison Project (PMIP), the group that coordinates international climate model experiments addressing past climate change relevant to understanding future change.