Gerald R. North

Gerald R. North

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

W. J. Haynes Chair (Inaugural holder)

Climate science, mathematical, statistical methods, models, satellite studies, atmospheric physics

  (979) 845-8077

  Eller O&M 1205B


  • Modern and Paleo-Climate Analysis       
  • Satellite Remote Sensing, Mission Planning
  • Climate and Hydrology Modeling       
  • Statistical Methods in Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications


Crowley & North, 1991, Paleoclimatology, Oxford Univ. Press, New York, 339p.

Schmandt, North, Clarkson, (Eds), 2012: The Impact of Global Warming on Texas; 2nd Ed., Univ. of Texas Press, Austin, 318p. First Edition, 1995.

North & Erukhimova, 2009: Atmospheric Thermodynamics, Elementary Physics and Chemistry, 2009: Cambridge Univ. Press, UK, 267p.

North, G. R., 2020: The Rise of Climate Science, a Memoir by Gerald R. North, Texas A&M Press, in press, to appear May, 2020.


Refereed Papers (four most cited, as of 1/29/20, Web of Science):

North, F. J. Moeng, T. J. Bell and R. F. Cahalan, 1982: Sampling Errors in the Estimation of Empirical Orthogonal Functions. Mon. Wea. Rev., 110, 699-706. Citations: 2008 (Web of Science)

Kummerow, …27 authors, G. North, 2000: The status of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) after Two Years in Orbit., J. Appl., Meteorol., 39, 1965-1982. Citations: 825, Web of Science).

Simpson, J., R. F. Adler and G. R. North, 1988: Proposed Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Satellite.  Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 69, 278-295. Citations: 650 (Web of Science).

North, G. R, R. F. Cahalan and J. A. Coakley, 1981: Energy-Balance Climate Models.  Rev. Geophys. Sp. Phys., 19, 91-121. Citations: 373.  (Web of Science).


More publications on Google Scholar, Publons, Web of Science.


B. S. in Physics, (also major in Math) University of Tennessee, 1960

Ph.D. in Physics, (minor in Math) University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1966

Post-Doc in Physics, University of Pennsylvania, 1966-68

Co-Op Student, then junior physicist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1957-1961


Ambassador Award, American Geophysical Union, 2020

Halbouty Medal, College of Geosciences, 2017

Horton Lecturer, American Meteorological Society, January, 2018, Austin,TX

Scientific Colloquium Speaker, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, 2016, Greenbelt, MD.

Robert D. Cess Distinguished Lecturer, 2015, SUNY-Stony Brook.

Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, 2003-2009.

Member, Faculty Advisory Board, Texas Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011-2013.

Member AMS, Awards Oversight Committee, 2013.

Chairman, Panel to Revise AGU Statement on Climate Change 2012-2013.

Chairman, NRC Organizing Committee on Solar Variability and Climate Change, 2011-2013.

Member, AMS Research Awards Committee, 2010-2013 (Chair, 2013).

Member, AGU Fellows Union Selection Committee, 2009-2011.

Member Faculty Advisory Committee, Texas A&M Press. 2009-

Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, Elsevier, 2010-2014.

Recipient of the Jule G. Charney Medal from the American Meteorological Society, January 2008.

Chairman, NRC/NAS Committee on Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2000 years, 2006.

Editor’s Citation for Outstanding Referee for Geophysical Research Letters, American Geophysical Union. 2006.

Editor in Chief, Reviews of Geophysics, Jan. 2005-2010.

Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, July 2003-2008.

Listed among the Most Highly Cited Authors in Geosciences (top 0.5%) by Science Citation Index, 2002.

Member, Board of Trustees, National Institute for Global Environmental Change, 1999-2002, Chairman, 2001-2.

Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association, 2001-2007

Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecturer, Louisiana State University, April 1999

Co-Chair Graduate Studies Theme group, Vision 2020; 1999

Speaker and Moderator, Houston Forum, Sept. 1998

Interim Editor, Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 1995-1996

Associate Editor, Journal of Atmospheric & Oceanic Technology, 1993-1996

Selected Speaker, Texas A&M University Faculty Lecturer Series. 1993-94

Distinguished Achievement Award for Research, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University. 1993

Elected Member (twice), Univ. Corp. of Atmos. Res. (UCAR), Board of Trustees. 1990-94

Member, Executive Committee, Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate. National Research Council. 1989-96

Editor’s Citation for Outstanding Referee for JGR, American Geophysical Union. 1985

Member, Editorial Board, Climate Dynamics. 1984-

Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for NASA. 1983

Exceptional Performance Award (NASA/GSFC). 1982

Outstanding Performance Rating by NASA/GLAS. 1982

Outstanding Performance Rating by NASA/GLAS. 1981

Associate Editor, Journal Geophysical Research. 1979-84

Outstanding Publication Award, National Center for Atmospheric Research. 1975

Additional Information


  • Holder of the Harold J. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, 2003-2008
  • Head, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Texas A&M University. September 1995-2003.
  • Visiting Scientist. University of Reading.  Reading, UK.  June-July 1994.
  • Director of Climate System Research Program, Texas A&M University. September 1986 – 1999.
  • Distinguished Professor of Meteorology and of Oceanography, Texas A&M University.  September 1986 – 2016.
  • Adjunct Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University. March 1990-2016.
  • Senior Consulting Scientist, Applied Research Corporation. Landover, MD. 1986-1993.
  • Senior Consulting Scientist, Applied Res. Corp. Technologies. College Station, TX. 1987-93.
  • Physical Scientist, AST (GS-15), Climate/Radiation Branch, NASA/GSFC. Greenbelt, MD. l978-86.
  • Lecturer/Adjunct Prof., Department of Meteorology. University of Maryland. College Park, MD. 1980-86.
  • Professor, Department of Physics. University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO. 1977-80.
  • Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Summer Lecture Program. NASA/Goddard  Institute for Space Studies. New York, NY.  July, 1979.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics. University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO.  1972-77.
  • Visiting Scientist, Main Geophysical Observatory. Leningrad, USSR.  May-July 1977.
  • Guest Investigator, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Woods Hole, MA. Summer 1976.
  • Senior Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research. Boulder, CO.  1974-75.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Missouri. St. Louis, MO. 1968-72.
  • Research Associate, Department of Physics. University of Pennsylvania, PA.  1966-68.
  • Technician/Programmer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Oak Ridge, TN.  Sept. 1957-Aug. 1961.

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