Gerald North

Gerald North

University Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Climate analysis, climate and hydrological mod- eling, satellite remote sensing, mission planning, statistical methods in atmospheric science

  (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

  • North, G. R., 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.
  • Simpson, J., R. F. Adler and G. R. North, 1988: Proposed Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) Satellite. Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 69, 278-295.
  • North, G. R., R. F. Cahalan and J. A. Coakley, 1981: Energy-Balance Climate Models. Rev. Geophys. Sp. Phys.,19, 91-121.
  • North, G. R., 1975: Theory of Energy-Balance Climate Models. J. Atmos. Sci., 32, 2,033-2,043.
  • Short, D. A., J. G. Mengel, T. J. Crowley, W. T. Hyde and G. R. North, 1991: Filtering of Milankovitch Cycles by Earth’s Geography. Quaternary Res., 35, 157-173.
  • North, G. R., J. G. Mengel and D. A. Short, 1983: A Simple Energy Balance Model Resolving the Seasons and the Continents: Application to the Astronomical Theory of the Ice Ages. J. Geophys. Res., 88, 6,576-6,586.
  • North, G. R., 1975: Analytical Solution to a Simple Climate Model With Diffusive Heat Transport. J. Atmos. Sci., 32,1,301-1,307.
  • Bell, T. L., A. Abdullah, R. L. Martin and G. R. North, 1990: Sampling Errors for Satellite-Derived Tropical Rainfall: Monte Carlo Study Using a Space-Time Stochastic Model. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 2,195-2,206.
  • Kedem, B., L. S. Chiu and G. R. North, 1990: Estimation of Mean Rain Rate: Application to Satellite Observations. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 1,965-1,972.
  • North, G. R. and J. A. Coakley, 1979: Differences Between Seasonal and Mean Annual Energy Balance Model Calculations of Climate and Climate Change. J. Atmos. Sci., 36, 1,189-1,204.
  • Crowley, T. J., D. A. Short, J. G. Mengel and G. R. North, 1986: Role of Seasonality in the Evolution of Climate During the Last 100 Million Years. Science, 231, 579-584.


Ph.D., Physics, University of Wisconsin, 1966

B.S., 1960, Physics, The University of Tennessee

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 – present.
  • Adjunct Professor of Geography, Texas A&M University. March 1990-present.
  • 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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