Brandon Wolding

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Position

Research Scientist

Team

Atmosphere-Ocean Processes

Affiliation

CIRES

About

Brandon Wolding began his work at NOAA PSL as a NOAA Climate and Global Change fellow in 2018, investigating the role of moisture in convective coupling. In August of 2020 he joined the Atmosphere-Ocean Processes team, helping develop process-oriented diagnostics aimed at improving model representation of organized tropical convection. His previous work includes examining how tropical-extratropical interactions will change in a warming climate, furthering understanding of the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), and the role of air-sea interactions in the MJO. Brandon first worked for NOAA as an observer biologist aboard longline tuna and swordfish boats in the Hawaiian and American Samoan fisheries.

Research Interests

  • thermodynamic-convection coupling of tropical convection
  • tropical-extratropical interactions in present and future climates
  • role of ocean-atmosphere interactions in initiation, maintenance, and propagation of the MJO
  • development of process-oriented diagnostics to guide model development
  • convectively-coupled equatorial waves

Education

  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, May 2017
  • M.Sc., Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University, Dec 2013
  • M.Sc., Applied Marine Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Jun 2010

Selected Publications

  • Wolding, B. O., J Dias, G. Kildadis, E. D. Maloney, and M. Branson (2020), Interactions between moisture and tropical convection. Part II: The convective coupling of equtorial waves, J. Atm. Sci., 77(5), 1801-1819
  • Wolding, B. O., J Dias, G. Kildadis, F. Ahmed, S.W. Powell, E. D. Maloney, and M. Branson (2020), Interactions between moisture and tropical convection. Part I: The co-evolution of moisture and convection, J. Atm. Sci., 77(5), 1783-1799
  • Wolding, B. O., E. D. Maloney, S. Henderson, and M. Branson (2017), Climate change and the Madden-Julian Oscillation: A vertically resolved weak temperature gradient analysis, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 9(1), 307-331
  • Wolding, B. O., E. D. Maloney, and M. Branson (2016), Vertically resolved weak temperature gradient analysis of the Madden-Julian Oscillation in SP-CESM, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 8(4), 1586-1619
  • Wolding, B. O. and E. D. Maloney (2015b), Objective diagnostics and the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Part II: Application to moist static energy and moisture budgets, J. Clim., 28(19), 7786-7808

Professional Activities

  • Co-chair of 9th MJO Symposium at the AMS Annual Meeting
  • Co-chair of Convection session at AMS Tropical Conference
  • Reviewer for Journal of Climate, Journal of Atmospheric Science, and Journal of Geophysical Research, among many others

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society
  • American Geophysical Union

Honors and Awards

  • NOAA Climate and Global Change Fellow, UCAR CPAESS
  • SoGES Sustainability Leadership Fellow, Colorado State University
  • Teaching Fellow, Colorado College
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union
  • Outstanding Student Presentation, American Meterological Society
  • Distinction Awarded, University of Cape Town
  • Outstanding Student in Oceanography, Hawaii Pacific University