Joseph Barsugli

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Research Scientist III


Atmosphere-Ocean Processes and Predictability




(303) 497-6042


Joe Barsugli is a research scientist at CIRES -- the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences -- at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and at the Western Water Assessment, a joint effort between NOAA and CU. Trained in climate theory and modeling, his current research focuses on improving the methods used for attribution of historical trends and events, and on understanding the causes of drought in the Western United States and the decline in Colorado River flows. He is passionate about connecting climate science with practitioners and technical staff who are informing planning for water and land management in the Colorado region, and connecting researchers to the problems faced by managers.


  • Ph.D., Atmospheric Science, UW-Seattle, May 1995
  • B.A., Physics, Harvard University, May 1982