Martin Hoerling

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Dr. Martin Hoerling is a research meteorologist, specializing in climate dynamics, in NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratories located in Boulder, Colorado. He is the Convening Lead Author for the US Climate Change Science Plan Synthesis and Assessment Report on "Attribution of the Causes of Climate Variations and Trends over North America," released in 2009. Dr. Hoerling is Chairman of the US CLIVAR (Climate Variability) research program. Dr. Hoerling served as Editor for the American Meteorological Society's Journal of Climate, and has published over 50 scientific papers dealing with climate variability and change.

Dr. Hoerling's research interests include climate variability on seasonal to centennial time scales, focusing on air-sea interactions such as related to El Nino, and the role of oceans in decadal climate variation and climate change, and climate attribution He received his Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1987. He is principal investigator on several research projects to understand the causes and origins for Earth's global climate variations during the last century, and advancing capabilities to predict such variations. He has served as project manager for NOAA's Regional Integrated Science Assessment on Water, Climate and Society in the Interior Western United States that is studying this region's sensitivity and responses to climate variations, and the need for climate information by regional decision makers.



  • Featured Publications
  • Hoerling, Martin, and Coauthors, 2013: Anatomy of an Extreme Event. J. Climate, 26, 2811–2832. doi:
  • Dole, R. and Co-Authors, 2013: The making of an extreme event: Putting the pieces together. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95, 427–440. doi:
  • Hoerling, M. P., Dettinger, M., Wolter, K., Lukas, J., Eischeid, J., Nemani, R., Li- ebmann, B., & Kunkel, K. E., 2013: Chapter 5: Present Weather and Climate: Evolving Conditions. In: Garfin, G., Jardine, A., Merideth, R., Black, M., & LeRoy, S. (Eds.), Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: a Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment. A report by the Southwest Climate Alliance. Washington, DC: Island Press.
  • Kumar, A., M. Chen, M. Hoerling, and J. Eischeid, 2013: Do extreme climate events require extreme forcings? Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 3440-3445.

Professional Memberships

  • American Meteorological Society, Fellow

Honors and Awards

  • NOAA Administrator's Award (2011): For his work on the advancement of understanding our seasonal climate predictability, the advancement progress on NOAA's seasonal-to-internannual climate prediction effort, and the advancement of understanding on the dynamics of climate change.
  • World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Norbert Gerbier–Mumm International Award (2009): Best paper for the study "Unraveling the Mystery of Indian Monsoon Failure during El Niño".
  • NOAA Administrator's Award (2008): For outstanding dedication to developing U.S. Climate Change Science Program synthesis and assessment products integrating climate research for decision support.
  • Department of Commerce Group Bronze Medal Award (2007): For superior federal service for designing and implementing the consolidation of six research organizations in Boulder, Colorado into the new NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories.
  • NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research - Outstanding Scientific Paper Award (2002): For "The Perfect Ocean for Drought".