David Battisti is The Tamaki Endowed Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the
University of Washington.
David received a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences (1988) from the University
of Washington. He was an Assistant Professor at the University
of Wisconsin until 1990. Since then, he has been on the Faculty
in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of
Washington, and has served as the Director of JISAO (1997-2003) and of the UW's Earth Initiative (2003-2006).
research is focused on understanding the natural variability of
the climate system. He is especially interested in understanding
how the interactions between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea
ice lead to variability in climate on time scales from seasonal
to decades. His previous research includes coastal oceanography,
the physics of the El Nino/Southern Osciallation (ENSO) phenomenon,
midlatitude atmosphere/ocean variability and variability in the
coupled atmosphere/sea ice system in the Arctic. Battisti is presently
working to improve the El Nino models and their forecast skill,
to understand the mechanisms responsible for the drought cycles
in the Sahel, and to better understand the monsoons. He is also
working on the impacts of climate variability and climate
change on food production in Mexico, Indonesia and China.
recent interests are in paleoclimate: in particular, the mechanisms
responsible for the remarkable "abrupt" global climate
changes evident throughout the last glacial period.
served on numerous international science panels, on Committees
of the National Research Council. He served for five years as
co-chair of the Science Steering Committee for the U.S. Program
on Climate (US CLIVAR) and is co-author of several international
science plans. He has published over 90 papers in peer-review
journals in atmospheric sciences and oceanography, and twice been
awarded distinguished teaching awards.