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Joao Teixeira
Deputy Director of the Center for Climate Sciences
AIRS Science Team Leader

  • Licentiate, Geophysical Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal (1992)
  • PhD, Physics (Meteorology), University of Lisbon, Portugal (2000)

Research Interests
Turbulence, clouds and climate: Using a variety of models and observations to better understand the interactions between the Earth's climate system and small-scale processes, such as turbulence, convection and clouds.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA (2008-Present)
    • Airs Science Team Leader (2011-Present)
    • Deputy Director, JPL Center for Climate Science (2010-present)
    • Supervisor, Climate Physics Group (2010-present)
    • Research, Principal Scientist (2008 - present)
  • Senior Scientist (A3), NATO Undersea Research Centre, La Spezia, Italy. (2005-2007)
  • UCAR Fellow (VSP), Naval Research Laboratory, Monterey, CA, USA. (2000-2005)
  • Scientist (A2), European Centre for Medium-range Weather Forecasts, UK. (1993-1999)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2013)

Selected Publications
  1. Teixeira, J., and 36 co-authors, 2011: Tropical and sub-tropical cloud transitions in weather and climate prediction models: the GCSS/WGNE Pacific Cross-section Intercomparison (GPCI). Journal of Climate, 24, 5223-5256.
  2. Witek, M.L, J. Teixeira, and G. Matheou, 2011: An eddy-diffusivity/mass-flux approach to the vertical transport of turbulent kinetic energy in convective boundary layers. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68, 2385-2394.
  3. Yue, Q., B. H. Kahn, E. J. Fetzer, and J. Teixeira, 2011: Relationship between oceanic boundary layer clouds and lower tropospheric stability observed by AIRS, CloudSat and CALIOP. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D18212, doi:10.1029/2011JD016136.
  4. Matheou, G., D. Chung, L. Nuijens, B. Stevens, and J. Teixeira, 2011: On the fidelity of large-eddy simulation of shallow precipitating cumulus convection. Monthly Weather Review, 139, 2918-2939.
  5. Kahn, B.H., J. Teixeira, E. J. Fetzer, A. Gettelman, S. M. Hristova-Veleva, X. Huang, A. K. Kochanski, M. Köhler, S. K. Krueger, R. Wood, and M. Zhao, 2011: Temperature and water vapor variance scaling in global models: Comparisons to satellite and aircraft data. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68, 2156-2168.
  6. Witek, M.L., J. Teixeira, and G. Matheou, 2011: An integrated TKE based eddy-diffusivity/mass-flux boundary layer scheme for the dry convective boundary layer. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68, 1526-1540.
  7. Braverman, A., N. Cressie, and J. Teixeira, 2011: A Likelihood-based Comparison of Temporal Models for Physical Processes. Statistical Analysis & Data Mining, 4, 247-258. doi: 10.1002/sam.10113.
  8. Small, R. J., T. Campbell, J. Teixeira, S. Carniel, T. A. Smith, J. Dykes, S. Chen and R. Allard, 2011: Air-sea Interaction in the Ligurian Sea: Assessment of Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Model Using In-situ Data from LASIE07. Monthly Weather Review, 139, 1785-1808. doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3431.1.
  9. Su, H., J. Jiang, J. Teixeira, A. Gettelman, X. Huang, G. Stephens, D. Vane and V. Perun, 2011: Comparison of regime-sorted CloudSat observed tropical cloud profiles with general circulation models. Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, D09104, doi: 10.1029/2010JD014971.
  10. Witek, M.L, P. J. Flatau, J. Teixeira, and K. M. Markowicz, 2011: Numerical investigation of an optimal sea salt aerosol size bin division scheme in global transport models: Implications for climate modeling. Aerosol Science & Technology, 45, 401-414.
  11. Teixeira, J., D. Waliser, R. Ferraro, P. Gleckler and G. Potter, 2011: Satellite Observations for CMIP5 Simulations.CLIVAR Exchanges Special Issue on the WCRP Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 - CMIP5. Vol. 16, No. 2, 46-47.
  12. Kawai, H., and J. Teixeira, 2010: Probability Density Functions of Liquid Water Path of Marine Boundary Layer Clouds: Geographical and Seasonal Variations and Controlling Meteorological Factors, Journal of Climate, 23, 2079-2092.
  13. Lee, S., B. Kahn, and J. Teixeira,2010: Characterization of Cloud Liquid Water Content Distributions from CloudSat. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, D20203, doi:10.1029/2009JD013272.
  14. Martins, J.P.A., J. Teixeira,A. F. Santos, P. M. M. Soares, P. M. A. Miranda, V. Dang, F.W. Irion, E. Fetzer, and E. F. Fishbein, 2010: Infrared Sounding of the Trade-wind Boundary Layer: AIRS and the RICO Experiment. Geophysical Research Letters, 37, L24806, doi:10.1029/2010GL045902.
  15. Karlsson, J., G. Svensson, S. Cardoso, J. Teixeira,and S. Paradise, 2010: Subtropical cloud regime transitions: boundary layer depth and cloud-top height evolution in models and observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 1845-1858.
  16. Soares, P.M.M., J. Teixeira and P.M.A. Miranda, 2010: Parameterization of convective boundary layer turbulence and clouds in atmospheric models. Air Pollution and Turbulence: Modeling and Applications. Eds. D. Moreira and M. Vilhena. Taylor & Francis Group, London and New York, 69-129 (ISBN 9781439811443).
  17. Sempreviva, A.M., M. E. Schiano, S. Pensieri, A. Semedo, R. Tome, R. Bozzano, M. Borghini, F. Grasso, L. L. Soerensen, J. Teixeira,and C. Transerici, 2010: Observed development of the vertical structure of the marine boundary layer during the LASIE experiment in the Ligurian Sea. Annales Geophysicae, 28, 17-25.
  18. Kahn, B. H., and J. Teixeira,2009: A global climatology of temperature and water vapor variance scaling from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder, Journal of Climate, 22, 5558-5576, doi: 10.1175/2009JCLI2934.1.
  19. Keihm, S., S. Brown, J. Teixeira,S. Desai, W. Lu, C. Ruf, X. Huang, E. Fetzer, and Y. Yung, 2009: Ocean Water Vapor and Cloud Liquid Water Trends from 1992 to 2005 TOPEX Microwave Radiometer data. Journal of Geophysical Research, 114, D18101, doi:10.1029/2009JD012145.
  20. Reynolds, C.A., J. Teixeira, and J. McLay, 2008: Impact of Stochastic Convection on the Ensemble Transform. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 4517-4526.
  21. Teixeira, J., and Y.-J. Kim, 2008: On a simple parameterization of convective cloud fraction. Asia-Pacific Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 44, 191-199.
  22. Witek, M.L., J. Teixeira and P. J. Flatau, 2008: On stable and explicit numerical methods for the advection-diffusion equation. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 79, 561-570.
  23. Li, F. J.-L., D. Waliser, C. Woods, J. Teixeira, J. Bacmeister, J. Chern, B.-W. Shen, A. Tompkins, W.-K. Tao and M. Köhler, 2008: Comparisons of satellites liquid water estimates to ECMWF and GMAO analyses, 20th century IPCC AR4 climate simulations, and GCM simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L19710, doi:10.1029/2008GL035427.
  24. Aumann, H.H., A. Ruzmaikin and J. Teixeira, 2008: Frequency of severe storms and global warming, Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L19805, doi:10.1029/2008GL034562.
  25. Teixeira, J., B. Stevens, C.S. Bretherton, R. Cederwall, J.D. Doyle, J.C. Golaz, A.A.M. Holtslag, S.A. Klein, J.K. Lundquist, D.A. Randall, A.P. Siebesma, and P.M.M. Soares, 2008: Parameterization of the atmospheric boundary layer: a view from just above the inversion. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 453-458.
  26. Teixeira, J., and C. A. Reynolds, 2008: Stochastic nature of physical parameterizations in ensemble prediction: a stochastic convection approach. Monthly Weather Review, 136, 483-496.
  27. Teixeira, J., C. Reynolds, and K. Judd, 2008: Reply to Comment on Time-step sensitivity of non-linear atmospheric models: numerical convergence, truncation error growth and ensemble design. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65, 683-684.
  28. Teixeira, J., P. May, M. Flatau, and T. F. Hogan, 2008: On the sensitivity of the SST from a global ocean-atmosphere coupled system to the parameterization of boundary layer clouds. Journal of Marine Systems, 69, 2936.
  29. Soares, P.M.M., P.M.A. Miranda, J. Teixeira, and A. P. Siebesma, 2007: An eddy-diffusivity/mass-flux boundary layer parameterization based on the turbulent kinetic energy Equation. Special issue on micrometeorology, Fisica de la Tierra, 19, 147-161.
  30. von Engeln, A., J. Teixeira, J. Wickert, and S. Buehler, 2007: Comment on Monitoring the atmospheric boundary layer by GPS radio occultation signals recorded in the open-loop mode by S. Sokolovskiy et al. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L02806, DOI: 10.1029/2006GL027675.
  31. Witek, M.L, P.J. Flatau, J. Teixeira, and D. Westphal, 2007: Coupling an ocean wave model with a global aerosol transport model: a sea salt aerosol parameterization perspective, Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L14806, doi:10.1029/2007GL030106,
  32. Teixeira, J., C. Reynolds, and K. Judd, 2007: Time-step sensitivity of non-linear atmospheric models: numerical convergence, truncation error growth and ensemble design. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 64, 175-189.
  33. von Engeln, A., J. Teixeira, and G. Beyerle, 2007: Impact of thin water vapor layers on CHAMP radio occultation measurements. Radio Science, 42, RS2010, doi:10.1029/2005RS003379.
  34. Siebesma, A. Pier, Pedro M. M. Soares, and João Teixeira, 2007: A Combined Eddy-Diffusivity Mass-Flux Approach for the Convective Boundary Layer. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences,, 64, 1230-1248.
  35. von Engeln, A., J. Teixeira, J. Wickert, and S. Buehler, 2006: CHAMP Radio Occultation Detection of the Planetary Boundary Layer Top. Atmosphere and Climate: Studies by Occultation Methods. Eds. U. Foelsche, G. Kirchengast, and A. Steiner, Springer, (ISBN 3-540-34116-1) DOI: 10.1007/3-540-34121-8.
  36. von Engeln, A., J. Teixeira, J. Wickert, and S. Buehler, 2005: Using CHAMP radio occultation data to determine the top altitude of the Planetary Boundary Layer. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L06815, doi: 10.1029 / 2004GL022168.
  37. Teixeira, J., J. P. Ferreira, P.M.A. Miranda, T. Haack, J. Doyle, A. P. Siebesma and R. Salgado, 2004: A new mixing length formulation for the parameterization of dry convection: implementation and evaluation in a mesoscale model. Monthly Weather Review, 132, 2698-2707.
  38. Fetzer, Eric J., João Teixeira, Edward T. Olsen and Evan F. Fishbein, 2004: Satellite remote sounding of atmospheric boundary layer temperature inversions over the subtropical eastern Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L17102, doi:10.1029/2004GL020174.
  39. Teixeira, João, 2004: Stable schemes for partial differential equations: the one-dimensional reaction-diffusion equation. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 64/5, 507-520.
  40. von Engeln, A., and J. Teixeira, 2004: A ducting climatology derived from ECMWF global analysis fields. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109, D18104, doi:10.1029/2003JD004380.
  41. Soares, P.M.M, P.M.A. Miranda, A.P. Siebesma and J. Teixeira, 2004: An Eddy-diffusivity/Mass-flux scheme for dry and shallow convection. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 130, 3365-3384.
  42. Teixeira, J., and S. Cheinet, 2004: A simple mixing length formulation for the eddy-diffusivity parameterization of dry convection. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 110, 435-453.
  43. Siebesma, A.P., C. Jakob, G. Lenderink, J. Teixeira and co-authors, 2004: Cloud representation in General-Circulation Models over the Northern Pacific Ocean: A EUROCS intercomparison study. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 130, 3245-3267.
  44. von Engeln, A., G. Nedoluha and J. Teixeira, 2003: Occurrence of ducts at GPS frequencies in ECMWF analysis fields. Journal of Geophysical Research, 108, D21, ACL3.1-ACL3.12, doi: 10.1029/2002JD003170.
  45. Cheinet, S. and J. Teixeira, 2003: A simple formulation for the eddy-diffusivity parameterization of cloud-topped boundary layers. Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (18), 1930, doi: 10.1029/2003GL017377.
  46. Teixeira, J. and T.F. Hogan, 2002: Boundary layer clouds in a global atmospheric model: simple cloud cover parameterizations. Journal of Climate, 15, 1261-1276.
  47. Rosmond, T., J. Teixeira, M. Peng, T. Hogan and R. Pauley, 2002: The Navy Operational Global Atmospheric Prediction System (NOGAPS): forcing for ocean models. Oceanography, 15, 99-108.
  48. Cavaleri, Luigi and João Teixeira, 2002: Oscillations in an offshore blowing wind. Nuovo Cimento C, 25C, 175-183.
  49. Teixeira, João, 2001: Cloud fraction and relative humidity in a prognostic cloud fraction scheme. Monthly Weather Review, 129, 1750-1753.
  50. Teixeira, João and Pedro M.A. Miranda, 2001: Fog prediction at Lisbon airport using a one-dimensional boundary layer model. Meteorological Applications,, 8, 497-505.
  51. Duynkerke, P.G. and J. Teixeira, 2001: Comparison of the ECMWF Reanalysis with FIRE I observations: diurnal variation of marine stratocumulus. Journal of Climate, 14, 1466-1478.
  52. Morcrette, J.J, C. Jakob and J. Teixeira, 2000: Clouds and Cloud Water Prediction. Numerical Modelling of the Global Atmosphere in the Climate System,, Ed. P. Mote and A. ONeil, NATO Advanced Science Institute Science Series, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 263-281 (ISBN 0792363019).
  53. Duynkerke, P.G. and J. Teixeira, 2000: Boundary Layer Clouds and Turbulence. Proc. GCSS WGNE Workshop on Cloud Processes and Cloud Feedbacks in Large-Scale Models. World Climate Research Programme, WCRP-110, WMO/TD-No. 993, Geneva, Switzerland, 9-22.
  54. Teixeira, João, 1999: Stable schemes for partial differential equations: the one-dimensional diffusion equation. Journal of Computational Physics, 153, 403-417.
  55. Duynkerke, P.G., P.J. Jonker, A. Chlond, M.C. van Zanten, J. Cuxart, P. Clark, E. Sanchez, G. Martin, G. Lenderink and J. Teixeira, 1999: Intercomparison of three- and one-dimensional model simulations and aircraft observations of stratocumulus. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 92, 453-487.
  56. Viterbo, P., A. Beljaars, J.F. Mahfouf and J. Teixeira, 1999: The representation of soil moisture freezing and its impact on the stable boundary layer. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 125, 2401-2426.
  57. Teixeira, João, 1999: Simulation of Fog with the ECMWF Prognostic Cloud Scheme. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 125-B, 529-553.
  58. Bretherton, C. S., S. K. Krueger, M. C. Wyant, P. Bechtold, E. van Meijgaard, B. Stevens and J. Teixeira, 1999: A GCSS boundary layer model inter-comparison study of the first ASTEX Lagrangian experiment. Boundary Layer Meteorology, 93, 341-380.
  59. Teixeira, J., 1998: Numerical stability of the physical parametrizations in atmospheric models and a new method to solve the diffusion equation. Numerical Methods for Fluid Dynamics VI. Ed. M.J. Baines, Institute for Computational Fluid Dynamics, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom, 523-529 (ISBN 0952492911).

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