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Tapio Schneider

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4800 Oak Grove Drive

Pasadena, CA 91109



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Tapio Schneider is the Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering at Caltech and a Senior Research Scientist at JPL. His research focuses on how the climate of Earth and other planets comes about and may change, for example, by changes in atmospheric circulation or cloud cover. To improve climate predictions, he is currently developing next-generation climate models that fuse observations with process models of the Earth system. He was named one of the “Top 20 Scientists under 40” by Discover Magazine, was a David and Lucile Packard Fellow and Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, and is recipient of the James R. Holton Award of the American Geophysical Union.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2001

Professional Experience

  • 2017–present NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Senior Research Scientist
  • 2002–present California Institute of Technology, Environmental Science and Engineering, Assistant Professor (2002–08), Associate Professor (2008–09), Professor (2009–2010), Frank J. Gilloon Professor (2010–2018), and Theodore Y. Wu Professor (2018–present) Director, Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science (2011–2012) Executive Officer for Environmental Science and Engineering (2011–2012)
  • 2013–2016 Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Department of Earth Sciences, Professor of Climate Dynamics
  • 2000–2002 New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Associate Research Scientist

Research Interests

  • Climate dynamics of Earth and other planets
  • Turbulence and turbulent transport in atmosphere and ocean
  • Cloud dynamics
  • Climate modeling

Selected Awards

  • 2019      Rosenstiel Award, University of Miami (“In Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Atmospheric Science and Climate Dynamics”)
  • 2017      Distinguished Visiting Scientist, Department of Meteorology, University of Reading
  • 2012      World Economic Forum, Invited Member of ’Young Scientist’ Community (Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Tianjin, China)
  • 2010      Houghton Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2008      Discover Magazine “Top 20 Scientists under 40” (selected as one of the top 20 scientists under 40 across all disciplines)
  • 2008      “Future World Leader,” Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan
  • 2005–2010          David and Lucile Packard Fellow in Science and Engineering 2004–2006    Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
  • 2004      James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award, American Geophysical Union
  • 1998–2000          NASA Earth System Science Fellow
  • 1994–1998          Fellow of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Scholarship Foundation)

Selected Publications

  1. Schneider, T., C. M. Kaul, and K. G. Pressel, 2019: Possible climate transitions from breakup of stratocumulus decks under greenhouse warming. Nature Geoscience, 12, 163–167.
  2. Schneider, T., J. Teixeira, C. S. Bretherton, F. Brient, K. G. Pressel, C. Schär, and A. P. Siebesma, 2017: Climate goals and computing the future of clouds. Nature Climate Change, 7, 3-5.
  3. Schneider, T., S. Lan, A. Stuart, and J. Teixeira, 2017: Earth system modeling 2.0: A blueprint for models that learn from observations and targeted high-resolution simulations. Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 12,396–12,417, doi:10.1002/2017GL076101.
  4. Schneider, T., T. Bischoff, and G. H. Haug, 2014: Migrations and dynamics of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. Nature, 513, 45-53.
  5. Schneider, T., S. D. Graves, E. L. Schaller, and M. E. Brown, 2012: Polar methane accumulation and rain storms on Titan from simulations of the methane cycle. Nature,481, 58-61.