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Joao Teixeira
Co-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)
    • Co-Director, JPL Center for Climate Sciences (2015-present)
    • AIRS Science Team Leader (2011-Present)
    • Principal Scientist (2012-Present)
    • Deputy Director, JPL Center for Climate Science (2010-2015)
    • Supervisor, Climate Physics Group (2010-2015)
  • 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 Group Achievement Award - Obs4MIPs (2015)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2013)

Selected Publications
  1. Kurowski, Marcin, and Joao Teixeira, 2018: A Scale-Adaptive Turbulent Kinetic Energy Closure for the Dry Convective Boundary Layer. J. Atmos. Sci., 75, 675-690.
  2. Chinita, M.J., G. Matheou, and J. Teixeira, 2018: A joint probability density-based decomposition of turbulence in the atmospheric boundary layer. Mon. Wea. Rev., 146, 503-523.
  3. Bhattacharya, R., S. Bordoni, K. Suselj, and J. Teixeira, 2018: Parameterization Interactions in Global Aquaplanet Simulations. J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 10. 1002/2017MS000991.
  4. Matheou, G., D. Chung, and J. Teixeira, 2017: Large-Eddy Simulation of a Stratocumulus Cloud. Phys. Rev. Fluids, 2, 090509 1-3.
  5. 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. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44,
  6. Schneider, T., J. Teixeira, C.S. Bretherton, F. Brient, K.G. Pressel, C. Schar and A.P. Siebesma, 2017: Climate goals and computing the future of clouds. Nature Climate Change, 7, 3-5.
  7. Kahn, B., and co-authors, 2017: An A-Train and MERRA View of Cloud, Thermodynamic, and Dynamic Variability within the Subtropical Marine Boundary Layer. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 9451-9468.
  8. Bhattacharya, R., S. Bordoni, and J. Teixeira, 2017: Tropical Precipitation extremes: Response to SST-induced warming in aquaplanet simulations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 44, 3374-3383, doi:10.1002/2017GL073121.
  9. Tan, Z., T. Schneider, J. Teixeira, and K. Pressel, 2017: Large-Eddy Simulation of Subtropical Cloud-topped Boundary Layers. Part II: Cloud Response to Climate Change. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 9, 19-38, doi:10.1002/2016MS000804.
  10. Devasthale, A., J. Sedlar, B. H. Kahn, M. Tjernström, E. J. Fetzer, B. Tian, J. Teixeira and T. S. Pagano, 2016: A decade of spaceborne observations of the Arctic atmosphere: novel insights from NASA's AIRS instrument. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, 2163-2176.
  11. Tan, Z., T. Schneider, J. Teixeira, and K. Pressel, 2016: Large-Eddy Simulation of Subtropical Cloud-topped Boundary Layers. Part I: A Forcing Framework with Closed Surface Energy Balance. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 8, doi:10.1002/2016MS000655.
  12. Zeng, X., S. Ackerman, R.D. Ferraro, T.J. Lee, J.J. Murray, S. Pawson, C. Reynolds, and J. Teixeira, 2016: Challenges and Opportunities in NASA Weather Research. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 97, ES137-ES140.
  13. Millan, L., M. Lebscok, E. Fishbein, P. Kalmus and J. Teixeira, 2016: Quantifying Marine Boundary Layer Water Vapor Beneath Low Clouds with Near-Infrared and Microwave Imagery. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 55, 213-225.
  14. Han, J., M. Witek, J. Teixeira, R. Sun, H.-L. Pan, J.K. Fletcher, and C. S. Bretherton, 2016: Implementation in the NCEP GFS of a Hybrid Eddy-Diffusivity Mass-Flux (EDMF) Boundary Layer Parameterization with Dissipative Heating and Modified Stable Boundary Layer Mixing. Weather and Forecasting, 31, 341-352.
  15. Wong, S., and J. Teixeira, 2016: Extreme Convection and Tropical Climate Variability: Scaling of Cold Brightness Temperature to Sea Surface Temperature. Journal of Climate, 29, 3893-3905.
  16. Lewis, E.R., and J. Teixeira, 2015: Dispelling clouds of uncertainty, Eos, 96, doi: 10.1029 /EO2015EO031303.
  17. Kalmus, P., S. Wong, and J. Teixeira, 2015: The Pacific Subtropical Cloud Transition: A MAGIC Assessment of AIRS and ECMWF Thermodynamic Structure. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 12, 1586-1590.
  18. Aghakouchak, A., A. Farahmand, J. Teixeira, B.D. Wardlow, F.S. Melton, M.C. Anderson, and C.R. Hain, 2015: Remote Sensing of Drought: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities. Reviews of Geophysics, 53, 452-480. DOI: 10.1002/2014RG000456.
  19. Teixeira, J., D. Waliser, R. Ferraro, P. Gleckler, T. Lee, and G. Potter, 2014: Satellite Observations for CMIP5: The Genesis of Obs4MIPs. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 95, 1329-1334.
  20. Karlsson, J., and J. Teixeira, 2014: A Simple Stratocumulus-to-Cumulus Transition Model Derived from the Climatological Surface Energy Budget. J. Climate, 27, 4111-4121.
  21. Suselj, K., T.F. Hogan, and J. Teixeira, 2014: Implementation of a stochastic Eddy-Diffusivity/Mass-Flux parameterization into the Navy Global Environmental Model. Weather and Forecasting, 29, 1374-1390.
  22. Kalmus, P., M. Lebsock, and J. Teixeira, 2014: Observational Boundary Layer Energy and Water Budgets of the Stratocumulus-to-Cumulus Transition. J. Climate, 27, 9155-9170.
  23. Von Engeln, A., and J. Teixeira, 2013: A Planetary Boundary Layer Height Climatology Derived from ECMWF Re-Analysis Data. Journal of Climate, 26, 6575-6590.
  24. Suselj, K., J. Teixeira, and D. Chung, 2013: A unified model for moist convective boundary layers based on a stochastic Eddy-Diffusivity/Mass-Flux parameterization. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 70, 1929-1953.
  25. Tian, B., E. Fetzer, B. Kahn, J. Teixeira, E. Manning, and T. Hearty, 2013: Evaluating CMIP5 Models using AIRS Tropospheric Air Temperature and Specific Humidity Climatology. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 114-134.
  26. Su, H., and co-authors, 2013: Diagnosis of Regime-Dependent Cloud Simulation Errors in CMIP5 Models Using A-Train Satellite Observations and Re-analysis Data. Journal of Geophysical Research, 118, 2762-2780.
  27. Chung, D., G. Matheou, and J. Teixeira, 2012: Steady-state Large-Eddy Simulations to study the stratocumulus to shallow-cumulus cloud transition. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69, 3264-3276.
  28. de Rooy, W.C., P. Bechtold, K. Frohlich, C. Hohenegger, H. Jonker, D. Mironov, A. P. Siebesma, J. Teixeira and J.-I. Yano, 2012: Review Article, Entrainment and Detrainment in Cumulus Convection: An Overview. Quart. J. Royal Meteor. Soc., DOI:10.1002/qj.1959.
  29. Jiang, J., and co-authors, 2012: Evaluation of Cloud and Water Vapor Simulations in CMIP5 Climate Models Using NASA "A-Train" Satellite Observations. Journal of Geophysical Research, 117, D14105, doi:10-1029/2011JD017237.
  30. Suselj, K., J. Teixeira, and G. Matheou, 2012: Eddy Diffusivity/Mass Flux and Shallow Cumulus Boundary Layer: An Updraft PDF Multiple Mass Flux Scheme. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 69, 1513-1533.
  31. Chung, D., and J. Teixeira, 2012: A Simple Model for Stratocumulus to Shallow Cumulus Cloud Transitions. Journal of Climate, 25, 2547-2554.
  32. Kawai, H., and J. Teixeira, 2012: Probability Density Functions of Liquid Water Path of Marine Boundary Layer Clouds: Mathematical Form and Implications to Cloud Parameterization. Journal of Climate, 25, 2162-2177.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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: The parameterization of the atmospheric boundary layer: a view from just above the inversion. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, 453-458.
  39. Teixeira, J., and C. A. Reynolds, 2008: Stochastic nature of physical parameterizations in ensemble prediction: a stochastic convection approach. Mon. Weather Rev., 136, 483-496.
  40. 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, 29-36.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. Fetzer, Eric J., Joao 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.
  45. Teixeira, Joao, 2004: Stable schemes for partial differential equations: the one-dimensional reaction-diffusion equation. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 64/5, 507-520.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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. Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc., 130, 3245-3267.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. Teixeira, Joao, 2001: Cloud fraction and relative humidity in a prognostic cloud fraction scheme. Monthly Weather Review, 129, 1750-1753.
  54. Teixeira, Joao and Pedro M.A. Miranda, 2001: Fog prediction at Lisbon airport using a one-dimensional boundary layer model. Meteorological Applications, 8, 497-505.
  55. 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.
  56. Teixeira, Joao, 1999: Stable schemes for partial differential equations: the one-dimensional diffusion equation. Journal of Computational Physics, 153, 403-417.
  57. 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.
  58. Teixeira, Joao, 1999: Simulation of Fog with the ECMWF Prognostic Cloud Scheme. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 125-B, 529-553.

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