Jason E. Smerdon

Adjunct Associate Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
205D Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000
(845) 365-8493
(845) 365-8157
Field of Interest:  Late-Holocene Paleoclimatology, Climate Modeling, Statistical Climatology, Climate Variability and Change

My group’s broad objective is to characterize and understand climate variability and change on multi-decadal to centennial timescales.  Climate research is limited in its ability to understand these climatic variations directly from the instrumental record because such observations are not widely available for more than about 100-150 years.  To circumvent this limitation, modern instrumental records are supplemented with climatic proxy records and climate model simulations to help characterize these low-frequency modes of change.  Toward such ends, my research group uses numerical models, climate proxy records and statistical methods to better understand the variability of climate over decades to centuries.  We have a particular interest in how multiple climate proxies can be combined to yield hemispheric and global maps of climate variability spanning the Common Era (the last two thousand years), and how climate models represent climatic change over this time period.  Please see my research and publication pages for more information on my group’s research in these areas.


  • Spectral characteristics of climate proxies and their expression in climate field reconstructions, NOAA (Lead PI)
  • Collaborative Research: Locally-constrained climate field reconstructions of the last millennium: Methods and application, NSF (Lead PI)
  • Global Decadal Hydroclimate Predictability, Variability and Change: A Data-Enriched Modeling Study (GloDecH), NOAA, (Co PI)


List of Degrees from highest to lowest
Ph.D., Applied Physics
University of Michigan  2004
M.S., Physics
University of Michigan  2000
B.A., Physics Major
Gustavus Adolphus College  1998