Jason E. Smerdon

Lamont Associate Research Professor
Jason E. Smerdon
Lamont Associate Research Professor
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Ocean and Climate Physics
205D Oceanography
61 Route 9W - PO Box 1000


(845) 365-8493


(845) 365-8157

Fields of interest: 

Common-Era Paleoclimatology, Climate Modeling, Statistical Climatology, Climate Variability and Change

Research Statement: 

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
M.S., Physics
University of Michigan
B.A., Physics Major
Gustavus Adolphus College

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Selected Publications:
A new archive of large volcanic events over the past millennium derived fromreconstructed summer temperatures, Schneider, L.; Smerdon, J. E.; Pretis, F.; Hartl-Meier, C.; Esper, J. Environmental Research Letters (2017)
The 2016 Southeastern U.S. Drought: An Extreme Departure From Centennial Wetting and Cooling Q2, Williams, Park A.; Cook, Benjamin I.; Smerdon, Jason E.; Bishop, Daniel A.; Seager, Richard; Mankin, Justin S. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres (2017)
Revisiting the Leading Drivers of Pacific Coastal Drought Variability in the Contiguous United States, Cook, Benjamin I.; Willliam, Park A.; Mankin, Justin S.; Seager, Richard; Smerdon, Jason E.; Singh, Deepti Journal of Climate (2017)
A Robust Null Hypothesis for the Potential Causes of Megadrought in Western North America, Ault, Toby R.; St. George, Scott; Smerdon, Jason E.; Coats, Sloan; Mankin, Justin S.; Carrillo, Carlos M.; Cook, Benjamin I.; Stevenson Samantha Journal of Climate (2017)
The 2016 southeastern US drought: an extreme departure from centennial wetting and cooling, Williams, A. Park; Cook, Benjamin I.; Smerdon, Jason E.; Bishop, Daniel A.; Seager, Richard; Mankin, Justin S. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, Volume: 122, Issue: 20 p.: 10888-10905 (2017) 10.1002/2017JD027523