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Tom Murphree
Research Associate Professor
Mail Code: MR/Me
Department of Meteorology
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Monterey, CA 93943
Phone: 831-656-2723
Email: murphree (at)
PhD - University of California, Davis, 1989
Atmospheric Science
BS - University of California, Davis, 1978
  • Research Associate Professor, Department of Meteorology, 2008-present
  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Meteorology, 1999-2008
  • Research Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology, 1993-1999
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Meteorology, 1991-1993
  • Visiting Scientist, Department of Meteorology, 1989-1991
  • Lecturer, Earth Systems Science and Policy Institute, California State University, Monterey Bay, 2000-2002
  • Lecturer, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Davis, 1989
  • Postgraduate Researcher and Visiting Graduate Student, Climate Research Group, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1983-1985
  • Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis, 1982-1983, 1985-1989
  • Geophysicist, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, San Francisco, CA, 1979-1982.
  • Climate
  • Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Meteorological Analysis
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Operational Impacts of Meteorology and Oceanography
  • Science Education (K-12 through graduate)
  • Global and Regional Climate:
    • Climate Variations and Climate Change
    • Climate Dynamics and Prediction
    • Climate and Energy, Water, and Food Resources
    • Climate and International Relations
  • Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
  • Long Range Forecasting of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • Long Range Forecasting of Atmospheric and Oceanic Effects
  • Forecast Assessment: Verification and Value Metrics for Atmospheric and Oceanic Forecasts
  • Operational Impacts of Meteorology and Oceanography Support
  • Decision Support: Meteorological and Oceanographic Aspects
  • Science, Technology, and Operations Workforce Assessment
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education:
    • K-12
    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate
    • Professional Development
  • Richard W. Hamming Award for Achievement in Teaching, NPS, 2011
  • Top 5% Finalist for John Jay Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence, NPS, 2010
  • Superintendent's Guest Lecturer, El Niño and Its Impacts, NPS, December 1997
  • Fellowship, Office of Naval Research / American Society of Engineering Education, 1989-1991
  • Participant, NCAR Colloquium on Large Scale Dynamics, 1987
  • Participant, NATO Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Climate and Climate Change, 1986
  • Fellowship, Institute of Marine Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1983-1984
  • PI for numerous research and development grants from NSF, NOAA, NASA, NOPP, Navy, USAF, and other sponsors, 1990-present
  • Co-Organizer, Climate Prediction Applications Science Workshop, 2011-2012
  • Co-Organizer, Climate Diagnostics and Prediction Workshop, 2008-2009
  • Co-Organizer, Operational Marine Forecaster Workshop, 2009
  • Co-Organizer, Ocean Instrumentation Technician Workshop, 2009
  • Co-Organizer, National Ocean Science, Technology, & Operations Workforce Workshop, 2008
  • Co-Organizer, Ocean Workforce Session and Workshop, Ocean Sciences Meeting, 2008
  • Co-Organizer, Pacific Climate Workshop, 1995-present
  • Science Advisor, California Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence, 2002-present
  • Science Advisor, Editor, and Instructor, MARE Marine Science Education Program, UC Berkeley, 1995-2005
  • Science Advisor and Instructor, Operation Pathfinder, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1997-1998
  • Science Advisor and Instructor, Scientific Exploration of Tropical Seas, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, 1997-1998
  • Science Advisor and Instructor, Teacher Programs, Monterey Bay Aquarium, 1993-1996
  • Member: American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, The Oceanography Society
  • Murphree, T., S. Bograd, F. Schwing, and B. Ford. 2003. Large scale atmosphere-ocean anomalies in the northeast Pacific during 2002 and their impacts on the California Current System. Geophysical Research Letters, 30, 15, 8026, doi:10.1029/2003GL017303, 2003.
  • Murphree, T., P. Green-Jessen, F. Schwing, and S. Bograd. 2003. The seasonal cycle of wind stress curl and its relationship to subsurface ocean temperature in the northeast Pacific. Geophysical Research Letters, 30, 9, 1469, doi:10.1029/2002GL016366, 2003.
  • Schwing, F.B., T. Murphree, L. deWitt, and P.M. Green. 2002. The evolution of oceanic and atmospheric anomalies in the northeast Pacific during the El Niño and La Niña events of 1995-2001. Progress in Oceanography, 54, 459-491.
  • Schwing, F.B., T. Murphree, and P.M. Green. 2002. The Northern Oscillation Index (NOI): a new climate index for the northeast Pacific. Progress in Oceanography, 53, 115-139.
  • Murphree, T., and M. Miller, 1998: Watching Weather, Henry Holt Publishing, New York, NY. 160 pp.
  • Reynolds, C., R. Gelaro, and T. Murphree, 1996. Observed and simulated northern hemisphere intraseasonal circulation anomalies and the influence of model bias. Monthly Weather Review, 124, 1100-1118.
  • Murphree, T., and H. van den Dool, 1989. Calculating tropical winds from time mean sea level pressure fields. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 45, 3269-3282.
  • Keywords: atmosphere; atmosphere-ocean dynamics; climate; climate variations; decision support; education; energy resources; environmental effects; food resources; forecast; global climate change; international relations; long range forecasting; meteorology; METOC; metrics; ocean; oceanography; operational impacts; professional development; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education; tropical meteorology; verification; water resources; workforce

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