Climate Processes Research Group

Large-scale dynamics, modeling, cycles of water and carbon, stable isotopes




Office: Ekeley (CIRES)
Room S234
Phone: (303) 735-6073
Fax (ATOC): (303) 492-3524
Fax (CIRES): (303) 492-1149

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Prof. David Noone

Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, and
Cooperative Institute for research in Environmental Sciences
University of Colorado


2010-present Associate Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
2004-2010 Assistant Professor, University of Colorado at Boulder
2006 Visiting Faculty, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Academic preparation

University of Melbourne, B.Sc. (Hons), Earth Sciences (Meteorology), 1995
University of Melbourne, Ph.D., Earth Sciences (Meteorology), 2001
California Institute of Technology, Postdoctoral Scholar, Geochemistry, 2001-20 3


My research focuses on the interactions large-scale dynamics of the atmosphere, the water cycle, and climate. Making use of information from water isotopes and other trace gases from in situ measurements, remote sensing and comprehensive models, the group's research activities seek to expose the interplay between components of the climate system and water, and are known internationally as providing leadership in the use of isotopic information in climate research. Key areas of interest include, the use of remote sensing data to constrain the water budget and the linkages between the water cycle, atmospheric circulation and radiative balance; 2) using models and observations to determine the relationship between the water cycle and the carbon cycle in terrestrial ecosystem; and 3) understanding past climate variability from isotopic records of climate from ice cores, corals and sediments. Many aspect of research include developing and using detailed process models at global and regional scales. Recent highlights include making continuous measurements of water vapor isotopes at Mauna Loa, development of global isotopic satellite observations and models for isotopic exchange in clouds, land and ocean surfaces for use in coupled atmosphere-ocean-biosphere models. The group benefits from close collaborations with the National Center for Atmospheric research, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Goddard Institute for Space Science, and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, and number of university collaborators. For details, refer to publications list, grants and awards, and separate statement on key research activities.

Select awards

  • National Science Foundation, Early Career Faculty Development Award, 2010
  • NCAR Advanced Study Program, Faculty Fellowship, 2006

Synergistic activities

  • Member of AGY, AMS, AMOS
  • University of Colorado representative to UCAR Board of Members (2005-)
  • Proposal review panelist for NASA ROSES (2005), NOAA CCDD (2008), NSF EPSCOR (2009)
  • Member of IAEA Expert Panel on Isotopes in Hydrology (2003/2008)
  • Member of NCAR-CCSM Biogeochemistry, Land, and Atmosphere Working Groups (2001-)
  • Chair of GEWEX Isotope Cross Cutting Studies project (2001-2008, 2010)


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