Robert Wood

Professor, Atmospheric Sciences

Robert Wood
Areas of Expertise
  • Boundary layer cloud structure
  • Cloud microphysics
  • Remote sensing
  • ATM S 101: Weather
  • ATM S 301: Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences
  • ATM S 431: Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • ATM S 451: Instruments and Observations
  • ATM S 535: Cloud Physics and Dynamics
  • ATM S 591: Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions
  • The 2001 L. F. Richardson Prize, Royal Meteorological Society.
  • Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Journal of Geophysical Research – Atmospheres, 2007.
  • University of Washington Department of Atmospheric Sciences Teaching Award
  • The 2011 Henry G Houghton Award, American Meteorological Society, “For advancing understanding of the interactions between cloud droplets, aerosols, radiation and precipitation in
    marine stratocumulus.”
  • Editor, Journal of Climate (2009-present)
  • Reviewer for Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Journal of Climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, Atmospheric Research, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Journal of Applied Meteorology, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Journal of Computational Physics, Geophysical Remote Sensing Letters, Nature.
  • Member of American Meteorological Society, Royal Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society STAC Atmospheric Radiation committee member
  • VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study (VOCALS) Scientific Working Group member
  • Principal Investigator – VOCALS-Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx), Chile, Oct/Nov 2008.
  • Principal Investigator – ARM Mobile Facility Deployment – Clouds, Aerosols and Precipitation (CAPMBL), Azores (March-December 2009)
  • International CLIVAR Variability of the American Monsoon Systems (VAMOS) Panel Member, 2012-2013.
  • iLeaps/IGAC Aerosols, Clouds, Precipitation and Climate (ACPC) Initiative working group member, 2011-present.
  • Member, International Commission on Clouds and Precipitation (ICCP), 2012-present.
  • Chairperson, Gordon Conference on Radiation and Climate, 2011.
  • NASA CloudSat/CALIPSO Mission Science Team Member.
  • Physics of Stratocumulus Top (POST) Science Team Member.
  • Member, Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions (CAPI) Working Group of the DoE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Program, Nov 2009-present.
  • Chair, Cloud-Aerosol-Precipitation Interactions (CAPI) Working Group of the DoE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Program, Aug 2013-present.
  • Member, Science and Infrastructure Steering Committee of the DoE Atmospheric Systems Research (ASR) Program, Aug 2013-present.
  • Member, ARM Science Board, April 2014-present.
  • US Climate Variability and Predictability Research Program (CLIVAR) Scientific Steering Committee, Member, 2011-present.
  • Member, US CLIVAR Process Study Model Improvement Panel (PSMIP), 2010-2013.
  • CoChair, US CLIVAR Process Study Model Improvement Panel (PSMIP), 2011-2013.
  • Study Co-lead, Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS): Innovative Satellite Observations to Characterize the Cloudy Boundary Layer, 2010-present.
Selected publications
  • Impacts of solar-absorbing aerosol layers on the transition of stratocumulus to trade cumulus clouds.   Zhou, X., Ackerman, A. S., Fridlind, A. M., Wood, R., and Kollias, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Disc., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-255.

  • The subtropical stratocumulus-topped planetary boundary layer: A climatology and the Lagrangian evolution. Ryan Eastman, Robert Wood, Kuan Ting O. J. Atmos. Sci., in press.

  • The global aerosol-cloud first indirect effect estimated using MODIS, MERRA and AeroCom. Daniel T. McCoy, Frida Bender, Johannes Mohrmann, Dennis Hartmann, Robert Wood, and Daniel Grosvenor. J. Geophys. Res., 122, 1779-1796.

  • Evidence for shifting regional moisture imbalances from isotope ratios in water vapor. Adriana Bailey, Peter Blossey, David Noone, J. Nusbaumer, and Robert Wood. J. Geophys. Res., 122, 5763–5779, doi:10.1002/2016JD026222.

  • Evaluation of hemispheric asymmetries in marine cloud radiative properties. Frida Bender, Anders Engstrom, Robert Wood, Robert Charlson. J. Climate, 30, 4131-4147, 2017.

  • Controls on subtropical low cloud as diagnosed from AIRS, MODIS, and ECMWF interim reanalysis and the inferred changes low cloud fraction in a warming climate. Daniel T. McCoy, Ryan Eastman, Dennis L. Hartmann, Robert Wood. J. Climate, 30, 3609-3620, 2017.

  • Low CCN concentration air masses over the eastern North Atlantic: seasonality, meteorology and drivers. Robert Wood, Jayson D. Stemmler, Jasmine Rémillard, Anne Jefferson. J. Geophys. Res., 122, 1203–1223,  doi:10.1002/2016JD025557.