Tapio Schneider

Theodore Y. Wu Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering
California Institute of Technology

Senior Research Scientist
Jet Propulsion Laboratory

1200 E. California Blvd.
MC 131-24
Pasadena, CA 91125

Office: 238 Linde (map)
Phone: +1 (626) 395-6143



Princeton University
Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program (M.Sc. 1997, Ph.D. 2001)
University of Washington, Seattle
Visiting Graduate Student (Physics)
Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Studies of Mathematics and Physics (Vordiplom 1993)

Academic Employment

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Senior Research Scientist
California Institute of Technology, Environmental Science and Engineering
Theodore Y. Wu Professor (2018-present)
Frank J. Gilloon Professor (2010-2018)
Director, Linde Center for Global Environmental Science (2011-2012)
Executive Officer for Environmental Science and Engineering (2011-2012)
Professor (2009-2010)
Associate Professor (2008-2009)
Assistant Professor (2002-2008)
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Department of Earth Sciences
Professor of Climate Dynamics
New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences
Associate Research Scientist

Selected Honors and Awards

Rosenstiel Award, University of Miami (in recognition of “outstanding contributions to atmospheric science and climate dynamics”)
World Economic Forum Young Scientist, Annual Meeting of the New Champions, Tianjin, China
Houghton Lecturer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto, Japan (selected to participate as 1 of 10 scientists under 40 worldwide)
Discover Magazine “Top 20 Scientists under 40”
David and Lucile Packard Fellow
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
James R. Holton Junior Scientist Award, American Geophysical Union
NASA Earth System Science Fellow
Fellow of Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes
(German National Scholarship Foundation)


  • Lopez-Gomez, I., Christopoulos, C., Langeland Ervik, H. L., Dunbar, O. R. A., Cohen, Y., Schneider T., 2022: Training physics-based machine-learning parameterizations with gradient-free ensemble Kalman methods, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, submitted.
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  • Shen Z., Sridhar, A., Tan, Z., Jaruga A., Schneider, T., 2022: A library of large-eddy simulations forced by global climate modelsJournal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems,
    14, e2021MS002631.
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  • Howland, M. F., Dunbar, O. R. A., Schneider, T., 2022: Parameter uncertainty quantification in an idealized GCM with a seasonal cycle, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 14, e2021MS002735.
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  • Dunbar, O. R. A., Garbuno-Inigo, A., Schneider, T., Stuart, A. M., 2021: Calibration and uncertainty quantification of convective parameters in an idealized GCM, Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 13, e2020MS002454.
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  • Nilsson, J., Ferreira, D., Schneider, T., Wills, R. C. J., 2021: Is the surface salinity difference between the Atlantic and Indo–Pacific a signature of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation?, Journal of Physical Oceanography51, 769-787.
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  • For a full list of Tapio Schneider's publications, please visit the Publications page