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Professor David Noone

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Buckley Glavish Professor


I studied meteorology, mathematics and physics at Melbourne University in Australia, where I obtained a PhD in Earth Science (Meteorology) in 2001. My thesis examined the atmospheric circulation that controls the records of past climate in Antarctic ice cores. Subsequently I was a Postdoc at CalTech studying linkages between stratospheric ozone and the polar vortex, and the links between snow cover and vegetation. 

I was a professor at University of Colorado in Boulder between 2003 and 2014, and a Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University until 2019. 

My research involves modeling and observing dynamical processes that control the environment and climate system. A common thread in my work is utilizing of stable isotope tracers in the water and carbon cycles to improve understanding of the climate system. My group has developed techniques to account for isotopic fractionation in land and atmosphere components of complex earth system models, found ways to use satellite observations of isotope ratios to describe water cycles, and we participate in field studies that employ in situ spectroscopic measurements of isotope ratios at sites around the world from ground, ship and aircraft platforms.

Research | Current




Teaching | Current

  • Geophys 213 The Geophysical Environment: Explores the physical principles governing the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and interior. Topics include the structure of the solid earth, ocean currents and tides, and fundamental aspects of weather and climate.
  • Geophys 311 Atmosphere, Ocean, and Climate Physics: Examines the physical and dynamic processes shaping the atmosphere and oceans, covering the thermodynamics of the climate system and the dynamics of global atmospheric and oceanic circulations. 
  • Physics 332 Fluid Mechanics: Surveys fluid mechanics using the Navier-Stokes equations, covering Newtonian and simple non-Newtonian fluids, and examples from soft condensed matter. Flow regimes from small-scale laminar flows to large-scale turbulent and potential flows, and flows in rotating frames of reference as studied with analytical and numberical approaches.
  • Geophys 712 Climate Dynamics: Examines processes underlying climate variations, providing a basis for understanding, observing, modelling and predicting natural and anthropogenic climate changes.
  • Geophys 713 Turbulent Processes in Climate: Examines turbulent processes in the atmosphere, oceans, and at their interface, and the associated transport and exchange of momentum, energy, and moisture, ncluding impostance for clouds, atmspheric circulation, and precipitation. 



  • 2019, Atmospheric Sciences Ascent Award, American Geophysical Union

  • 2019, NASA Group Achievement Award (ORACLES Science Team)

  • 2012, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

  • 2010, National Science Foundation, Faculty Early Career Development Award

  • 2006, NCAR Advanced Study Program, Faculty Fellowship

Areas of expertise

  • Circulation and dynamics of the atmosphere
  • Cloud processes and precipitation
  • Stable isotopes in the climate system
  • Modeling global climate and regional atmospheres
  • Water and carbon cycles

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Brady, E., Stevenson, S., Bailey, D., Liu, Z., Noone, D., Nusbaumer, J., ... Wong, T. (2019). The Connected Isotopic Water Cycle in the Community Earth System Model Version 1. JOURNAL OF ADVANCES IN MODELING EARTH SYSTEMS, 11 (8), 2547-2566. 10.1029/2019MS001663
  • Stevenson, S., Otto-Bliesner, B. L., Brady, E. C., Nusbaumer, J., Tabor, C., Tomas, R., ... Liu, Z. (2019). Volcanic Eruption Signatures in the Isotope-Enabled Last Millennium Ensemble. PALEOCEANOGRAPHY AND PALEOCLIMATOLOGY, 34 (8), 1534-1552. 10.1029/2019PA003625
  • Konecky, B., Dee, S. G., & Noone, D. C. (2019). WaxPSM: A Forward Model of Leaf Wax Hydrogen Isotope Ratios to Bridge Proxy and Model Estimates of Past Climate. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 124 (7), 2107-2125. 10.1029/2018JG004708
  • Segura, C., Noone, D., Warren, D., Jones, J. A., Tenny, J., & Ganio, L. M. (2019). Climate, Landforms, and Geology Affect Baseflow Sources in a Mountain Catchment. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 55 (7), 5238-5254. 10.1029/2018WR023551
  • Hurley, J. V., Verlinden, K. L., Blossey, P. N., Kuang, Z., & Noone, D. (2019). Moist Entropy and Water Isotopologues in a Zonal Overturning Circulation Framework of the Madden-Julian Oscillation. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 124 (3), 1248-1265. 10.1029/2018JD029510
  • Konecky, B. L., Noone, D. C., & Cobb, K. M. (2019). The Influence of Competing Hydroclimate Processes on Stable Isotope Ratios in Tropical Rainfall. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 46 (3), 1622-1633. 10.1029/2018GL080188
  • Hu, J., Emile-Geay, J., Nusbaumer, J., & Noone, D. (2018). Impact of Convective Activity on Precipitation delta O-18 in Isotope-Enabled General Circulation Models. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, 123 (23), 13595-13610. 10.1029/2018JD029187
  • Thibodeau, B., Not, C., Hu, J., Schmittner, A., Noone, D., Tabor, C., ... Liu, Z. (2018). Last Century Warming Over the Canadian Atlantic Shelves Linked to Weak Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 45 (22), 12376-12385. 10.1029/2018GL080083

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 303 - Bldg 303
Level 6, Room 615
New Zealand