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Patrick C. Taylor
Patrick C. Taylor

Research Scientist

Education: Ph D., Florida State University

Research Interests

Dr. Taylor has dedicated his research career to understanding the role that clouds play in our climate system and the mechanisms and processes that control them. The interactions between clouds, the atmospheric circulation, and global energy flows represent some of the most consequential and poorly understood climate system processes. Due to the climate-vulnerable nature of the food, energy, and water systems, resolving the uncertainties associated with cloud-climate processes is an urgent, societally-relevant challenge. In his nearly 10-year professional career Dr. Taylor has contributed to 53 total publications, including 36 peer-reviewed journal articles. These publications have advanced scientific knowledge in several important areas:
  1. tropical cloud, TOA radiation, and precipitation diurnal cycles
  2. geographic and seasonal cloud feedback analysis developing a novel technique for computing cloud feedbacks
  3. sensitivity of clouds to atmospheric dynamic and thermodynamic conditions
Recently, Dr. Taylor’s research has made key scientific advances in understanding Arctic cloud-climate processes providing evidence that Arctic clouds are not responding to summer sea ice loss, thus not slowing sea ice loss. Dr. Taylor is currently the principal investigator on a project to advance our understanding of the effects of cloud microphysics on Arctic cloud-climate interactions.

  • Boeke, R. C. and P. C. Taylor, 2018: Seasonal energy exchange in sea ice retreat regions contributes to differences in projected Arctic warming. Nature Comm., 9, 5017, doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07061-9.
  • Taylor, P. C., 2018: Local processes with a global reach. Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/s41558-018-0342-3.
  • Taylor, P. C., B. M. Hegyi, R. C. Boeke, and L. N. Boisvert, 2018: On the increasing importance of air-sea exchange in a thawing Arctic: A review. Atmosphere, 9(2):41, doi:10.3390/atmos9020041.
  • Taylor, P. C., S. Kato, K.-M. Xu, and M. Cai, 2015: Covariance between Arctic sea ice and clouds within atmospheric state regimes at the satellite footprint level. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, 12656-12678, doi:10.1002/2015JD023520.
  • Hegyi, B. M., P. C. Taylor, 2018: The unprecedented 2016-17 Arctic sea ice growth season: The crucial role of atmospheric rivers and longwave fluxes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 45, 5204–5212.
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Professional Organizations
American Meteorological Society (2002 – present)

American Geophysical Union (2010 – present)

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

National Academy of Sciences, Kavli Fellow, 2015

NASA Agency Early Career Medal, 2013

H. J. E. Reid Award, “Achieving Climate Change Absolute Accuracy in Orbit”, 2015

Outreach Activities
Appointed Member of the Virginia Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission (2014-2016)

USGCRP Climate Science Special Report, Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol. I, Lead Author

Member of the Hampton Road Sea Level Rise Initiative Science Advisory Board (2014-2016)

IPCC Special Report: Oceans and Cryosphere, U.S. Gov’t Expert Review Panel Co-Lead (2018-2019)

IARPC Systematic Improvements in Reanalysis of The Arctic (SIRTA) Working Group (2014-2015)

Atmospheric Science Data Center Users Working Group (2018-present)

US CLIVAR Process Studies and Model Improvement Panel (2019-2022)

Gordon Research Conference: Radiation and Climate (Chair-Elect, 2018-2021)