Patrick C. Taylor
E302: Climate Science Branch
Ph D., Florida State University
Dr. Patrick Taylor has extensive experience using both observations and climate models to study the Earth system. Dr. Taylor’s career research goal is to better understand Earth’s Energy Budget and Water Cycle providing improved climate model projections for societal benefit. Towards this goal, Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on understanding cloud, radiation, and precipitation variability and their interactions using satellite remote sensing of clouds and Earth’s radiation budget. A common thread through Dr. Taylor’s research is the focus on understanding the cloud response to other Earth System processes: cloud sensitivity to (1) cloud atmospheric dynamic and thermodynamic changes and (2) atmospheric-surface interactions through changes in sensible and latent heat fluxes.
Dr. Taylor’s past research and publications (1) investigate the tropical cloud and TOA radiation diurnal cycle and challenge the traditional diurnal cycle paradigm proposing the notion of diurnal cycle variability, (2) develop a novel technique for computing cloud feedbacks in climate models demonstrating the importance of the spatial and seasonal variability of climate feedbacks, and (3) apply an additional climate feedback analysis to show evidence that clouds are the second most important feedback to polar warming amplification. Dr. Taylor’s current research and collaborations investigate (1) the interannual Arctic cloud response to sea ice variability, (2) the teleconnections between Arctic climate variability and North American weather and climate, and (3) use the diurnal cycle variability concept to test climate and numerical weather prediction models.
- 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.
- Lambert, F. Hugo, and P. C. Taylor, 2014: Regional variation of the tropical water vapor and lapse rate feedbacks, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, 7634–7641, doi:10.1002/2014GL061987.
- Sejas, S, M. Cai, A. Hu, J. Meehl, W. Washington, and P. C. Taylor, 2014: On the seasonality of polar warming amplification. J. Climate, 27, 5653-5669.
- Taylor, P. C., M. Cai, A. Hu, J. Meehl, W. Washington, G. J. Zhang, 2013: A Decomposition of Feedback Contributions to Polar Warming Amplification. J. Climate, 26, 7023–7043. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00696.1
- Taylor, P. C., 2012: Tropical outgoing longwave radiation and longwave cloud forcing diurnal cycles from CERES. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 3652-3669, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1175/JAS-D-12-088.1.
American Meteorological Society and American Geophysical Union
Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), 2012
NASA Agency Early Career Medal, 2013
Member of the Virginia Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission
Member of the Hampton Road Sea Level Rise Initiative Science Advisory Board