David Battisti is The Tamaki Chair of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington. His research is focused on understanding the natural variability in climate that stems from the interaction between the ocean, atmosphere, land and sea ice. He is also studying the impacts of natural climate variability and climate change on global food security. His previous research includes coastal oceanography, the physics of the El Nino phenomenon, and climate variability in the Arctic. He has also studied several phenomena in past climates, including the remarkable “abrupt” global climate changes seen throughout the last glacial period.
Battisti is presently working to understand the causes for drought cycles in the Sahel and variability in the Asian Monsoon, the impact of increasing carbon dioxide on El Nino, and the consequences of geoengineering solutions to global warming. Battisti has served on numerous national and international science panels, including five years as co-chair of the Science Steering Committee for the U.S. Program on Climate. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers in atmospheric sciences and oceanography. He has twice been awarded distinguished teaching awards and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.