Scientist, Computational Earth Sciences
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. David Erickson has been a Senior Research Staff member in the Computational Earth Sciences Group of the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, TN since 2000. He has been a member of the Climate Change Science Institute since 2009. In 2003 he was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University in Durham, NC. He became a Joint Full Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011.
Dr. Erickson has developed, configured and evaluated numerous Earth System/Climate Models of increasing complexity over the past 25 years. He has created climate model based tools for global scale biogeochemistry, CO2 modeling within climate model frameworks, air-sea physical and chemical fluxes, atmospheric chemistry and conducted a variety of simulations investigating the impacts of aerosols, UV radiation, biomass burning and soil moisture anomalies on climate. The use of regional and global climate models to evaluate human impacts on climate over a variety of time scales is an ongoing interest. Recent activities have evaluated climate related extreme event frequencies, with implications for sustainability assessment, policy decisions, national security and detailed energy/policy models. He is a collaborator with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on integrating atmospheric transport/climate models, assimilation models and satellite data.
Dr. Erickson received a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 1982. He obtained his Ph.D. in atmospheric chemistry/chemical oceanography, with Prof. Robert A. Duce, from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island in Narragansett, RI in 1987, generating a thesis on a global model of atmospheric particle fluxes aimed at inclusion in climate models. He trained as a post-doc in climate modeling, marine and atmospheric chemistry and geophysical fluid dynamics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA from 1987-1990. Dr. Erickson was a Staff Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO researching climate modeling, tracer transport, unique air-sea trace gas flux treatments and biogeochemical/carbon cycle simulations in climate models from 1990-1999.
He has served on several international and national advisory bodies, including panels and committees of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS)/National Research Council (NRC), the United Nations Environment Programme Panel (UNEP) on the Environmental Effects of Ozone Depletion as well as advisory roles for DOE, NSF, NOAA, NASA and several international governments. Dr. Erickson has 95+ refereed publications in journals.