Robert Jacob is a computational climate scientist and a recognized expert in the design of computer models of the climate system. He joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Division at Argonne in 2000 where he co-developed the Model Coupling Toolkit that is now the main infrastructure for the DOE/NSF Community Earth System Model. Rob has a thorough understanding of both the physical and computer science behind state-of-the-art global climate models. He both develops software for climate modeling and applies the models to problems in climate change and climates of the past.
Early in his career, Robert developed the Fast Ocean Atmosphere Model, one of the first full global climate models to use parallel computing. It is still used today for problems in past climates. He currently leads the climate modeling group at Argonne and leads a project on improving the efficiency of climate model analysis.