Argonne National Laboratory

Robert Jacob, computational climate scientist at Argonne

Robert Jacob

Computational Climate Scientist
- Mathematics and Computer Science

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.

Awards, Honors and Memberships

  • Honorary Fellow at the Center for Climatic Research
  • Fellow in the Argonne/University of Chicago Computation Institute