Gabriel Vecchi is a Research Oceanographer and the Head of the Climate Variations and Predictability Group at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has been since 2003. The focus of his research is the interactions between the atmosphere and oceans on timescales from weeks to centuries, including the El Niño-Southern Oscillation phenomenon, tropical cyclones and the Asian-Australian monsoon. Gabriel’s recent efforts concentrate on predicting short- and long-term changes to tropical circulation and variability, including characterizing the impact of climate change on tropical cyclones and hurricanes, and global patterns of rainfall and drought.
Gabriel currently serves as the co-chair of the U.S.-Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) Working Group on Hurricanes and Climate; he also serves as a member of NOAA’s Climate Observing Systems Council, and was a Lead Author in Working Group I of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences and the Journal of Climate. In the past he served on the CLIVAR Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel, CLIVAR Indian Ocean Panel, and the U.S.-CLIVAR Predictability, Prediction, and Applications Interface Panel. He has authored over 100 papers for scientific journals and book chapters.
Gabriel is the recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the American Meteorological Society’s Clarence Leroy Meisinger Award, the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal (twice), the NOAA-OAR Outstanding Paper of the Year Award, the NOAA Administrator’s Award, the American Geophysical Union’s Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters (twice), and the Cook College, Rutgers University Marine Sciences Student of the Year. He was listed in Thompson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” List, in recognition for ranking among the top 1% of researchers for most cited documents Geosciences over 2002-2012. Gabriel earned a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Washington, as well as M.S. degrees in Oceanography and Applied Mathematics. His undergraduate degree in Mathematics is from Rutgers University.