The Center for
Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies

James L. Kinter III

Titles: Director, COLA
Professor of Climate Dynamics, George Mason University
Address: 284 Research Hall,  Mail Stop 6C5,  4400 University Drive,  Fairfax, VA 22030
Email: ikinter at gmu dot edu
Phone: 703-993-5700
Fax: 703-993-5770

A Brief Biography

Dr. James L. Kinter III is Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) where he manages all aspects of basic and applied climate research conducted by the Center. Dr. Kinter’s research includes studies of climate predictability on sub-seasonal and longer time scales, focusing on phenomena such as monsoons,
El Niño and the Southern Oscillation, and modes of extratropical variability. Dr. Kinter is also a Professor in the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences of the College of Science. He is affiliated with the Climate Dynamics Ph.D. Program, having responsibilities for curriculum development and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on climate change, as well as advising Ph.D. students. After earning his doctorate in geophysical fluid dynamics at Princeton University in 1984, Dr. Kinter served as a National Research Council Associate at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and as a faculty member of the University of Maryland prior to helping to create COLA. Dr. Kinter has served on many national review panels for both scientific research programs and supercomputing programs for computational climate modeling.

2-page Curriculum Vitae (full CV on request)


CLIM 101 Global Warming: Weather, Climate and Society

CLIM 690 Scientific Basis of Climate Change

CLIM 751 Predictability and Prediction of Weather and Climate -- Concepts and Phenomenology