US Climate Variability and Predictability Program


US CLIVAR Project Office

The US CLIVAR Project Office, funded by NASA, NOAA, NSF, and DOE, and operated through the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), provides the critical infrastructure to enable the planning, implementation, and communication of scientific research activities of the US CLIVAR Program. The Office is comprised principally of three individuals – a Director, a Program Specialist/Communications Manager, and a Meetings Manager in Washington, DC. Additional CPAESS staff in Boulder provide web development, information technology, budget, and grant management support.


Mike Patterson, Director

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Mike joined the US CLIVAR Project Office as Director in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring all scientific and programmatic coordination activities are completed as guided by the US CLIVAR Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and supported by the Inter-Agency Group (IAG) of program managers.  He engages agency managers and fosters interagency dialogue through monthly IAG meetings, which he chairs. He supports the SSC and its Panels in the development of a new US CLIVAR Science Plan to identify priority research questions and challenges for the post-2013 era.  Over the past two decades, Mike has worked to implement climate and global change research programs, having served as program manager in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Global Programs and Climate Program Office, managing the Pan American Climate Studies and CLIVAR Pacific programs, and launching the Climate Prediction Program for the Americas.  More recently, prior to joining the US CLIVAR Office, he has served as interim program director at the  National Science Foundation, Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences Division, assisting in the management of the Climate Research Investment solicitation for Decadal and Regional Prediction Using Earth System Models.


Jennie Zhu, Program Specialist

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Jennie is a Program Specialist for the US CLIVAR Project Office. She coordinates communication, outreach, information dissemination, and other program support activities. Her experiences span four university laboratories and two federal agencies where she provided support to PIs, including coordinating meetings and workshops, applying for grants, and processing and analyzing field data. Jennie has an M.A. from West Virginia University where she studied volcanic effects on climate.


Tania Sizer, Web Developer

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Tania is the Web Developer for the Cooperative Programs for the Advancement of Earth System Science (CPAESS), which is part of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado. Tania developed the US CLIVAR website and is maintaining it. Tania has been working in the field of web development for many years and has been with UCAR since 2006 and at CPAESS since February 2011. Previously she worked as a scientific computer programmer. She has two bachelor's degrees, the first in English from Binghamton University and the second is in Computer Science and Fine Art from the University of Colorado, Boulder.