Prior to arriving to the IRI at the end of June 2000, I was an operational seasonal climate forecaster and developmental researcher in empirical prediction methodology at the Climate Prediction Center of NOAA for 17 years. I have authored atlases, reports and journal papers on weather and climate, many of which were about statistical diagnosis of large-scale circulation patterns and on empirical climate prediction. I served as Editor of the Experimental Long Lead Forecast Bulletin from 1992 to 1997. I have received awards from the Department of Commerce and the American Meteorological Society.
At IRI, I ensure the production and scheduled issuance of a range of IRI forecast products, including an ENSO Outlook and monthly forecasts of near-global sea surface temperatures, precipitation and surface air temperature. I work toward implementation of improved methods and tools to enhance the quality and content of the forecasts, and increased automation in the forecast process. I seek to engage the user community on forecast interpretation and use, and provide training and capacity building on aspects of climate forecasting for visiting scientists, students, and forecasters from national meteorological centers abroad.