Todd P. Mitchell

Observational studies of the mean conditions and variations of the atmosphere, ocean, and biosphere, including El Niño and the El Niño / Southern Oscillation.

Curriculum Vitae and selected publications

Curriculum Vitae (includes selected publications)

Log of climate data services provided.

Selected publications and manuscripts:

  • Thornton, J. A., K. S. Virts, R. H. Holzworth, and T. P. Mitchell, 2017: Lightning enhancement over major oceanic shipping lanes, supporting information. Geophys. Res. Lett., doi: 10.1002/2017GL074982
  • Smoliak, B. V., J. M. Wallace, M. T. Stoelinga, and T. P. Mitchell, 2010: Application of partial least squares regression to the diagnosis of year-to-year variations in Pacific Northwest snowpack and Atlantic hurricanes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 37, L03801, doi:10.1029/2009GL041478.
  • Mitchell, T. P., and E. S. Sarachik, 2007: El Niño. pp. 98-103 in Vol. 6, 2007 McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, 10th Edition. New York NY: McGraw-Hill Publishing.
  • Schwing, F. B., N. A. Bond, S. J. Bograd, T. Mitchell, M. A. Alexander, and N. Mantua, 2006: Delayed coastal upwelling along the U.S. West Coast in 2005: A historical perspective. GRL, 31, L22S01, doi:10.1029/2006GL026911.
  • Mitchell, T. P. and J. M. Wallace, 2003: Recent trends in the Southern Oscillation. (PDF file), manuscript.
  • _____, and _____, 2002: Negative COADS 1c sea-level pressure anomalies in the 1850s (PDF file). Wkshp Adv. use Hist. Mar. Clim. Data, GCOS and WMO, Boulder CO, 2002.
  • _____, and _____, 2001: The instrumental record of ENSO: 1840s to 2000. (PDF file), manuscript.
    Analyses of interest

  • temperature and precipitation anomalies associated with ENSO, PDO, NAM, SAM, ...
  • Leading EOFs of Northern Hemisphere sea-level pressure
  • recent climate trends
  • 2005 upwelling along the Oregon and Washington coasts
  • Update of the GR and CT* timeseries of Zhang, Wallace, and Battisti (1997, J. Clim.)
    Miscellaneous science

    Citizens must do more than accept the plan; they must become knowledgeable, enthusiastic advocates for Puget Sound and be willing to practice what the plan preaches. The future of the Sound depends upon a massive effort to change the attitudes and habits of everyone who lives in the Puget Sound basin. December 1986 (yes, 25 years ago), the Puget Sound Water Quality Authority
    The Seattle Post-Itelligencer and Seattle Times have published several series on the environmental health of Puget Sound and regional climate change, and I recommend them to anyone and everyone who lives in the Puget Sound region.
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Puget Sound 2002, 2006 | Pacific Northwest
    Seattle Times: Bering Sea | Shellfish and ocean acidification
    Groups involved in the environmental health of Puget Sound:
    Puget Sound Partnership | Puget Sound Action Team | Shared Salmon Strategy

    University of Washington and Seattle-area global health efforts:
    UW global health resource center | Washington Global Health Alliance

    A climate reference compendium: references, in no particular order.

    Setting up wireless acccess for UW visitors.

    Atmospheric Sciences Matlab wrapper
    Matlab string and structures tricks.

    Article about Edward Tufte, including a description of "chart junk."
    Omit needless words by Strunk and White.
    Steve Krug, author of "Don't make me think" (WWW page design).

    Miscellaneous non-science

    Estimates of death tolls for ongoing or recent natural or human calamities:
    • AIDS: 2 million in 2009
    • Malaria: 863,000 in 2008
    Darfur genocide 300,000 deaths, 2.9 million displaced

    Shi-Shi Beach information:
    9 May 2004
    11 May 2004

    Pictures from the 
    Olympic National Park
    Beach Cleanup (every April)
  • 2004 2 3 6 7
  • 2007 Mary Rohlman's amazing pictures and description
    Phone: (206) 685-3786
    Fax: (206) 685-3397
    JISAO mailing address and street map
    Home address: 520 N. 101st St., Seattle WA 98133 map
    Home phone: (206) 297-7176, no calls after 9pm please


    February 2011
    Todd Mitchell ( mitchell@atmos.washington.edu )
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