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Tom Murphree

Research Associate Professor
Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Phone: (831) 656-2723
Other Experience
  • 1989 Lecturer, Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Davis
  • 2000 - 2002 Lecturer, Earth Systems Science and Policy Institute, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • 1985 - 1989 Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
  • 1983 - 1985 Postgraduate Researcher and Visiting Graduate Student, Climate Research Group, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • 1982 - 1983 Postgraduate Researcher, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources, University of California, Davis
  • 1979 - 1982 Geophysicist, Woodward-Clyde Consultants, San Francisco, CA
Research Interests
Global and Regional Climate:
Climate Variations and Climate Change
Climate Dynamics and Prediction
Climate and Energy, Water, and Food Resources
Climate and International Relations

Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
Long Range Forecasting of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Long Range Forecasting of Atmospheric and Oceanic Effects
Forecast Assessment: Verification and Value Metrics for Atmospheric and Oceanic Forecasts
Operational Impacts of Meteorology and Oceanography Support
Decision Support: Meteorological and Oceanographic Aspects
Science, Technology, and Operations Workforce Assessment
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education:
Professional Development
Teaching Interests
Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
Tropical Meteorology
Meteorological Analysis
Physical Oceanography
Operational Impacts of Meteorology and Oceanography
Science Education (K-12 through graduate)


  • 2011 - Richard W. Hamming Award for Achievement in Teaching, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 2010 - Top 5% Finalist for John Jay Schieffelin Award for Teaching Excellence, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1997 - Superintendent's Guest Lecturer, Naval Postgraduate School
  • 1989 - Fellowship, Office of Naval Research / American Society of Engineering Education
  • 1987 - Participant, NCAR Colloquium on Large Scale Dynamics
  • 1986 - Participant, NATO Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Climate and Climate Change
  • 1983 - Fellowship, Institute of Marine Research, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Boards, Memberships, & Certifications

Professional Memberships
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, American Meteorological Society
  • Member, The Oceanography Society