David Thompson is a professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science. His research focuses on large-scale atmospheric dynamics, the interpretation of observed climate change, stratosphere/troposphere coupling, ocean/atmosphere interaction, decadal climate variability and the climate impacts of large-scale atmospheric phenomena.
Currently, his work focuses on improving our understanding of global climate variability using observational data. Thompson has received several awards, including the James B. Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2004, and the Meisinger Award from the American Meteorological Society in 2008. Thompson was named a CSU Monfort Professor in 2006.
Thompson received his B.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1994. He then studied atmospheric science at the University of Washington, receiving his M.S. in 1998 and his Ph.D. in 2000. Thompson is a fellow with the American Geophysical Union.