Head of Forecast Operations, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)
Prior to coming to IRI in 2000, Barnston was an operational seasonal climate forecaster and developmental researcher in statistical prediction methodology at the Climate Prediction Center of NOAA for 17 years. He received a Master’s degree in psychology in 1975, and a Master's degree in atmospheric sciences in 1976, both from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He has authored atlases, reports and journal papers on climate variability and empirical prediction, based largely on ENSO and long-term trends. At IRI Barnston ensures the production of a range of IRI forecast products, including monthly forecasts of sea surface temperatures (including an ENSO outlook) and global precipitation and temperature. Two main goals are implementation of the latest prediction research achievements into the real-time forecast products, and facilitating the creation of new versions of the forecast tailored to the needs of specific users.