Principal Investigators, Funding and Staff


The Climate Data Guide is a project of the Climate Analysis Section (CAS), within the Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory (CGD) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The project was initiated under a competitively selected grant (1048899) from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and continues with support from NSF.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Clara Deser is the lead principal investigator of the project.

Co-Principal Investigators

The original Co-PIs of the Climate Data Guide were Drs. Aiguo Dai, John Fasullo, James Hurrell, Kevin Trenberth and Mr. Dennis Shea.


Dr. David Schneider is a Project Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section at NCAR. Working with the team of PIs, David coordinates and implements the development of the Climate Data Guide. His interests and expertise include Antarctic and Arctic climate variability and climate change, paleoclimate and climate model evaluation. 

Mr. Dennis Shea, retired, was an Associate Scientist in the Climate Analysis Section. Dennis developed extensive content for the Climate Data Guide, especially that related to dataset assessment, creation, processing and visualization. In addition to his work on the Climate Data Guide, Dennis was a core contributor to the NCAR Command Language (NCL). 

Web Development

We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Erika Marcum, the former Web Developer for NCAR's Climate and Global Dynamics Laboratory, in building this website. The work continues with the contributions from Web Developer Ryan Johnson