Leadership Team

CLDERA brings together a diverse group of experts in climate modeling, atmospheric and computational science, uncertainty quantification, optimization, machine learning, spatiotemporal statistics, and remote sensing data analysis from across four divisions and nine centers. Team members are leading experts in their fields who also have a proven record of interdisciplinary research.

Sandia Leadership

Director, Climate Change Security
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Robert Leland

Director, Climate Change Security

As director of the Climate Change Security Center at Sandia, Rob leads climate-strategy development across the Labs, directs the Earth Sciences Research Foundation, and oversees laboratory and field work in New Mexico, Texas, and Alaska. The Center includes Sandia’s Renewable Energy and Earth Sciences research groups. Rob also serves as program area director for the Renewable and Fossil Energy Program within Sandia’s Energy and Homeland Security Portfolio, and lead for Office of Science programs in climate and geosciences.
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Andrew Salinger

Co-Project Manager

Andy has been part of the E3SM project leadership team since the project began in 2014, now leading the sub-project for software and algorithm developments. He led the affiliated E3SM Software Modernization project (BER, FY17-19, $5M/year) to elevate the computational science aspects of E3SM. He has been integral to the building of Sandia’s current Office of Science program in Earth system modeling, both in funding and staffing. Andy will manage relationships with the broader DOE Labs Earth system modeling community and the Office of Science BER and ASCR programs.
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Kara Peterson

Deputy-Primary Investigator

Kara has expertise in computational modeling, discretization methods for PDEs, and high-performance computing, with research interests in climate modeling and Arctic systems. As principal investigator of the Arctic Tipping Points LDRD project, her team formed the nascent team for CLDERA and provided technical approaches for the simulated pathways. She is also involved in DOE SciDAC projects, including the Discrete Element for Sea Ice (DEMSI) project as Sandia-PI and model developer and the Coupling Approaches for Next Generation Architectures (CANGA) project.
Observation Pathway Lead
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Lyndsay Shand

Observation Pathway Lead

Lyndsay has expertise in spatial and spatio-temporal statistics, point process models, Bayesian hierarchical models, and statistical methods for remotely-sensed data, atmospheric, and climate applications. For the past eight years, she has developed space-time statistical methods for observational environmental and climate data. As principal investigator of Sandia’s first Marine Cloud Brightening LDRD, her interdisciplinary team developed data-driven methods to understand the local impacts of ship emissions. Lyndsay is also a key contributor to Sandia’s Climate Security Strategy and holds an adjunct faculty position in the Department of Statistics at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

External Collaborators

Professor Christiane Jablonowski
University of Michigan, Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
Christiane’s website

Professor Bo Li
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Department of Statistics
Bo’s website

Professor Xiaohong Liu
Texas A&M University, Department of Atmospheric Sciences
Xiaohong’s website

Kate Marvel
Columbia University, Center for Climate Systems Research with a joint appointment at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies
Kate’s website