Hello! My name is Daniel Gilford and I am a doctoral candidate in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology from the Florida State University in 2012. At FSU as an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies, I performed quality control on shipboard data and researched the climatic impacts of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on temperatures in the Southeastern US.
I currently study the variability of water vapor and ozone in the tropical tropopause layer, and its radiative impacts. I consider how these radiative effects alter the temperatures of the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, and the interplay between these temperatures and aspects of the climate system such as atmospheric stability and the strength of tropical cyclones. I am also interested in how long-term changes in lower stratospheric water vapor affect the climate system through radiative feedbacks. It is fascinating to explore how lower stratospheric ozone and water vapor have changed in the past and will evolve in the future.
Other research interests include the impacts of climate change–such as increases in human heat stress and sea level rise–as well as the role that the policy process plays in addressing the challenges posed by climate change. I’m also recently exploring the effects of the stratosphere on the potential intensities of tropical cyclones.
A 1-page version of my academic CV can be found here (updated June 2017); a full length CV is available upon request.
Beyond science, I enjoy reading, drinking coffee, attending church and being involved in my community, and playing/watching online games and board games.