Peter M. Caldwell

Portrait of  Peter M. Caldwell

  • Title
    Climate Modeling Group Leader/Staff Scientist
  • Email
  • Phone
    (925) 422-4197
  • Organization

Professional Experience

Peter Caldwell leads the Climate Modeling Group at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (DOE LLNL) in Livermore, California. His research is broadly focused on clouds and their role in climate change with special interest in stratocumulus, cloud feedback, high-resolution global climate model development and evaluation, regional climate modeling, numerics of climate models, and statistical analysis of climate model ensembles. 

Peter came to LLNL in 2007 as a postdoc working on regional climate modeling. Before that, he worked on his PhD at the University of Washington (UW) under the tutelage of Christopher S. Bretherton. While at UW, Peter used observations and simple models to understand the physical processes underlying stratocumulus response to a changing climate. Peter's original background is in math and much of his current research spans the boundaries between climate science, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer science.

Professional Employment

Sept 2007–Sept 2009: Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California

Sept 2009–present: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California

Leadership Positions

  • LLNL Climate Modeling Group leader (2022-present).
  • Leader of the Simple Cloud-Resolving E3SM Atmosphere Model (2018-present).
  • Atmosphere Model Working Group Co-Chair for Community Earth System Model (2015–2021).
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Advances in Earth Systems (2017–2021).
  • Deputy Group Leader for LLNL's Cloud Processes Research team (2014–2022).
  • Co-leader for atmospheric model development, ACME/E3SM project (2014–2015).
  • Co-leader for coupled model development, ACME/E3SM project (2014–2015).

Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 2007

M.S. Mathematics, Western Washington University, 2001

B.S. Mathematics, Western Washington University, 1999