Carol Anne Clayson

Senior Scientist, Physical Oceanography
Phone: 508-289-3626



    • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, The University of Colorado, 1995
    • M.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences, The University of Colorado, 1990
    • B.S., Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young University, 1988


Carol Anne Clayson is currently a Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the director of the Ocean and Climate Change Institute. She has been tenured faculty at Florida State University and Purdue University, and while at FSU was the Director of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute. Her research covers the areas of high-resolution air-sea interactions, satellite remote sensing, and ocean modeling.  She has received funding for her research from NASA, NOAA, the Office of Naval Research, and National Science Foundation. She is the recipient of a NSF CAREER Award and the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award. She received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President W. Clinton. Dr. Clayson is the author or co-author of over 40 journal articles, 2 books, 2 book chapters, and 3 National Research Council reports, as well as holding 1 patent. She has served on multiple committees for the American Meteorological Society and the National Research Council, including the Board on Atmospheric Science and Climate, and is currently a member of the AMS Committees on Coastal Environments and Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography. She is also serving as the chair of the World Climate Research Program GEWEX SeaFlux project, an international group of scientists working on improved estimations of air-sea heat fluxes from satellite. Dr. Clayson received her B. S. degree in Physics and Astronomy from Brigham Young University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences and the Program in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences from the University of Colorado, Boulder.