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Philip Wiley Jones

Phil Jones

Phone (505) 667-6387


Climate model development. Developing computer models of ocean circulation for use by climate scientists to understand climate change.

High-performance computing. Developing software infrastructure and improving computation performance for climate models on high-performance computing systems.


Ph.D. 1991, Astrophysical, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

B.S. 1985, Physics and Mathematics, with Distinction, Iowa State University, Ames, IA.


LANL Positions

1993 – present : Scientist,  Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics Group (T-3), Theoretical Division.


2003 – 2016: Project Leader, Climate, Ocean and Sea Ice Modeling (COSIM).


2006 – 2011: Deputy Group Leader, Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics Group (T-3), Theoretical Division.


1991 – 1993: Postdoctoral Research Assoc., Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.


Professional Societies

American Geophysical Union

American Meteorological Society



Ringler, T, M Petersen, RL Higdon, D Jacobsen, PW Jones, M Maltrud, 2013. A Multi-Resolution Approach to Global Ocean Modeling, Ocean Modelling, 69, 211-232.

Nadiga, B.T., W.R. Casper, and P.W. Jones, 2013. Ensemble-based global ocean data assimilation. Ocean Modelling, 72, 210-230.

McClean, J.L., D.C. Bader, F.O. Bryan, M.E. Maltrud, J.M. Dennis, A.A. Mirin, P.W. Jones, Y.Y. Kim, D.P. Ivanova, M. Vertenstein, J.S. Boyle, R. L. Jacob, N. Norton, A. Craig, and P.H. Worley, 2011. A prototype two-decade fully coupled fine-resolution CCSM simulation, Ocean Modelling, 39, 10-30.

Williams, D.N. et al. (incl Jones, P.W.), 2009. The Earth System Grid: Enabling Access to Multi-Model Climate Simulation Data, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 90, 195-205.

Washington, WM, J Drake, L Buja, D Anderson, D Bader, R Dickinson, D Erickson, P Gent, S Ghan, P Jones, R Jacob, 2008. The use of the climate-science computational end station (CCES) development and grand challenge team for the next IPCC assessment: an operational plan, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 125, 012024.

Williams, DN, R Ananthakrishnan, DE Bernholdt, S Bharathi, D Brown, M Chen, AL Chervenak, L Cinquini, R Drach, IT Foster, P Fox, S Hankin, VE Henson, P Jones, DE Middleton, J Schwidder, R Schweitzer, R Schuler, A Shoshani, F Siebenlist, A Sim, WG Strand, N Wilhelmi, MJ Su, 2008. Data management and analysis for the Earth System Grid, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 125, 012072.

Drake, J.B., P.W. Jones, M. Vertenstein, J.B. White III, and P.H. Worley, 2007: Software Design for Petascale Climate Science, in Petascale Computing: Algorithms and Applications, ed. D. A. Bader, (Chapman and Hall Computational Science Series), p. 125-142.

Drake, J.B., P.W. Jones and G. Carr Jr., 2005: Overview of the Software Design of the Community Climate System Model, Int. Journ. High Perf. Comput. Application, 19, 187 - 201.

Kerbyson, D. and P.W. Jones, 2005: A Performance Model of the Parallel Ocean Program (POP), Int. Journ. High Perf. Comput. Application, 19, 261 - 276.

Jones, P.W., Worley, P.H., Yoshida, Y., White, J.B. III, Levesque, J., 2005: Practical Performance Portability in the Parallel Ocean Program (POP), Concurrency Comput. Prac. Exper., 17, 1317.

Randall, D.A., Ringler, T.D., Heikes, R.P., Jones, P. and Baumgardner, J., 2002: Climate Modeling with Spherical Geodesic Grids, Computing in Science Eng., 4, 32-41.

Baker, R.D., Schubert, G. and Jones, P.W. 2000: Convectively Generated Internal Gravity Waves in the Lower Atmosphere of Venus. Part II: Mean Wind Shear and Wave-Mean Flow Interaction, J. Atm. Sci., 57, 200-215.

Baker, R.D., Schubert, G. and Jones, P.W. 2000: Convectively Generated Internal Gravity Waves in the Lower Atmosphere of Venus. Part I: No Wind Shear, J. Atm. Sci., 57, 184-199.

Jones, P.W., 1999: First- and Second-order Conservative Remapping Schemes for Grids in Spherical Coordinates, Mon. Weath. Rev., 127, 2204-2210.

Baker, R.D., Schubert, G. and Jones, P.W. 1999: High Rayleigh Number Compressible Convection in Venus' Atmosphere: Penetration, Entrainment, and Turbulence, J. Geophys. Res., 104, 3815-3832.

Jones, P.W., Malone, R.C. and Lai, C.A., 1998: The Los Alamos Coupled Model, Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Software Engineering and Code Design in Parallel Meteorological and Oceanographic Applications, ed. M. O'Keefe and C. Kerr, NASA Publication GSFC/CP-1998-206860.

Jones, P.W., 1998: The Los Alamos Parallel Ocean Program (POP) and Coupled Model on MPP and Clustered SMP Computers, Making its Mark: Proceedings of the 7th ECMWF Workshop on the Use of Parallel Processors in Meteorology, ed. G. R. Hoffmann and N. Kreitz (Singapore: World Scientific Publishing).

Baker, R.D., Schubert, G. and Jones, P.W. 1998: Cloud-level Penetrative Compressible Convection in Venus' Atmosphere, J. Atm. Sci., 55, 3-18.

Hayashi, Y., Golder, D.G. and Jones, P.W., 1997: Tropical Gravity Waves Simulated by High-Resolution SKYHI General Circulation Models, J. Meteor. Soc. Japan, 75, 1125-1139.

Jones, P.W., Hamilton, K.P. and Wilson, R.J., 1996: A Very High-Resolution General Circulation Model Simulation of the Global Circulation in Austral Winter, J. Atm. Sci., 54, 1107-1116.

Jones, P.W., Kerr, C.L. and Hemler, R.S., 1995: Practical Considerations in Development of a Parallel SKYHI General Circulation Model, Parallel Computing, 21, 1677-1694.

Sun, Z.-P., Turco, R.P., Walterscheid, R.L., Venkateswaran, S.V., and Jones, P.W. 1995: Thermospheric Response to Morningside Diffuse Aurora: High-resolution Three-dimensional Simulations, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 23,779-23,793.

Jones, P.W., Merryfield, W., and Toomre, J. 1992: Interaction of Externally-Driven Acoustic Waves with Compressible Convection, In GONG '92: Seismic Investigations of the Sun and Stars, ed. T. Brown (San Francisco: Astronomical Society of the Pacific).

Jones, P.W., Merryfield, W., and Toomre, J. 1991: Interaction of Acoustic Oscillations with Time-dependent Compressible Convection, In Challenges to Theories of the Structure of Moderate Mass Stars, ed. D.Gough and J.Toomre (Berlin: Springer-Verlag) p. 213.

Jones, P.W., Pesnell, W.D., Hansen, C.J. and Kawaler, S.D. 1989: On the Possibility of Detecting Weak Magnetic Fields in Variable White Dwarfs, Astrophys. J., 336, 403-408.