National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
United States Department of Commerce

Dr. James E. Overland

Research Oceanographer
Staff Affiliation: 
PMEL Division: 
Ocean Environment
PMEL Project: 

Research Interests

Scientific support for decision makers on climate change and ecosystems in the Arctic and sub-Arctic. He leads projects on:  historical climate changes, climate and sea ice projections in northern latitudes, ecosystem indices in the Bering Sea, and the Arctic Report Card and Sea Ice Outlook Websites. He contributed to the government response to the Endangered Species Act listings for polar bears, ribbon seals and spotted seals, and to the Arctic Transportation Study. He supports the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee on Arctic Climate Change. He advises NOAA fisheries managers on climate change issues, which in turn helps set fisheries quotas for the Bering Sea.

Academic Training

Ph.D.   New York University, Physical Oceanography and Meteorology, 1973
M.S.    University of Washington, Physical Oceanography, 1971
B.S.     University of Washington, Physical Oceanography, 1970

Recent Awards

2007, 1986    Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Geophysical Research Letters
2007      Invited speaker, Crafoord Prize Symposium
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 NOAA for substantial publication productivity
2002    NOAA Administrator’s Award (Leadership in Arctic Science)
1999    NOAA Special Act—Climate Change and Fisheries

Selected Societies and Committees

International Arctic Science Committee-Interim Chair for Atmosphere 2009-
US Marine Mammal Commission 2007-
Arctic Council, Climate Expert Group 2005-
Committee on the Coastal Ocean, National Academy of Sciences, 1990–1996
Panel on Marine Meteorology, National Academy of Sciences 1993–1994
Panel on Coastal Meteorology, National Academy of Sciences, 1990–1991


Arctic Report Card
Arctic Information and Indicators
North Pole Web Cam
Bering Climate (status, indices and prediction)
EcoFOCI - (Ecosystems & Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations)