David H. Bromwich

David H. Bromwich

Office Information

037A Scott Hall
and 1168 Derby Hall
Phone: (614) 292-6692
Fax: (614) 292-4697


David H. Bromwich is a Full Professor with the Atmospheric Sciences Program of the Department of Geography and he is Director of the Polar Meteorology Group at the Byrd Polar Research Center (BPRC), which has broad interests in global climate variability and change and how the high-latitude parts of Earth are affected by and affecting global climate. The Group also has a lasting interest in Ohio's climate and it has routinely run a local weather forecast model for central Ohio since 2000.

Professor Bromwich has a Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to becoming a faculty member at Ohio State he was a long-time researcher with the Byrd Center.

Professor Bromwich is the lead investigator on a project to describe and understand the dramatic climate change happening in the Arctic, which will examine the shrinking summer sea ice cover and winter warming on land. The Arctic System Reanalysis (ASR) project is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of its International Polar Year initiative. One aspect of the ASR is to describe and understand the climate changes taking place in the Ob, Yenisei, Lena, and Mackenzie rivers that empty into the Arctic Ocean and which help maintain the Arctic Ocean sea ice cover. Climate warming in this region also tends to release large amounts of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, stored in the permafrost.

The Polar Meteorology Group also has long-term interests in the surface mass balance of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and the resulting contribution to global sea level rise. The Group has found that melting of Greenland's ice is the single leading contributor to sea level rise.

Professor Bromwich has authored/co-authored more than 120 papers in the leading scientific journals and selected citations.

Selected Publications

A.J. Monaghan, D.H. Bromwich and D. P. Schneider, "20th Century Antarctic Air Temperature and Snowfall Simulations by IPCC Climate Models." Geophysical Research Letters, provisionally accepted, 2008.

K.M. Hines and D. H. Bromwich, "Development and Testing of Polar WRF. Part I. Greenland Ice Sheet Meteorology." Monthly Weather Review, in press, 2008.

D.H. Bromwich, J. E. Box, R. L. Fogt, and A. J. Monaghan, "Contributors to the Antarctic and Nordic Sections of 'State of the Climate in 2006.'" Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 88, 2007.

D.H. Bromwich, R. L. Fogt and A. J. Monaghan, "Climate Change 2007, The Physical Science Basis." Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Contributing author to Chapter 3 (Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change), Chapter 4 (Observations: Changes in Snow, Ice and Frozen Ground), and Chapter 11 (Regional Climate Projections). 2007.

J.E. Box, D. H. Bromwich, B. A. Veenhuis, L.-S. Bai, J. C. Stroeve, J. C. Rogers, K. Steffen, T. Haran, and S.-H Wang, "Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Mass Balance Variability (1988-2004) from Calibrated Polar MM5 Output." Journal of Climate, Vol. 19, Pgs. 2783-2800, 2006.

A.J. Monaghan, D. H. Bromwich, R. L. Fogt, S.-H. Wang, P. A. Mayewski, D. A. Dixon, A. A. Ekaykin, M. Frezzotti, I. D. Goodwin, E. Isaksson, S. D. Kaspari, V. I. Morgan, H. Oerter, T. D. van Ommen, C. J. van der Veen, and J. Wen, "Insignificant Change in Antarctic Snowfall Since the International Geophysical Year." Science, Vol. 313, Pgs. 827-831, 2006.