CPC Development Branch
Gerry Bell is a hurricane climate specialist and research meteorologist at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) in Camp Springs, Maryland.
Dr. Bell's extensive research into the climate factors controlling seasonal hurricane activity contributed to the establishment of NOAA's seasonal Atlantic hurricane outlooks in 1998. Since that time he has been the lead scientist of NOAA's Seasonal Hurricane Outlook Team, and lead author of the Atlantic hurricane outlooks. Dr. Bell has published numerous scientific papers and given many lectures on Atlantic hurricane variability and on the climate factors controlling hurricane activity.
Also, Dr. Bell specializes in monitoring global climate variability, especially patterns related to the El Nino, the multi-decadal cycle, and other large-scale atmospheric processes. He is the chief editor and co-author of the monthly/ Climate Diagnostics Bulletin/, which provides the latest El Nino analysis and diagnosis along with a description and analysis of global weather and climate conditions.
Dr. Bell received the prestigious NOAA 2005 Isaac Klein Award for his leading role in developing NOAA's seasonal Atlantic hurricane outlooks. He has also received NOAA-wide awards for accurate predictions of both El Nino and seasonal hurricane activity. Dr. Bell earned a B.S. degree in both meteorology and mathematics at the University of Illinois. He earned his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences at the State University of New York at Albany.