COLA Moves to George Mason University Fairfax Campus

COLA Moves to George Mason University Fairfax Campus

We are pleased to announce that the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) has moved to George Mason University’s Main Campus in Fairfax, Virginia, in July 2013. COLA staff are now collocated with Climate Dynamics faculty and students and the AOES Department in Research Hall (building shown in image). COLA computational resources are also on main campus. COLA is an important national center for climate research which has had a long association with the Climate Dynamics PhD Program and the AOES Department. The move to campus will strengthen these ties and enrich climate-related education at George Mason. COLA in turn benefits from close cooperation with students and faculty in AOES and the rest of George Mason University.


Research Hall and Observatory tower in winter.

Jim Kinter, Director, COLA
Barry A. Klinger, Graduate Coordinator, AOES
Jagadish Shukla, Director, Climate Dynamics Program
Paul S. Schopf, Chair, AOES

COLA Research


Snapshot of cloud fraction (grey scale) and precipitation (color) from COLA’s 7-km resolution global simulation for summer 2009 with the JAMSTEC NICAM model. Realistic features include a tropical cyclone (western Pacific), stratocumulus clouds (Indian Ocean), monsoon rainfall (India) and isolated convective complexes (Eurasia).

The goal of COLA research is to explore, establish and quantify the predictability and prediction of intra-seasonal to inter-decadal variability of the present and future climate through the use of state-of-the-art dynamical coupled Earth system models, and the development of new techniques for analysis of observations and model data. Some of the key topics of COLA research include:

  • Seasonal Predictability and Prediction
  • El Niño and the Southern Oscillation: Predictability, Prediction and Global Impacts
  • Climate Mean State and Decadal Variability and Prediction
  • Tropical Atlantic and Indian Oceans
  • Land Surface and Climate