Dr. Jadwiga (Yaga) Richter, Climate Model Scientist

Jadwiga (Yaga) Richter, Climate Model Scientist
Yaga Richter with her 2 children.

Education & Experience

2006 – Present: Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

2005 – 2006: Education and Outreach Visiting Fellow, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

2003 – 2005: Postdoctoral Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA

2002:  Ph.D. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA

1997:  B.S. Mathematics, State University of New York, Purchase, NY, USA


My interests

My work focuses on contributing to building and improving the Community Earth System Model – a climate model developed by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. I also research various waves in the atmosphere and the interactions between the troposphere and the stratosphere. In my spare time, I love to spend time outdoors walking my dog, hiking and paddle-boarding with my children, and doing yoga (often on the paddleboard).

How I became a scientist

As an undergraduate student I worked with a physics professor on an undergraduate research project that involved analyzing turbulence data from British Airways’ flights. He suggested that I pursue a graduate degree in Atmospheric Science. I followed his advice and studied ‘waves in the atmosphere’ as part of my graduate thesis. I was good at research, and I wanted to be involved in a research project that would directly benefit society. Hence, when I got the chance, I chose to work with the climate modeling group at NCAR which develops a model that is used to study past, present, as well as predict future climate.

How my work benefits society

My work contributes to a large project of understanding the current climate as well as making predictions of earth’s future climate. Building and running a climate model requires a large, dedicated team of scientists and software engineers, and I feel lucky to be able to contribute to this goal. Here is a link to a YouTube movie showing the prediction of future climate by NCAR’s climate model.