Anne M. Thompson

Anne M. Thompson

  • Affiliate Professor of Meteorology
Adjunct Professor


  1. PhD, Physical Chemistry -- Bryn Mawr College


Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Meteorological Society
  • 1998 Nordberg Medal (COSPAR--Committee for Space Research)
  • 2002 AAAS Fellow
  • 2003 AGU Fellow
  • 2004 NASA Honor Award (SHADOZ Group Achievement)
  • 2004 Women in Aerospace International Award
  • 2004 ISI "Highly Cited Author--Geosciences"
  • 2007 William T. Pecora Award for Satellite Achievement (NASA/Dept. Interior to TOMS Team)
  • 2007 Wilson Award for Excellence in Research (Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)
  • 2007 NOAA Office of Ocean & Atmospheric Research (OAR) Outstanding Paper Award

Research Interests

Professor of Meteorology since 2005. Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, 1984-2004. Observational and modeling interests in: (1) air-sea exchange and biogeochemical cycling; (2) early studies of chemical-climate links, pollution, oxidizing capacity; (3) remote sensing; (4) trace gas variability from natural, anthropogenic causes (aviation, biomass burning). Known for leadership in aircraft, cruises, international field experiments and the SHADOZ and IONS ozonesonde networks. Recipient of COSPAR’s Nordberg Medal for Space Science, the Women in Aerospace International Achievement Award, NASA Honor Award (SHADOZ), NASA/DOI Wm T. Pecora Award (TOMS), Penn State’s Wilson Research Excellence Award. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Meteorological Society (AMS). President of the Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution (2002-2006), Vice-President of IAMAS (2007-), Chair-elect of AAAS Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences Section. Over 150 refereed publications. ISI highly-cited author (Geosciences).

Teaching Interests

Atmospheric Chemistry, Remote Sensing, Biogeochemical Cycles

Dr. Thompson is active planning, conducting and analyzing field data from NASA aircraft experiments, particularly those involving the link between chemistry and convection and biomass burning effects on ozone. She was Co-Mission Scientist for the 1997 DC-8 aircraft campaign, SONEX (SASS Ozone and Nitrogen Experiment), showing that lightning and convection affect the North Atlantic upper troposphere along with subsonic aviation. Dr. Thompson is PI for the SHADOZ Project, archiving tropical southern hemisphere ozonesonde data for satellite validation: In 2004 she led the INTEX ozonesonde network study that collected an unprecedented 300 soundings in North America within six weeks:

In 2006, Dr. Thompson organized IONS-06 ( with 23 North American sites and led Penn State field work in Mexico City, Houston and Washington state. On NASA's TC4 ( campaign in 2007, NATIVE and A Penn State Team investigated tropical chemistry and convection in Panama.

Selected Publications (165 peer-reviewed in total)

J. C. Witte, M. R. Schoeberl, A. R. Douglass, A. M. Thompson, The quasi-biennial oscillation in tropical ozone, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Disc. submitted, 2008.

A. M. Thompson, et al., Intercontinental Transport Ozonesonde Network Study (IONS, 2004): 1. Summertime UT/LS (Upper Troposphere/Lower Stratosphere) ozone over northeastern North America, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D12S12, doi: 10.1029/2006JD007441, 2007.

R. B. Chatfield, H. Guan, A. M. Thompson, H. G. J. Smit, Mechanisms for the intraseasonal variability of tropospheric ozone during the Indian winter monsoon, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D10303, doi: 10.1029/2006JD007347, 2007.

A. M. Thompson, et al., Southern Hemisphere Additional Ozonesondes (SHADOZ) 1998-2004 tropical ozone climatology. 3. Instrumentation, station variability, evaluation with simulated flight profiles, J. Geophys. Res., 112, D03304, doi: 10.1029/ 2005JD007042, 2007.

R. D. Diab, A. Raghunandran, A. M. Thompson, V. Thouret, classification of tropospheric ozone profiles over Johannesburg based on MOZAIC aircraft data, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 713-723, 2003.

A. M. Thompson, J. C. Witte, R. D. Hudson, H. Guo, J. R. Herman, M. Fujiwara, Tropical tropospheric ozone and biomass burning, Science, 291, 2128-2132, 2001.

A. M. Thompson, et al., Southern Hemisphere ADditional Ozonesondes (SHADOZ) 1998-2000 tropical ozone climatology. 1. Comparison with TOMS and ground-based measurements, J. Geophys. Res., 108, 8238, doi: 10.1029/2001JD000967, 2003.

A. M. Thompson, B. G. Doddridge, J. C. Witte, R. D. Hudson, W. T. Luke, J. E. Johnson, B. J. Johnson, S. J. Oltmans, R. Weller, A tropical Atlantic paradox: Shipboard and satellite views of a tropospheric ozone maximum and wave-one in January-February 1999, Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, 3317-3320, 2000.

H. B. Singh, A. M. Thompson and H. Schlager, The 1997 SONEX aircraft campaign and coordinated POLINAT-2 activity: Overview and accomplishments, Geophys. Res. Lett., 26, 3053-3056, 1999.

A. M. Thompson, W.-K. Tao, K. E. Pickering, J. R. Scala, and J. Simpson, Tropical deep convection and ozone formation, Bull. Amer. Met. Soc., 78, 1,043-1,054, 1997.

A. M. Thompson, et al., Where did tropospheric ozone over southern Africa and the tropical Atlantic come from in October 1992? Insights from TOMS, GTE/TRACE-A and SAFARI-92, J. Geophys. Res., 101, 24,251-24,278, 1996.

A. M. Thompson, Measuring and modeling the tropospheric hydroxyl radical (OH), J. Atmos. Sci., 52, 3315-3327, 1995.

A. M. Thompson, et al., SAGA-3 ozone observations and a photochemical model analysis of the marine boundary layer during SAGA-3, J. Geophys. Res., 98, 16955-16968, 1993.

A. M. Thompson, J. A. Chappellaz, I. Y. Fung, and T. L. Kucsera, Atmospheric methane increase since the last glacial maximum. 2. Effect on oxidants, Tellus, 45B, 242-257, 1993.

A. M. Thompson, The oxidizing capacity of the Earth's atmosphere: Probable past and future changes, Science, 256, 1157-1165, 1992.

A. M. Thompson, K. B. Hogan, and J. S. Hoffman, Methane reductions: Implications for global warming and atmospheric chemical change, Atmos. Environ., 26A, 2665-2688, 1992.

K. B. Hogan, A. M. Thompson, and J. S. Hoffman, Methane on the greenhouse agenda, Nature, 354, 181-182, 1991.

A. M. Thompson and R. W. Stewart, The effect of chemical kinetics uncertainties on calculated constituents in a tropospheric photochemical model, J. Geophys. Res., 96, 13089-13108, 1991.

A. M. Thompson, R. W. Stewart, M. A. Owens, and J. A. Herwehe, Sensitivity of tropospheric oxidants to global chemical and climate change, Atmos. Environ., 23, 519-532, 1989.

A. M. Thompson and R. J. Cicerone, Atmospheric CH4, CO, and OH from 1860-1985, Nature, 321, 148-150, 1986.