Peter Webster, Chief Scientist


Dr. Webster is a co-owner of CFAN and CFAN’s Chief Scientist. His research spans tropical atmospheric and ocean large-scale climate dynamics and the applications of these fields to the forecasting of rainfall, floods and droughts in monsoon regions of the world.  Recently, Dr. Webster has focused on developing flood, heat wave, and tropical cyclone forecasts for the monsoon regions in South Asia, and has actively engaged in working with developing countries and development banks to support tactical adaptation strategies using forecasted extreme weather events.


Dr. Webster is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and recently served as President of the American Geophysical Union Atmospheric Sciences Section.

Dr. Webster's research has been recognized by the Jule Charney Award and the Carl Gustav Rossby Research Medal from the American Meteorological Society, the Adrian Gill Award and Mason Gold Medal from the Royal Meteorological Society, and the International Award from the American Geophysical Union.


Dr. Webster received a Ph.D. in Meteorology from MIT in 1972.  Prior to joining Georgia Tech, he held faculty positions at Penn State University and the University of Colorado. Dr. Webster's research expertise spans tropical meteorology and oceanography, climate dynamics, and the forecasting of rainfall, floods and droughts in monsoon regions, the climate dynamics of hurricanes.  


Dr. Webster is coauthor of the textbook Thermodynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, and author of the forthcoming book Tropical Meteorology and Climate.  He has published over 150 journal articles.