Julie McClean is a Research Oceanographer and Educator in the Climate, Atmospheric Science, and Physical Oceanography Division at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), UC San Diego. Her research interests focus on the development and testing of next generation fully coupled Earth System Models for use in the prediction of environmental conditions on scales from several years to decades. As a Physical Oceanographer her interests have centered on the exploration of mesoscale ocean processes both in these simulations and the real ocean, however in recent years she has expanded her studies into sea-ice modeling. She is now using her simulations to study ocean/sea-ice interactions in both the Arctic and the Southern Ocean.
Julie has collaborated for many years with Department of Energy Laboratories toward the goal of producing realistic next-generation coupled climate models of the Earth System. Prior to joining SIO in 2005, she was Research Faculty in the Oceanography Department at the Naval Postgraduate School.