David Legler

Director, Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division
P: (301) 427-2460
E: david.legler@noaa.gov

NOAA Climate Program Office
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Dr. David M. Legler currently serves as a Chief of NOAA’s Ocean Observing and Monitoring Division. The Division is leading NOAA’s efforts to develop and sustain a global observing system for climate. Dr Legler co-chairs the Observations Program Area of the WMO-IOC Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM - http://www.jcomm.info/) and co-chairs the US Inter-agency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC - http://www.iooc.us/).

Before coming to NOAA, Dr Legler directed the US Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR – a program of the World Climate Research Program) Office in Washington, DC for over 10 years where he coordinated scientific and programmatic activities addressing a wide range of topics including the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC). He has published on a range of topics such as ocean remote sensing, air-sea interaction, and the impacts of ENSO on North American climate and subsequent effects on US agriculture and water resources.


Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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