Sidney Thurston

Program Manager, International Coordinator
P: 301 427-2459

NOAA Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC-3, #2823
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Sidney Thurston has a Ph.D. in Physical Oceanography and over 30 years experience in engineering and science Project Management, serving in both the private and public sectors. Working with Rockwell International’s Advanced Satellite Systems Division during the 1980s, he contributed to the design of the “Strategic Defensive Initiative” satellite constellation. After completing graduate degrees in Oceanography, he joined NOAA’s Office of Global Programs (OGP) in 1995. While residing in Japan during the next six years, he conducted wave research with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (STA) while coordinating NOAA’s ocean climate observations with Asian Partners. He currently works for NOAA’s Global Ocean-Climate Observation Program on Overseas Program Development building Robust PANGEA Resource-Sharing Partnerships. Dr. Thurston serves the Community as Chair of the WMO/IOC Data Buoy Cooperation Panel (DBCP) Task Team for Capacity Building as a member of the DBCP Executive Committee, serves as NOAA’s representative to the Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (IOGOOS) and CLIVAR Indian Ocean Panel. Dr. Thurston is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the U.S. National Engineering Honor Society, and Sigma Xi, National Scientific Research Honor Society. Outside areas of interest include bicycling, scuba diving and international travel with his wife and three children.


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.


Climate Program Office
1315 East-West Hwy, Suite 1100
Silver Spring, MD 20910