Nicholas A. Bond

Research Meteorologist

Nick BondBS, Physics, University of California, Riverside, 1976 
PhD,. Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, 1986

Office: Room 2074, Bldg3, NOAA Sandpoint
7600 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle WA 98115 USA
Phone: 206-526-6459
Fax: 206-526-6485

Research Interests

Most past research (and some ongoing research) involves the collection and analysis of low-level atmospheric observations over the ocean, based on special field measurements from moored buoys and aircraft. Notable examples have involved documenting the effects of the terrain along the U.S. West Coast on landfalling storms during the winter.

As part of the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) program, air-sea interactions are being studied in the western sub-tropical Pacific.

A majority of the current work is under the broad umbrella of the Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigation (FOCI). Here the focus has been on the variability in climate and atmospheric forcing of the Bering Sea, and topographical effects on coastal winds in Alaska. The results from this work are being applied to issues related to the marine ecosystems in Alaskan waters, with a special emphasis on the impacts of climate

Current Projects

  • US-GLOBEC NEP Phase IIIb-CGOA: Bottom-up control of lower-trophic variability: A synthesis of atmospheric, oceanic, and ecosystem observations (NOAA/NSF)
  • Role of air-sea interaction in the Kuroshio Extension (NOAA)
  • Future Climate Habitat of AYK Ecosystems (Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Sustainable Salmon Initiative)
  • Downscaling Global Climate Projections to the Ecosystems of the Bering Sea with Nested Biophysical Models (NSF)

Selected Publications

Bumbaco, K.A., K. Dello and N.A. Bond (2013): History of Pacific Northwest heat waves: Synoptic pattern and trends. J. Appl. Meteorol. Clim. 52, 1618-1631. doi:

Huntington, H.P., G. Noongwook, N.A. Bond, B. Benter, J.A. Snyder, and J. Zhang (2013): The influence of wind and ice on spring walrus hunting success on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska. Deep-Sea Res. II, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2013.03.016.

Mueter, F., N. Bond, J. Ianelli, and A. Hollowed (2011): Expected declines in recruitment of walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma) in the eastern Bering Sea under future climate change. ICES J. Mar. Sci., 68(6), doi: 10.1093/icesjms/fsr022, 1284–1296.

Bond, N.A., M.F. Cronin, C. Sabine, Y. Kawai, H. Ichikawa, P. Freitag, and K. Ronnholm (2011): Upper-ocean response to Typhoon Choi-Wan as measured by the Kuroshio Extension Observatory (KEO) mooring. J. Geophys. Res., 116, C02031, doi: 10.1029/2010JC006548

Bond, N.A., M.F. Cronin, and M. Garvert (2010): Atmospheric sensitivity to SST near the Kuroshio Extension during the extratropical transition of Typhoon Tokage. Mon. Weather Rev., 138(7), 2644–2663.

Kwon, Y.-O., M.A. Alexander, N.A. Bond, C. Frankignoul, H. Nakamura, B. Qiu, and L. Thompson (2010): Role of the Gulf Stream and Kuroshio-Oyashio systems in large-scale atmosphere-ocean interaction: A review. J. Climate, 23(12), 3249–3281.

Bond, N.A., and C.F. Mass (2009): Development of skill by students enrolled in a weather forecasting laboratory. Weather Forecast., 24, 1141–1148.

Bond, N.A., H.P. Batchelder, and S.J. Bograd (2008): Forecasting northeastern Pacific ecosystem responses to La Niña. Eos, Trans. AGU, 89, 321–322. 

UW Responsibilities

Teach laboratory section of ATMS 452 (Weather and Forecasting) during spring term