Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Daniel Feldman

Daniel Feldman

Daniel Feldman

Geological Project Scientist

Climate Sciences Department



Phone: 510-495-2171

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

My research focuses on the nexus of climate modeling and remote sensing.  I develop algorithms that allow for the direct comparison of climate models with satellite instrument observations of shortwave and longwave spectra and use this information to ask questions such as how long of an observational record is needed to detect changes in the climate system and whether or not that record can be used to differentiate between the results of climate models with varying forcing and feedback strengths.  I am also interested in analyzing existing decadal-length, high-quality satellite observations and observations from the Atmospheric Radiation Meausurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility (ACRF)  to understand low-cloud and carbon-climate feedbacks, and to provide radiative closure in order to reduce uncertainty in climate projections.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech 2008.
  • M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Caltech 2004.
  • B.S., Environmental Engineering Science, MIT 2002.
  • Minors in Earth and Planetary Science and Latin American Studies.
  • High School Diploma, Woodrow Wilson High School, 1998.

Professional Experience

  • 2011-Present Geological Project Scientist Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2008-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow UC-Berkeley
  • 2002-2008 Graduate Student Caltech
  • 2001 Summer Intern Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • 2000-2002 Undergraduate Researcher MIT
  • 1998-1999 Intel Honors Intern Intel, Corp.

Teaching and Services

  • Curriculum development for a short course program in climate modeling and remote sensing through NASA Ames, 2011.
  • Guest Lecturer, Atmospheric Physics and Dynamics, University of California-Berkeley, 2010.
  • Guest Lecturer and Teaching Assistant, Atmospheric Radiation, Caltech, 2006-2007.
  • Peer reviewer for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Climate, and the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres.


  • Dissertation Initiative for Climate Change Research Symposium Alumnus, 2010.
  • Caltech-Y Lisa Guernsey Community Service Award, 2007.
  • NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow 2005-2008.
  • MIT CEE Department Richard Lee Russel Award for Continued Graduate Study, 2002.
  • Malcom G. Kispert Award for Distinguished Scholar-Athlete, 2002.
  • MIT Straight-T Award, 2001-2002.
  • NCAA Division III Indoor Track All-American (5000 m), 2002.
  • NCAA Division III Cross Country All-American, 2001.
  • High School Valedictorian, 1998.
  • Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction, 1998.
  • National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist, 1998.

Professional Affiliations

  • Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory Science Definition Team Member 2008-Present.
  • AIRS Science Team Contributor 2004-2008
  • Orbiting Carbon Observatory Science Team Contributor 2004-2006
  • American Geophysical Union, 2004-Present


  • First Lego League volunteer coach, 2009-2010.
  • Caltech Y volunteer, 2002-2008.
  • President, Caltech Environmental Task Force, 2003-2007.
  • Member, MIT SAVE environmental club, 1999-2002.
  • Volunteer, Amigos de las Americas, 1996-1997.