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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Norman L. Miller

Norman Miller

Norman L. Miller

Scientist, and Adjunct Professor

UC Berkeley Geography Department






Phone: 510-508-1836


Biographical Summary

Norm Miller is Staff Scientist in the Computational Research Division at Berkeley Lab, is an Adjunct Professor in the Geography Department at the University of California at Berkeley and the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona at Tucson. He is focused on understanding hydroclimate processes and related impacts based on modeling and analysis of climate, hydrology, and ecology, and their impacts on energy and water supply and demand, water quality, agriculture, and impacts to other sectors of society. This includes, coupled atmosphere- land surface-groundwater modeling from the site scale to continental scale; climate variability and change analyses; bioenergy crop modeling and evaluations, quantifying feedbacks and sensitivities with climate systems; and ultra-efficient high performance computing.


  • B.S. Engineering Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 1978, Meteorology Minor, Honors
  • M.S. Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1981. Boundary Layer Measurements
  • Ph.D. Meteorology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1987. Numerical Cloud Physics Dissertation: A theoretical investigation of the collection of aerosol particles by falling snow crystals

Professional Experience

  • 1998 -present, Staff Scientist and Hydroclimate Group Leader, Earth Sciences Division, Berkeley National Laboratory, CA.
  • 2006 – present, Adjunct Professor, Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley, CA.
  • 2000 – present, Adjunct Professor, Hydrology and Water Resources Department, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
  • 1993 -1998, Scientist, Atmospheric Sciences Division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, CA.
  • July 1997 Visiting Scholar, Hydrologic Research Center, La Jolla, CA.
  • Nov. 1994, Feb. 1995, Mar. 1996, Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO.
  • 1990 -1992, Research Meteorologist, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Department, Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, IL
  • 1988 -1990, Postdoctoral Appointee, Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry Department, Environmental Research Division, Argonne National Laboratory, IL.
  • 1982 – 1985, Research Specialist, Water Chemistry Program, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

Selected Synergistic Activities

  • Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change  (1995 – present) Author and Expert Reviewer
  • U.S. Global Change Research Program Assessment Reports 2001 Author
  • California Assessment Report 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008
  • California Energy Commission Climate Change Panel and Science Advisor
  • California Department of Water Resources Climate Change Panel and Technical Advisory Committee for the State Water Plan
  • SF Public Utilities Commission Climate and Water Committee
  • NASA Climate and Hydrology Committee Member
  • Group on Earth Observations Working Group on Water
  • Earth System Science Partnership, Bioenergy and Earth Sustainability Working Group


  • Geography 171 – Special Topics in Geography, Climates of the World, Spring 2010 (Scheduled)
  • Geography 191 – Directed Independent Study, Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis, Spring 2009
  • Geography 144 – Principals of Meteorology, Fall 2008
  • Geography 257 – Special Topics in Climatology, Dynamic Climatology, Spring 2006, 2007

Post Doctoral Researchers

Present: Alan Di Vitorrio, Yan Bao

Past: Hatim Sharif, Kathy Bashford, Mauro Casadei, Sue Cook, Jiming Jin, Jinfan Duan, Phaedon Kyriakidis, Frederico Maggi, Chanhui Gu

Co-Advised Graduate Students

Present: PhD; Nicole Schlegel, Raj Singh PhD; Levi Brekke, Giacomo Bertoldi, Maoyi Huang, Keven Dressler, MS: Ryan Eldridge, S Zhang, Nuria Ortiz