Carol Anne Clayson

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI)

Senior Scientist and Associate Director of Research Strategies

Dr. Clayson is the Associate Director for Research Strategy and a Senior Scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She studies air-sea interactions and impacts on weather, climate, and offshore energy. Her extensive national and international science panel service includes co-chair of the Climate Panel for the NASA Decadal Survey, the National Research Council’s Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and the American Meteorological Society’s Council. Dr. Clayson is the recipient of multiple awards including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President Clinton. She has authored or co-authored over 60 journal articles and two books on air-sea boundary layers and numerical modeling. Dr. Clayson has spoken frequently on public-private partnerships and policy issues to groups such as the Council on Foreign Relationships and the Economist’s World Ocean Summits. She has authored papers regarding the role of ocean/atmosphere science and climate policy, including a recent G7 publication, and has briefed U.S. Congressional staff on the ocean-climate connection and climate risk assessment. She consults for corporate executive boards on ESG issues. Dr. Clayson holds a BS in Physics from Brigham Young University, and MS and PhD degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado.

Sessions With Carol Anne Clayson

Tuesday, 8 March

  • 03:00pm - 03:30pm (CST) / 08/mar/2022 09:00 pm - 08/mar/2022 09:30 pm

    Natural Carbon Sinks: Plants, Oceans, Soil

    Agribusiness & Biofuels Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    New breakthroughs in understanding and harnessing the carbon sink potential in agricultural products, plant biology and in the protection and cultivation of ocean resources could be the “next frontier” opportunity for addressing climate change. This session will compare and contrast the potential impact of emerging developments in these areas. What innovative approaches could rebalance the carbon footprint of the Agriculture industry and what has to happen at the farm level to make this happen? What are the latest scientific developments to harness the carbon absorbing qualities of plants ? What is the potential for this science to impact climate change? What are the key areas of research which offer carbon-reducing potential from oceans? What are the potential commercial openings which could develop from breakthroughs in these areas?

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 04:30pm - 05:10pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 10:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 11:10 pm

    Voices of Innovation: Carol Anne Clayson

    Innovation & Technology

    A revolution is underway in ocean and climate science. New technology is making possible new discoveries that will help shape the future health of the ocean—and our planet. Join this VOI I with Carol Anne Clayson, a pioneering physical oceanographer at the forefront of understanding the climate-ocean system, satellite remote sensing and ocean modeling. Learn about her remarkable journey from her home in the Rocky Mountains to becoming a Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the world’s premier ocean research organization. Hear how she uses new observations and modeling to investigate the complex interactions between Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate. What has science revealed about the drivers of sea level rise, the transfer of heat between the ocean and atmosphere, and the role of the ocean’s “twilight zone” in global climate? Join us and find out.