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Daniel E. Horton

Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. Geological Sciences; University of Michigan
B.S. Atmospheric Science; Texas A&M University
B.S. Physics; Tulane University
Curriculum Vitae


Professor Horton leads the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) at Northwestern University. The CCRG uses numerical models, environmental observations, statistical analyses, and machine learning techniques to ask questions pertinent to Earth’s (and other planets’) climates. The CCRG studies an array of subjects across diverse spatiotemporal scales, including (i) extreme weather events, (ii) near-term meteorological, societal, and public health impacts of anthropogenic climate change, (iii) the co-benefits and tradeoffs of green infrastructure and transportation initiatives, (iv) the evolution of Earth’s climate system through geologic time, and (v) the potential habitability of planets outside of our solar system.


EARTH 102: First-year writing seminar: Sustainability and Social Justice
EARTH 340: Physics of Weather & Climate
EARTH 343: Earth System Modeling
EARTH 450: Advanced Topics in Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications

C.W. Callahan, J.L. Schnell & D.E. Horton (2019) Multi-index attribution of extreme winter air quality in Beijing, China, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheresdoi:10.1029/2018JD029738

J.L. Schnell, V. Naik, L.W. Horowitz, F. Paulot, P. Ginoux, M. Zhao & D.E. Horton (2019) Air quality impacts from the electrification of light-duty passenger vehicles in the United States, Atmospheric Environmentdoi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.04.003

K.N. Braun, E.J. Theuerkauf, A.L. Masterson, B.B. Curry & D.E. Horton (2019) Modeling organic carbon loss from a rapidly eroding freshwater coastal wetland, Scientific Reports, doi:10.1038/s41598-019-40855-5

H. Chen, E.T. Wolf, S. Domagal-Goldman, R. Kopparapu & D.E. Horton (2018) Biosignature anisotropy modeled on temperate tidally locked M-dwarf planets, Astrophysical Journal Letters, doi:10.3847/2041-8213/aaedb2

D.L. Swain, D. Singh, D.E. Horton, J.S. Mankin, T.C. Ballard & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2017) Remote linkages to anomalous winter atmospheric ridging over the northeastern Pacific, Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheresdoi:10.1002/2017JD026575

N.S. Diffenbaugh, D. Singh, J.S. Mankin, D.E. Horton, D.L. Swain, D. Touma, A. Charland, Y. Liu, M. Haugen, M. Tsiang & B. Rajaratnam (2017) Quantifying the influence of global warming on unprecedented extreme climate events, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, doi:10.1073/pnas.1618082114

D.E. Horton, N.C. Johnson, D. Singh, D.L. Swain, B. Rajaratnam & N.S. Diffenbaugh (2015) Contribution of changes in atmospheric circulation patterns to extreme temperature trends, Naturedoi:10.1038/nature14550

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