Alumni Bibliographies

Publications by Sloan Coats

This citation list is intended to list papers published while the author was on staff at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. It may include papers before or after that period if another GISS researcher was a co-author.


Coats, S., and J.S. Mankin, 2016: The challenge of accurately quantifying future megadrought risk in the American Southwest. Geophys. Res. Lett., no. 17, 9225-9233, doi:10.1002/2016GL070445.

Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, R. Seager, E.R. Cook, and K.J. Anchukaitis, 2016: Internal ocean-atmosphere variability drives megadroughts in Western North America. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, no. 18, 9886-9894, doi:10.1002/2016GL070105.

Cook, B.I., E.R. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, A.P. Williams, S. Coats, D.W. Stahle, and J. Villanueva Díaz, 2016: North American megadroughts in the Common Era: Reconstructions and simulations. WIREs Clim. Change, 7, no. 3, 411-432, doi:10.1002/wcc.394.

Smerdon, J.E., S. Coats, and T.R. Ault, 2016: Model-dependent spatial skill in pseudoproxy experiments testing climate field reconstruction methods for the Common Era. Clim. Dyn., 46, no. 5, 1921-1942, doi:10.1007/s00382-015-2684-0.


Coats, S., 2015: Paleoclimate Model-Data Comparisons of Hydroclimate over North America with a Focus on Megadroughts. Ph.D. thesis. Columbia University.

Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, D. Griffin, and B.I. Cook, 2015: Winter-to-summer precipitation phasing in southwestern North America: A multi-century perspective from paleoclimatic model-data comparisons. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 120, no. 16, 8052-8064, doi:10.1002/2015JD023085.

Coats, S., B.I. Cook, J.E. Smerdon, and R. Seager, 2015: North American pan-continental droughts in model simulations of the last millennium. J. Climate, 28, no. 5, 2025-2043, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00634.1.

Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, and R. Seager, 2015: Are simulated megadroughts in the North American Southwest forced? J. Climate, 28, no. 1, 124-142, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-14-00071.1.


Cook, B.I., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, and S. Coats, 2014: Global warming and 21st century drying. Clim. Dyn., 43, no. 9-10, 2607-2627, doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2075-y.


Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, B.I. Cook, and R. Seager, 2013: Stationarity of the tropical Pacific teleconnection to North America in CMIP5/PMIP3 model simulations. Geophys. Res. Lett., 40, 4927-4932, doi:10.1002/grl.50938.

Coats, S., J.E. Smerdon, R. Seager, B.I. Cook, and J.F. González-Rouco, 2013: Megadroughts in Southwestern North America in millennium-length ECHO-G simulations and their comparison to proxy drought reconstructions. J. Climate, 26, 7635-7649, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00603.1.

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