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Daniel Horton

Assistant Professor, of Earth and Planetary Sciences and (by courtesy) Civil and Environmental Engineering


2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

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Climate Change Research Group


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D. Geological Sciences; University of Michigan

B.S. Atmospheric Science; Texas A&M University

B.S. Physics; Tulane University

Research Interests

Professor Horton leads the Climate Change Research Group (CCRG) at Northwestern University. The CCRG investigates Earth’s climate system and its interaction with human and natural systems across diverse spatiotemporal scales. Topics explored include (i) extreme weather events, (ii) near-term meteorological, societal, and public health impacts of anthropogenic climate change, and (iii) the evolution of Earth’s climate system through geologic time. To address this diversity of topics and explore the interactions of Earth’s atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere the CCRG uses a wide-range of research tools, including environmental observations, numerical models, statistical analyses, and machine learning.

Courses Taught

  • EARTH 102: Freshman writing seminar: Sustainability and Social Justice
  • EARTH 340: Atmospheric Physics & Weather
  • EARTH 343: Earth System Modeling