Paul Charbonneau

HAO welcomes one of its newest affiliate scientists, Dr. Paul Charbonneau, who is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Solar Physics at the Physics Department of the University of Montreal. He is well known at HAO, having been an NCAR ladder-track scientist until 2002 when he took up his present position in Canada. Paul leads and conducts research in the dynamo mechanism underlying the Sun’s magnetic activity cycle. In recent years he and his students and associates have developed ground-breaking solar dynamo simulations that succeed in demonstrating the reversing magnetic polarity observed in the Sun’s own activity cycle.

Paul Charbonneau
Paul Charbonneau

During Paul’s affiliate scientist appointment, he is contributing to NCAR’s and HAO’s imperative activity to provide capabilities for more accurate prediction and attribution of changes in solar output, and to HAO’s Frontier program II (impacts on space climate of solar variability on decadal time scales) and Frontier program IV (linking dynamo models to simulations of flux emergence). He will be working with a number of people in HAO including Mark Miesch, Scott McIntosh, and Michael Thompson on investigations in line with the above strategic priorities.

Married and the happy father of two wonderful boys, Paul’s family enjoys outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking, mountaineering/climbing, and kayaking. He also pursues cross-country running, weightlifting, and Tae Kwon Do.

Position: 
Affiliate Scientist