Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Linda Sohl


Linda Sohl's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 212.678.5644
Org Code: 611
Mail Code 611
New York, NY 10025

Brief Bio

Dr. Linda Sohl is a "planet systems" scientist, with a background in sedimentary geology and paleoclimatology. Her research focuses on using NASA’s exoplanetary global climate model, the ROCKE-3D GCM, to expand upon our knowledge of past habitable phases of Earth and Mars as inferred from the geologic record. She is especially interested in understanding the climate processes of extreme cold environments like Snowball Earth, identifying the impacts of those conditions on the evolution and distribution of more complex life, and figuring out what all that might mean for the existence of life on worlds on the outer edges of their star system’s habitable zone.



2023. "The hydrological cycle and ocean circulation of the Maritime Continent in the Pliocene: results from PlioMIP2." Climate of the Past 19 (10): 2053-2077 [10.5194/cp-19-2053-2023] [Journal Article/Letter]

2023. "Unraveling the mechanisms and implications of a stronger mid-Pliocene Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) in PlioMIP2." Climate of the Past 19 (1): 61-85 [10.5194/cp-19-61-2023] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "CAMEMBERT: A Mini-Neptunes General Circulation Model Intercomparison, Protocol Version 1.0.A CUISINES Model Intercomparison Project." The Planetary Science Journal 3 (11): 261 [10.3847/psj/ac9dfe] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "The TRAPPIST-1 Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI). I. Dry Cases—The Fellowship of the GCMs." The Planetary Science Journal 3 (9): 211 [10.3847/psj/ac6cf0] [Journal Article/Letter]

2022. "Mid-Pliocene El Niño/Southern Oscillation suppressed by Pacific intertropical convergence zone shift." Nature Geoscience 15 (9): 726-734 [10.1038/s41561-022-00999-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Evaluating the large-scale hydrological cycle response within the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project Phase 2 (PlioMIP2) ensemble." Clim. Past 17 (6): 2537–2558 [10.5194/cp-17-2537-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Reduced El Niño variability in the mid-Pliocene according to the PlioMIP2 ensemble." Climate of the Past 17 (6): 2427-2450 [10.5194/cp-17-2427-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Mid-Pliocene West African Monsoon rainfall as simulated in the PlioMIP2 ensemble." Climate of the Past 17 (4): 1777-1794 [10.5194/cp-17-1777-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "TRAPPIST Habitable Atmosphere Intercomparison (THAI) Workshop Report." The Planetary Science Journal 2 (3): 106 [10.3847/psj/abf4df] [Journal Article/Letter]

2021. "Mid-Pliocene Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation simulated in PlioMIP2." Climate of the Past 17 (1): 529-543 [10.5194/cp-17-529-2021] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "Evaluation of Arctic warming in mid-Pliocene climate simulations." Climate of the Past 16 (6): 2325-2341 [10.5194/cp-16-2325-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2020. "The Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project Phase 2: large-scale climate features and climate sensitivity." Climate of the Past 16 (6): 2095-2123 [10.5194/cp-16-2095-2020] [Journal Article/Letter]

2017. "Resolving Orbital and Climate Keys of Earth and Extraterrestrial Environments with Dynamics (ROCKE-3D) 1.0: A General Circulation Model for Simulating the Climates of Rocky Planets." The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 231 (1): 12 [10.3847/1538-4365/aa7a06] [Journal Article/Letter]

2016. "Was Venus the first habitable world of our solar system?." Geophysical Research Letters 43 (16): 8376-8383 [10.1002/2016gl069790] [Journal Article/Letter]

2015. "Using results from the PlioMIP ensemble to investigate the Greenland Ice Sheet during the warm Pliocene." Clim. Past 11 403-424 [doi:10.5194/cp-11-403-2015] [Journal Article/Letter]

2014. "Evaluating the dominant components of warming in Pliocene climate simulations." Climate of the Past 10 (1): 79-90 [10.5194/cp-10-79-2014] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Simulations of the mid-Pliocene Warm Period using two versions of the NASA/GISS ModelE2-R Coupled Model." Geosci. Model Dev. 6 (2): 517-531 [10.5194/gmd-6-517-2013] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Sea Surface Temperature of the mid-Piacenzian Ocean: A Data-Model Comparison." Sci. Rep. 3 [10.1038/srep02013] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Large-scale features of Pliocene climate: results from the Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project." Climate of the Past 9 (1): 191-209 [10.5194/cp-9-191-2013] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Challenges in quantifying Pliocene terrestrial warming revealed by data–model discord." Nature Climate change 3 (11): 969-974 [10.1038/nclimate2008] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Mid-Pliocene East Asian monsoon climate simulated in the PlioMIP." Climate of the Past 9 (5): 2085-2099 [10.5194/cp-9-2085-2013] [Journal Article/Letter]

2013. "Mid-pliocene Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation not unlike modern." Climate of the Past 9 (4): 1495-1504 [10.5194/cp-9-1495-2013] [Journal Article/Letter]

2011. "Teleconnections in a warmer climate: the pliocene perspective." Clim Dyn 37 (9-10): 1869-1887 [10.1007/s00382-010-0976-y] [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "The PRISM3D paleoenvironmental reconstruction." Stratigraphy 7 123-139 [Journal Article/Letter]

2010. "Pliocene Model Intercomparison Project (PlioMIP): experimental design and boundary conditions (Experiment 1)." Geosci. Model Dev. 3 (1): 227-242 [10.5194/gmd-3-227-2010] [Journal Article/Letter]

2009. "Impact of a permanent El Niño (El Padre) and Indian Ocean Dipole in warm Pliocene climates." Paleoceanography 24 (2): PA2221 [10.1029/2008PA001682] [Journal Article/Letter]

2008. "Paleomagnetism and detrital zircon geochronology of the Upper Vindhyan Sequence, Son Valley and Rajasthan, India: A ca 1000 Ma closure age for the Purana Basins?." Precambrian Research 164 (3-4): 137-159 [10.1016/j.precamres.2008.04.004] [Journal Article/Letter]

2003. "Neoproterozoic stratigraphic comparison of the Lesser Himalaya (India) and Yangtze block (south China): Paleogeographic implications." Geology 31 (10): 917-920 [10.1130/G19790.1] [Journal Article/Letter]

2000. "Climate forcings and the initiation of low-latitude ice sheets during the Neoproterozoic Varanger glacial interval." J. Geophys. Res. 105 (D16): 20737-20756 [10.1029/2000JD900221] [Journal Article/Letter]


2009. "PRISM3/GISS Topographic Reconstruction." USGS Data Series 419 [Report]