James Hurrell became director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in September 2013. His research includes analyzing observations and computer modeling to better understand climate variability and global warming. He is particularly interested in understanding the interaction between human-induced global warming and natural climate patterns such as El Niño and the North Atlantic Oscillation. He also focuses on predicting regional climate change over the next few decades. Hurrell has participated in the assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) the organization that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.