Oceanic dynamics are one of the keys to understanding climate variability and change. Oceanographer LuAnne Thompson uses climate models along with satellite observations to untangle the role that the ocean plays in moving and storing heat and chemicals in the climate system. She is the Director of the Program on Climate Change at UW. She leads the Graduate Certificate in Climate Science where she encourages the next generation of climate scientists to be adept at communicating not only among climate science disciplines but also to audiences outside of the UW. She has been deeply involved in building interdisciplinary collaborations across campus around the challenges that climate change will bring to natural and human systems.