Harvard, 1965; M.A., 1966; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
In 1992, Cane received the Sverdrup Gold Medal of the American Meteorological Society. Cane built the first prediction models of El Niño (with S.E. Zebiak). His research interests include the building of numerical ocean models, equatorial dynamics, El Niño, air-sea interactions and global climate issues. Questions of particular interest include: Why are there deserts? Can we predict drought in Northeast Brazil? How did the deep ocean change during the last glacial maximum? How will it change in the next 100 years? Does it matter for the creatures at the earth's surface? Can we make a numerical ocean model that is consistent with data? Can we observe the surface winds from space - or any other way?
Cane's publications include "Experimental forecasts of El Niño," Nature (1968, with S.E. Zebiak and S. Dolan); "Tropical Pacific ENSO models: ENSO as a mode of the coupled system," in Climate System Modeling (1993, K. Trenberth, ed.); and "Forecasting Maize Yield in Zimbabwe with Eastern Equatorial Pacific Sea Surface Temperature," Nature (1994, with G. Eshel, R.W. Buckland).