Biography

I joined the Climatic Research Unit in 1982, where I am now a Senior Research Fellow as well as the Unit’s Research and Administration Manager. My current research interests focus on the development and use of regional climate change projections, particularly with respect to extreme events and the representation of uncertainty. Thus I work at the interface between climate modellers and users of climate information – where communication, particularly with decision makers and policy makers (as well as researchers modelling the impacts of climate change), is increasingly important. I also have a longstanding interest in Mediterranean climate.

My earlier practical experience of investigating past climate change and variability and links with atmospheric circulation, as well as statistical downscaling from the coarser global climate model scale to the higher spatial scales relevant for users, provides a valuable context for many of my ongoing research projects and activities.  These focus on the use of regional climate information in impacts, adaptation and vulnerability assessments for a number of different sectors including health (e.g., work for the World Health Organisation), agriculture, tourism, renewable energy, and the built environment and infrastructure.  I have co-ordinated and worked on many major UK and European climate change projects, together with projects focused on South America and the Caribbean.

Having worked on climate change scenarios and with users of these scenarios over a couple of decades, I am well placed to play a leading role in the current development of climate services, for example through the Global Framework for Climate Services.  Since October 2012, I was a Co-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme's Working Group on Regional Climate whose responsibilities include overseeing the CORDEX international initiative on regional downscaling.  I was a lead author for the IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX - published in 2012) and a contributing author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report from Working Group 1 (Chapter 9 on model evaluation).  

Current projects focus on the development of climate services for the renewable energy sector and on the development of climate and health country profiles for the World Health Organisation, as well as collaborative work on sustainable and healthy cities.

Some of my research is highlighted in this UEA Infographic.

Academic Background

  • Senior Research Fellow, Climatic Research Unit, UEA.
  • From 2004 (30% of full-time appointment): Research and administration manager, Climatic Research Unit, UEA.
  • From 1987 (70% of full-time since 2004): Senior Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, UEA.
  • 1982 - 1987: Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, UEA. 

Additional Contacts

Fax: +44 (0)1603 591327

 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences.  However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

 

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