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I am a Reader in the Climatic Research Unit, part of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., where I have worked since 1990. Initially I was a Research Associate until I successfully completed my Ph.D. thesis in October 1995 (entitled "Internally-generated variability in some ocean models on decadal to millennial timescales" [abstract] and supervised by Professor Tom Wigley). Then I was a Senior Research Associate for 10 years, undertaking a wide range of climate research, supervision of research students and management of research projects. From 2005-2010 I held an RCUK Academic Fellowship, allowing me to continue carrying out scientific research into various aspects of the global climate system, while also contributing to the teaching of undergraduate and masters students and supervising the research of postgraduate students.
My research interests cover the fields of natural climate variability (particularly that driven by changes in the thermohaline circulation of the ocean [info], related to the North Atlantic Oscillation [info], or forced by natural external factors [info] [info]), as observed, modelled and recorded in climate proxies (particularly tree-rings [info]); uncertainties in observational records; and the climatology of daily precipitation (including the influence of the spatial scale under consideration and relationships with atmospheric circulation) [info].
My activities and responsibilities
Information about some of the things I do is given below or at the links at the top of the page.
National and international roles
Publishing, editing and reviewing
I supervise some of the Unit's students.
I teach on a number of the School of Environmental Science's courses. Some of my lecture notes and powerpoint slides are available here.
Some of my students and postdocs use the UK Met Office's Unified Model (a general circulation model of the climate system). Information about using the Unified Model at UEA is available here on the UEA Blackboard site. To access these pages, you need to be registered for Blackboard and you need to be added to the list of "Met Office UM" course participants.
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