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Prof Pierre Friedlingstein

Chair, Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems


Telephone: 01392 725279

Extension: (Streatham) 5279

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein is a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit recipient, he holds a Chair in Mathematical Modelling of the Climate System at the University of Exeter. His research interests are in the field of global biogeochemical cycles and their interaction with the climate system.

More specifically, he is interested in the role biogeochemical cycles in the climate system over time scales ranging from glacial interglacial to future IPCC-like projections. For future climate projections, he identified to positive feedback between climate change and carbon cycle and developed a mathematical framework for climate-carbon feedbacks analysis. He is also involved in develompent and evaluation of land surface models  (JULES) and inclusion in Earth System Models.

He is co-chair of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Grand Challenge on Carbon Feedbacks in the climate system. He also co-coordinates the coupled climate carbon cycle intercomparison project (C4MIP) and the TRENDY land carbon simulations for the Global Carbon Project.

He is member of the Working Group on Climate Modelling (WGCM) of WCRP. He has been actively involved in climate assessment through his participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1994. He was lead author for the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report for both Working group I and for the Synthesis Report.


Full publication list available here


Selected Recent Publications :

  1. Peters GP,  LeQuéré C, Andrew RM, Canadell JG, Friedlingstein P, Ilyina T, Jackson RB, Joos F, Kosbakken JI, McKinley GA, Sitch S, Tans P (2017), Towards real-time verification of CO2 emissions, Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/s41558-017-0013-9.

  2. Millar, R., Fuglestvedt, JS, Friedlingstein, P, Rogelj J, Grubb MJ, Matthews HD, Skeie RB, Forster PM, Frame DJ, Allen MR, Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5 C (2017) Nature Geosciences, DOI: 10.1038/NGEO3031

  3. Ballantyne, A, Smith, W, Anderegg, W, Kauppi, P, Sarmiento, J, Tans, P, Shevliakova, E, Pan, Y, Poulter, B, Anav, A, Friedlingstein, P, Houghton, R, Running, S (2017) Accelerating net terrestrial carbon uptake during the warming hiatus due to reduced respiration, Nature Climate Change, 7, DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3204

  4. Jung, M; Reichstein, M; Schwalm, CR; Huntingford, C; Sitch, S; Ahlstrom, A; Arneth, A; Camps-Valls, G; Ciais, P; Friedlingstein, P; Gans, F; Ichii, K; Ain, AKJ; Kato, E; Papale, D; Ben Poulter,; Raduly, B; Rodenbeck, C; Tramontana, G; Viovy, N; Wang, YP; Weber, U; Zaehle, S; Zeng, N (2017) Compensatory water effects link yearly global land CO2 sink changes to temperature, Nature 541, DOI10.1038/nature20780

  5. Li, W; Ciais, P; Wang, YL; Peng, SS; Broquet, G; Ballantyne, AP; Canadell, JG; Cooper, L; Friedlingstein, P; Le Quere, C; Myneni, RB; Peters, GP; Piao, SL; Pongratz, J (2016), Reducing uncertainties in decadal variability of the global carbon budget with multiple datasets, PNAS, 113, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1603956113

  6. Wenzel S., Cox PM, Eyring V, and Friedlingstein P (2016) Projected land photosynthesis constrained by changes in the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, Nature, doi:10.1038/nature19772

  7. Hallegatte, S., Rogelj, J., Allen, M., Clarke, L., Edenhofer, O., Field, C. B., Friedlingstein, P., et al. (2016) Mapping the climate change challenge. Nature Climate Change 6, 663-668, doi:10.1038/nclimate3057

  8. Zhu, Z., Piao, S., Myneni, R. B., Huang, M., Zeng, Z., Canadell, J. G., Ciais, P., Sitch, S., Friedlingstein, P., et al. (2016) Greening of the Earth and its drivers. Nature Climate Change, doi:10.1038/nclimate3004

  9. Tian H., Lu, C., Ciais, P., Michalak, A.M., Canadell, J.G., Saikawa, E., Huntzinger, D.N., Gurney, K.R., Sitch, S., Zhang, B., Yang, J., Bousquet, P., Bruhwiler, L., Chen, G., Dlugokencky, E., Friedlingstein, P., et al. (2016) The terrestrial biosphere as a net source of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere. Nature, 531, doi:10.1038/nature16946

  10. Rogelj, J., Schaeffer, M., Friedlingstein, et al. (2016). Differences between carbon budget estimates unravelled. Nature Climate Change, 6, doi:10.1038/nclimate2868

  11. Jones, CD., Arora, V., Friedlingstein, P., Bopp L, Brovkin V, Dunne, J., Graven, H., Hoffman, F., Ilyina, T., John, J.G., Jung, M., Kawamiya, M., Koven, C., Pongratz, J., Raddatz, T., Randerson, J.T., Zaehle, S. (2016) C4MIP-The Coupled Climate-Carbon Cycle Model Intercomparison Project: Experimental protocol for CMIP6. Geoscientific Model Development, 9 (8), pp. 2853-2880.

  12. Friedlingstein, P. (2015). Carbon cycle feedbacks and future climate change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 373(2054). doi:10.1098/rsta.2014.0421

  13. Smith, P., Davis, S. J., Creutzig, F., Fuss, S., Minx, J., Gabrielle, B., Kato, E., Jackson, R.B., Cowie, A., Kriegler, E., van Vuuren, D.P; Rogelj, J., Ciais, P., Milne, J., Canadell, J.G., McCollum, D., Peters, G., Andrew, R., Krey, V., Shrestha, G., Friedlingstein, P et al.(2016). Biophysical and economic limits to negative CO2 emissions. Nature Climate Change, 6(1), 42-50. doi:10.1038/nclimate2870

  14. Peters, G. P., Andrew, R. M., Solomon, S.,  Friedlingstein, P. (2015). Measuring a fair and ambitious climate agreement using cumulative emissions. Environmental Research letters, 10(10). doi:10.1088/1748-9326/10/10/105004

  15. Ahlström A., M.R. Raupach, G. Schurgers, B. Smith, A. Arneth, M. Jung, M. Reichstein, J.G. Canadell, P. Friedlingstein, et al. (2015). The dominant role of semi-arid ecosystems in the trend and variability of the land CO2 sink. Science, 348, 895-899.

  16. Friedlingstein, P, Andrew RM, Rogelj J., Peters GP, Canadell JG, Knutti R, Luderer G, Raupach MR, Schaeffer M, vanVuuren DP, LeQuéré C, (2014) Persistent growth of CO2 emissions and implications for reaching climate targets. Nature Geoscience, 7, 709–715, (2014), doi:10.1038/ngeo2248

  17. Friedlingstein, P., Meinshausen, M., Arora, V.K., Jones, C.D., Anav, A., Liddicoat, S.K., Knutti, R. (2014) Uncertainties in CMIP5 Climate Projections due to Carbon Cycle Feedbacks. J.Climate, 27, 511-526, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI-D-12-00579.1

  18. Cox, PM, Pearson, D, Booth, BB, Friedlingstein, P, et al. (2013) Sensitivity of tropical carbon to climate change constrained by carbon dioxide variability, Nature, 494, 341-344, 10.1038/nature11882.

  19. Friedlingstein, P, Solomon S, Plattner, GK, Knutti R, Ciais P, Raupach, MR, (2011) Long-term climate implications of twenty-first century options for carbon dioxide emission mitigation, Nature Climate Change, 1, 457-461.

  20. Friedlingstein, P., R. A. Houghton, G. Marland, J. Hackler, T. A. Boden, T. J. Conway, J. G. Canadell, M. R. Raupach, P. Ciais and C. Le Quéré , Update on CO2 emissions, Nature Geoscience, 3, 811-812, 2010.

  21. Solomon, S. R. Knutti, G.K. Plattner, and P. Friedlingstein, 2009, Irreversible Climate Change Due To Carbon Dioxide Emissions, PNAS, 106, 1704-1709.

  22. Friedlingstein, P., et al.  2006, Climate -carbon cycle feedback analysis, results from the C4MIP model intercomparison, J. Climate, 19, 3337-3353.