Professor Peter Cox

Peter Cox is "Professor of Climate System Dynamics" at the University of Exeter and theme leader for "Climate Change and Sustainable Futures".  Until September 2006, Prof Cox was the Science Director - Climate Change at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and prior to that he was at the Hadley Centre for Climate prediction and Research (1990-2004). His research interests include land-atmosphere interactions, climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, non-equilibrium climate thermodynamics and model-data fusion.

Professor Mat Collins

Mat Collins is Associate Professor in Exeter Climate Systems. He was previously the Manager of Ensemble Climate Prediction at the Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) in the period 2003-10. His research interests are in quantifying uncertainty and probabilistic climate prediction, seasonal to decadal climate predictability and prediction and in understanding climate variability and change (especially associated with El Niño). He is a member of the International CLIVAR Pacific Implementation Panel and is serving as a Coordinating Lead Author on the IPCC AR5.

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein

Professor Pierre Friedlingstein is Chair in Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems. His research interests are in the field of the global carbon cycle and global biogeochemical cycles.

More specifically, he is interested in the interactions between the climate system and the biogeochemical cycles over time scales ranging from glacial-interglacial to future IPCC-like projections. For future climate projections, he was part of a team that identified a positive feedback between climate change and the carbon cycle. He coordinates the coupled climate carbon cycle intercomparison project (C4MIP), which is sponsored by both the International Geosphere Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). ­ He is actively involved in climate assessment through his participation in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1994. He is lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.

Professor Jim Haywood

Jim Haywood is a Professor of Atmospheric Science. His interests include in-situ and remote sensing measurements of atmospheric aerosols and modelling their impacts upon weather, air-quality, visibility and climate. Jim has led many aircraft-based measurement campaigns investigating the impacts of Saharan dust over West Africa, biomass burning smoke over West and South Africa, and pollution aerosols over Europe. Modelling work that Jim has performed includes assessment of the climate impact of various different anthropogenic and natural aerosols, modelling the impact of volcanic eruptions, and the impacts of hypothetical schemes to counter global warming. Jim has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature including publications in Science, Nature, and Reviews of Geophysics and he has received a number of international commendations and awards for his work. Jim has been an author of the IPCC Scientific Assessment Reports since 2001

Dr Hugo Lambert

Hugo Lambert is interested in understanding large scale climate and climate change. He has worked on simple models of global precipitation, land-sea temperature change contrast and climatic response to radiative forcing. He also has substantial experience of running numerical general circulation models and climate change attribution work.

Dr Margriet Groenendijk

Margriet Groenendijk joined Exeter Climate systems in June 2011 as an associate research fellow on the NERC funded HYDRA project, which is about constraining the response of the hydrological cycle, land surface and regional weather to global change. The focus of her research is to use observations to constrain different processes important in the hydrological cycle, for instance the transpiration and photosynthesis of vegetation.

Previously I worked in the Netherlands as a researcher hydrology at Alterra, Wageningen University and later at VU University of Amsterdam as a PhD student in ecohydrology. My PhD thesis attempts to improve the understanding of vegetation representation in global land surface schemes. With the widely used photosynthesis model of Farquhar and the Fluxnet and MODIS databases, I evaluated the use of plant functional types, upscaling with leaf area index from leaf to ecosystem scale and the significance of the water use efficiency on the global scale.

Dr David Long

Dr David Long is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Exeter working on the NERC funded PAGODA project. PAGODA aims to increase confidence in model projections of the hydrological cycle on global-to-regional scales through process-based detection, attribution and prediction. David is also working with members of the Met Office large scale dynamics group on improving the physical representation of gravity waves within the Unified Model.

Dr Catherine Luke

Catherine Luke is developing a Land Surface Data Assimilation system based on the JULES model, making use of Earth Observation data. Her research interests include land surface modelling and data assimilation, with particular emphasis on the use of Earth Observation data. She works with the ADJULES Land Surface Data Assimilation system, which uses an adjoint modelling approach to improve estimates of JULES internal parameters. A recent focus is the use of satellite-derived vegetation estimates to improve modelling of vegetation seasonality.

Dr Federica Maria Pacifico

Federica is an associate research fellow and her main interest is studying and modelling the terrestrial biosphere and its interactions with the atmosphere and climate.

She works on implementing a fire model (Prentice et al., 2011, Global Biogeochem. Cycles) into the LPX land-surface model (Sitch et al., 2003, Global Change Biol.) in order study the feedbacks between wildfire, vegetation and atmosphere for past, present and future climate conditions.

She is also involved in the European project COMBINE ( to study the biophysical and biochemical feedbacks of land use in past and future climate conditions.

Dr Rebecca Oliver

Dr Alejandro Marti-Donati