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Dr Matthew Priestley

Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 722251

Extension: (Streatham) 2251

I am a Post-doctoral Researcher based within Exeter Climate Systems and part of the Emergence Project. My current research focus is on the representation of extratropical cyclones and the mid-latitude storm tracks in climate models and how they, and their associated impacts, will be impacted by climate change. This research utilises the new CMIP6 ensemble of models and a focal point of my work is also on the evaluation of the CMIP6 models and the reason for any biases in their simulation of the storm tracks.

My main research interests are:

  • Extratropical cyclones and structures
  • Storm tracks
  • Extreme wind and precipitation events
  • Model representation and biases 
  • Large-scale dynamics and event drivers


My previous research was undertaken at the University of Reading and focussed on the clustering of extratropical cyclones over the North Atlantic and western Europe, and the role of these events on windstorm losses across Europe. A central aim of this work was to investigate the dynamical drivers of these events and the relative roles of large-scale atmospheric features and secondary cyclogenesis. This was work conducted in collaboration with Aon Impact Forecasting


If you wish to discuss any research ideas with me please email me -

My Google Scholar profile is available here

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