CRESCENDO team members at the 2016 General Assembly in Rome, 27-29 Sept.

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Team Members

CRESCENDO's Team Members

  • Colin Jones
    CRESCENDO Project Coordinator
    National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS), based at Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC), UK
    Colin Jones
    CRESCENDO Project Coordinator

    Colin is a Professor in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and a NCAS core scientist. He heads the joint Met Office/NERC UKESM project. In his role as head of the UKESM project he is based at the Met Office in Exeter where the bulk of the UKESM core group are located. His primary role is to lead development of the next generation of UK Earth system models, with the 1st version of UKESM targeted for application within the WCRP 6th Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6).

  • Alberto Muñoz
    CRESCENDO Project Manager
    National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS), based at Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC), UK
    Alberto Muñoz
    CRESCENDO Project Manager

    Alberto works alongside Colin Jones as the CRESCENDO Project Manager, also based at the Met Office in Exeter. He is a member of the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). Alberto’s background is in Biological Sciences from where he moved to Project Management in 2014 working in a FP7 ITN Project before joining the H2020 Project CRESCENDO.

    Pierre Friedlingstein
    RT1 leader

    Chair in Mathematical Modelling of Climate Systems; he helps make predictions about the future of climate change, by using climate models to look at the interactions between climate and biogeochemical cycles.

  • Parvadha Suntharalingam
    RT1 leader
    University of East Anglia (UEA), UK
    Parvadha Suntharalingam
    RT1 leader

    Parv research at UEA combines my atmospheric and oceanic interests, and focuses on (a) understanding how the processes governing the global cycles of carbon, nitrogen and sulphur may change under changing anthropogenic and environmental conditions, and (b) in evaluating the potential feedbacks on climate. 

  • Victor Brovkin
    WP1 leader
    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPG), Germany
    Victor Brovkin
    WP1 leader

    Victor’s research interests include: Interactions between climate and ecosystems, Biogeophysical feedbacks of landuse on climate, Role of land cover changes in Quaternary climate, and Glacial-interglacial carbon cycle dynamics.

     

  • Laurent Bopp
    WP2 leader
    Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) – CNRS, France
    Laurent Bopp
    WP2 leader

    Laurent’s research interests concern the links between marine biogeochemical cycles, marine ecosystems and climate. His main goal is to understand how biogeochemical cycles (such as the ocean carbon cycle) and marine ecosystems (from phytoplankton to fish) respond to climate change and climate variability. Time scales of interest range from interannual variability to paleoclimate, with a particular emphasis on the reponse to anthropogenic climate change. Laurent’s main research tools are marine biogeochemical and ecosystem models (such as the PISCES model), coupled to Earth System Models (such as the IPSL climate model).

    Fiona O’Connor
    WP3 leader

    Fiona's work aims to gain a better understanding of the sources and sinks of atmospheric methane; the interannual variability of methane emissions and atmospheric concentrations, and the potential feedbacks in the climate system which may affect future concentrations of atmospheric methane. She is also interested in modelling and understanding the role of short-lived atmospheric trace gases, such as ozone and methane, in climate change.

  • Tatiana llyina
    RT2 leader
    Max Plank Institute for Meteorology (MPG), Germany
    Tatiana llyina
    RT2 leader

    Tatiana’s research interests span the areas of marine carbon cycle, its relation to climate and ocean acidification. She has a specific interest in applying and developing models of ocean biogeochemical cycles for stand-alone calculations and/or as components of Earth system models.

    Chris Jones
    RT2 leader

    Chris leads research into vegetation and carbon cycle modelling and their interactions with climate. His areas of expertise include: vegetation and ecosystem modelling, coupled climate-carbon cycle modelling, coupled climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, and assessing the relevance and implications of carbon cycle feedbacks for climate mitigation policy.

  • Sönke Zaehle
    WP4 leader
    Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPG), Germany
    Sönke Zaehle
    WP4 leader

    Soenke’s research interest lies in the quantification of the effects of nutrient limitation (nitrogen & phosphorus) on terrestrial biosphere dynamics (carbon cycling, water and energy balance, vegetation dynamics) and their interactions with the Earth system. His research focuses on the development and application of large-scale process-based terrestrial biosphere models to understand the interactions between land-surface and atmospheric processes. While such models are powerful tools to quantify biophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks mechanisms, they are subject to large uncertainties resulting from incomplete understanding of key processes.

  • Roland Seferian
    WP5 leader
    Centre National de Recherches Météorologiques – Meteo France (MF-CNRM), France
    Roland Seferian
    WP5 leader

    Roland’s research interests focus on: Earth system modelling, modeling of the marine biogeochemistry, understanding the recent variability of the global carbon cycle, and quantifying and understanding the amplitude and the mechanisms of the climate-carbon cycle feedbacks.

  • Ken Carslaw
    WP6 leader
    University of Leeds (UNIVLEEDS), UK
    Ken Carslaw
    WP6 leader

    Ken's research involves modelling of the physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols and the effect on clouds, atmospheric composition and climate. The Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP) is a major advance on previous global models and has been used to study a wide range of aerosol processes in the atmosphere, including new particle formation, marine aerosol, dust emission and transport, and cloud condensation nuclei. GLOMAP is also being used in an Earth System model to study the interactions between aerosol, the oceans and the biosphere from seasonal to palaeo timescales. His research also examines the impact of aerosol on cloud processes and precipitation using advanced numerical models.

  • Veronika Eyring
    RT3 leader, ESMValTool PI
    Institute for Atmospheric Physics (DLR), Germany.
    Veronika Eyring
    RT3 leader, ESMValTool PI

    Veronika is involved in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) through her roles as Chair of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Panel and member of the scientific steering committees for the Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI), the Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM), the WCRP Data Advisory Council's (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team, and the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE)/WGCM Climate Model Metrics Panel.

  • Reto Knutti
    RT3 leader
    Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ETH), Switzerland
    Reto Knutti
    RT3 leader

    Reto’s research and teaching include many topics related to climate change and computer models: long term projections, scenarios, climate targets, climate and carbon cycle feedbacks, uncertainties, model evaluation, model weighting, natural climate variability, detection and attribution, climate sensitivity, ocean heat uptake, extreme events, regional projections, climate services, and more.

  • Alexander Löw
    WP7 leader, ESMValTool developer
    Ludwig Maximilian University (LMU), Germany
    Alexander Löw
    WP7 leader, ESMValTool developer

    Alex’s research interests involve: global energy and water flows, climate modelling and model evaluation, remote sensing (focusing microwave remote sensing), synergy of models and data (data assimilation).

     

    Peter Cox
    WP8 leader

    Peter’s current research interests are: climate-carbon cycle feedbacks, dynamic global vegetation modelling, impact of atmospheric pollutants on ecosystem services, carbon cycle data assimilation, geoengineering, climate tipping points, and maximum entropy production and the Earth system.

  • Bill Collins
    WP9 leader
    University of Reading (UREAD), UK
    Bill Collins
    WP9 leader

    Bill’s research interests include: biogeochemical feedbacks in the Earth System, climate impacts of short-lived climate pollutants, impacts of climate change on air quality, and impacts of ozone and nitrogen deposition on ecosystems.

    Jason Lowe
    RT4 leader

    Jason is Head of Mitigation Advice at the Met Office Hadley Centre and visiting Professor at the University of Reading. His research activities focus on better understanding the issue of potentially dangerous climate changes and the constraints on future pathways of emissions and climate change.

  • Detlef van Vururen
    RT4 leader
    PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL), Netherlands
    Detlef van Vururen
    RT4 leader

    Detlef is a senior researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and a professor in Integrated Assessment of Global Environmental Change at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University. His research concentrates on response strategies to global environmental problems using integrated assessment models and other tools. As such, he participates as part of the IMAGE integrated assessment modelling team.

  • Keywan Riahi
    WP10 leader
    International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Austria
    Keywan Riahi
    WP10 leader

    Keywan’s main research interests are the long-term patterns of technological change and economic development and, in particular, the evolution of the energy system. His present research focuses on energy-related sources of global change, and on future development and response strategies for mitigating adverse environmental impacts, such as global warming and acidification.

  • Till Kuhlbrodt
    WP11 leader
    University of Reading (UREAD), UK
    Till Kuhlbrodt
    WP11 leader

    Till’s main research interests include: Earth System Model development, processes of ocean heat uptake and heat transport within the ocean and their representation in simple climate models, models of the ocean biogeochemistry, eddy-induced transports and wind-driven overturning cells in the Southern Ocean, dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) and its representation in coupled climate models, and the role of vertical mixing as a driver of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).

    Ralf Döscher
    WP12 leader

    Ralf is responsible for global modelling activities and model development, the Swedish representative in ECRA (European Climate Research Initiative), and coordinator of the Swedish FORMAS projektet ADSIMNOR (Advanced Simulation of Arctic Climate Change and Impact on Northern Regions). His interests are on climate change, variability and predictability in the Arktic and Baltic Sea region, coupling and interaction between atmosphere, ocean and sea ice, and coordination and development of the regional coupled climate models RCAO.

  • Stefan Lange
    RT5 leader
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany
    Stefan Lange
    RT5 leader

    Stefan works with Katja Frieler and Douglas Maraun on an improvement of the ISI-MIP bias correction method.

  • Asher Minns
    RT5 leader
    University of East Anglia (UEA), UK
    Asher Minns
    RT5 leader

    Asher is science communicator at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Asher specialises in knowledge transfer of climate change research to audiences that are outside of academia. He has 15 years experience of UK and international environmental sciences research, including ten years as a full-time communicator, and lectures on climate change communication in the UK and abroad.

  • Helena Martins
    WP13 leader
    Rossby Centre, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute.
    Helena Martins
    WP13 leader

    Helena  is employed as a science communicator at the Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute in the Rossby Centre, Sweden. She is there to communicate and disseminate project results, as well as to provide project management and coordination support. She has 15 years of experience working in national and international research projects. Helena has a doctorate in Sciences Applied to the Environment from the University of Aveiro in Portugal. 

  • Sebastien Denvil
    WP14 leader
    Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (IPSL) – CNRS, France
    Sebastien Denvil
    WP14 leader

    Sebastien’s expertise covers: large scale climate cimulations (climate models use quantitative methods to simulate the interactions of the atmosphere, oceans, land surface, and ice), scientific workflow and analysis (those large scale climate model needs parallel computing architecture together with HPC and Big Data infrastructure to provide high-end numerical simulations), and complex and voluminous data and metadata management and analysis (international collaborations are needed to create open-source software and infrastructure that powers the study of climate science.

  • Twan van Noije
    Project member
    Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), Netherlands
    Twan van Noije
    Project member

    Twan’s research focuses on the role of short-lived climate forcers in the Earth's climate system. I develop global models to simulate the chemical composition of the atmosphere in interaction with the physical climate and other components of the Earth system. He uses these models to study the global and regional climate effects of aerosols, tropospheric ozone, and precursor gases.

  • Katja Frieler
    Project member
    Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany
    Katja Frieler
    Project member

    Katja is the head of the PRIMAP group at PIK and leads the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP). Her research is focused on the development of impact emulators allowing for probabilistic projections of climate change impacts and changes in the occurrence of extreme events in terms of global mean temperature change.

  • Simona Massina
    Project member
    Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Italy
    Simona Massina
    Project member

    Simona’s scientific interests focus on the understanding of the ocean role in the global climatic system. Her research activities include the implementation and validation of data assimilation systems in ocean general circulation models. The final aim is to use the ocean analyses in order to understand how the ocean mean state and its variability are correlated with climate changes in particular in the tropical and Euro-Atlantic regions. Another of her interests concerns the study of the feedbacks between physical and biogeochemical processes in the climate system.

  • Valerio Lucarini
    Project member
    University of Reading, UK
    Valerio Lucarini
    Project member

    Valerio's interests are scientific activities in climate dynamics, applied mathematics and statistical physics with a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary activities.

  • Trond Iversen
    Project member
    The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), Norway
    Trond Iversen
    Project member

    Trond’s interests are Earth system modeling, Climate modeling, numerical weather prediction, predictability and aerosols.

  • Christoph Heinze
    Project member
    University of Bergen (UiB), Norway
    Christoph Heinze
    Project member

    Christoph’s interests are modelling of marine biogeochemical cycles, quantifications of the global carbon cycle, simulation and interpretation of the climatic sediment record, and feedbacks between biogeochemistry and climate.

  • Jost von Hardenberg
    Project member
    National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Italy
    Jost von Hardenberg
    Project member

    Jost’s research activities are focused on modeling climate and the fundamental processes which regulate the system earth, particularly geophysical flows, biosphere-climate interactions, the hydrological cycle and the development and application of stochastic precipitation downscaling methods. His current work includes numerical simulations with the EC-Earth global climate model, with applications to the study of climate impacts in the Arctic, the Mediterranean and the Himalayan regions and the study of precipitation extremes.

  • Ekaterina Popova
    Project member
    National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK
    Ekaterina Popova
    Project member

    Katya’s main area of expertise is in the impact of climate change on ocean dynamics and ecosystems. She is particularly interested in the Arctic Ocean and its transition to the seasonally ice-free state under continuous global warming. As well as her scientific research, she is interested in policy and industry uptake of global high resolution modelling in the following areas: impact of climate change on living marine resources, environmental risk assessment of potential oil spills, navigability of the Arctic sea routes, risk of oil spills in Arctic from increased exploration and transportation, adaptation to climate change in communities dependent on living marine resources, and ocean geoengineering.

  • Tuula Aalto
    Project member
    Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), Finland
    Tuula Aalto
    Project member

    Tuula’s fields of expertise include: atmospheric carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen concentrations and ecosystem fluxes and Greenhouse gas modelling.

     

  • Andrea Alessandri
    Project member
    Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove Tecnologie l'energia e lo sviluppo economic sostenibile (ENEA), Italy
    Andrea Alessandri
    Project member

    Andrea has an interdisciplinary background in environmental sciences (Degree) and geophysics (PhD) and his experience in modeling climate cover a wide range of processes with particular focus on land surface modeling, land-atmosphere coupling and boundary layer closure schemes. Among other activities, he is currently trying to develop innovative methods in order to enhance probability forecasts over land by suitably representing the uncertainty in the poorly-constrained land and vegetation parameterizations and through the better initialization of land surface.

  • Sonia Seneviratne
    Project member
    Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ETH), Switzerland
    Sonia Seneviratne
    Project member

    The land-climate dynamics group, led by Prof. Sonia Seneviratne, focuses on the investigation of land-climate interactions and feedbacks. Several tools and approaches are used in our research: modelling, process analysis, data evaluation and data merging, and field experiments.

  • Ben Smith
    Project member
    Lund University (ULUND), Sweden
    Ben Smith
    Project member

    Ben is an ecologist and ecosystem modeller at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University in Sweden, where he leads a research group on global ecosystem modelling. His research concerns terrestrial ecosystem functioning and interactions with climate, with a particular focus on the contribution of population and community processes to ecosystem dynamics. He has taught courses in ecology, physical geography, modelling and statistics.

  • Axel Lauer
    ESMValTool core developer
    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (DLR), Germany
    Axel Lauer
    ESMValTool core developer
  • Björn Brötz
    ESMValTool core developer
    Institute for Atmospheric Physics (DLR), Germany
    Björn Brötz
    ESMValTool core developer