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GOTHAM Investigators

Prof. Lesley Gray

Lead PrincipaI Investigator

University of Oxford and National Centre for Atmospheric Science

United Kingdom

Lesley has been a Professor of Climate Physics at Oxford since 2010, previously Professor in the Meteorology Department at Reading University and Senior Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory’s Space Science Department. She gained her PhD from Reading University Meteorology Department in 1983 and has supervised in excess of 15 doctoral students. She specialises in understanding the role of natural variability in the climate system and has been a frequent invited and keynote speaker at major international conferences on this topic.

Dr Scott Osprey

GOTHAM Project Coordinator

University of Oxford and National Centre for Atmospheric Science

United Kingdom

Scott received a PhD in Physics at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand before taking up a research position at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Moving to the Department of Physics, University of Oxford in 2004 he is also affiliated with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science. His research interests include the observational and model representation of modes of atmospheric variability. He is also coordinator of QBOi – a WCRP-SPARC activity examining the representation and impacts of tropical stratosphere variability.

Dr Dim Coumou

PrincipaI Investigator

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Vrije Universitiet Amsterdam

Germany and Netherlands

Dim holds a MSc in Geophysics and a PhD in Natural Sciences from ETH-Zurich for which he received the ETH-medal for outstanding thesis. Currently he leads research groups at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and VU Amsterdam, where he is Associate Professor on Extreme Weather & Climate Change. His prime research interest is understanding how global warming affects the number and intensity of extreme weather events like heat waves, heavy rainfall, storms and persistent droughts. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications, with several in top-ranking journals, the IPCC 5th Assessment Report, 3 World Bank reports and several book chapters.

Dr Reik Donner

PrincipaI Investigator

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Germany

Reik Donner holds a PhD in Theoretical Physics/Nonlinear Dynamical Systems from the University of Potsdam. After different postdoctoral positions, he is currently leading a research group at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where he and his team are developing complex systems concepts for investigating the causes and consequences of past, present and future climate change.

Prof. Eric Guilyardi

PrincipaI Investigator

Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)

France

Eric Guilyardi is a climate scientist, professor in the department of meteorology at the University of Reading and Directeur de Recherche CNRS at LOCEAN at Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL) in Paris, France. He is an expert of the El Niño phenomenon. He has been a Lead Author for the IPCC AR5 report.

Dr Raghavan Krishnan

PrincipaI Investigator

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)

India

Krishnan gained a PhD in physics at the University of Pune. His interests include the dynamics and predictability of the Asian monsoon and its evolution under a changing climate. He is a Coordinating Lead Author of WG1 for the IPCC AR6

Dr Francois Lott

PrincipaI Investigator

Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)

France

François has been a researcher in atmospheric dynamics at CNRS in Paris since 1997 following a research position at the ECMWF. Currently he is at L’Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He specialises in gravity waves and mountain flow dynamics, and studies their impact on climate by developing sub-grid scale parameterisations in General Circulation Models (GCMs). He has authored over 80 peer reviewed publications with several book chapters, contributed to the development of the stratospheric version of the IPSL earth-system model, and improved the representation of sub-grid scale mountain-wave schemes in various top ranking GCMs.

Dr Sarah Sparrow

GOTHAM Data Manager

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

Sarah holds a DPhil in physics from the University of Oxford where she studied atmospheric dynamics. She has held research positions at the University of Reading and Imperial College London and was the project coordinator of the SOLCLI programme looking at the solar impacts on climate. She is the programme coordinator for climateprediction.net

  Dr Ramesh Vellore

Partner PI

Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM)

India

  Prof. David Wallom

GOTHAM Data Director

University of Oxford

United Kingdom

David is Associate Professor and Associate Director – Innovation of the Oxford e-Research Centre, where he leads two separate research groups Energy and Environmental ICT and Advanced e-infrastructure & Cloud Computing. He has led over 50 research projects in areas such as Cloud utilisation, Smart Energy Grids, Research data management, Green IT, ICT security and institutional repositories.

Dr Shingo Watanabe

PrincipaI Investigator

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Japan

Shingo Watanabe has a PhD in Earth and Planetary Science from the Kyushu University. He is currenty leading the department of seamless enviromental prediction research at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).

  Dr Bo Wu

PrincipaI Investigator

Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP)

China

GOTHAM Researchers

Giorgia de Capua

Researcher

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Germany

Giorgia Di Capua has a BSc (2012) and a MSc in Physics (2014) from the University of Turin and I am currently a PhD student at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and the VU University of Amsterdam. During her master thesis, she developed a new metric to measure the meandering of mid-tropospheric planetary waves, and assess whether large meandering states (often associated with extreme weather events) have increased in the last decades. In 2016 she started my PhD within the GOTHAM WP 4, under the supervision of Dr Dim Coumou, Prof. Bart van den Hurk and Dr Reik Donner. Her PhD focuses on the study of far-away causal drivers of the Indian summer monsoon (ISM) rainfall and the interaction of the mid-latitude flow with the ISM circulation system, with a particular focus on extreme rainfall events. Applying a new causal discovery algorithm, it is possible to identify casual precursors of the ISM rainfall over different regions and at different time scales and use these precursors to build a seasonal forecasting model.

Eftychia (Efi) Rousi

Researcher

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Germany

I am a Geographer with a master and PhD in Atmospheric Sciences, from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. In 2015 I moved to Germany to work as a postdoc, first at the Meteorology Institute of Freie Univestität Berlin, and currently in the research group of Dim Coumou, at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, for the GOTHAM project. My work has focussed on climate variability, atmospheric teleconnections -particularly the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), Mediterranean climate, extreme events, etc. In GOTHAM, I work for WP4, looking at different patterns of variability in the North Atlantic, including atmosphere and ocean, using machine learning and clustering techniques and trying to understand their interaction and also their alterations under a changing climate. I am trying to disentangle the drivers and effects of the warming hole over the North Atlantic (often referred to as “cold blob”), and to study its impacts on weather and climate, including extremes events, over Europe and North America. I am also working on a spatial consideration of the NAO pattern, taking into account different NAO spatial flavors and examining their varied effects on climate of the Northern Hemisphere.

Yann Planton

Researcher

Institut Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL)

France

Catrin Kirsch

Researcher

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Germany

Catrin Kirsch studied Meteorology at the Free University of Berlin and worked as a researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research before starting a PhD on stratospheric dynamics at the Free University again. After completing this project, she joined the GOTHAM project to develop and apply complex network approaches to the study of atmospheric teleconnections.

 

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