Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Change
Description of the organization
The Met Office Hadley Centre is a world-leading centre which provides a focus in the United Kingdom for the scientific issues associated with climate change. The main aims of the Hadley Centre are
It currently employs around 160 staff and uses NEC SX-6 and SX-8 supercomputers. Most of its funding comes from contracts with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), other United Kingdom Government departments and the European Commission.
Expertise and experience of the organization
The Met Office has considerable experience in the field of climate and Earth System modelling as well as in decadal to centennial simulations. The Met Office Hadley Centre has made significant contributions to the successive assessment reports of the IPCC and WMO ozone assessment reports. It has pioneered the coupling of biogeochemistry modelling interactively with global climate model simulations, demonstrating significant feedbacks such as between the climate and the carbon cycle, aerosols and atmospheric chemistry. The Met Office Hadley Centre also has significant expertise in the fields of climate impacts, detection and attribution of observed changes to underlying causes, and to observation, modelling and statistical analysis of extreme climatic events.
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Key scientific / technical personnel
Chris Jones (Manager Terrestrial Carbon Cycle) will lead the Met Office contribution. He has pioneered coupled climate-carbon cycle modelling in the Met Office and has extensive experience of both model development and analysis and contributed to the IPCC 4th assessment report. His research interests include the role of soils in the global carbon cycle, quantification of uncertainty in climate carbon cycle feedbacks and the contribution of the carbon cycle to climate mitigation policies.
Responsibilities in CARBO-Extreme
Selected recent relevant publications
Cox PM, Betts RA, Jones CD, et al., Acceleration of global warming due to carbon-cycle feedbacks in a coupled climate model, Nature, 408, 2000. link to publisher
Jones CD et al., Global climate change and soil carbon stocks; predictions from two contrasting models for the turnover of organic carbon in soil. Global Change Biology 11(1), 154 - 166, 2005. link to publisher
Friedlingstein P, ..., Jones CD, et al., 2006, Climate-carbon cycle feedback analysis, results from the C4MIP model intercomparison, Journal of Climate 19(14), 3337–3353, 2006. link to publisher
Jones CD et al., 2006, Impact of Climate-Carbon Cycle Feedbacks on Emission Scenarios to Achieve Stabilisation, chapter 34 in, "Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change", Eds: Schellnhuber HJ et al., Cambridge University Press