About the Climate Analysis Team


tack Brief History and Aims


The Climate Analysis Team was first established in October 1999 by David B. Stephenson when he was appointed a member of academic staff in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading.

Then known as the Climate Analysis Group (CAG), the aims were to develop and apply advanced statistical analysis techniques to improve both our understanding and predictive capability of weather and climate variations.

Upon appointment of David Stephenson to joint Met Office Chair in the Statistical Analysis of Weather and Climate, the team relocated in April 2007 to our new home in the Mathematics Research Institute at the University of Exeter. 

We believe that good statistical reasoning and modelling is essential for climate science.  After all, climate is a statistical concept and many of the key issues hinge on careful interpretation and good inference. We are committed to continuing our world-recognised research in this area and in promoting better use of statistics in climate science.

If you'd like to know more about our activities or would like to visit us then please contact us.


tack Team leader

tack Administrative support 

  • NYA

tack Postdoctoral Scientists and Visiting Professors

  • 03/2004-present Prof. Ian Jolliffe -- areas of interest: forecast verification, EOF/PCA
  • 10/2002-present Dr Chris Ferro -- areas of interest: extremes, regional climate change

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Previous team members


Administrative support 

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tack PhD students

  • Pascal Mailier 2002-2007 (New techniques for diagnosing the risk of European storms) ---> now working at Centrica, London, UK.
  • Barbara Casati 2000-2003 (Verification of spatial precipitation forecasts) ---> now working in the Canadian Weather Service, Quebec, Canada. 
  • Fotis Panagiotopoulos 2000-2003 (Variability and teleconnections of the Siberian high) ---> now working at PA weather, London, UK.
  • Caio Coelho 2001-2005 (Improved seasonal forecasting of ENSO and S. American rainfall) ---> now working at Brazilian National Weather Service, Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil.
  • Timothy Mosedale 2001-2004 (Complexity in coupled ocean-atmosphere systems) ---> now working at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, London, UK.
  • Matt Sapiano 2001-2004 (Understanding variations and trends in European rainfall) ---> now working at ESSIC in the University of Maryland, USA.
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