Catherine Senior

Cath leads the Understanding Climate Change area which includes work on understanding and modelling key physical climate processes and feedbacks.

Areas of expertise

Cath's areas of expertise include:

  • Model development across space and timescales
  • Evaluating climate models
  • Climate processes and feedbacks

Current activities

Cath leads a team of around 20 scientists working on understanding climate processes, feedbacks and uncertainty. Main areas of work include High Res Modelling, the Global Water Cycle, Hazardous weather and extremes, Sensitivity of the climate system to Man's influence and development of Seamless Prediction systems.

Career background

Cath joined the Met Office in 1986 after completing a first degree in Mathematics at the University of Leeds. She has worked for her entire career on understanding climate processes and feedbacks, with a notable focus on cloud feedbacks and model development and evaluation. In 1997 she became the Manager of Climate sensitivity and then in 2003 the Head of Understanding Climate Change.

External recognition

  • Member of Nobel Prize winning IPCC Team
  • Lead Author IPCC 3rd Assessment Report (Working Group 1)
  • Contributing author and reviewer, IPCC 1st,2nd and 4th Assessment reports (Working Group 1)
  • Member of WCRP Working Group on Coupled Models
  • Co-chair of Scientific Steering Group of the Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme

Last updated: 19 May 2014