Chris works part time on seasonal forecasting, seasonal to multidecadal climate variability, and as an advisor to the Met Office Hadley Centre.
Chris carries out research on observed and modelled climate variability and into practical seasonal to annual long-range forecasting and predictability. He also contributes to the regular seasonal long-range forecasts. He has a number of international collaborations, particularly with USA, South Korea, Australia, China and Sweden.
Chris's current work is focused on the predictability of winter climate over Europe and elsewhere, understanding links between European summer climate and its predictability and forcing factors, the predictability and operational prediction of average global temperature a year ahead, and causes of the recent pause in global warming. Chris is a member of the Climate Science for Service Partnership: China project that started in 2014.
Chris also provides more general advice to the Heads of Monthly to Decadal Prediction and Climate Monitoring and Attribution in the Hadley Centre. In addition, he has been a member of the AMS Climate Variability and Change Committee since 2010.
After obtaining a BSc(Hons) in Physics at Reading University in 1966, Chris joined the then National Institute of Oceanography working on deep ocean currents, including two spells at sea. Joining the Met Office in 1968, after training he went to the Operational Instrumentation Branch in 1969. He became the manager of its Sensor Development group in 1970 developing surface instruments including the earliest usable humidity measurements on ocean buoys.
Chris joined the Synoptic Climatology Branch in 1974, working on climate change and operational monthly forecasting. Promoted in 1976, he became a manager in the Agriculture and Hydrometeorology branch of hydrometeorological research and related commercial activities. Most important was serving as Met Office representative 1976-1980 on the National Working Group on the Hydraulic Design of Storm Sewers, involving interactions with leading civil engineers. He rejoined the Synoptic Climatology Branch in 1980, managing the development of UK monthly long-range forecasts, the global sea surface and night marine air temperature data sets, and some work on climate change. He introduced tropical seasonal forecasting into the Met Office in 1986.
After an exchange visit to the Climate Analysis Centre in Washington DC, USA in 1988-1989, he joined the Met Office Hadley Centre in 1990 as an Individual Merit scientist (Met Office Science Fellow) and Head of Climate Variability, later Climate Variability and Forecasting. His main activities, many collaborative, were in climate change and variability, data set development and applied climate modelling. He served four times as a Lead Author for the IPCC.
Throughout his career, Chris has been involved in a wide range of WMO activities. He carried out field experiments for the WMO Working Group on the Reference Psychrometer in the early 1970s, followed in the late 1970s and early 1980s by membership of the WMO Working Group on Precipitation and Soil Moisture. He was a member of the WMO Working Group on Long Range Forecasting in the late 1980s and a member of the WMO GCOS committee around the turn of the millennium. Chris also served as Deputy Chair of the WMO Working Group on Climate Change Detection for about a decade to 2007. He retired in April 2008 to take his current part time Science Fellow position the following June.
Last updated: 27 May 2015