Joe is a climate scientist with an interest in climate prediction and the use of climate information to guide adaptation and development decisions. His work focuses on the analysis and communication of climate model output to inform risk management across regions and sectors, with a primary focus on developing countries in Africa and Asia.
Joe is a senior scientist in the Climate Information for International Development team at the Met Office Hadley Centre. He is currently leading the scientific components of a project funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) titled, "Building Resilience to Climate Extremes following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines". The project aims to inform planning and resilience building efforts in the Philippines, with a focus on the changing risks associated with tropical cyclones and sea level rise. Working together with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the project involves downscaling CMIP5 global climate models, using the Met Office regional climate model HadGEM3-RA, as well as communicating climate projections and broader risk information to stakeholders across the Philippines.
In addition, Joe is currently engaged in a project called FRACTAL (Future Resilience in African CiTies And Lands), which is part of a new five-year international research programme jointly funded by DFID and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The project is being led by the University of Cape Town with partners across Africa and the UK.
Joe joined the Met Office in January 2015. Previously he worked for three years as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Climate System Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. His research focused on the development of climate services and the interpretation of climate information by decision makers involved in climate change adaptation, particularly in Africa. Whilst at the University of Cape Town, Joe led a number of research projects, including a study to examine the interpretation of climate data visualisations by different climate information users, and a study exploring the use of climate information by decision makers in the Cape Town municipality in response to the emerging risks affecting transport infrastructure along the city's coastline.
In 2012 Joe obtained a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His thesis, titled "Examining the decision-relevance of climate model information for the insurance industry" explored fundamental concepts of predictability in the climate system (particularly in relation to initial condition ensembles) as well as the application of uncertain climate projections to strategic insurance decisions. His research was sponsored by Lloyd's of London and his primary supervisor was Dr David Stainforth. Joe initially began the PhD at the University of Exeter, and halfway through the PhD Joe spent six months working at the Met Office as part of an internship sponsored by the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Industrial Mathematics. He worked with Doug McNeall in the Climate Impacts team to investigate the use of Bayesian Networks to communicate climate risks.
Joe graduated in 2007 with a degree in meteorology from the University of Reading. During the four year course Joe spent one year in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma.
Last updated: 10 December 2015