Matt is interested in the overturning circulation in the Atlantic and its profound influence on the global climate
Matt works with a development version of the Met Office Hadley Centre's coupled atmosphere-ocean model (HadGEM3). Using this model he can investigate the mechanisms of decadal variability in the North Atlantic Ocean and to what extent this variability is naturally forced or related to human activities. This knowledge can then help us to better understand, and improve, decadal climate predictions for the UK and Europe.
Matt also collaborates with colleagues across Europe, in a project called THOR, on investigations into the centennial variability of the MOC in their climate models. These global scale atmosphere-ocean coupled mechanisms may well be crucial in understanding the potential direction and effects of climate change into the future.
Some of Matt's other work involves simulating the effects of extra freshwater around Greenland due to melting of the Greenland ice sheet. He is investigating what effect this will have on the global ocean circulation and climate as a whole.
Matt received a first in physics from Durham University, before joining the Met Office Hadley Centre in September 2008. He is currently also undertaking a PhD in association with the University of Reading.
Last updated: 4 April 2014