Richard Jones

Richard is manager of the regional predictions group which is responsible for developing and using regional climate modelling systems for research into climate change and constructing and applying regional climate scenarios.

Areas of expertise

  • Developing high quality globally applicable regional climate modelling systems
  • Establishing reliable climate projections
  • Interpretation of climate projections
  • Climate scenario development
  • Use of climate scenarios in impacts models
  • Communicating climate science

Current activities

Managing the development of the new Met Office Hadley Centre regional climate modelling, HadGEM3-RA (the regional version of the new seasonal prediction and prototype global climate model HadGEM3), and its application in the WCRP Coordinated Regional Downscaling Experiment CORDEX and the new DfID-funded Climate Science Research Programme. For CORDEX, HadGEM3-RA will be run over all domains driven by reanalysis boundary conditions to establish the quality of the model and in the first CORDEX climate projection experiment for Africa which aims to provide results relevant to IPCC AR5. For CSRP HadGEM3-RA will be used for downscaling monthly to decadal predictions.

Managing the development and dissemination of an ensemble downscaling version of the PRECIS regional climate modelling system and its deployment in East, South-east, South and West Asia for constructing climate scenarios and applying them in assessing climate impacts and vulnerability.

Lead author of the Regional Context chapter (21) of IPCC Working Group 2 Assessment Reports Five.

Met Office focal point for the UNFCCC Nairobi Work Programme providing advice on climate projections, scenario development and application and downscaling relevant to climate change adaptation.

Career background

Richard has a PhD in mathematics, specifically in the analysis of numerical methods relevant to oil reservoir modelling, and immediately prior to joining the Hadley Centre was a postdoctoral researcher in the Mathematics Department at Oxford University. He joined the Hadley Centre in 1990 where he developed its regional climate modelling capability and has subsequently applied it in many innovative ways - developing a consistent GCM/RCM modelling system; for systematic domain-size experiments; to develop climate timescale simulations driven by numerical weather prediction analyses; to provide multi-decadal regional climate change projections; developing GCMs to provide high quality boundary conditions for RCMs; to provide ensemble detailed regional climate change Scenarios. He was a lead author of the regional climate information chapters of IPCC Assessment Reports Three (Chapter 10) and Four (Chapter 11). He led the development of the regional climate modelling system PRECIS and has worked with institutes across all continents in the fields of climate prediction and climate scenario development.

Last updated: 9 April 2014