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Dr Joseph Daron

Joe is a Science Manager in the International Climate Services team. He has a background in meteorology, climate science and climate change adaptation research, and has a particular interest in the use of climate information to guide adaptation and development decisions, focusing on developing countries in Africa and Asia. His work involves the analysis and communication of climate model output to inform risk management decisions as well as engagement with stakeholders to co-develop tailored climate services. Joe manages a small team of applied scientists delivering climate service projects and developing strategic partnerships with international and national climate service organisations across the world.

Current Activities

Joe is a Science Manager in the International Climate Services team within the Applied Science & Scientific Consultancy directorate at the Met Office. He leads a small team to deliver and develop climate services, focusing on activities in Africa and Asia.

In Asia, Joe is leading the CARISSA (Climate Analysis for Risk Information and Services in South Asia) project, as part of the UK Department for International Development (DFID) funded ARRCC (Asia Regional Resilience to a Changing Climate)  programme - a four year programme that began in September 2018. CARISSA aims to improve the uptake and use of regional climate change information to better understand and articulate future climate risks to guide adaptation decisions in South Asia. The project involves collaboration with key partners in the South Asia region, including national meteorological services, the Indian Institute of Tropical Meterology (IITM) and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). CARISSA is working to improve the use of existing and under-utilized global and regional high-resolution multi-model datasets (e.g. CORDEX South Asia). The project is engaging with policy makers and decision makers in government and industry to co-develop climate change information services.

In Africa, Joe is the scientific lead on the DFID funded ASPIRE (Adaptive Social Protection: Information for enhanced REsilience) project. ASPIRE involves a consortium between the Met Office, the Walker Institute at the University of Reading and the Norwegian Refugee Council. The project is aiming to improve the integration of climate and livelihoods information into the World Bank Adaptive Social Protection Programme (ASPP) in the Sahel in west Africa. ASPIRE is developing research and providing training to improve seasonal forecating in the region, and enhancing understanding of how social protection programmes can utilise seasonal forecasts and climate information to better protect communities vulnerable to climate shocks. Joe is also working on FRACTAL (Future Resilience in African CiTies And Lands), led by the University of Cape Town, which aims to improve the climate resilience of cities in southern Africa. The project is part of the five-year Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) international research programme jointly funded by DFID and the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

From January 2015 to December 2016, Joe was the science lead on a project funded by DFID titled, "Building Resilience to Climate Extremes following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines". The project helped to inform planning and resilience building efforts in the Philippines, focusing 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 involved 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. The project also involved pilot studies with decision makers in Manila and Salcedo to help improve understanding and the uptake of climate information for use in local level planning.

Career Background

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.

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