Biography

I am Research Director of the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) and a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich.  I am principlally known for the time series of hemispheric and global surface temperatures, which I update on a monthly basis.  I have over 400 research papers over the last 35 years.  I have over 27,500 citations and an H-index of 82 on the ResearcherID system.

I have been a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society since 1992 and was on the Editorial Committee of the International Journal of Climatology until 1995.  I am currently on the editorial board of Climatic Change.  I am an elected member of Academic Europaea since 1998.

I was jointly awarded the Hugh Robert Mill Medal in 1995 by the Royal Meteorological Society for work on UK Rainfall Variability, and in 1997 the Outstanding Scientific Paper Award by the Environmental Research Laboratories / NOAA for being a coauthor on the paper "A search for Human Influences on the Thermal Structure of the Atmosphere," by Ben Santer et al. in Nature, 382, 39-46 (1996).  More recently I was awarded the first Hans Oesschger Medal from the European Geophysical Society (now the European Geosciences Union) in 2002 and the International Journal of Climatology prize of the Royal Meteorological Society for papers published in the last five years, also in 2002.  I am recognised as one of the top 0.5% of highly-cited researchers in the Geosciences field by the ISI (the institute in the US that maintains the Web of Science, where publications and citations are monitored.  I was made (2006) a fellow of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded a Reviewer's Award by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the same year.  In 2009 I have also been made a fellow by the AGU.  In 2012 I was awarded an Honorary Degree by the University Rovira I Virgili (Tarragona, Spain).

Apart from papers on instrumental temperatures, my other main fields are climate change, detection and attribution of climate, proxy climate reconstructions, climate extremes, climate impacts, weather generators, drought and long precipitation and riverflow reconstructions for the British Isles.

Career History

  • BA in Environmental Sciences, University of Lancaster (1973)
  • MSc in Engineering Hydrology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1974)
  • PhD in Hydrology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne (1977)
  • Senior Research Associate, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich (1976-1994)
  • Reader, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich (1994-1998)
  • Professor, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, Norwich (1998-date) 

PhD Positions

Click here for current PhD opportunities in the School of Environmental Sciences. However, feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

All Publications

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Alobaidi, M., Almazroui, M., Mashat, A., Jones, P. D.

(2017)

Arabian Peninsula wet season dust storm distribution: regionalization and trends analysis (1983-2013),

in International Journal of Climatology

37

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pp. 1356–1373

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Li, Q., Zhang, L., Xu, W., Zhou, T., Wang, J., Zhai, P., Jones, P.

(2017)

Comparisons of time series of annual mean surface air temperature for China since the 1900s: Observations, model simulations and extended reanalysis,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

98

pp. 699–711

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Hawkins, E., Ortega, P., Suckling, E., Schurer, A., Hegerl, G., Jones, P., Joshi, M., Osborn, T. J., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mignot, J., Thorne, P., van Oldenborgh, G. J.

(2017)

Estimating changes in global temperature since the pre-industrial period,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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Kent, E. C., Berry, D. I., Carella, G., Kennedy, J. J., Parker, D. E., Atkinson, C. P., Rayner, N. A., Smith, T. M., Hirahara, S., Huang, B., Zhang, H., Kaplan, A., Fukuda, Y., Ishii, M., Jones, P. D., Lindgren, F., Merchant, C. J., Morak-Bozzo, S., Venema, V., Yasui, S.

(2017)

A call for new approaches to quantifying biases in observations of sea-surface temperature,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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Wei, W., Yan, Z., Jones, P. D.

(2017)

Potential predictability of seasonal extreme precipitation accumulation in China,

in Journal of Hydrometeorology

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pp. 1071–1080

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de Los Milagros Skansi, M., King, J., Lazzara, M. A., Cerveny, R. S., Stella, J. L., Solomon, S., Jones, P., Bromwich, D., Renwick, J., Burt, C. C., Peterson, T. C., Brunet, M., Driouech, F., Vose, R., Krahenbuhl, D.

(2017)

Evaluating Highest-Temperature Extremes in the Antarctic,

in Eos

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Helama, S., Jones, P. D., Briffa, K. R.

(2017)

Dark Ages Cold Period: A literature review and directions for future research,

in Holocene

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Cornes, R. C., Jones, P. D., Qian, C.

(2017)

Twentieth-century Trends in the Annual Cycle of Temperature across the Northern Hemisphere,

in Journal of Climate

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pp. 5755–5773

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Taufik, M., Torfs, P. J. J. F., Uijlenhoet, R., Jones, P. D., Murdiyarso, D., Van Lanen, H. A. J.

(2017)

Amplification of wildfire area burnt by hydrological drought in the humid tropics,

in Nature Climate Change

7

(6)

pp. 428–431

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Cao, L., Yan, Z., Zhao, P., Zhu, Y., Yu, Y., Tang, G., Jones, P.

(2017)

Climatic warming in China during 1901-2015 based on an extended dataset of instrumental temperature records,

in Environmental Research Letters

12

article no. 064005

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Xu, W., Li, Q., Jones, P., Wang, X. L., Trewin, B., Yang, S., Zhu, C., Zhai, P., Wang, J., Vincent, L., Dai, A., Gao, Y., Ding, Y.

(2017)

A new integrated and homogenized global monthly land surface air temperature dataset for the period since 1900,

in Climate Dynamics

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Jones, P. D., Harpham, C., Troccoli, A., Gschwind, B., Ranchin, T., Wald, L., Goodess, C. M., Dorling, S.

(2017)

Using ERA-Interim reanalysis for creating datasets of energy-relevant climate variables,

in Earth System Science Data

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(2)

pp. 471-495

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Jones, P.

(2016)

The Reliability of Global and Hemispheric Surface Temperature Records,

in Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

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pp. 269-282

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Jones, P. D., Harpham, C., Harris, I., Goodess, C. M., Burton, A., Centella-Artola, A., Taylor, M. A., Bezanilla-Morlot, A., Campbell, J. D., Stephenson, T. S., Joslyn, O., Nicholls, K., Baur, T.

(2016)

Long-term trends in precipitation and temperature across the Caribbean,

in International Journal of Climatology

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(9)

pp. 3314-3333

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Darch, G., McSweeney, R. T., Kilsby, C., Jones, P., Osborn, T., Tomlinson, J. E.

(2016)

Analysing changes in short-duration extreme rainfall events,

in Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Water Management.

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)

ISBN 1741-7589

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Jones, P. D., Harpham, C., Burton, A., Goodess, C. M.

(2016)

Downscaling regional climate model outputs for the Caribbean using a weather generator,

in International Journal of Climatology

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pp. 4141–4163

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Thorne, P. W., Donat, M. G., Dunn, R. J. H., Williams, C. N., Alexander, L. V., Caesar, J., Durre, I., Harris, I., Hausfather, Z., Jones, P., Menne, M. J., Rohde, R., Vose, R. S., Davy, R., Klein-Tank, A. M. G., Lawrimore, J. H., Peterson, T. C., Rennie, J. J.

(2016)

Reassessing changes in diurnal temperature range: Intercomparison and evaluation of existing global data set estimates,

in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

121

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pp. 5138–5158

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Raible, C. C., Bronnimann, S., Auchmann, R., Brohan, P., Frolicher, T. L., Graf, H., Jones, P., Luterbacher, J., Muthers, S., Neukom, R., Robock, A., Self, S., Sudrajat, A., Timmreck, C., Wegmann, M.

(2016)

Tambora 1815 as a test case for high impact volcanic eruptions: Earth system effects,

in Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change

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pp. 569–589

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Turney, C. S. M., Jones, R. T., Lister, D., Jones, P., Williams, A. N., Hogg, A., Thomas, Z. A., Compo, G. P., Yin, X., Fogwill, C. J., Palmer, J., Colwell, S., Allan, R., Visbeck, M.

(2016)

Anomalous mid-twentieth century atmospheric circulation change over the South Atlantic compared to the last 6000 years,

in Environmental Research Letters

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article no. 064009

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Anderson, T. R., Hawkins, E., Jones, P. D.

(2016)

CO2, the greenhouse effect and global warming: from the pioneering work of Arrhenius and Callendar to today's Earth System Models,

in Endeavour

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pp. 178–187

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Key Research Interests

My main research interests are in the field of instrumental climate change.  These involve the analysis of instrumental series of temperature, precipitation and pressure measurements taken around the world.  Before any analyses, it is important to assess the quality of the data and remove any inhomogeneities that may arise from changes to station locations, changes to instruments, changes to the methods of calculating daily and monthly averages and also potential changes in the environment around each site.  The main emphasis in the research has been the development of gridded datasets, on regular latitude/longitude grids.  In this form, the data can be more easily visualized and analysed, and subsequently compared with climate model output (from GCMs and RCMs) and also with Reanalysis output.  When the temperature grids are averaged, the well-known global temperature record is developed.  Gridded observational datasets are essential components in the assessment of GCM output and in the Detection and Attribution of climate change, from anthropogenic and natural causes.

The instrumental record extends back to about 1850, with longer records in Europe back to 1750.  To extend the record back further, it is necessary to use proxy climate reconstructions from natural proxies (such as trees, ice cores and corals) and also from written documentary sources in Europe and eastern Asia.  I have been involved in a number of the multi-proxy reconstructions that have been developed for the last 1000 years.

Another research interest is the development of long precipitation and riverflow records from the UK.  In the UK, we have long precipitation records, but relatively short records of riverflow measurements.  Long records of both variables are important for putting recent extremes into a longer context.  During the course of my career, I have developed almost 100 long precipitation records back to the 1850s and 15 monthly riverflow reconstructions back to 1865.

A final research interest is the use of these datasets for climate impact assessment, principally in the UK.  I have been involved in the latest set of UK Climate Projection (UKCP09) co-ordinated by the Met Office Hadley Centre for DEFRA.  My involvement was in the development of the weather generator, which is an integral part of the UKCP09 pacakge, enabling users to produce future weather sequences which they need to put through their impact-specific models for their particular sector.
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Professional Activities

  • Lecture on Global Temperatures September 2013 Centenary of Belgian Met Service
  • Lecture on Global Temperatures November 2013 University in Lisbon
  • Scientific Meeting (EMS) September 2013 Reading
  • EarthTemp Network June 2013 Copenhagen
  • Visiting Professorship (Chinese Academy of Sciences) October and December 2012 Beijing
  • Lectures to Mexican Meteorological Society November 2012 Merida and 2013 Veracruz
  • Atmospheric Observations Panel for Climate (group within GCOS) Spring every year Geneva
  • ERA-CLIM (EU project - on Advisory Board) 2012/2013 3 meetings

Key Responsibilities

  • Course Director, MSc Climate Change
  • Member of ENV Research Executive
  • MSc Exam Board