Biography

I have degrees in theoretical physics, and trained and worked as a meteorologist between my B.Sc. and Ph.D. After a period teaching at the University of Waterloo in Canada, I joined the Climatic Research Unit in 1975 and was Director from 1979 to 1993. I moved to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO in 1993, but maintain an active association with UEA. I have been a member of Academia Europaea since 1991, Fellow of the American Meteorological Society since 2001, and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2002. I have published more than 250 papers in refereed journals and books, many of which are highly cited.  I am on ISI’s Highly Cited Researchers List.

Additional Contacts

Email: wigley@ucar.edu 

All Publications

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Santer, B. D., Thorne, P. W., Haimberger, L., Taylor, K. E., Wigley, T. M. L., Lanzante, J. R., Solomon, S., Free, M., Gleckler, P. J., Jones, P. D., Karl, T. R., Klein, S. A., Mears, C., Nychka, D., Schmidt, G. A., Sherwood, S. C., Wentz, F. J.

(2018)

Consistency of Modeled and Observed Temperature Trends in the Tropical Troposphere,

in Climate Modelling.

Springer International Publishing AG

pp. 85-136

ISBN 978-3-319-65057-9

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Santer, B., Thorne, P., Haimberger, L., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Lanzante, J., Solomon, S., Free, M., Gleckler, P., Jones, P., Karl, T., Klein, S., Mears, C., Nychka, D., Schmidt, G., Sherwood, S., Wentz, F.

(2018)

Fact Sheet for “Consistency of Modeled and Observed Temperature Trends in the Tropical Troposphere”,

in Climate Modelling.

Springer International Publishing AG

pp. 73-84

ISBN 978-3-319-65057-9

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Santer, B., Wigley, T., Doutriaux, C., Boyle, J., Hansen, J., Jones, P., Meehl, G., Roeckner, E., Sengupta, S., Taylor, K.

(2001)

Accounting for the effects of volcanoes and ENSO in comparison of modelled and observed temperature trends,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Santer, B., Wigley, T., Doutriaux, C., Boyle, J., Hansen, J., Jones, P., Meehl, G., Roeckner, E., Sengupta, S., Taylor, K.

(2001)

Accounting for the effects of volcanoes and ENSO in comparisons of modeled and observed temperature trends,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

106

(D22)

pp. 28033-28059

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Santer, B., Wigley, T., Gaffen, D., Bengtsson, L., Doutriaux, C., Boyle, J., Esch, M., Hnilo, J., Jones, P., Meehl, G., Roechner, E., Taylor, K., Wehner, M.

(2000)

Interpreting differential temperature trends at the surface and in the lower troposphere,

in Science

287

(5456)

pp. 1227-1232

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Wilby, R., Wigley, T., Conway, D., Jones, P., Hewitson, B., Main, J., Wilks, D.

(1998)

Statistical downscaling of general circulation model output: A comparison of methods,

in Water Resources Research

34

(11)

pp. 2995

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Jones, P., Osborn, T., Wigley, T., Kelly, P., Santer, B.

(1997)

Comparisons between the microwave sounding unit temperature record and the surface temperature record from 1979 to 1996: Real differences or potential discontinuities?,

in Journal of Geophysical Research

102

(D25)

pp. 30135-30145

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Wigley, T., Jones, P., Raper, S.

(1997)

The observed global warming record: What does it tell us?,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

94

(16)

pp. 8314-8320

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Santer, B., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Johns, T., Jones, P., Karoly, D., Mitchell, J., Oort, A., Penner, J., Ramaswamy, V., Schwarzkopf, M., Stouffer, R., Tett, S.

(1996)

A search for human influences on the thermal structure of the atmosphere,

in Nature

382

(6586)

pp. 39-46

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Santer, B., Jones, P., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Penner, J., Cubasch, U.

(1995)

Detecting and attributing an anthropogenic influence on climate,

in Proceedings of the Sixth International Meeting on Statistical Climatology.

Galway, Ireland

pp. 1-4

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Santer, B., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Jones, P., Karoly, D., Mitchell, J., Oort, A., Penner, J., Ramaswamy, V., Schwarzkopf, M., Stouffer, R., Tett, S.

(1995)

A search for human influences on the thermal structure of the atmosphere,

UEA Repository

(Working paper)

(Published)


Santer, B., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Penner, J., Jones, P., Cubasch, U.

(1995)

Are sulphate aerosols masking and greenhouse warming signal?,

in Proceedings of the Nineteenth Climate Diagnostics Workshop.

US Dept of Commerce, NOAA

pp. 49-52

UEA Repository

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Santer, B., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Penner, J., Jones, P., Cubasch, U.

(1995)

Towards the detection and attribution of an anthropogenic effect on climate,

in Climate Dynamics

12

(2)

pp. 77-100

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Santer, B., Taylor, K., Wigley, T., Penner, J., Jones, P., Cubasch, U.

(1995)

Towards the detection and attribution of an anthropogenic effect on climate,

UEA Repository

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Jones, P., Wigley, T., Briffa, K.

(1994)

Global and hemispheric temperature anomalies - land and marine instrumental records,

in Trends '93: A Compendium of Data on Global Change.

US Dept of Energy

pp. 603-608

UEA Repository

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Jones, P., Wigley, T., Gregory, J.

(1994)

England and Wales area-average precipitation amount,

in Trends '93: A Compendium of Data on Global Change.

US Dept of Energy

pp. 975-983

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Kelly, P., Jones, P., Diaz, H., Wigley, T.

(1994)

Recent global warmth moderated by the effects of the Mount Pinatubo eruption,

in Proceedings of the 18th Climate Diagnostics Workshop.

US Dept of Commerce, NOAA

pp. 5-8

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Gregory, J., Wigley, T., Jones, P.

(1993)

Application of Markov models to area-average daily precipitation series and interannual variability in seasonal totals,

in Climate Dynamics

8

(6)

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Jones, P., Marsh, R., Wigley, T., Peel, D.

(1993)

Decadal timescale links between Antarctic Peninsula ice-core oxygen-18, deuterium and temperature,

in The Holocene

3

(1)

pp. 14-26

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Jones, P., Wigley, T.

(1993)

Decadal timescale links between Antarctic Peninsula ice-core oxygen 18, deuterium and temperature,

in Antarctic Special Topic

pp. 97-98

UEA Repository

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Key Research Interests

Climate, sea level and carbon cycle modeling; climate data analysis. 

Significant Publications

  • Santer, B.D., Wigley, T.M.L., Mears, C., Wentz, F.J., Klein, S.A., Seidel, D.J., Taylor, K.E., Thorne, P.W., Wehner, M.F., Gleckler, P.J., Boyle, J.S., Collins, W.D., Dixon, K.W., Doutriaux, C., Free, M., Fu, Q., Hansen, J.E., Jones, C.S., Ruedy, R., Karl, T.R., Lanzante, J.R., Meehl, C.A., Ramaswamy, V., Russell, C., Schmidt, C.A. (2005) Amplification of surface temperature trends and variability in the tropical troposphere. Science 309(5740), 1551-1556. DOI: 10.1126/science.1114867   
  • Santer, B.D., Wigley, T.M.L., Boyle, J.S., Gaffen, D.J., Hnilo J.J., Nychka, D., Parker, D.E. and Taylor, K.E., 2000: Statistical significance of trends and trend differences in layer-average temperature time series. Journal of Geophysical Research 105, 7337–7356. 
  • Wigley, T.M.L. and Raper, S.C.B., 2001: Interpretation of high projections for global-mean warming. Science 293, 451–454. DOI: 10.1126/science.1061604
  • Santer, B.D., Wehner, M.F., Wigley, T.M.L., Sausen, R., Meehl, G.A., Taylor, K.E., Ammann, C., Arblaster, J., Washington, W.M., Boyle, J.S. and Bruggemann, W., 2003: Contributions of anthropogenic and natural forcing to recent tropopause height changes. Science 301, 479–483. 

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