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Dr. Roger Saunders is Head of Satellite Imagery Applications Group at the UK Met Office, and has more than 25 years experience in processing satellite data for imagery, climate and NWP applications and has worked at ESOC, ECMWF and the Met Office on satellite related projects.

Dr. Mark Ringer is Manager of the Climate Sensitivity and Feedbacks Group at the Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction & Research. His research interests centre around the use of satellite data for understanding the climate and for developing and testing climate models. His principal areas of work focus on the role of clouds and cloud radiative effects in the present-day climate and under climate change; the representation of clouds, water vapour and radiation and associated feedback processes in climate models; climate model development and evaluation, with particular emphasis on the application of new sources of observations to improve the representation of physical processes. He has been involved in the development of Hadley Centre climate models throughout his career at the Met Office.

Paul van der Linden has extensive experience in the management of science projects. He has a sound knowledge of the subject area and has worked successfully in a complex programme management environment with a range of international partners. He currently works on the AVOID programme which is a policy-oriented research programme and was the Director of the EC FP6 ENSEMBLES project. Paul is also the co-editor of two IPCC Assessment Reports.

Dr. Yoko Tsushima is a Senior Scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre.Yoko works on understanding cloud-radiation fields and feedbacks using satellite observations and GCMs, including the development of metrics to assess radiative feedbacks in climate models. She works on a resolution hierarchy of models in clouds, precipitation, and radiation. In the European Union Cloud Intercomparison, Process Study & Evaluation Project (EUCLIPSE), she leads the development of a set of cloud metrics. Yoko has been a member of Understanding Climate since she joined the Met Office in 2009. Prior to joining the Met Office, Yoko worked in the Frontier Research Centre for Global Change in Japan, where she worked with Suki Manabe, one of the pioneers of climate simulation research, on radiative feedback in the seasonal cycle. She headed the development of cloud metrics in a subgroup of a strategic project in the Ministry of Environment in Japan.

Dr. Rosa Barciela is the Manager of the Marine Biogeochemistry and Impacts Group at the Met Office Hadley Centre. She has more than 15 years of experience in oceanography, biogeochemistry, numerical ocean modelling, data assimilation and remote sensing. She has led the coupling of biogeochemical and carbon cycle models to operational forecasting models for  GMES,including the development and implementation of novel data assimilation techniques using biogeochemical observations (ocean colour and PCO2). Rosa is now leading the development of the biogeochemical climate model component of the next generation of Earth System Models. She is a member of the GODAE Science Team and co-chairs its Marine Analysis and Ecosystem Prediction Task Team (MEP-TT).

Dr. Alexander Loew is a senior researcher at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His research interests are the derivation of quantitative land surface parameters from remote sensing data and the assimilation of remote sensing data into climate and land surface process models. The focus of the research is on the combination of different remote sensing data sets for the monitoring of land surface energy and water fluxes at long timescales.

Dr. Stefan Kinne is a scientist in the atmospheric observation and process study group at the MPI-M. His research interest is in the ECV aerosol and its links to other ECVs, in particular the cloud ECV. He is currently a member of GEWEX assessment groups for aerosol, radiation and clouds.

Dr. Silvia Kloster is a Klaus Hasselmann fellow at the Max Planck Research Institute for Meteorology. Her research interests are Earth System processes.Her current research focuses on the role of fire in the Earth System. For this she utilizes global vegetation models to simulate fire disturbance and related trace gas and aerosol emissions in conjunction with recently developed burned area satellite retrievals.

Dr. Dirk Notz leads the Research Group on Sea Ice in the Earth System at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. He and his group aim at better understanding the role of sea ice for the changing climate of our Earth. To reach that aim, his work combines laboratory and field experiments with small scale and large scale modelling. A more in-depth exploitation of available remotely-sensed properties of sea ice has become one of his recent research foci.

Dr. Dick Dee, Head of the Reanalysis Section at ECMWF, will coordinate the ECMWF contributions to CMUG. He has more than 25 years experience in data assimilation, with a strong background in Kalman filtering theory and applications, and observational quality control and bias correction techniques. As a principal support scientist at NASA, he has made significant contributions to the GMAO data assimilation system. He joined ECMWF in 2005 in the reanalysis team and played a pivotal role in the design and production of ERA-Interim.

Dr. Rossana Dragani, has been working at ECMWF since April 2006. Her research interests lie in the field of data assimilation with a focus on the exploitation of atmospheric composition data from satellite measurements. After joining ECMWF she worked on many aspects of ozone data monitoring and assimilation, including providing support to ESA for the ENVISAT cal/val activities. Rossana was also responsible for the ECMWF contribution for the ESA funded GlobMODEL project. As a member of the GOME-2 Science Advisory Group and a reviewer of the O3M SAF activities she has well established collaboration credentials with EUMETSAT.

Dr. Serge Planton is a senior scientist and the head of the climate division since 1995. His main research activities concerned the development of physical parameterization for climate models, the study of ocean-air interaction and the study of climate change and its impacts. His main present research topic concerns the detection and attribution of climate change at the regional scale. He was involved in the preparation of the 4th Assessment Report of IPCC as review editor of the chapter “Understanding and Attributing Climate Change”.

Dr. Veronika Eyring is Senior Scientist at DLR and Head of the Earth system model evaluation group. She is Associate Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich (Germany) and maintains a strong collaboration with the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR, USA) as Affiliate Scientist and with the University of Exeter (UK) as Honorary Visiting Professor. Her research focuses on Earth system modelling and model evaluation with observations to better understand chemistryclimate interactions and climate change, and to improve the models. She has authored many peerreviewed journal articles and has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) climate and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) ozone assessments since 2004. She is involved in the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) through her roles as Chair of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) Panel and member of the scientific steering committees for the Stratosphere-Troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC) project,the Chemistry-Climate Model Initiative (CCMI), the Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM),the WCRP Data Advisory Council's (WDAC) Observations for Model Evaluation Task Team, and the Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE)/WGCM Climate Model Metrics Panel. Within CMUG, she will strengthen expertise in climate model benchmarking and links to international climate model intercomparison projects.

Dr. Axel Lauer studied meteorology in Munich and obtained his PhD on aerosols from the Free University of Berlin. Before joining the Earth system model evaluation group at DLR, he spent five years as a researcher at the International Pacific Research Center in Honolulu studying clouds, aerosols and their interactions and two years at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, where he was heading a small modeling group investigating the impact of black carbon and of other aerosols on air quality and climate. Within CMUG he will lead the development of the benchmarking activity with the ESMValTool using ESA CCI data and will also contribute to the cross-assessment of aerosol, cloud and radiation ECVs.

Dr. Mattia Righi is a Research Scientist at DLR and a Member of the Earth system model evaluation and aerosol groups. His research focuses on global aerosol modelling and evaluation, in particular on aerosol-cloud and aerosol-radiation interactions, and on the quantification of aerosol impacts from specific sources. In CMUG he will be responsible for the cross-assessment of the aerosol, cloud and radiation ECVs and will also contribute to the benchmarking activity with the ESMValTool using ESA CCI data. He has excellent programming skills and experience in aerosol and climate modelling and the analysis of observational data,documented in a variety of peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Jean-Louis Dufresne is head of the IPSL Climate Modelling Centre since 2009, deputy director of IPSL since 2010, and former head of the "Atmospheric Modelling Team" at IPSL-LMD (2004-2011). He has 20 years research experience in coupled global climate modelling, climate change studies, climate and climate-carbon feedback analysis, radiative transfer computation and cloud model evaluation. He contributed to more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and acts as Lead Author in the Working Group-1 of the IPCC-AR5. Since 2004, he is involved in the major European projects that contribute to the development of climate models: ENSEMBLES (2004-2009), COMBINE (2009-2013) and EMBRACE (2011-2015). As head of the IPSL Climate Modelling Centre, he coordinates the development of the IPSL-CM5 model and the achievement of the simulations.

Dr. Patricia Cadule specializes in the interactions between the climate and the carbon cycle, has been working at IPSL for 12 years. Since 2005 she has been responsible for modelling the climate-carbon cycle, and since 2009 took a leading role in the development and the evaluation of IPSL climate-carbon coupled models.She is actively involved in a number of European projects and was Principal Investigator for the IPSL-LSCE in the ESA ECV CCI Fire project. Her research interests include the carbon cycle, the role of fire in the Earth System, the global change and their interactions with society.

Dr. Ulrike Willen is a research scientist at the Rossby Centre, SMHI, working on regional and global climate modelling especially the parameterization and evaluation of clouds and radiation. She is currently involved in ADSIMNOR, EMBRACE, SPECS and CLIPC and has previously been involved in EU projects for evaluation of models using ground-based observational networks, such as the CLIWA-NET and CloudNET projects and a number of satellite projects with the Swedish National Space Board (ArcticCLIM, CLOUDMAP).

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Upcoming events
  • CMUG 6th Integration Meeting, 14-16 Mar 2016
  • Living Planet Symposium, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016
  • Colocation Meeting 7, ESRIN, Italy, 4-6 Oct 2016

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