Tom Wigley

Tom Wigley


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Personal profile


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.

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Key Research Interests and Expertise

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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