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

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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action