Editorial Board

Editor in Chief


portrait of Hans von Storch

is a director of the Institute of Coastal Systems of the Helmholtz Center Geesthacht and professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg. His research interests are coastal climate and impact (wind, storm surges and waves) in recent times and in possible futures, and methodological issues of statistical climatology (such as detection and attribution of anthropogenic climate change, or utility of proxy data). He has also been engaged in transdisciplinary research with social and cultural scientists for many years. Hans von Storch has published 17 books, and numerous articles. He is member of the advisory/review boards of Journal of Climate, Environmental Science and Policy and Meteorologische Zeitschrift, Oceanologia, the “Papers on Global Change, IGBP”, WIREs Climate Change, Annals of Geophysics, the Romanian Journal of Meteorology, and organizor of the HZG School on Environmental Research, and correspondant of the Atmospheric Sciences Section of AGU Newsletter. Hans studied mathematics, physics and Danish at the University of Hamburg, and received a diploma in mathematics in 1976. While a student he also worked as a programmer at the Department of Oceanography. He went on to receive his Ph.D. from the Meteorological Department of the University of Hamburg in 1979, and his "Habilitation" in 1985. From 1987 - 1995, he was Senior Scientist and leader of the "Statistical Analysis and Modelling" group at the Max Planck-Institut for Meteorology (Hasselmann division). Within the Institute for Coastal Research, he heads the division "Systems Analysis and Modelling". In October 2008, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Göteborgs Universitet, and in May 2013 he was elected a foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Editorial Board


portrait of Ingeborg Auer

has been a research scientist at the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics since 1975, managing the Climate Research department since 2009. Her expertise focuses on climate change and data analysis. She has published a number of peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on related subjects. Together with colleagues, she created the HISTALP database for the Greater Alpine Region in Europe. In 2007 she was awarded by the Royal Meteorological Society and received the Climate Protection award of the Austrian Hail Insurance. In 2017 she received the Golden Hann Medal of the Austrian Meteorological Society.



portrait of Reiner Grundmann

is Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the University of Nottingham (UK). He holds a first degree in Sociology (FU Berlin) and a PhD in Social and Political Sciences (EUI Florence). He has a long-standing interest in sustainability issues and global environmental problems and has published numerous papers in high ranking journals. His current focus is the relation between knowledge and decision making. He has studied this link in the cases of ozone layer protection and climate change, looking at the public discourse in which scientific experts, lay audiences, decision makers and the mass media are crucially important. He has also published on the nature of expertise in contemporary societies and is involved in an interdisciplinary project on urban sustainability funded by the Leverhulme Trust.



is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of more than 200 scientific publications on ocean-atmosphere interactions, numerical weather and climate prediction, meteorology and climatology of the Southern Hemisphere, and high-performance computing. He has also published two books, and several book chapters. Professor Mechoso's research aims to increase the understanding of climate variability using analyses of highly realistic simulations with numerical models, complemented by studies with observational data. Targeted topics have been El Niño/Southern Oscillation and its impacts, American monsoon systems, interactions among climates o ocean basins, stratospheric variability and warmings. He pioneered research on high performance distributing computing for climate modeling.

Professor Mechoso is the founding Chair on the panel on Variability of the American Monsoon Systems (VAMOS) of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). He advises the Tropical Atlantic Variability Group (TROPA) at the University Complutense of Madrid, Spain. He was in the WCRP/CLIVAR Science Steering Group for the period of 2007-2009. He has also been a member of the WCRP/VAMOS panel, and chaired the Science Working Group of the WCRP/VAMOS Ocean-Clouds-Atmosphere-Land Studies (VOCALS) program. He was in the Science Advisory Committee of the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii, held a position with L'École Polytechnique, Paris, France, and participated in the Program of Excellence, University of Hamburg, Germany.




portrait of Marcus Reckermann

is head of the International Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht in Germany near Hamburg. He is a biological oceanographer by education, with research activities in the North and Baltic Seas, the North Atlantic and the Arabian Sea. Since 2005 he has been in the coordination office of Baltic Earth (before 2013: BALTEX), which is an international and interdisciplinary research network for the Baltic Sea region (www.baltic.earth). Next to supporting the Baltic Earth network of researchers and research institutions, he is responsible for organizing conferences, workshops, summer schools and other meetings and is active in editing various publications on Baltic Earth related subjects; like the recent effort to summarize the available knowledge on climate change in the Baltic Sea region in the so-called BACC reports (Baltic Earth Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea region), and the current Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Climate Science.


portrait of Fiona Williamson

is Assistant Professor in Science, Technology and Society at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University. Williamson’s background is in social and environmental history and she is especially interested in intersections between climate & urban society in colonial Asia, the history of the meteorology and nature-induced disasters. She has published on history of the meteorological services of British Malaya, Singapore and Hong Kong, as well as historical floods. She also works across a variety of multi-disciplinary projects which explore long-term trends in climate and extremes of weather, especially floods and, most recently, urban heat. She is also very heavily involved recovering historical documental instrumental weather observations with the international Atmospheric Circulation Reconstructions over the Earth (ACRE) initiative. She is Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Area Representative (Southeast Asia) for the International Commission of the History of Meteorology (ICHM), and regional lead (Southeast Asia) for the ACRE project.

Advisory Board


is currently Senior Science Advisor, Global Climate Change in the Office of the Assistant Director Geosciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF) U.S.A.  She has provided scientific oversight and management of science programs and facilities in the area of climate and earth system science. She has developed, coordinated and/or provided scientific oversight to several pioneering interdisciplinary initiatives, e.g., Earth System Modeling at Regional and Decadal scales with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Harnessing the Data Revolution, and Navigating the New Arctic. Through her tenure at NSF, NOAA, and DOE she has served on various task forces, interagency Working Groups, and committees. She was a member of the U.S. Government review team for the IPCC Third Assessment Report, and the Designated Federal Official at for three Synthesis and Assessment Products that U.S. Department of Energy took the lead in developing for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program.  She is currently co-chair of the Joint Action Group on Earth System Predictability in the Interagency Council for Advancing Meteorological Services. She holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from Fergusson College, Pune India and doctoral degrees from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India, and George Mason University U.S.A.  She received the Distinguished Alumna award from the College of Arts and Sciences George Mason University for exemplary achievement, dedication, of service to the profession and the community.


portrait of Rasmus Benestad

is a senior scientist at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute. His research interests include climate change and variations, analysis, and bridging the gap between model calculations and observations. He is one coordinating lead author for the report Adaptive Actions in a Changing Arctic commissioned by AMAP/The Arctic Council, and has served as a council member of European Meteorological Society as well as in the CORDEX Task Force on Regional Climate Downscaling. He also assisted with editorial work on the European Academies Science Advisory Council report on extreme weather in Europe, and been a part of influential blog RealClimate.org.


portrait of Rudolf Brazdil

is a Professor of Physical Geography at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. His areas of research interest include historical climatology, climatology of the instrumental period, homogenization and analysis of long-term climatological series, historical hydrology, and hydro-meteorological extremes. He was and is a principal investigator of many scientific projects supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic. He is also an author or co-author of 330 reviewed scientific articles, books or book chapters.


portrait of Harold Brooks

is a Senior Research Scientist in the Forecast Research and Development Division at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory. He has published over 90 peer reviewed papers and been a contributing author to the IPCC Third and Fifth Assessment Reports, as well as the US Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product on Extreme Weather and Climate Change. He has authored several review papers in journals on the impact of climate change on extreme weather. In addition, he co-organized the Weather Ready Nation Workshop to set multidisciplinary research priorities to reduce the impact of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes on life and property. He received the US Department of Commerce Silver Medal for work on the climatology of severe thunderstorms, the NOAA Administrator’s Award, NOAA’s Daniel L. Albritton Award for Outstanding Science Communication, and is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.



portrait of Martin Claussen

is Professor of Meteorology at the Meteorological Institute, University Hamburg, and Director at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg (Germany). Claussen's scientific expertise is meteorology, climate modelling, paleoclimate modelling, and land surface-atmosphere interaction. He is interested in analyzing feedback processes in the climate system in present and past climate. He was one of the first to couple a dynamics vegetation model to an atmospheric circulation model to explore the role of vegetation-atmosphere interaction in the climate system. Claussen is a member of the IGBP-SC. He has served as chair of the German Meteorological Society, and as member of the Senate of the German Research Foundation. Claussen has received the Milutin Milankovitch Medal, European Geosciences Union (2005), and he is member of several academies including the German (National) Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, and the Academia Europa.


portrait of Han Dolman

is a Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at VU University Amsterdam. His research focus developed from pure hydrometeorology and ecohydrology to land-surface-atmosphere interactions and the global water and carbon cycles. He originally pioneered the use of the eddy-covariance technique for continuous, long term measurement and monitoring of water (evaporation) and carbon fluxes. His research currently focuses on the interaction of the hydrological cycle with the global biogeochemical cycles (e.g. carbon, nitrogen). Since 2014, he has served as a member of the UN Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Dolman has contributed to over 200 publications, including his 2019 book Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate.


portrait of Anne Graham

is the Librarian of Civil & Environmental Engineering and GIS at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She works with faculty and student researchers to discover and provide literature and data for projects encompassing the fields of Energy and Environment, Transportation and Mechanics and Materials, Geographic Information Systems, and Patent Literature. Previous to her appointment in the MIT Libraries, Anne was a hydrogeologist working at the intersection of agriculture, water conservation and land use, leading field operations for groundwater investigation and remediation. Anne is a member of American College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Libraries Association.


portrait of Silvio Gualdi

is Senior Scientist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) and head of the Climate Simulations and Predictions Division at the Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC). His research interests focus primarily on investigating the mechanisms of climate variability and climate change through numerical simulations. The broad aim of his research is to improve our capability to predict climate variations, and produce and evaluate climate change projections through future scenarios. He is Member of the International Scientific Steering Committee of HyMex (Hydrological Cycle in the Mediterranean Experiment), member of the MedCLIVAR Programme. Along with other colleagues, he has received the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award for 2006. Since February 2008 he is convener of the ASI4-Session on “Coastal Meteorology and Oceanography” at the Annual Meeting of the European Meteorological Society (EMS). Dr. Gualdi teaches in the “Climate Change Science and Management” Ph.D program at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. During his career, he has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters.


portrait of Sergey Gulev

is the Head of Sea-Air Interaction and Climate Laboratory of P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences (IORAS) and professor of oceanography and meteorology at Moscow State University. His expertise covers ocean-atmosphere interactions and climate variability, ocean and atmospheric dynamics, ocean wind waves and storminess, atmospheric water cycle. He published about 100 peer reviewed papers on different aspects of climate science and served as the lead author of IPCC 4th and 5th Assessment Reports. He is deeply involved in different projects of the World Climate Research Programme. Sergey is elected corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences.


portrait of Gabriele Hegerl

is a Professor of Climate System Science at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interests include methods for detecting, attributing and understanding observed climate variability and change, with a focus on climatic extremes and precipitation, climate sensitivity, and variability and change during the last millennium. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a recipient of their Wolfson Research Merit Award.


portrait of Eigil Kass

is Professor of Meteorology and Climate Dynamics at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His interests are in general climate physics, climate dynamics, meteorology, numerical methods used in geophysical fluid dynamics and climate modeling, and methods for integrating atmospheric dynamics and chemistry.

portrait of Bjorn Ola-Linner

is professor in Environmental Change at Linköping University and at the Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research, which he previously directed. His publications analyze governance of climate change and sustainable development as well as climate visualization. He has been scientific expert in the Swedish delegation to IPCC negotiations as well as to Swedish Ministries, the UNFCCC secretariat, and negotiators from several countries. Linnér is the author of more than 90 peer-reviewed papers, scholarly book chapters, and reports. He has extensive experience in leading international research collaborations. His awards include Junior Faculty Prize for a Sustainable Research Environment and Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences fellowship. His most recent book is the co-authored The Political Economy of Climate Change Adaptation (Palgrave).


portrait of Mu Mu

is Professor in the Key Laboratory of Ocean Circulation and Waves, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research interests include predictability of weather and climate, data assimilation, ensemble forecast and targeted observation in atmospheres and oceans, nonlinear stability and instability problems in geophysical fluid dynamics. He is Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World. He received the Ho Leung Ho Lee Science and Technology Prize in 2010 and the First Class Prize of Nature Science Award of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2001. Dr. Mu has published more than 140 peer reviewed publications.


portrait of Neville Nicholls

is a Professor in the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment at Monash University His research has included using the El Niño – Southern Oscillation to predict climate variations including droughts and seasonal tropical cyclone activity, documenting climate and weather impacts on agriculture, ecosystems, and human health, and developing and analyzing data sets for monitoring climate variations and change. Prior to joining Monash University in 2006, Nicholls spent 35 years in climate research in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. In 2005 he was awarded the FitzRoy Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society. He is an elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (of which he is also a past-president).


portrait of Sharon Nicholson

Sharon Nicholson is a Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at Florida State University. Her research focuses on the earth's drylands generally and on Africa in particular. It encompasses climate dynamics and variability, historical climatology, remote sensing, hydrology, and plant-water relationships. She has published over 110 articles in high impact journals and over 40 chapters in books. She is also the author of a book on dryland climates and environments and a volume in the Oxford Bibliographies series on Semi-Arid Environments. Nicholson is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and a recipient of their Anderson Award. She was also a recipient of the Robert Hugh Mill Medal of the Royal Meteorological Society and a Fulbright Fellowship for study and research in Africa.

portrait of Matthew C. Nisbet

Matthew C. Nisbet is Professor of Communication, Public Policy, and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University, editor-in-chief of the journal Environmental Communication, and a monthly columnist at Issues in Science and Technology magazine. He also writes regularly at Scientific American.com and his Medium blog. Nisbet studies the process by which the public and decision-makers come to understand complex scientific and technological issues, analyzing the influence of ideas, culture, expertise, and journalism. He is the author or co-author of more than 80 peer-reviewed studies, scholarly book chapters, and reports, including the 2019 American Academy of Arts and Sciences report “The Public Face of Science Across the World,” the 2018 American Association for Advancement of Science report on Scientists in Civic Life: Facilitating Dialogue-Based Communication and the 2017 US National Academies consensus study on Communicating Science Effectively: A Research Agenda.


portrait of Richard B. Norgaard

is Professor Emeritus of Energy and Resources at the University of California, Berkeley. One of the founders of the field of ecological economics, his research interests include climate change and the rights of future generations; environment, equity, and development; the coevolution of social and environmental systems; and the history of science, especially economics. Norgaard was an invited expert to the scoping meeting of the 5th IPCC Assessment and a lead author in Working Group 3 (Mitigation of Climate Change).


portrait of Roger Pielke, Jr.

is a Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Colorado and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). His research focuses on science, innovation, and politics. Pielke is a recipient of the Public Service Award from the Geological Society of America (2012) and has an honorary doctorate from Linköping University in Sweden. He is also author, co-author or co-editor of seven books, including The Honest Broker: Making Sense of Science in Policy and Politics, The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won't Tell you About Global Warming, and The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters and Climate Change.


portrait of Eric Wood

works in the areas of hydroclimatology with an emphasis on land atmospheric interactions, terrestrial remote sensing, and seasonal hydrologic climate forecasts, including land-climate teleconnections. His modeling focuses on the terrestrial water and energy balances and fluxes over a range of spatial and temporal scales, and his remote-sensing research focuses on estimating the hydrologic and energetic states of the terrestrial system, and on validating satellite retrievals on land surface states. These modeling and remote sensing activities are complemented through several field experiments in the U.S. and Canada.


portrait of Toshio Yamagata

is Director of the Applications Laboratory at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of Tokyo. His research interests include modeling and analysis of ocean-atmosphere coupled phenomena including ENSO, recently discovered IOD; simulation of ocean variability using a high-resolution ocean general circulation; and modeling of nonlinear planetary vortices. Yamagata is a fellow member of American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, and Japan Geoscience Union.


portrait of Tianjun Zhou

is a professor at the Institute of Atmospheric Physics (IAP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is the Assistant Director of IAP and the Deputy Director of the State Key Laboratory of Numerical Modeling for Atmospheric Sciences and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (LASG). He leads the development of the FGOALS climate system model at LASG/IAP. His personal research focuses on coupled atmosphere-ocean modelling, climate dynamics, climate change and variability, with particular emphasis on East Asia and the monsoons. Tianjun Zhou was co-chair of the CLIVAR Asian-Australian Monsoon Panel (AAMP) from 2013 to 2014 and is currently a member of the GEWEX/CLIVAR Monsoons Panel, a member of CLIVAR/SPARC SSG, and member of GEWEX Data and Assessment Panel (GDAP). He also served as Lead Author of the IPCC WG1 AR5. He received AMS Journal of Climate Editors’ award in 2012. He has published about 150 papers in international SCI(E) journals. His Web of Science Core Collection H-index is 32.


portrait of Francis Zwiers

is Director, President, and CEO of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium at the University of Victoria. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Victoria and in the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science of Simon Fraser University. His expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change. Zwiers is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Meteorological Society, a recipient of the Patterson Medal, has served as an IPCC Coordinating Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report, and is an elected member of the IPCC Bureau.

Former Editors


portrait of Silke Beck

is senior researcher at the Department of Environmental Politics, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany. Her research focuses on the relationship between science and governance in global environmental change. Beck has contributed to set up the UFZ Science-Policy Expert Group. This interdisciplinary group has established a leading role in research on science-policy interactions and actively designed and supported such activities in the field of biodiversity and ecosystem services, such as national (stakeholder) contributions to the IPCC and Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).


portrait of Anders Omstedt

is Professor emeritus at Department of Marin Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research interest is in process oriented modelling of lakes and coastal seas related to climate change (energy, water and carbon cycles), environmental change (oxygen and nutrients cycles) and anthropogenic changes. He has been in leading positions in the BALTEX-Baltic Earth programs and the BACC (BALTEX Assessment of Climate Change for the Baltic Sea Basin) program. Anders Omstedt has written about 250 articles, books and book chapters, more than 100 of which have been published in reviewed international journals and books. His professional experience involves project/scientific leader for many research programs, reviewer and guest editor, chairmen and convener, invited speaker, opponent for Ph. D. thesis, member of examination committees, tutor for M. Sc and Ph. D. thesis, member of international unions and working groups.


portrait of Jin-Song von Storch

is a Senior Scientist at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology and Professor at the University of Hamburg (Germany). Her research covers multiple areas in theoretical meteorology and physical oceanography with foci on scale interactions, energetics, oceanic mesoscale eddies, internal waves, climate response to external forcing factors. Her work aims at achieving a better understanding of climate dynamics and climate sensitivity using stochastic concepts and climate models. She has played a leading role in establishing high-resolution climate modeling in Germany. During her career, she has published more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters.