Phil Jones (climatologist)
|Phil D. Jones|
22 April 1952 |
|Institutions||University of East Anglia|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales, University of Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Thesis||A spatially distributed catchment model for flood forecasting and river regulation with particular reference to the River Tyne (1977)|
|Notable awards||Hans Oeschger Medal (2002), AMS Fellow (2007), AGU Fellow (2009)|
His research interests include instrumental climate change, palaeoclimatology, detection of climate change and the extension of riverflow records in the UK. He has also published papers on the temperature record of the past 1000 years.
He is known for maintaining a time series of the instrumental temperature record. This work was featured prominently in both the 2001 and 2007 IPCC reports, where he was a contributing author to Chapter 12, Detection of Climate Change and Attribution of Causes, of the Third Assessment Report and a Coordinating Lead Author of Chapter 3, Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change, of the AR4.
Jones obtained a B.A. in Environmental Sciences (1973) from the University of Lancaster, an M.Sc. in Engineering Hydrology (1974) and a Ph.D. in Hydrology (1977) from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His doctoral thesis was titled, A spatially distributed catchment model for flood forecasting and river regulation with particular reference to the River Tyne.
Jones has spent his entire career with the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). He began as a Senior Research Associate in 1976, advancing to Reader in 1994 and later to Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences in 1998. Jones served as Director of the CRU jointly with Jean Palutikof from 1998 to 2004 and by himself since 2004.
Climate emails controversy
He temporarily stepped aside from Director of the CRU in November 2009 following a controversy over e-mails which were taken and published by person(s) unknown. The House of Commons' Science and Technology Select Committee inquiry concluded that there was no case against Jones for him to answer, and said he should be reinstated in his post. He was reinstated in July 2010 with the newly created role of Director of Research, after a further review led by Sir Muir Russell found no fault with the "rigour and honesty as scientists" of Jones and his colleagues, although finding that the CRU scientists had not embraced the "spirit of openness" of the UK Freedom of Information Act. The university said that the new position was not a demotion and would enable Jones to concentrate on research and "reduce his responsibilities for administration."
Awards and honors
- 1994 - Hugh Robert Mill Prize, Royal Meteorological Society 
- 1997 - Outstanding Scientific Paper Award, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
- 1998 - Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award, World Meteorological Organization 
- 2001 - International Journal of Climatology Prize, Royal Meteorological Society 
- 2002 - Hans Oeschger Medal, European Geosciences Union 
- 2002 - ISI highly cited researcher, Institute for Scientific Information 
- 2007 - Fellow, American Meteorological Society 
- 2009 - Fellow, American Geophysical Union 
- Jones, P. D.; Mann, M. E. (2004). "Climate over past millennia". Reviews of Geophysics 42 (RG2002): 42. Bibcode:2004RvGeo..42.2002J. doi:10.1029/2003RG000143. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
- Mann, Michael E.; Jones, Philip D. (2003). "Global Surface Temperatures over the Past Two Millennia". Geophysical Research Letters 30 (15): CLM 5–1~5–4. Bibcode:2003GeoRL..30oCLM5M. doi:10.1029/2003GL017814. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
- Jones, P. D.; Moberg, A. (2003). "Hemispheric and Large-Scale Surface Air Temperature Variations: An Extensive Revision and an Update to 2001". Journal of Climate 16 (2): 206–223. Bibcode:2003JCli...16..206J. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(2003)016<0206:HALSSA>2.0.CO;2. Retrieved 2007-04-18.
- Jones, P. D.; Osborn, T.J.; Briffa, K.R. (2003). "Estimating Sampling Errors in Large-Scale Temperature Averages". Journal of Climate 10 (10): 2548–2568. Bibcode:1997JCli...10.2548J. doi:10.1175/1520-0442(1997)010<2548:ESEILS>2.0.CO;2. Retrieved 2007-04-18.[dead link]
- "Philip Douglas Jones - Curriculum Vitae". Academia Europaea. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Prof Philip Jones". University of East Anglia. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- Jones, Phil; Mike Salmon. "Temperature". Climatic Research Unit. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
- "Climate Change 2001: Working Group I: The Scientific Basis". UNEP/GRID-Arendal. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
- "EGS Hans Oeschger Medallist – 2002". European Geosciences Union. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
- Jones, Philip D. (1977). "A spatially distributed catchment model for flood forecasting and river regulation with particular reference to the River Tyne". British Library. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- Pearce, Fred (2010). The Climate Files: The Battle for the Truth about Global Warming. London: Guardian Books. p. VII. ISBN 9780852652299. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "History of the Climatic Research Unit". Climatic Research Unit. Archived from the original on 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2009-12-18.
- "Professor Phil Jones has today announced that he will stand aside as Director of the Climatic Research Unit until the completion of an independent review resulting from allegations following the unauthorized release and publication of emails and other documents from the Unit." (Press release). Climatic Research Unit at University of East Anglia. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
- George Monbiot (July 7, 2010). "The 'climategate' inquiry at last vindicates Phil Jones – and so must I". The Guardian. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
- McCarthy, Michael (July 8, 2010). "'Conspiracy theories finally laid to rest' by report on leaked climate change emails". The Independent. Retrieved 2010-07-08.
- "Hugh Robert Mill Prize". Royal Meteorological Society. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "Winners of the Norbert Gerbier-MUMM International Award". World Meteorological Organization. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Awards - Historical List". Royal Meteorological Society. Retrieved 2013-08-18.
- "Highly Cited Research". Thompson Reuters. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "List of AMS Fellows". American Meteorological Society. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- "2009 Fellow: Philip D Jones". American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 2013-08-19.
- Home page
- BBC article on the temperature record of the past 1000 years controversy
- BBC article: Climate crisis: All change in the UK?
- BBC interview by BBC's environment analyst Roger Harrabin