Tom Wigley

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Tom Wigley is a climate scientist at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).[1] He was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his major contributions to climate and carbon cycle modeling and to climate data analysis, and because he is "one of the world's foremost experts on climate change and one of the most highly cited scientists in the discipline."[2] Wigley has argued in the popular media that the IPCC has been too optimistic about the prospect of averting harmful climate change by reducing greenhouse emissions,[3] and that "the human-induced changes that are expected over the next 100 years are much, much greater than any changes that societies experienced in the past."[4] In 2013, with other leading experts, he was co-author of an open letter to policy makers, which stated that "continued opposition to nuclear power threatens humanity's ability to avoid dangerous climate change."[5]


Tom Wigley was educated as a mathematical physicist and earned his doctorate at the University of Adelaide in Australia. He served as director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom from 1978 to 1993. In 1993 he went on to the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, where he was appointed a senior scientist in 1994.[6][7]


Charlson, Robert J.; Tom M. L. Wigley (February 1994). "Sulfate Aerosol and Climatic Change". Scientific American 270 (2): 28–35. 


  1. ^ "Tom Wigley named AAAS fellow". Staff Notes Monthly. UCAR. November 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "NCAR Scientist Tom Wigley Honored as AAAS Fellow". UCAR. 31 October 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  3. ^ John Tierney (3 April 2008). "Are Carbon Cuts Just a Fantasy?". New York Times. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "What's up with the Weather". Interview: Tom M.L. Wigley. PBS. 2000. Retrieved 28 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Top climate change scientists issue open letter to policy influencers -". CNN. 3 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Hosansky, David (October 31, 2003). "NCAR Scientist Tom Wigley Honored as AAAS Fellow". University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Retrieved 30 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "History of the Climatic Research Unit". Retrieved 2010-09-14.