Richard A. Betts

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Richard A. Betts
OccupationClimate scientist

Richard A. Betts is Head of the Climate Impacts strategic area at the Met Office Hadley Centre in Exeter, United Kingdom.[1][2] He is also Chair in Climate Impacts at the University of Exeter and the Principal Investigator of the EU FP7 project HELIX (High-End cLimate Impacts and eXtremes). He was a lead author for Working Group I[3] and a contributing author for Working Group II[4] of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. He was a lead author for Working Group II of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report.[5] He is an editor for the International Journal of Global Warming,[6] the Journal of Environmental Investing,[7] and for Earth System Dynamics.[8]

After studying physics at the University of Bristol, Betts switched to meteorology at the University of Birmingham and then studied for a doctorate in meteorology at the University of Reading.[1] He is noted for engaging with critics of climate science on Twitter[2] and was selected by TIME as one of the 140 best Twitter feeds of 2012.[9]

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  1. ^ a b "Dr Richard Betts". Met Office. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  2. ^ a b Hickman, Leo (2012-03-29). "Met Office hosts 'conversations' with climate sceptics". The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
  3. ^ Forster, P.; V. Ramaswamy; P. Artaxo; T. Berntsen; R. Betts; D.W. Fahey; J. Haywood; J. Lean; D.C. Lowe; G. Myhre; J. Nganga; R. Prinn; G. Raga; M. Schulz; R. Van Dorland (2007), Solomon, S.; Qin, D.; Manning, M.; Chen, Z.; Marquis, M.; Averyt, K.B.; Tignor, M.; Miller, H.L. (eds.), Changes in Atmospheric Constituents and in Radiative Forcing (PDF), Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-88009-1
  4. ^ IPCC AR4 WG2 (2007), Parry, M.L.; Canziani, O.F.; Palutikof, J.P.; van der Linden, P.J.; Hanson, C.E. (eds.), Climate Change 2007: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Contribution of Working Group II to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-88010-7
  5. ^ "IPCC Working Group II Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report: Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors, and Review Editors" (PDF). IPCC. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  6. ^ "International Journal of Global Warming (IJGW): Editors and Members of the Editorial Board". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  7. ^ "Journal of Environmental Investing: People". Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  8. ^ "Earth System Dynamics: Editorial and Advisory Board". Retrieved 2012-03-22.
  9. ^ Townsend, Allie (2012-03-21). "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2012". Time Techland. Retrieved 2012-03-22.