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Vicky Pope

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Vicky Pope is a scientist and the former head of the climate predictions programme at the Hadley Centre.[1]


Pope attended North London Collegiate School.[2] She joined the Met Office in the 1980s and went on to complete a PhD in Meteorology at the University of Reading.[3]

She spent 6 years as manager of atmospheric climate model development and evaluation. She became a senior manager of the climate research programme for a number of UK Government departments in 2002.[3] Since October 2004 she was Head of the Climate Prediction Programme which provides independent scientific advice on climate change. Her research interests include developing and validating climate models.

She is a professor at Gresham College, and an honorary professor at University College London.[4][5]

In an article for The Guardian newspaper, she wrote: "Having to rein in extraordinary claims that the latest extreme event is all due to climate change is at best hugely frustrating and at worse enormously distracting. Overplaying natural variations in the weather as climate change is just as much a distortion of science as underplaying them to claim that climate change has stopped or is not happening."

She added: "Both undermine the basic facts that the implications of climate change are profound and will be severe if greenhouse gas emissions are not cut drastically." [6]


Selected newspaper and web articles 2007-2013[edit]


  1. ^ Salazar, Jorge (May 10, 2010). "Vicky Pope responds to critics of computer models for climate". EarthSky.org. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  2. ^ "StackPath". www.nlcs.org.uk. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  3. ^ a b "Iris View Profile". iris.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2022-06-30.
  4. ^ "Vicky Pope". Gresham College. Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  5. ^ "Climate Resilience and Sustainability". Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS). Retrieved 2021-05-05.
  6. ^ Adam, David (2009-02-11). "Apocalyptic predictions' mislead the public on climate change, say experts". The Guardian. Retrieved 2021-05-05.