Climatic Research Unit : Staff
Prof. Keith Briffa
Keith Briffa is a Professor at the Climatic Research Unit,
University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K., where he as worked since 1977.
He was born in 1952. His primary research interests are in late Holocene
climate change with a geographical emphasis on northern Eurasia. His
specialism is dendroclimatology,
a field in which he has produced a number of widely cited reconstructions
of past climate variability (in western North America, northern North
America, Western Europe, Fennoscandia and western Siberia). He is
presently the coordinator of
a European Community funded project
(involving 15 institutions in 9 countries) using various forms of tree-ring
data (ring widths, ring densities and carbon and oxygen isotopes) to
reconstruct high-resolution northern European climate change over the last
Beside this principal commitment, Briffa is currently engaged in
collaborative tree-ring projects with colleagues in N. America, Russia,
S. America (Chile and Argentina) and New Zealand.
Besides tree-ring research, Briffa's interests encompass evidence of
recent climate change based on instrumental records, and the theory and
general application of various palaeoclimate data for describing 'natural'
climate variability, its relationships with possible forcing factors and
the relevance for anthropogenic climate change detection. Briffa is an
Associate Editor of the journals The Holocene (of which he was
a founding member) and Dendrochronologia.
- Briffa, K. R. and Melvin, T.M. 2008.
A Closer Look at Regional Curve Standardization of Tree-Ring Records: Justification of the Need, a Warning of Some Pitfalls, and Suggested Improvements in Its Application (2008) (draft paper)
in M. K. Hughes, H. F. Diaz, and T. W. Swetnam, editors. Dendroclimatology: Progress and prospects. Springer Verlag (in press).
- Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 363 (12-Jul-2008) 2271-2284 - data
- Journal of Geophysical Research 106 D3 (16-Feb-2001) 2929-2941 - abstract, paper, plates
- Quaternary Science Reviews 19, 87-105 (1999) - abstract, figures and data
- Other abstracts
- Other data
- Temperature maps 1400-1960
- Chapter 10 of Bradley Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary
Dendroclimatic pilot study in Ethiopia - Report to the Overseas Development Adminstration (1986)
- The Yamal ring-width chronology of Briffa (2000)
- Briffa, K. R., P. D. Jones, F. H. Schweingruber, W. Karlén, and S. G. Shiyatov. 1996.
Tree-ring variables as proxy-climate indicators: Problems with low frequency signals.
Pages 9-41 in P. D. Jones, R. S. Bradley, and J. Jouzel, editors.
Climatic Variations and Forcing Mechanisms of the Last 2000 Years. Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
- Examining the validity of the published RCS Yamal tree-ring chronology
Last updated: October 2009