See my main UEA/ENV profile page.
I am a Professor of Climate Science
in the Climatic Research Unit,
part of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.,
where I have worked since 1990. Initially I was a Research Associate
until I successfully completed my Ph.D. thesis in October
1995 (entitled "Internally-generated variability in some
ocean models on decadal to millennial timescales"
[abstract] and supervised by Professor Tom Wigley).
Then I was a Senior Research Associate for 10 years, undertaking a wide range of climate
research, supervision of research students and management of research projects.
From 2005-2010 I held an
RCUK Academic Fellowship, allowing
me to continue carrying out scientific research into various aspects
of the global climate system, while also contributing to the teaching of
undergraduate and masters students and supervising the research of postgraduate
students. From 2010-2014 I was a Reader in climate science.
My research interests cover the fields of natural climate variability
(particularly that driven by changes in the
thermohaline circulation of the ocean
related to the North Atlantic Oscillation
or forced by natural external factors
as observed, modelled
and recorded in climate proxies
[info]); uncertainties in observational records;
and the climatology of daily precipitation (including the influence of the
spatial scale under consideration and relationships with atmospheric
My activities and responsibilities
Information about some of the things I do is given below or at the links at the
top of the page.
National and international roles
From 2002-2006, I was joint co-ordinator (with Keith Briffa) of the
SO&P project, an EU-funded project spanning
8 institutions and with resources of €1.9 million.
- The SO&P project (Simulations, Observations & Palaeoclimatic data: climate
variability over the last 500 years) used
proxy data and model simulations to enhance our understanding and knowledge
of climate variations over the past millennium.
- Executive summary:
Osborn and Briffa (2006)
- Full final report:
Osborn and Briffa (2006)
- From 2002-2004 I led CRU's Strategic Review Team, which undertook
an assessment of CRU's current situation and the development of strategy
for the next decade.
Publishing, editing and reviewing
I have been a member of the
of the scientific journal
Journal of Climatology since 2000.
I have published
almost 60 (as of August 2007)
articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals
and many other reports and contributions to books.
I have reviewed manuscripts for many scientific journals including
J. Geophys. Res.,
Geophys. Res. Lett.,
J. Phys. Oceanogr.,
Int. J. Climatol.,
I supervise some of the Unit's students.
I teach on a number of the School of Environmental Science's courses.
Some of my lecture notes and powerpoint slides are available
Some of my students and postdocs use the UK Met Office's Unified Model
(a general circulation model of the climate system).
Information about using the
Unified Model at UEA is available
here on the UEA Blackboard site.
To access these pages, you need to be registered for Blackboard and you need
to be added to the list of "Met Office UM" course participants.
Professor Tim Osborn|
Climatic Research Unit
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ
phone: +44 (0)1603 592089