Prof Peter Thorne

Geography, ICARUS

Centre Director - ICARUS
Professor of Physical Geography (Climate Science)

Laraghbryan House
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(087) 6122753

Biography

I am a Professor in Physical Geography (Climate Change) at Maynooth University in Ireland and Director of the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS group (ICARUS). I'm on all the usual academia type things its de rigueur to be on nowadays:

I completed my PhD in 2001 at the University of East Anglia and have since worked in a mix of government, academia and research SMEs across 4 countries (UK, USA, Norway and Ireland). My main historical interests have been in the investigation of observed climate changes globally, with a particular emphasis upon temperature and humidity changes from in-situ measurements (marine, land and weather balloon). I have also undertaken publication on detection and attribution (which was the subject of my PhD thesis) and atmospheric reanalyses.

I am the chair of the International Surface Temperature Initiative which consists of an interdisciplinary effort to create a suite of improved Land Surface Air Temperature products to meet science needs and societal expectations in the era of climate services. The initiative has four principal aims:
  • Improving the completeness and provenance of available basic data holdings
  • Promoting the development of novel techniques of homogenization to the basic data holdings
  • Benchmarking the performance of candidate techniques of homogenization against synthetically produced analogs to the real world holdings
  • Provision of products, tools, and guidance to end-users
I am co-chair of the GCOS Working Group on the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN). The GRUAN network aims to instigate a maintain on a multidecadal basis a high quality reference network of traceable and comparable measurement capabilities at a subset of global locations in support of monitoring, characterising broader aspects of the global observing system (including satellites) and process understanding. I am also the project lead on the Horizon 2020 GAIA-CLIM project which aims to use such measurements to better characterise satellite measurements.

I was a Lead Author on 5th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment. I was also a Lead Author on the US CCSP1.1 report on atmospheric temperature trends. Over 2009 to 2015 I was an editor on the global chapter of the annual State of the Climate series of reports in BAMS


Research Interests

  • Observational climate records
  • Atmospheric temperature and humidity
  • Future observational strategies
  • Detection and attribution
  • Climate change assessments

Research Projects

  Project Role Description Start Date End Date
INTAROS Investigator 01-JAN-17 31-DEC-21
GAIA-CLIM Project lead 01-MAR-15 28-FEB-18

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2016 'Reassessing changes in Diurnal Temperature Range: A new dataset and characterization of data biases: A new dataset of DTR changes'
Thorne, P. W. and Menne, M. J. and Williams, C. N. and Rennie, J. J. and Lawrimore, J. H. and Vose, R. S. and Peterson, T. C. and Durre, I. and Davy, R. and Esau, I. and Klein-Tank, A. M. G. and Merlone, A. (2016) 'Reassessing changes in Diurnal Temperature Range: A new dataset and characterization of data biases: A new dataset of DTR changes'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'A review of sources of systematic errors and uncertainties in observations and simulations at 183 GHz'
Brogniez H.;English S.;Mahfouf J.;Behrendt A.;Berg W.;Boukabara S.;Buehler S.;Chambon P.;Gambacorta A.;Geer A.;Ingram W.;Kursinski E.;Matricardi M.;Odintsova T.;Payne V.;Thorne P.;Tretyakov M.;Wang J. (2016) 'A review of sources of systematic errors and uncertainties in observations and simulations at 183 GHz'. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, :2207-2221 [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Reference upper-air observations for climate: From concept to reality'
Bodeker, G.E.,Bojinski, S.,Cimini, D.,Dirksen, R.J.,Haeffelin, M.,Hannigan, J.W.,Hurst, D.F.,Leblanc, T.,Madonna, F.,Maturilli, M.,Mikalsen, A.C.,Philipona, R.,Reale, T.,Seidel, D.J.,Tan, D.G.H.,Thorne, P.W.,Vömel, H.,Wang, J. (2016) 'Reference upper-air observations for climate: From concept to reality'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97 (1):123-135 [Details]
2016 'Reassessing changes in Diurnal Temperature Range: Intercomparison and evaluation of existing global dataset estimates.: DTR dataset intercomparison / assessment'
Thorne, P. W. and Donat, M. G. and Dunn, R. J. H. and Williams, C. N. and Alexander, L. V. and Caesar, J. and Durre, I. and Harris, I. and Hausfather, Z. and Jones, P.D. and Menne, M. J. and Rohde, R. and Vose, R. S. and Davy, R. and Klein-Tank, A. M. G. and Lawrimore, J. H. and Peterson, T. C. and Rennie, J. J. (2016) 'Reassessing changes in Diurnal Temperature Range: Intercomparison and evaluation of existing global dataset estimates.: DTR dataset intercomparison / assessment'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Further exploring and quantifying uncertainties for extended reconstructed sea surface temperature (ERSST) version 4 (v4)'
Huang, B., Thorne, P.W., Smith, T.M., Liu, W., Lawrimore, J., Banzon, V.F., Zhang, H.-M., Peterson, T.C., Menne, M. (2016) 'Further exploring and quantifying uncertainties for extended reconstructed sea surface temperature (ERSST) version 4 (v4)'. 29 (9):3119-3142 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature Version 4 (ERSST.v4). Part I: Upgrades and Intercomparisons'
Huang, Boyin and Banzon, Viva F. and Freeman, Eric and Lawrimore, Jay and Liu, Wei and Peterson, Thomas C. and Smith, Thomas M. and Thorne, Peter W. and Woodruff, Scott D. and Zhang, Huai-Min (2015) 'Extended Reconstructed Sea Surface Temperature Version 4 (ERSST.v4). Part I: Upgrades and Intercomparisons'. Journal of Climate, 28 (3):911-930 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Briefing: How do we know the globe has warmed? What do we know about why?'
Thorne, P. (2015) 'Briefing: How do we know the globe has warmed? What do we know about why?'. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Forensic Engineering, 168 (2):58-64 [Details]
2015 'Extended reconstructed sea surface temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4): Part II. Parametric and structural uncertainty estimations'
Liu, W.,Huang, B.,Thorne, P.W.,Banzon, V.F.,Zhang, H.-M.,Freeman, E.,Lawrimore, J.,Peterson, T.C.,Smith, T.M.,Woodruff, S.D. (2015) 'Extended reconstructed sea surface temperature version 4 (ERSST.v4): Part II. Parametric and structural uncertainty estimations'. Journal of Climate, 28 (3):931-951 [Details]
2015 'Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 1. Construction of two 30-member Earth System Model ensembles'
Outten, S.,Thorne, P.,Bethke, I.,Seland, Ø. (2015) 'Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 1. Construction of two 30-member Earth System Model ensembles'. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 120 (17):8575-8596 [Details]
2015 'Cyclone center can citizen scientists improve tropical cyclone intensity records?'
Hennon, C.C.,Knapp, K.R.,Schreck, C.J.,Stevens, S.E.,Kossin, J.P.,Thorne, P.W.,Hennon, P.A.,Kruk, M.C.,Rennie, J.,Gadéa, J.-M.,Striegl, M.,Carley, I. (2015) 'Cyclone center can citizen scientists improve tropical cyclone intensity records?'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96 (4):591-607 [Details]
2015 'Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 2. Comparison of model ensembles to observational estimates'
Thorne, P;Outten, S;Bethke, I;Seland, O (2015) 'Investigating the recent apparent hiatus in surface temperature increases: 2. Comparison of model ensembles to observational estimates'. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 120 :8597-8620 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'The international surface temperature initiative global land surface databank: monthly temperature data release description and methods'
Rennie, J. J. and Lawrimore, J. H. and Gleason, B. E. and Thorne, P. W. and Morice, C. P. and Menne, M. J. and Williams, C. N. and de Almeida, W. Gambi and Christy, J.R. and Flannery, M. and Ishihara, M. and Kamiguchi, K. and Klein-Tank, A. M. G. and Mhanda, A. and Lister, D. H. and Razuvaev, V. and Renom, M. and Rusticucci, M. and Tandy, J. and Worley, S. J. and Venema, V. and Angel, W. and Brunet, M. and Dattore, B. and Diamond, H. and Lazzara, M. A. and Le Blancq, F. and Luterbacher, J. and Mächel, H. and Revadekar, J. and Vose, R. S. and Yin, X. (2014) 'The international surface temperature initiative global land surface databank: monthly temperature data release description and methods'. Geoscience Data Journal, 1 (2):75-102 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'HadISDH land surface multi-variable humidity and temperature record for climate monitoring'
Willett, K.M.,Dunn, R.J.H.,Thorne, P.W.,Bell, S.,De Podesta, M.,Parker, D.E.,Jones, P.D.,Williams, C.N. (2014) 'HadISDH land surface multi-variable humidity and temperature record for climate monitoring'. Climate of the Past, 10 (6):1983-2006 [Details]
2014 'A framework for benchmarking of homogenisation algorithm performance on the global scale'
Willett, K. and Williams, C. and Jolliffe, I. T. and Lund, R. and Alexander, L. V. and Brönnimann, S. and Vincent, L. A. and Easterbrook, S. and Venema, V. K. C. and Berry, D. and Warren, R. E. and Lopardo, G. and Auchmann, R. and Aguilar, E. and Menne, M. J. and Gallagher, C. and Hausfather, Z. and Thorarinsdottir, T. and Thorne, P. W. (2014) 'A framework for benchmarking of homogenisation algorithm performance on the global scale'. Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems, 3 (2):187-200 [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Warm streaks in the U.S. temperature record: What are the chances?'
Craigmile, P.F.,Guttorp, P.,Lund, R.,Smith, R.L.,Thorne, P.W.,Arndt, D. (2014) 'Warm streaks in the U.S. temperature record: What are the chances?'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 119 (10):5757-5766 [Details]
2013 'Models versus radiosondes in the free atmosphere: A new detection and attribution analysis of temperature'
Lott, F.C., Stott, P.A., Mitchell, D.M., Christidis, N., Gillett, N.P., Haimberger, L., Perlwitz, J., Thorne, P.W. (2013) 'Models versus radiosondes in the free atmosphere: A new detection and attribution analysis of temperature'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 118 (6):2609-2619 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'U.S. climate reference network after one decade of operations status and assessment'
Diamond, H.J., Karl, T.R., Palecki, M.A., Baker, C.B., Bell, J.E., Leeper, R.D., Easterling, D.R., Lawrimore, J.H., Meyers, T.P., Helfert, M.R., Goodge, G., Thorne, P.W. (2013) 'U.S. climate reference network after one decade of operations status and assessment'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94 (4):485-498 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Responding to the need for better global temperature data'
Lawrimore, J., Rennie, J., Thorne, P. (2013) 'Responding to the need for better global temperature data'. Eos, 94 (6):61-62 [Details]
2013 'Identifying human influences on atmospheric temperature'
Santer, B.D., Painter, J.F., Mears, C.A., Doutriaux, C., Caldwell, P., Arblaster, J.M., Cameron-Smith, P.J., Gillett, N.P., Gleckler, P.J., Lanzante, J., Perlwitz, J., Solomon, S., Stott, P.A., Taylor, K.E., Terray, L., Thorne, P.W., Wehner, M.F., Wentz, F.J., Wigley, T.M.L., Wilcox, L.J., Zou, C.-Z. (2013) 'Identifying human influences on atmospheric temperature'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (1):26-33 [DOI] [Details]
2013 'Human and natural influences on the changing thermal structure of the atmosphere'
Santer, B.D.,Painter, J.F.,Bonfils, C.,Mears, C.A.,Solomon, S.,Wigley, T.M.L.,Gleckler, P.J.,Schmidt, G.A.,Doutriaux, C.,Gillett, N.P.,Taylor, K.E.,Thorne, P.W.,Wentz, F.J. (2013) 'Human and natural influences on the changing thermal structure of the atmosphere'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (43):17235-17240 [Details]
2013 'HadISDH: An updateable land surface specific humidity product for climate monitoring'
Willett, K.M.,Williams, C.N.,Dunn, R.J.H.,Thorne, P.W.,Bell, S.,De Podesta, M.,Jones, P.D.,Parker, D.E. (2013) 'HadISDH: An updateable land surface specific humidity product for climate monitoring'. Climate of the Past, 9 (2):657-677 [Details]
2013 'Revisiting the controversial issue of tropical tropospheric temperature trends'
Mitchell, D.M., Thorne, P.W., Stott, P.A., Gray, L.J. (2013) 'Revisiting the controversial issue of tropical tropospheric temperature trends'. Geophysical Research Letters, 40 (11):2801-2806 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Building trust in climate science: Data products for the 21st century'
Chandler, R.E., Thorne, P., Lawrimore, J., Willett, K. (2012) 'Building trust in climate science: Data products for the 21st century'. Environmetrics, 23 (5):373-381 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Benchmarking the performance of pairwise homogenization of surface temperatures in the United States'
Williams, C.N., Menne, M.J., Thorne, P.W. (2012) 'Benchmarking the performance of pairwise homogenization of surface temperatures in the United States'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 117 (5) [DOI] [Details]
2012 'HadISD: A quality-controlled global synoptic report database for selected variables at long-term stations from 1973-2011'
Dunn, R.J.H., Willett, K.M., Thorne, P.W., Woolley, E.V., Durre, I., Dai, A., Parker, D.E., Vose, R.S. (2012) 'HadISD: A quality-controlled global synoptic report database for selected variables at long-term stations from 1973-2011'. Climate of the Past, 8 (5):1649-1679 [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Assessing the value of microwave sounding unit-radiosonde comparisons in ascertaining errors in climate data records of tropospheric temperatures'
Mears, C.A., Wentz, F.J., Thorne, P.W. (2012) 'Assessing the value of microwave sounding unit-radiosonde comparisons in ascertaining errors in climate data records of tropospheric temperatures'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 117 (19) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'A new approach to homogenize daily radiosonde humidity data'
Dai, A., Wang, J., Thorne, P.W., Parker, D.E., Haimberger, L., Wang, X.L. (2011) 'A new approach to homogenize daily radiosonde humidity data'. Journal of Climate, 24 (4):965-991 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Observed changes in surface atmospheric energy over land'
Peterson, T.C., Willett, K.M., Thorne, P.W. (2011) 'Observed changes in surface atmospheric energy over land'. Geophysical Research Letters, 38 (16) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Separating signal and noise in atmospheric temperature changes: The importance of timescale'
Santer, B.D., Mears, C., Doutriaux, C., Caldwell, P., Gleckler, P.J., Wigley, T.M.L., Solomon, S., Gillett, N.P., Ivanova, D., Karl, T.R., Lanzante, J.R., Meehl, G.A., Stott, P.A., Taylor, K.E., Thorne, P.W., Wehner, M.F., Wentz, F.J. (2011) 'Separating signal and noise in atmospheric temperature changes: The importance of timescale'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116 (22) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Tropospheric temperature trends: History of an ongoing controversy'
Thorne, P.W., Lanzante, J.R., Peterson, T.C., Seidel, D.J., Shine, K.P. (2011) 'Tropospheric temperature trends: History of an ongoing controversy'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2 (1):66-88 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Reply'
Thorne, P.W., Vose, R.S. (2011) 'Reply'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92 (1):70-72 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'A quantification of uncertainties in historical tropical tropospheric temperature trends from radiosondes'
Thorne, P.W., Brohan, P., Titchner, H.A., McCarthy, M.P., Sherwood, S.C., Peterson, T.C., Haimberger, L., Parker, D.E., Tett, S.F.B., Santer, B.D., Fereday, D.R., Kennedy, J.J. (2011) 'A quantification of uncertainties in historical tropical tropospheric temperature trends from radiosondes'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116 (12) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Assessing uncertainty in estimates of atmospheric temperature changes from MSU and AMSU using a Monte-Carlo estimation technique'
Mears, C.A., Wentz, F.J., Thorne, P., Bernie, D. (2011) 'Assessing uncertainty in estimates of atmospheric temperature changes from MSU and AMSU using a Monte-Carlo estimation technique'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 116 (8) [DOI] [Details]
2011 'Stratospheric temperature trends: Our evolving understanding'
Seidel, D.J., Gillett, N.P., Lanzante, J.R., Shine, K.P., Thorne, P.W. (2011) 'Stratospheric temperature trends: Our evolving understanding'. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, 2 (4):592-616 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Low-frequency variations in surface atmospheric humidity, temperature, and precipitation: Inferences from reanalyses and monthly gridded observational data sets'
Simmons, A.J., Willett, K.M., Jones, P.D., Thorne, P.W., Dee, D.P. (2010) 'Low-frequency variations in surface atmospheric humidity, temperature, and precipitation: Inferences from reanalyses and monthly gridded observational data sets'. Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, 115 (1) [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Reanalyses suitable for characterizing long-term trends'
Thorne, P.W., Vose, R.S. (2010) 'Reanalyses suitable for characterizing long-term trends'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91 (3):353-361 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Reference quality upper-air measurements: Guidance for developing GRUAN data products'
Immler, F.J., Dykema, J., Gardiner, T., Whiteman, D.N., Thorne, P.W., Vömel, H. (2010) 'Reference quality upper-air measurements: Guidance for developing GRUAN data products'. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques, 3 (5):1217-1231 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'A comparison of large scale changes in surface humidity over land in observations and CMIP3 general circulation models'
Willett, K.M., Jones, P.D., Thorne, P.W., Gillett, N.P. (2010) 'A comparison of large scale changes in surface humidity over land in observations and CMIP3 general circulation models'. Environmental Research Letters, 5 (2) [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Proposals for surface-temperature databank now open for scrutiny'
Stott, P., Thorne, P. (2010) 'Proposals for surface-temperature databank now open for scrutiny'. Nature, 466 (7310) [DOI] [Details]
2010 'How best to log local temperatures?'
Stott, P.A., Thorne, P.W. (2010) 'How best to log local temperatures?'. Nature, 465 (7295):158-159 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Lessons learned from IPCC AR4: Scientific developments needed to understand, predict, and respond to climate change'
Doherty, S.J., Bojinski, S., Henderson-Sellers, A., Noone, K., Goodrich, D., Bindoff, N.L., Church, J.A., Hibbard, K.A., Karl, T.R., Kajfez-Bogataj, L., Lynch, A.H., Parker, D.E., Prentice, C.L., Ramaswamy, V., Saunders, R.W., Smith, M.S., Steffen, K., Stocker, T.F., Thorne, P.W., Trenberth, K.E., Verstraete, M.M., Zwiers, F.W. (2009) 'Lessons learned from IPCC AR4: Scientific developments needed to understand, predict, and respond to climate change'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90 (4):497-513 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'An analysis of tropospheric humidity trends from radiosondes'
McCarthy, M.P., Thorne, P.W., Titchner, H.A. (2009) 'An analysis of tropospheric humidity trends from radiosondes'. Journal of Climate, 22 (22):5820-5838 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'How do we tell which estimates of past climate change are correct?'
Sherwood, S.C., Titchner, H.A., Thorne, P.W., McCarthy, M.P. (2009) 'How do we tell which estimates of past climate change are correct?'. International Journal of Climatology, 29 (10):1520-1523 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Reference upper-air observations for climate: Rationale, progress, and plans'
Seidel, D.J., Berger, F.H., Diamond, H.J., Dykema, J., Goodrich, D., Immler, F., Murray, W., Peterson, T., Sisterson, D., Sommer, M., Thorne, P., Vömel, H., Wang, J. (2009) 'Reference upper-air observations for climate: Rationale, progress, and plans'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90 (3):361-369 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'Critically reassessing tropospheric temperature trends from radiosondes using realistic validation experiments'
Titchner, H.A., Thorne, P.W., McCarthy, M.P., Tett, S.F.B., Haimberger, L., Parker, D.E. (2009) 'Critically reassessing tropospheric temperature trends from radiosondes using realistic validation experiments'. Journal of Climate, 22 (3):465-485 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Assessing bias and uncertainty in the HadAT-adjusted radiosonde climate record'
McCarthy, M.P., Titchner, H.A., Thorne, P.W., Tett, S.F.B., Haimberger, L., Parker, D.E. (2008) 'Assessing bias and uncertainty in the HadAT-adjusted radiosonde climate record'. Journal of Climate, 21 (4):817-832 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Consistency of modelled and observed temperature trends in the tropical troposphere'
Santer, B.D., Thorne, P.W., Haimberger, L., Taylor, K.E., Wigley, T.M.L., Lanzante, J.R., Solomon, S., Free, M., Gleckler, P.J., Jones, P.D., Karl, T.R., Klein, S.A., Mears, C., Nychka, D., Schmidt, G.A., Sherwood, S.C., Wentz, F.J. (2008) 'Consistency of modelled and observed temperature trends in the tropical troposphere'. International Journal of Climatology, 28 (13):1703-1722 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Recent changes in surface humidity: Development of the HadCRUH dataset'
Willett, K.M., Jones, P.D., Gillett, N.P., Thorne, P.W. (2008) 'Recent changes in surface humidity: Development of the HadCRUH dataset'. Journal of Climate, 21 (20):5364-5383 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Radiosonde temperature trends and their uncertainties over eastern China'
Guo, Y., Thorne, P.W., McCarthy, M.P., Tichner, H.A., Huang, B., Zhai, P., Ding, Y. (2008) 'Radiosonde temperature trends and their uncertainties over eastern China'. International Journal of Climatology, 28 (10):1269-1281 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Atmospheric science: The answer is blowing in the wind'
Thorne, P. W. (2008) 'Atmospheric science: The answer is blowing in the wind'. Nature Geoscience, 1 (6):347-348 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Global and regional climate in 2007'
Kennedy, J., Titchner, H., Parker, D., Beswick, M., Hardwick, J., Thorne, P. (2008) 'Global and regional climate in 2007'. Weather, 63 (10):296-304 [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Tropical vertical temperature trends: A real discrepancy?'
Thorne, P.W., Parker, D.E., Santer, B.D., McCarthy, M.P., Sexton, D.M.H., Webb, M.J., Murphy, J.M., Collins, M., Titchner, H.A., Jones, G.S. (2007) 'Tropical vertical temperature trends: A real discrepancy?'. Geophysical Research Letters, 34 (16) [DOI] [Details]
2007 'The need for a dynamical climate reanalysis'
Bengtsson, L., Arkin, P., Berrisford, P., Bougeault, P., Folland, C.K., Gordon, C., Haines, K., Hodges, K.I., Jones, P., Kallberg, P., Rayner, N., Simmons, A.J., Stammer, D., Thorne, P.W., Uppala, S., Vose, R. (2007) 'The need for a dynamical climate reanalysis'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88 (4):495-501 [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Attribution of observed surface humidity changes to human influence'
Willett, K.M., Gillett, N.P., Jones, P.D., Thorne, P.W. (2007) 'Attribution of observed surface humidity changes to human influence'. Nature, 449 (7163):710-712 [DOI] [Details]
2006 'Transient Climate Simulations with the HadGEM1 Climate Model: Causes of Past Warming and Future Climate Change'
Stott, Peter A. and Jones, Gareth S. and Lowe, Jason A. and Thorne, Peter and Durman, Chris and Johns, Timothy C. and Thelen, Jean-Claude (2006) 'Transient Climate Simulations with the HadGEM1 Climate Model: Causes of Past Warming and Future Climate Change'. Journal of Climate, 19 (12):2763-2782 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Revisiting radiosonde upper air temperatures from 1958 to 2002'
Thorne, P.W., Parker, D.E., Tett, S.F.B., Jones, P.D., McCarthy, M., Coleman, H., Brohan, P. (2005) 'Revisiting radiosonde upper air temperatures from 1958 to 2002'. Journal of Geophysical Research D: Atmospheres, 110 (18):1-17 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Atmospheric science: Amplification of surface temperature trends and variability in the tropical atmosphere'
Santer, B.D., Wigley, T.M.L., Mears, C., Wentz, F.J., Klein, S.A., Seidel, D.J., Taylor, K.E., Thorne, P.W., Wehner, M.F., Gleckler, P.J., Boyle, J.S., Collins, W.D., Dixon, K.W., Doutriaux, C., Free, M., Fu, Q., Hansen, J.E., Jones, C.S., Ruedy, R., Karl, T.R., Lanzante, J.R., Meehl, C.A., Ramaswamy, V., Russell, C., Schmidt, C.A. (2005) 'Atmospheric science: Amplification of surface temperature trends and variability in the tropical atmosphere'. Science, 309 (5740):1551-1556 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Improving the usefulness of operational radiosonde data'
Durre, I., Reale, T., Carlson, D., Christy, J., Uddstrom, M., Gelman, M., Thorne, P. (2005) 'Improving the usefulness of operational radiosonde data'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86 (3):411-416 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Uncertainties in climate trends: Lessons from upper-air temperature records'
Thorne, P.W., Parker, D.E., Christy, J.R., Mears, C.A. (2005) 'Uncertainties in climate trends: Lessons from upper-air temperature records'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86 (10):1437-1442 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Vertical profiles of temperature trends'
Thorne, P.W., Karl, T.R., Coleman, H., Folland, C.K., Murray, B., Parker, D.E., Ramaswamy, V., Rossow, W., Scaife, A.A., Tett, S.F.B. (2005) 'Vertical profiles of temperature trends'. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86 (10):1471-1476 [DOI] [Details]
2004 'Uncertainty in signals of large-scale climate variations in radiosonde and satellite upper-air temperature datasets'
Seidel, D.J., Angell, J.K., Christy, J., Free, M., Klein, S.A., Lanzante, J.R., Mears, C., Parker, D., Schabel, M., Spencer, R., Sterin, A., Thorne, P., Wentz, F. (2004) 'Uncertainty in signals of large-scale climate variations in radiosonde and satellite upper-air temperature datasets'. Journal of Climate, 17 (11):2225-2240 [DOI] [Details]
2003 'Probable causes of late twentieth century tropospheric temperature trends'
Thorne, P.W., Jones, P.D., Tett, S.F.B., Allen, M.R., Parker, D.E., Stott, P.A., Jones, G.S., Osborn, T.J., Davies, T.D. (2003) 'Probable causes of late twentieth century tropospheric temperature trends'. Climate Dynamics, 21 (7-8):573-591 [DOI] [Details]
2002 'Assessing the robustness of zonal mean climate change detection'
Thorne, P.W., Jones, P.D., Osborn, T.J., Davies, T.D., Tett, S.F.B., Parker, D.E., Stott, P.A., Jones, G.S., Allen, M.R. (2002) 'Assessing the robustness of zonal mean climate change detection'. Geophysical Research Letters, 29 (19):26-1 [Details]
2001 'Ascribing potential causes of recent trends in free atmosphere temperatures'
Thorne, P (2001) 'Ascribing potential causes of recent trends in free atmosphere temperatures'. Atmospheric Science Letters, 2 (1-4):132-142 [DOI] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2014 Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. Contributing author on cross-chapter box on the regional climate summary figures.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2014) Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. Part A: Global and Sectoral Aspects. Contribution of Working Group II to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change. Contributing author on cross-chapter box on the regional climate summary figures. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. [Details]
2014 Lead Author, Chapter 2, Appendix 3 and Appendix 4. Third US National Climate Assessment.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2014) Lead Author, Chapter 2, Appendix 3 and Appendix 4. Third US National Climate Assessment. U.S. Global Change Research Program, Washington, D.C. 20006 USA. [Details]
2013 Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis IPCC Working Group I Contribution to AR5. Lead author, Chapter 2.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2013) Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis IPCC Working Group I Contribution to AR5. Lead author, Chapter 2. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. [Details]
2013 Contributing Author to Summary for Policy Makers, Technical Summary, and Chapters 9 and 10 of the Working Group 1 contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2013) Contributing Author to Summary for Policy Makers, Technical Summary, and Chapters 9 and 10 of the Working Group 1 contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of IPCC. Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. [Details]
2007 Contributing author to two chapters of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Working Group 1 contribution (Physical Science Basis).
Thorne, P. W. et al (2007) Contributing author to two chapters of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report Working Group 1 contribution (Physical Science Basis). Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. [Details]
2006 Contributions (including lead authorship on two chapters) to: Temperature trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2006) Contributions (including lead authorship on two chapters) to: Temperature trends in the Lower Atmosphere: Steps for Understanding and Reconciling Differences. U.S. Climate Change Science Program, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20006 USA. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2013
Thorne, P.W.,Vömel, H.,Bodeker, G.,Sommer, M.,Apituley, A.,Berger, F.,Bojinski, S.,Braathen, G.,Calpini, B.,Demoz, B.,Diamond, H.J.,Dykema, J.,Fassò, A.,Fujiwara, M.,Gardiner, T.,Hurst, D.,Leblanc, T.,Madonna, F.,Merlone, A.,Mikalsen, A.,Miller, C.D.,Reale, T.,Rannat, K.,Richter, C.,Seidel, D.J.,Shiotani, M.,Sisterson, D.,Tan, D.G.H.,Vose, R.S.,Voyles, J.,Wang, J.,Whiteman, D.N.,Williams, S. (2013) GCOS reference upper air network (GRUAN): Steps towards assuring future climate records , pp.1042-1047 [Details]
2013
Thorne, P.W.,Lawrimore, J.H.,Willett, K.M.,Allan, R.,Chandler, R.E.,Mhanda, A.,De Podesta, M.,Possolo, A.,Revadekar, J.,Rusticucci, M.,Stott, P.A.,Strouse, G.F.,Trewin, B.,Wang, X.L.,Yatagai, A.,Merchant, C.,Merlone, A.,Peterson, T.C.,Scott, E.M. (2013) The international surface temperature initiative , pp.1020-1029 [Details]
2013
Gardiner, T.,Madonna, F.,Wang, J.,Whiteman, D.N.,Dykema, J.,Fassò, A.,Thorne, P.W.,Bodeker, G. (2013) Sampling and measurement issues in establishing a climate reference upper air network , pp.1066-1071 [Details]
2013
Menne, M.J.,Williams, C.N.,Thorne, P.W. (2013) Benchmarking the performance of pairwise homogenization of surface temperatures in the United States , pp.1072-1077 [Details]
2013
Lawrimore, J.H.,Rennie, J.,Gambi De Almeida, W.,Christy, J.,Flannery, M.,Gleason, B.,Klein-Tank, A.,Mhanda, A.,Ishihara, K.,Lister, D.,Menne, M.J.,Razuvaev, V.,Renom, M.,Rusticucci, M.,Tandy, J.,Thorne, P.W.,Worley, S. (2013) The international surface temperature initiative's global land surface databank , pp.1036-1041 [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2015 'Global Surface Temperatures'
Thorne, P. W (2015) 'Global Surface Temperatures' In: T Letcher (eds). Climate Change: Observed Impacts on Planet Earth, 2nd Ed. UK: Elsevier. [Details]

Newsletter

  Year Publication
2016 GRUAN in the service of GSICS: Using reference ground-based profile measurements to provide traceable radiance calibration for space-based radiometers.
J. Tradowsky, G. Bodeker, P. W. Thorne, F. Carminati, W. Bell (2016) GRUAN in the service of GSICS: Using reference ground-based profile measurements to provide traceable radiance calibration for space-based radiometers. Newsletter [DOI] [Details]

Technical Publication

  Year Publication
2015 Status of the Global Observing System for Climate, 2015.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2015) Status of the Global Observing System for Climate, 2015. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Report of the Fifth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-6), Greenbelt, USA, 10-14 March 2014.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2014) Report of the Fifth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-6), Greenbelt, USA, 10-14 March 2014. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 Workshop on the review of the GCOS Surface Network (GSN), GCOS Upper-Air Network (GUAN), and related atmospheric networks, Ispra, Italy, April 2014.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2014) Workshop on the review of the GCOS Surface Network (GSN), GCOS Upper-Air Network (GUAN), and related atmospheric networks, Ispra, Italy, April 2014. Technical Publication [Details]
2014 GRUAN-GSICS-GNSSRO WIGOS Workshop on Upper-Air Observing System Integration and Application Geneva, 6-8 May 2014.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2014) GRUAN-GSICS-GNSSRO WIGOS Workshop on Upper-Air Observing System Integration and Application Geneva, 6-8 May 2014. Technical Publication [Details]
2013 Report of the Fifth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-5), De Bilt, the Netherlands, 25 February - 1 March 2013.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2013) Report of the Fifth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-5), De Bilt, the Netherlands, 25 February - 1 March 2013. Technical Publication [Details]
2013 GRUAN Implementation Plan 2013-2017.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2013) GRUAN Implementation Plan 2013-2017. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Report from the WIGOS Pilot Project Meeting on GRUAN Observing Practices and Governance, Geneva, Switzerland, 25-27 January 2012.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2012) Report from the WIGOS Pilot Project Meeting on GRUAN Observing Practices and Governance, Geneva, Switzerland, 25-27 January 2012. Technical Publication [Details]
2012 Report of the Fourth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-4), Tokyo, Japan, 5-9 March 2012.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2012) Report of the Fourth GCOS Reference Upper-Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-4), Tokyo, Japan, 5-9 March 2012. Technical Publication [Details]
2011 Report of the Third GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-3) Queenstown, New Zealand, 28 February -4 March 2011.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2011) Report of the Third GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-3) Queenstown, New Zealand, 28 February -4 March 2011. Technical Publication [Details]
2010 Report of the Second GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-2) Payerne, Switzerland, 2-4 March 2010;.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2010) Report of the Second GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-2) Payerne, Switzerland, 2-4 March 2010;. Technical Publication [Details]
2009 Global Climate Observing System, GRUAN Implementation Plan 2009-2013.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2009) Global Climate Observing System, GRUAN Implementation Plan 2009-2013. Technical Publication [Details]
2009 Global Climate Observing System, Report of the First GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-1) Norman, Oklahoma, USA, 2-4 March 2009;.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2009) Global Climate Observing System, Report of the First GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Implementation and Coordination Meeting (GRUAN ICM-1) Norman, Oklahoma, USA, 2-4 March 2009;. Technical Publication [Details]
2008 Global Climate Observing System, GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) Report of the GRUAN Implementation Meeting.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2008) Global Climate Observing System, GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN) Report of the GRUAN Implementation Meeting. Technical Publication [Details]
2007 Global Climate Observing System, GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN): Justification, requirements, siting and instrumentation options.
Thorne, P. W. et al (2007) Global Climate Observing System, GCOS Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN): Justification, requirements, siting and instrumentation options. Technical Publication [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Global Climate Observing System Atmospheric Observations Panel for Climate Member 2016 /
Global Climate Observing System Working Group on the GCOS Reference Upper Air Network Co-chair 2003 /
Commission for Climatology Rapporteurs on climate observational matters Chair 2015 /
International Surface Temperature Initiative Chair 2010 /
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group 1 Lead Author 2010 / 2013

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
University of East Anglia Post-doc 01-DEC-01 / 20-DEC-02
Met Office Scientist / Senior Scientist / Expert Scientist 20-JAN-03 / 01-MAY-10
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - North Carolina Research Associate Professor 30-MAY-10 / 01-AUG-13
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center Senior Scientist 10-AUG-13 / 20-JAN-15
Maynooth University Professor 02-FEB-15 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
1998 University of East Anglia BSc Environmental Sciences
2002 University of East Anglia PhD Climate change

Outreach Activities

  Description

RTE Ear to the groung taped segment on climate change impacts for a Donegal farmer

Climatehome on Hansen et al paper and review

Irish Times piece on Diurnal Temperature Range changes

Washington Post piece on Hansen et al paper review

Science news article on congressional hearings into climate science

RTE Radio segment and online on Diurnal Temperature Range observations study

BBC news segment on CCSP1.1 release

Ars Technica piece on surface temperatures

Gizmodo article on palaeoclimate study in Science

Irish times segment on geoengineering study

Mashable piece on temperature hiatus

Reuters on people alive since 1976 not having experienced 20th Century normal temperatures

New York Times (DotEarth)

Irish times piece on December 2015 rainfall and its causes

Other Activities

  Description

2015, AGU fall meeting, San Francisco, The International Surface Temperature Initiative

2013, Royal Society, IPCC results discussion meeting, Observed climate changes

2012, NIST, International Temperature Symposium 9, International Surface Temperature Initiative

2014, BIPM, Paris, Consultative Committee on Thermometry, Climate science and metrology

2007, Royal Meteorological Society, Observing and detecting climate change, Upper air temperature trends: is the truth out there?

2014, AMS National Meeting, Atlanta, IPCC and US NCA results invited oral presentation