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Dr Antje Weisheimer is Senior Research Fellow of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and a co-leader of the Predictability of Weather and Climate group.

Her main research interests are model-based weather and climate forecasts and the uncertainties associated with them. She works on aspects related to the predictability and reliability of weather and climate on time scales of days, weeks, months, seasons and years.

Antje looks at questions such as: how can different forecasts (e.g. seasonal forecasts, climate predictions and climate projections) be combined into a seamless system? What are the main sources of model uncertainties? How can they be assessed and accounted for? Related to these questions, she tries to understand how multi-decadal variability in the climate system affects the predictability, e.g. for El Niño forecasts or predictions of the North Atlantic Oscillation. She also uses weather forecast models to study the attribution of extreme events to anthropogenic influences.

Why is Oxford a good place to work in research related to environmental challenges?

Many of the fundamental scientific problems related to climate change comprise the physics of the atmosphere, the ocean, sea-ice and land components as well as manifold and complex interactions between these physical components of the climate system. The University of Oxford and in particular its UK-leading Physics Department, are very well placed to study the processes that are responsible for changes in the system. The University-wide network structure with respect to environmental challenges that include amongst others energy, climate, polar science and hydrology provide an excellent opportunity to work interdisciplinarily.

What is the biggest environmental challenge facing the planet right now?

The adaptation to our changing climate.

Despite the challenges, are you optimistic about our future?  


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