The Oxford Team

Myles Allen

Prof Myles R. Allen

School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Myles Allen is the founder of and was the first to propose the use of Probabilistic Event Attribution to quantify the contribution of human and other external influences on climate to specific individual weather events. He is Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford and Head of the Climate Dynamics Group in the University’s Department of Physics.

Andy Bowery

Andy Bowery

Andy Bowery is the Senior Software Engineer / Systems Architect of Andy works as a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Neven S. Fuckar

Dr Neven S. Fuckar

Dr Neven S. Fuckar is a weather and climate scientist who focuses on the detection and attribution of extreme events in the context of a changing climate. Neven is working on the HIASA (High Impact weather Attribution over South Africa) project using observations, reanalysis products, and CMIP5/6 and large-ensemble weather@home2 simulations to investigate properties, drivers, and impacts of extreme events (particularly heat waves, droughts, and floods).

Neven completed his PhD in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at Princeton University, USA, where he investigated large-scale ocean dynamics and the ocean’s role in climate. Prior to joining the Environmental Change Institute, Neven worked at the University of Hawaii, USA, and the Catalan Institute of Climate Sciences and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Spain, where he was involved in a spectrum of research subjects: coupled climate dynamics and modelling, Arctic sea ice, seasonal to decadal predictions, bias correction and forecast verification, climate change, and extreme events.

Dr Luke Harrington

Luke is a post is a postdoctoral researcher working on the MaRIUS and TITAN projects, using weather@home simulations and other event attribution methodologies to investigate the drivers of extreme weather events from the early 20th century. He is also exploring how the broader characteristics of climate extremes will change with continued warming.

Prior to joining the team, Luke completed his PhD at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he investigated novel approaches to quantify the emergence of anthropogenic climate change. This included an event-specific attribution study on the 2013 New Zealand drought, as well as highlighting differences in the emergence of heat extremes for the global population when aggregated by income grouping.

Karsten Haustein

Dr Karsten Haustein

Karsten Haustein is a postdoctoral researcher working on the World Weather Attribution project, developing the capability to perform quasi-real time attribution analysis of extreme weather events around the world on an operational basis.

Previously, Karsten worked at the Oxford University School of Geography and Environment as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Prof. Richard Washington. Prior to this, he did his Ph.D. thesis at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, developing a new global and regional model for the prediction of the mineral dust.

Dr Sihan Li

Sihan joined the CPDN team in Oxford in April 2017 to work on the TNC project, using weather@home simulations to investigate the impacts of recent extreme weather events on the Amazonian biosphere, looking at what role climate change played in the likelihood of those extreme weather events, as well as how the change in biosphere would affect the local climate.

Prior to joining ECI, she completed her Ph.D. at Oregon State University, where she worked on the weather@home project over western US region, looking at drivers of extreme drought events in the US, future regional climate change projections over the western US, as well as investigating uncertainties due to internal variability and physical parameter perturbations.


Dr Friederike E. L. Otto

Friederike was the scientific coordinator of the project the role has been taken over by Sarah Sparrow. Friederike is leading the World Weather Attribution project and Transition Into The Anthropocene (TITAN). Her main research interest is the quantification of uncertainty and validation of climate models, in particular with respect to extreme events, in order to undertake attribution studies of extreme weather events to external climate drivers. A major focus of this work is to explore the propagation of uncertainty from external drivers to actual impacts of climate change on time-scales of up to 30 years. Friederike is the deputy director of the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Sarah Sparrow

Dr Sarah N. Sparrow

Sarah Sparrow is the coordinator for CPDN responsible for work unit deployment and experiment submission and day-to-day management of the team. Sarah’s background is in atmospheric dynamics and she is interested in how large scale dynamics translates to climate impact studies. She currently is working on identifying a set of model versions that are consistent with recent observations of the ocean surface and subsurface. Sarah is a researcher at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Professor David Wallom

David Wallom is the technical director of he leads Oxford participation in a number of climate impact projects including studies on climate effects on NW timber industry and the effects of extreme weather events on south and east Asia. He is an associate director and leader of the Volunteer Computing Group at the Oxford e-Research Centre, University of Oxford.