Jonathan Eden


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    I am a climate scientist with an interest in understanding the influence of climate variability and anthropogenic climate change on high-impact events, including floods, heatwaves and wildfires. The response of the climate system to a warmer world is not uniform and the impact on the intensity and the frequency of weather and climate extremes has substantial regional variability. I have a particular expertise in statistical post-processing and downscaling techniques for climate model output, specifically for climate extremes. Such techniques provide an important basis for providing reliable climate information at spatial scales that are relevant to stakeholders. 


    With an academic background in applied meteorology and climatology, Jonathan Eden completed his PhD in climate science at the University of Birmingham. His PhD research involved the development of a statistical correction for precipitation simulated by global climate models with the aim of producing better estimates for future rainfall changes at small spatial scales. 

    Seeking a new challenge and with a desire to work abroad, Jonathan joined the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014. Within the Weather and Climate Model Research and Development department, he worked primarily on the EU-funded projects SPECS and EUCLEIA in the fields of seasonal-to-decadal forecasting and the extreme event attribution respectively, working alongside multiple partners at other leading meteorological research institutes.

    Jonathan returned to the UK to join CAWR's research community in 2017. Currently Assistant Professor in Climate Variability and Hydrological Change, his research interests extend beyond the climate and hydrological sciences to agricultural and forest resilience. He has been contributed to successful project applications totalling €9.1.m, including AGROMIX, and reviews frequently for UKRI funding bodies and leading journals in the climate and geoscience fields.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action
    • SDG 15 - Life on Land

    Education/Academic qualification

    Doctorate, Climate Science, University of Birmingham

    Oct 2007Apr 2011

    External positions

    Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI)

    May 2014Jun 2017

    University of Birmingham

    Apr 2011Mar 2014


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