School of Earth and Environment

James Norman James Norman

Research Assistant

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Affiliation: Sustainability Research Institute


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I'm a Research Assistant supporting the project titled ‘European Provision of Regional Impact Assessment on a Seasonal-to-decadal timescale’ (EUPORIAS). The project has been funded by the European Commission under the 7th framework program and is led by Professor Suraje Dessai of the Climate Change Adaptation Group, a growing team with diverse training, located within the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) at the University of Leeds. The overall aim of EUPORIAS is to enable the optimal use of the latest weather and climate forecast products amongst a wide range of different end-users. My specific contribution to EUPORIAS involves the assessment of near-term climate forecasts. These so-called ‘decadal predictions’ – typified by a foresight lead-time of 1-30 years – naturally incorporate technical aspects of both seasonal climate forecasts and multi-decadal climate projections. My assessment work involves the validation of near-term predictions against observations; a task on which I collaborate with Amanda Maycock, Research Fellow at Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ICAS). And with input from the rest of the Climate Change Adaptation Group, I also investigate how such climate information is incorporated, and uncertainties reconciled, within the operational decisions of different users.

My appointment within the Climate Change Adaptation Group at the SRI follows the completion of my Master’s degree in Climate Change at the University of Copenhagen. This interdisciplinary Master’s programme addressed the causes and impacts of climate change, as well as viable adaptation strategies. My Master’s thesis work focussed on the quantification of uncertainty in centennial climate projections, and the potential for these uncertainties to impact upon anticipatory adaptation decisions. Before undertaking my postgraduate studies, I have worked as an environmental consultant, as a research assistant at a think-tank and within product development at a clean-tech start-up.


  • MSc Climate Change – The University of Copenhagen, 2016
  • BSc (Hons) Physics – the University of Bristol, 2010

Research Interests

  • Decision-making under uncertainty
  • Climate prediction across timescales
  • Novel commercial applications of earth imaging and climate information products
  • Climate policy, carbon budgets and ‘burden sharing’