School of Earth and Environment

Kathryn Nicklin Dr Kathryn Nicklin

Research Fellow

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 34931
Email address: k.nicklin@leeds.ac.uk
Room: 11.121

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science

Biography

I am a research fellow in the Climate Impacts Group, which is part of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. My work focuses on the use of seasonal and decadal forecasts in the prediction of crop yields.

I work on two EU funded projects:

  • SPECS -Aims to improve seasonal and decadal forecast systems for Europe.

  • EUPORIAS - Focuses on the use of seasonal and decadal forecasts in sectors such as health, agriculture, water and energy. The main aim is to develop a few semi-operational climate services. The knowledge gained will lead to a set to guidelines for the development of future climate services.

I completed my PhD in 2013, supervised by Prof Andy Challinor. In this research I developed and evaluated a crop yield forecasting system for semi-arid West Africa. The system uses dynamic seasonal forecasts (i.e. forecasts produced using a climate model) and the GLAM crop model. I used an existing version of GLAM to simulate groundnut yields and developed a new version of GLAM to simulate sorghum yields.

Qualifications

PhD "Seasonal crop yield forecasting in semi-arid West Africa" (University of Leeds, 2013)

MPhys Physics (University of Oxford, 2007)

Publications