Professor Dame Julia Slingo
NERC Council member
Professor Dame Julia Slingo took up the post of Met Office Chief Scientist in February 2009. Prior to that she was the Director of Climate Research in NERC's National Centre for Atmospheric Science; she held that post at the University of Reading, where she continues as a professor of meteorology. In 2006, she founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at Reading, aimed at addressing the cross disciplinary challenges of climate change and its impacts.
Professor Slingo has had a long-term career in climate modelling and research, working at the Met Office, the European Centre for Medium Range Forecasting and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the USA. Her personal research addresses problems in tropical climate variability, its influence on the global climate, its role in seasonal to decadal climate prediction and its response to climate change. Increasingly, Professor Slingo's research considers the multi-disciplinary aspects of the impacts of climate variability and change on crops and water resources, and hence the need to improve the representation of weather systems and rainfall distributions in climate prediction models.
Professor Slingo has contributed to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She has served as a member of several national and international committees, including the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts Scientific Advisory Committees, and in 2007 was appointed to the joint scientific committee of the World Climate Research Programme. She is regularly involved in Royal Society activities, and in 2008 became the first woman president of the Royal Meteorological Society.