Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer is head of the Probability and Seasonal Forecasting Division at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts based in the United Kingdom. He is also currently chairman of the Scientific Steering Group of the UN World Meteorological Organization's Climate Variability and Predictability Project, and was lead author of the most recent assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is on a number of external advisory committees for climate institutes and programs worldwide and is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the American Meteorological Society. Palmer's early research was in general relativity theory—his academic grandfather was Paul A.M. Dirac—but most of his recent professional research is on the predictability of weather and climate, and he has published extensively on both theoretical and practical perspectives. Palmer has also helped apply nonlinear mathematical methods to understanding non-trivial aspects of global warming and has served as coordinator of a major European Union project applying seasonal-to-interannual climate prediction to the practical problems of forecasting malaria incidence and crop yield a season or more in advance. Palmer received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Oxford University.