Chris Fletcher joined the Department in 2010 and was a Sharcnet Research Chair until 2012. His research program uses computer models of the global climate system to better understand climate variability and change, primarily over North America and Europe, on timescales ranging from seasons to decades to centuries. His primary research interest is in the role of the atmospheric circulation in determining regional patterns of temperature and precipitation in past, present and future climates. His research group use state-of-the-art computer model simulations to make projections of these expected future changes. Climate models are incredibly complex pieces of software, and run on some of the world's most powerful supercomputers. As such, group members develop skills in scientific computing, as well as physical climatology, and analysis of big data.
For more information, or if you are interested in joining Chris' group as a research assistant, or graduate student, please visit Chris Fletcher's research group.
Key Areas of Graduate Supervision
Climate modelling, dynamics and change, tropical-extratropical teleconnections and seasonal-to-decadal climate variability, land-ocean-atmosphere interaction, snow albedo feedback.
Recent Courses Taught
ENVS 278: Advanced Environmental Research Methods (Fall and Winter)
GEOG 316: Multivariate Statistics (Fall only)
GEOG 408: Earth's Future Climate (Winter only)
GEOG 652: Climate Prediction, Modeling, and Scenarios (Winter only)