Welcome to Professor Chris Fletcher’s website at the University of Waterloo

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My research group uses a hierarchy of global climate models to analyse climate variability and change on timescales from seasons to centuries.

  • Global climate variability and change
  • Climate modelling and dynamics
  • Extratropical teleconnections and their role in seasonal-to-decadal climate variability
  • Land-ocean-atmosphere feedbacks
  • Using machine-learning to improve the efficiency of Earth System Modelling

Funded projects:

My group’s primary source of research funding support comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). My Discovery Grant (from 2011) is entitled “Atmospheric Circulation Patterns in Warmer Worlds”, and seeks to understand the processes that drive regional variations in temperature and precipitation over North America and Europe. Until 2018 I was a co-investigator on two NSERC networks funded as part of the Climate Change and Atmospheric Research (CCAR) program: the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) Network, and the Network on Climate and Aerosols (NETCARE). Since 2018 my group has received funding from the Canadian Space Agency to study how well satellites measure snowfall over land and sea ice regions of Canada's north. I have also received a grant from Microsoft under the AI for Social Good program, to investigate how machine learning can help improve Earth System Models for climate projection.

Current positions:

Positions previously held: