Peter W. Thorne

Job Position: 
Senior Researcher
 
 
Group: 
Nansen-Bjerknes Center Group
 
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+47 452 32 961
 
 
Field of Research: 
geo-sciences
 
 
 
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My main historical interests have been in the investigation of observed climate changes globally, with a particular emphasis upon temperature and humidity changes from in-situ measurements (marine, land and weather balloon). I have also undertaken publication on detection and attribution (which was the subject of my PhD thesis) and atmospheric reanalyses.

I am the chair of the International Surface Temperature Initiative which consists of an interdisciplinary effort to create a suite of improved Land Surface Air Temperature products to meet science needs and societal expectations in the era of climate services. The initiative has four principal aims:

  1. Improving the completeness and provenance of available basic data holdings
  2. Promoting the development of novel techniques of homogenization to the basic data holdings
  3. Benchmarking the performance of candidate techniques of homogenization against synthetically produced analogs to the real world holdings
  4. Provision of products, tools, and guidance to end-users

I am co-chair of the GCOS Working Group on the Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper Air Network (GRUAN). The GRUAN network aims to instigate a maintain on a multidecadal basis a high quality reference network of traceable and comparable measurement capabilities at a subset of global locations in support of monitoring, characterising broader aspects of the global observing system (including satellites) and process understanding.

I was a Lead Author on 5th Assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment. I was also a Lead Author on the US CCSP1.1 report on atmospheric temperature trends.

Since 2009 I have been an editor on the global chapter of the annual State of the Climate series of reports in BAMS.

ResearcherID: F-2225-2014

ORCID: 0000-0003-0485-9798

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Peer Review Publications and Books

12 total publications.

2013

  1. Thorne, P, Lawrimore, JH, Willett, KM, Allan, R, Chandler, RE, Mhanda, A, de Podesta, M, Possolo, A, Revadeker, J, Rusticucci, M, Stott, PA, Strouse, GF, Trewin, B, Wang, XL, Yatagai, A, Merchant, CJ, Merlone, A, Peterson, TC, Scott, EM . 2013 . The International Surface Temperature Initiative . American Institute of Physics (AIP) . AIP Conference Proceedings . 1552
  2. Blunden, J, Arndt, DS, Diamond, HJ, Dolman, AJ, Fogt, RL, Gregg, MC, Hall, BD, Jeffries, MO, Newlin, ML, Renwick, JA, Richter-Menge, JA, Scambos, TA, Sanchez-Lugo, A, Thiaw, WM, Thorne, P, Weaver, SM, Willett, KM . 2013 . State of the climate in 2012 . 8 . American Meteorological Society . Bulletin of The American Meteorological Society - (BAMS) . 94
  3. Menne, MJ, Williams, CN, Thorne, P . 2013 . Benchmarking the performance of pairwise homogenization of surface temperatures in the United States . American Institute of Physics (AIP) . AIP Conference Proceedings . 1552
  4. Gardiner, T, Madonna, F, Wang, J, Whiteman, DH, Dykema, J, Fasso, A, Thorne, P, Bodeker, G . 2013 . Sampling and measurement issues in establishing a climate reference upper air network . American Institute of Physics (AIP) . AIP Conference Proceedings
  5. Santer, BD, Painter, JF, Bonfils, C, Mears, CA, Solomon, S, Wigley, TML, Gleckler, PJ, Schmidt, GA, Doutriaux, C, Gillett, NP, Taylor, KE, Thorne, P, Wentz, FJ . 2013 . Human and natural influences on the changing thermal structure of the atmosphere . 43 . USA . Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the United States of America . 110
  6. Thorne, P, Voemel, H, Bodeker, G, Sommer, M, Apituley, A, Berger, F, Bojinski, S, Braathen, G, Calpini, B, Demoz, B, Diamond, HJ, Dykema, J, Fasso, A, Fujiwara, M, Gardiner, T, Hurst, D, Leblanc, T, Madonna, F, Merlone, A, Mikalsen, A, Miller, CD, Reale, T, Rannat, K, Richter, C, Seidel, DJ, Shiotani, M, Sisterson, D, Tan, DGH, Vose, RS, Voyles, J, Wang, J, Whiteman, DH, Williams, S . 2013 . GCOS Reference Upper Air Network: Steps towards assuring future climate records . American Institute of Physics (AIP) . AIP Conference Proceedings
  7. Hartmann, DL, Tank, KAMG, Rusticucci, M, Alexander, LV, Brönnimann, S, Charabi, Y, Dentener, FJ, Dlugokencky, EJ, Esterling, DR, Kaplan, A, Soden, BJ, Thorne, P, Wild, M, Zhai, PM . 2013 . Observations: Atmosphere and Surface
  8. Merchant, CJ, Matthiesen, S, Rayner, NA, Remedios, JJ, Jones, PD, Olesen, F, Trewin, B, Thorne, P, Auchmann, R, Corlett, GK, Guillevic, PC, Hulley, GC . 2013 . The surface temperatures of Earth: steps towards integrated understanding of variability and change . Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems . 2
  9. Lawrimore, JH, Rennie, JJ, de Almedia, GW, Christy, JR, Flannery, M, Gleason, B, Klein-Tank, A, Mhanda, A, Ishihara, K, Lister, D, Menne, MJ, Razuvaev, V, Renom, M, Rusticucci, M, Tandy, J, Thorne, P, Worley, S . 2013 . The international surface temperature initiative's global land surface databank . American Institute of Physics (AIP) . AIP Conference Proceedings

Other Publications and Works

2012

  1. Mears, CA, Wentz, FJ, Thorne, P . 2012 . Assessing the value of Microwave Sounding Unit-radiosonde comparisons in ascertaining errors in climate data records of tropospheric temperatures . Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres . 117
  2. Williams, CN, Menne, MJ, Thorne, P . 2012 . Benchmarking the performance of pairwise homogenization of surface temperatures in the United States . Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres . 117
  3. Achberger, C, Ackerman, SA, Ahmed, FH, Albanil-Encarnacion, A, Alfaro, EJ, Alves, LM, Allan, R, Amador, JA, Ambenje, P, Antoine, MD, Antonov, J, Arevalo, J, Arndt, DS, Ashik, I, Atheru, Z, Baccini, A, Baez, J, Banzon, V, Baringer, MO, Barreira, S, Barriopedro, DE, Bates, JJ, Becker, A, Behrenfeld, MJ, Bell, GD, Benedetti, A, Bernhard, G, Berrisford, P, Berry, DI, Beszczynska-Moeller, A, Bhatt, US, Bidegain, M, Bieniek, P, Birkett, C, Bissolli, P, Blake, ES, Blunden, J, Boudet-Rouco, D, Box, JE, Boyer, T, Braathen, GO, Brackenridge, GR, Brohan, P, Bromwich, DH, Brown, L, Brown, R, Bruhwiler, L, Bulygina, ON, Burrows, J, Calderon, B, Camargo, SJ, Cappellen, J, Carmack, E, Carrasco, G, Chambers, DP, Christiansen, HH, Christy, J, Chung, D, Ciais, P, Coehlo, CAS, Colwell, S, Comiso, J, Cretaux, JF, Crouch, J, Cunningham, SA, De Jeu, RAM, Demircan, M, Derksen, C, Diamond, HJ, Dlugokencky, EJ, Dohan, K, Dolman, AJ, Dorigo, WA, Drozdov, DS, Duguay, C, Dutton, E, Dutton, GS, Elkins, JW, Epstein, HE, Famiglietti, JS, Fanton d'Andon, OH, Feely, RA, Fekete, BM, Fenimore, C, Fernandez-Prieto, D, Fields, E, Fioletov, V, Fogt, RL, Folland, C, Foster, MJ, Frajka-Williams, E, Franz, BA, Frey, K, Frith, SH, Frolov, I, Frost, GV, Ganter, C, Garzoli, S, Gitau, W, Gleason, KL, Gobron, N, Goldenberg, SB, Goni, G, Gonzalez-Garcia, I, Gonzalez-Rodriguez, N, Good, SA, Goryl, P, Gottschalck, J, Gouveia, CM, Gregg, MC, Griffiths, GM, Grigoryan, V, Grooss, JU, Guard, C, Guglielmin, M, Hall, BD, Halpert, MS, Heidinger, AK, Heikkila, A, Heim, RR, Hennon, PA, Hidalgo, HG, Hilburn, K, Ho, SP, Hobbs, WR, Holgate, S, Hook, SJ, Hovsepyan, A, Hu, ZZ, Hugony, S, Hurst, DF, Ingvaldsen, R, Itoh, M, Jaimes, E, Jeffries, M, Johns, WE, Johnsen, B, Johnson, B, Johnson, GC, Jones, LT, Jumaux, G, Kabidi, K, Kaiser, JW, Kang, KK, Kanzow, TO, Kao, HY, Keller, LM, Kendon, M, Kennedy, JJ, Kervankiran, S, Key, J, Khatiwala, S, Kholodov, AL, Khoshkam, M, Kikuchi, T, Kimberlain, TB, King, D, Knaff, JA, Korshunova, NN, Koskela, T, Kratz, DP, Krishfield, R, Kruger, A, Kruk, MC, Kumar, A, Lagerloef, G, Lakkala, K, Lammers, RB, Lander, MA, Landsea, CW, Lankhorst, M, Lapinel-Pedroso, B, Lazzara, MA, LeDuc, S, Lefale, P, Leon, G, Leon-Lee, A, Leuliette, E, Levitus, S, L'Heureux, M, Lin, II, Liu, HX, Liu, YJ, Liu, Y, Lobato-Sanchez, R, Locarnini, R, Loeb, NG, Loeng, H, Long, CS, Lorrey, AM, Lumpkin, R, Myhre, CL, Luo, JJ, Lyman, JM, MacCallum, S, Macdonald, AM, Maddux, BC, Manney, G, Marchenko, SS, Marengo, JA, Maritorena, S, Marotzke, J, Marra, JJ, Martinez-Sanchez, O, Maslanik, J, Massom, RA, Mathis, JT, McBride, C, McClain, CR, McGrath, D, McGree, S, McLaughlin, F, McVicar, TR, Mears, C, Meier, W, Meinen, CS, Menendez, M, Merchant, C, Merrifield, MA, Miller, L, Mitchum, GT, Montzka, SA, Moore, S, Mora, NP, Morcrette, JJ, Mote, T, Muhle, J, Mullan, AB, Muller, R, Myhre, C, Nash, ER, Nerem, RS, Newlin, ML, Newman, PA, Ngari, A, Nishino, S, Njau, LN, Noetzli, J, Oberman, NG, Obregon, A, Ogallo, L, Oludhe, C, Overland, J, Oyunjargal, L, Parinussa, RM, Park, GH, Parker, DE, Pasch, RJ, Pascual-Ramirez, R, Pelto, MS, Penalba, O, Perez-Suarez, R, Perovich, D, Pezza, AB, Phillips, D, Pickart, R, Pinty, B, Pinzon, J, Pitts, MC, Pour, HK, Prior, J, Privette, JL, Proshutinsky, A, Quegan, S, Quintana, J, Rabe, B, Rahimzadeh, F, Rajeevan, M, Rayner, D, Rayner, NA, Raynolds, MK, Razuvaev, VN, Reagan, J, Reid, P, Renwick, JA, Revadekar, J, Rex, M, Richter-Menge, J, Rivera, IL, Robinson, DA, Rodell, M, Roderick, ML, Romanovsky, VE, Ronchail, J, Rosenlof, KH, Rudels, B, Sabine, CL, Sanchez-Lugo, A, Santee, ML, Sawaengphokhai, P, Sayouri, A, Scambos, TA, Schauer, U, Schemm, J, Schmid, C, Schreck, C, Semiletov, I, Send, U, Sensoy, S, Shakhova, N, Sharp, M, Shiklomanov, NI, Shimada, K, Shin, J, Siegel, DA, Simmons, A, Skansi, M, Smith, TM, Sokolov, V, Spence, J, Srivastava, AK, Stackhouse, PW, Stammerjohn, S, Steele, M, Steffen, K, Steinbrecht, W, Stephenson, T, Stolarski, RS, Sweet, W, Takahashi, T, Taylor, MA, Tedesco, M, Thepaut, JN, Thiaw, WM, Thompson, P, Thorne, P, Timmermans, ML, Tobin, S, Toole, J, Trachte, K, Trewin, BC, Trigo, RM, Trotman, A, Tucker, CJ, Ulupinar, Y, van de Wal, RSW, van der Werf, GR, Vautard, R, Votaw, G, Wagner, WW, Wahr, J, Walker, DA, Walsh, J, Wang, CZ, Wang, JH, Wang, L, Wang, MH, Wang, SH, Wanninkhof, R, Weaver, S, Weber, MM, Weingartner, T, Weller, RA, Wentz, F, Whitewood, R, Wilber, AC, Willett, KM, Williams, W, Willis, JK, Wilson, RC, Wolken, G, Wong, TM, Woodgate, R, Wovrosh, AJ, Xue, Y, Yamada, R, Yamamoto-Kawai, M, Yoder, JA, Yu, LS, Yueh, S, Zhang, LY, Zhang, PQ, Zhao, L, Zhou, XJ, Zimmermann, S, Zubair, L . 2012 . STATE OF THE CLIMATE IN 2011 Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 93, No. 7, July 2012 . 7 . S1-+ . Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society . 93
  4. Chandler, RE, Thorne, P, Lawrimore, J, Willett, K . 2012 . Building trust in climate science: data products for the 21st century . 5 . 373-381 . Environmetrics . 23
  5. Dunn, RJH, Willett, KM, Thorne, P, Woolley, EV, Durre, I, Dai, A, Parker, DE, Vose, RS . 2012 . HadISD: a quality-controlled global synoptic report database for selected variables at long-term stations from 1973-2011 . 5 . 1649-1679 . Climate of the Past . 8

2011

  1. Santer, BD, Mears, C, Doutriaux, C, Caldwell, P, Gleckler, PJ, Wigley, TML, Solomon, S, Gillett, NP, Ivanova, D, Karl, TR, Lanzante, JR, Meehl, GA, Stott, PA, Taylor, KE, Thorne, P, Wehner, MF, Wentz, FJ . 2011 . Separating signal and noise in atmospheric temperature changes: The importance of timescale . Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres . 116
  2. Achberger, C, Ackerman, SA, Ahlstrom, A, Alfaro, EJ, Allan, RJ, Alves, L, Amador, JA, Amelie, V, Andrianjafinirina, S, Antonov, J, Arndt, DS, Ashik, I, Atheru, Z, Attaher, SM, Baez, J, Banzon, V, Baringer, MO, Barreira, S, Barriopedro, D, Barthia, PK, Beal, LM, Becker, A, Behrenfeld, MJ, Bell, GD, Belward, AS, Benedetti, A, Berrisford, P, Berry, DI, Beszczynska-Moeller, A, Bhatt, US, Bidegain, M, Bindoff, NL, Bissolli, P, Blake, ES, Blunden, J, Booneeady, P, Bosilovich, MG, Boudet, DR, Box, JE, Boyer, TP, Bromwich, DH, Brown, R, Bryden, HL, Bulygina, ON, Burrows, J, Butler, J, Cais, P, Calderon, B, Callaghan, TV, Camargo, SJ, Cappelen, J, Carmack, E, Chambers, DP, Chelliah, M, Chidichimo, MP, Christiansen, H, Christy, J, Coelho, CAS, Colwell, S, Comiso, JC, Compo, GP, Crouch, J, Cunningham, SA, Cutie, VC, Dai, AG, Davydova-Belitskaya, V, de Jeu, R, Decker, D, Dee, D, Demircan, M, Derksen, C, Diamond, HJ, Dlugokencky, EJ, Dohan, K, Dolman, AJ, Dorigo, W, Drozdov, DS, Durack, PJ, Dutton, GS, Easterling, D, Ebita, A, Eischeid, J, Elkins, JW, Epstein, HE, Euscategui, C, Faijka-Williams, E, Famiglietti, JS, Faniriantsoa, R, Feely, RA, Fekete, BM, Fenimore, C, Fettweis, X, Fields, E, Fioletov, VE, Fogarty, VE, Fogt, RL, Forbes, BC, Foster, MJ, Frajka-Williams, E, Free, M, Frolov, I, Ganesan, AL, Ganter, C, Gibney, EJ, Gill, S, Gill, M, Gitau, W, Gleason, KL, Gobron, N, Goldenberg, SB, Goni, GJ, Gonzalez, IG, Good, SA, Gottschalck, J, Gould, WA, Gouveia, CM, Griffiths, GM, Guard, C, Guevara, VV, Haas, C, Hall, BD, Halpert, MS, Heidinger, AK, Heil, A, Heim, RR, Hennon, PA, Henry, GHR, Hidalgo, HG, Hilburn, K, Hirschi, JJM, Ho, SP, Hobgood, JS, Hoerling, M, Holgate, S, Hook, S, Hugony, S, Hurst, D, Ishihara, H, Itoh, M, Jaimes, E, Jeffries, M, Jia, GJ, Jin, XZ, Johns, WE, Johnson, B, Johnson, GC, Jones, PD, Jumaux, G, Kabidi, K, Kaiser, JW, Kanzow, TO, Kaplan, A, Kearns, EJ, Keller, LM, Kennedy, JJ, Khatiwala, S, Kholodov, A, Khoshkam, M, Kikuchi, T, Kimberlain, TB, Knaff, JA, Kobayashi, S, Kokelj, SV, Korshunova, NN, Kratz, DP, Krishfield, R, Kruger, A, Kruk, MC, Kumar, A, Lammers, RB, Lander, MA, Landsea, CW, Lantuit, H, Lantz, TC, Lapinel, BP, Lareef, Z, Lazzara, MA, Leon, AL, Leon, G, Leuliette, E, Levitus, S, Levy, JM, L'Heureux, M, Lin, II, Liu, HX, Liu, YJ, Liu, Y, Loeb, NG, Long, CS, Lorrey, AM, Lumpkin, R, Luo, JJ, Lyman, JM, Macdonald, AM, Maddux, BC, Maier, F, Malkova, G, Marchenko, S, Marengo, JA, Maritorena, S, Marotzke, J, Guingla, RM, Maslanik, J, Masson, RA, McBride, C, McGree, S, McLaughlin, F, McPeters, R, McVicar, TR, Mears, CA, Medany, MA, Meier, W, Meinen, CS, Merrifield, MA, Miller, L, Mitchum, GT, Montzka, S, Morcrette, JJ, Mote, T, Muhle, J, Mullan, AB, Murray, D, Nash, ER, Nerem, SR, Newman, PA, Nishino, S, Njau, L, Noetzli, J, Oberbauer, SF, Oberman, N, Obregon, A, Ogallo, L, Oludhe, C, O'Malley, RT, Overland, J, Park, GH, Parker, DE, Pasch, RJ, Pegion, P, Peltier, A, Pelto, MS, Penalba, OC, Perez, RS, Perlwitz, J, Perovich, D, Peterson, D, Pezza, AB, Phillips, D, Pinzon, JE, Pitts, MC, Proshutinsky, A, Quegan, S, Quintana, J, Quintero, A, Rabe, B, Rahimzadeh, F, Rajeevan, M, Rayner, D, Rayner, NA, Raynolds, MK, Razuvaev, VN, Reagan, JR, Reid, P, Renwick, JA, Revadekar, J, Reynolds, RW, Richter-Menge, J, Rignot, E, Robinson, DA, Rodell, M, Rogers, M, Romanovsky, V, Romero-Cruz, F, Ronchail, J, Rosenlof, K, Rossi, S, Rutledge, G, Saatchi, S, Sabine, CL, Saha, S, Sanchez-Lugo, A, Santee, ML, Sato, H, Sawaengphokhai, P, Sayouri, A, Scambos, TA, Schauer, U, Schemm, J, Schmid, C, Schneider, P, Schueller, D, Sensoy, S, Sharp, M, Shaver, GR, Shiklomanov, AI, Shiklomanov, N, Shimada, K, Siegel, DA, Simmons, A, Skansi, M, Smith, A, Smith, C, Smith, S, Smith, TM, Sokolov, V, Spence, JM, Srivastava, AK, Stackhouse, PW, Stammerjohn, S, Steele, M, Steinbrecht, W, Stephenson, TS, Stolarski, RS, Tahani, L, Takahashi, T, Taylor, MA, Thepaut, JN, Thiaw, WM, Thorne, P, Timmermans, ML, Tobin, S, Toole, J, Trewin, BC, Trigo, RM, Tucker, CJ, Tweedie, CE, van As, D, van de Wal, RSW, van der A, RJ, van der Werf, GR, Vautard, R, Vieira, G, Vincent, LA, Vinther, LA, Vinther, B, Vose, R, Wagner, W, Wahr, J, Walker, DA, Walsh, J, Wang, CZ, Wang, JH, Wang, L, Wang, MY, Wang, SH, Wanninkhof, R, Weaver, S, Webber, PJ, Weber, MM, Weller, RA, Weyman, J, Whitewood, R, Wijffels, SE, Wilber, AC, Willett, KM, Williams, W, Willis, JK, Wolken, G, Wong, TM, Woodgate, R, Woodworth, P, Wovrosh, AJ, Xue, Y, Yamamoto-Kawai, M, Yin, XG, Yu, LS, Zhang, LY, Zhang, PQ, Zhao, L, Zhou, XJ, Zimmermann, S . 2011 . STATE OF THE CLIMATE IN 2010 . 6 . S17-+ . Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society . 92
  3. Thorne, P, Brohan, P, Titchner, HA, McCarthy, MP, Sherwood, SC, Peterson, TC, Haimberger, L, Parker, DE, Tett, SFB, Santer, BD, Fereday, DR, Kennedy, JJ . 2011 . A quantification of uncertainties in historical tropical tropospheric temperature trends from radiosondes . Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres . 116
  4. Seidel, DJ, Gillett, NP, Lanzante, JR, Shine, KP, Thorne, P . 2011 . Stratospheric temperature trends: our evolving understanding . 4 . 592-616 . Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change . 2
  5. Thorne, P, Lanzante, JR, Peterson, TC, Seidel, DJ, Shine, KP . 2011 . Tropospheric temperature trends: history of an ongoing controversy . 1 . 66-88 . Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews-Climate Change . 2
  6. Thorne, P, Vose, RS . 2011 . Comments on "Reanalyses Suitable for Characterizing Long-Term Trends" Reply . 1 . 70-72 . Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society . 92
  7. Dai, AG, Wang, JH, Thorne, P, Parker, DE, Haimberger, L, Wang, XLL . 2011 . A New Approach to Homogenize Daily Radiosonde Humidity Data . 4 . 965-991 . Journal of Climate . 24
  8. Peterson, TC, Willett, KM, Thorne, P . 2011 . Observed changes in surface atmospheric energy over land . Geophysical Research Letters . 38
  9. Mears, CA, Wentz, FJ, Thorne, P, Bernie, D . 2011 . Assessing uncertainty in estimates of atmospheric temperature changes from MSU and AMSU using a Monte-Carlo estimation technique . Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres . 116

2010

  1. Stott, PA, Thorne, P . 2010 . How best to log local temperatures? . 7295 . 158-159 . Nature . 465