Isla Simpson, Scientist 1
Isla Simpson is a Scientist 1 in the Climate Analysis Section of the Climate and Global Dynamics Division, studying large scale atmospheric dynamics and its representation in Global Climate Models. She works to understand dynamical mechanisms involved in the variability and change of the large scale atmospheric circulation and its impacts on regional climate and hydroclimate using a hierarchy of modelling approaches. The overall aim being to determine the extent which models can successfully capture the processes of relevance for the real atmosphere and to determine how they can be improved.
Deser, C., Simpson, I. R., McKinnon, K. A. and Phillips, A. S., The Northern Hemisphere extra-tropical atmospheric circulation response to ENSO: How well do we know it and how do we evaluate models accordingly? Submitted to J. Clim
Polvani, L. M., Clement, A. C., Medeiros, B.. Benedict, J. J. and Simpson, I. R., Opening the Door to Simpler Climate Models in the Community Earth System Model Project, Submitted to EOS
Hitchcock, P. and Simpson, I. R. (2016), Quantifying eddy feedbacks and forcings in the tropospheric response to stratospheric sudden warmings. J. Atmos. Sci., 73, 3641-3657 PDF.
Seager, R. and Simpson, I. R. (2016) Western boundary currents and climate change, J. Geophys. Res. Oceans, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JC012156. PDF.
Shaw, T. A., Baldwin, M., Barnes, E. A., Caballero, R., Garfinkel, C. I., Hwang, Y-T., Li, C., O'Gorman, P. A., Riviere, G., Simpson, I. R., and Voigt, A. (2016): Storm track processes and the opposing influences of climate change, Nature Geoscience, 9, 656-664 Article
Simpson, I. R. and Polvani, L. M. (2016) Revisiting the relationship between jet position, forced response and annular mode variability in the southern mid-latitudes. Geophys. Res. Lett., 43, 2896-2903 PDF. Supplementary material PDF.
Simpson, I. R. (2016) Climate change predicted to lengthen transatlantic travel times. Env. Res. Lett., 11, 031002. PDF (Perspective on Williams (2016) Env. Res. Lett., 11, 024008.)
Simpson, I. R., Seager, R., Ting, M. and Shaw, T. A. (2016) Causes of change in Northern Hemisphere winter meridional winds and regional hydroclimate, Nature Climate Change, 6, 65-70: Article
Simpson, I. R., Seager, R., Shaw, T. A. and Ting, M. (2015) Mediterranean summer climate and the importance of Middle East Topography. J. Clim., 28 1977--1996: PDF
Seager, R., Neelin, D., Simpson, I. R., Liu, H., Henderson, N., Shaw, T. A., Kushnir, Y., Ting, M. and Cook, B. (2014) Dynamical and thermodynamical causes of large-scale changes in the hydrological cycle of North America in response to global warming., J. Clim., 27, 7921--7948: PDF
Hitchcock, P. and Simpson, I. R. (2014) The Downward Influence of Stratospheric Sudden Warmings (2014) J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 3856--3876: PDF
Seager, R., Liu, H., Henderson, N., Simpson, I. R., Kelley, C., Shaw, T. A., Kushner, Y. and Ting, M. (2014) Causes of increasing aridification of the Mediterranean region in response to rising greenhouse gases (2014), J. Clim., 27, 4655--4676: PDF
Simpson, I. R., Shaw, T. A. and Seager, R. (2014) A diagnosis of the seasonally and longitudinally varying mid-latitude circulation response to global warming (2014) J. Atmos. Sci., 71, 2489--2515: PDF
Simpson, I. R., Shepherd, T. G., Hitchcock, P and Scinocca, J. F. (2013) Southern Annular Mode dynamics in observations and models, part 2: eddy feedbacks. J. Clim., 26, 5220--5241: PDF
Simpson, I. R., Hitchcock, P., Shepherd, T. G. and Scinocca, J. F. (2013) Southern Annular Mode dynamics in observations and models, part 1: the influence of climatological zonal wind biases in a Comprehensive GCM. J. Clim., 26, 3953-3967: PDF
Simpson I. R., Blackburn, M. and Haigh, J. D. (2012) A mechanism for the effect of tropospheric jet structure on the annular mode-like response to stratospheric forcing. J. Atmos. Sci., 69, 2152-2170: PDF
Simpson I. R., Hitchcock, P., Shepherd, T. G. and Scinocca, J. F. (2011) Stratospheric variability and tropospheric annular mode timescales. Geophysical Research Letters, 38, L20806, doi:10.1029/2011GL049304: PDF
Simpson I. R., Shepherd, T. G., Sigmond, M. (2011) Dynamics of the lower stratospheric circulation response to ENSO. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 68, 2537-2556: PDF
Simpson I. R., Blackburn M., Haigh J. D. and Sparrow, S. N. (2010) The impact of the state of the troposphere on the response to stratospheric heating in a simplified GCM. Journal of Climate, 23, 6166-6185: PDF
Simpson I. R., Blackburn M. and Haigh J. D. (2009) The role of eddies in driving the tropospheric response to stratospheric heating perturbations. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66, 1347-1365: PDF
PHD thesis - Solar influence on stratosphere-troposphere dynamical coupling: PDF