Geography and Environment


Dr Tom Matthews

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Lecturer in Climate Science

I was appointed to the position of Lecturer in Climate Science in June, 2018. My previous appointments (since a PhD from Loughborough Unversity in 2013) include lectureships at Liverpool John Moores University and Maynooth University - where  I also held a position of postdoctoral researcher (in the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units – ICARUS). 

I am a climate scientist with particular interests in the sensitivity of Earth systems to climate variability and change. Within this board remit, my specific areas of expertise include glacier-climate interactions and extreme events – from mid-latitude storms to heatwaves and hurricanes. Much of my work in these fields aims to understand processes and the evolving societal challenges in the context of climate change. 

I primarily teach in the area of climate science (atmospheric processes, hazards, etc.) 

  • Matthews, T. (2018). Humid heat and climate change. Progress in Physical Geography: Earth and Environment, 42(3), 391-405. doi:10.1177/0309133318776490
  • Mattthews, T., Murphy, C., McCarthy, G. D., Broderick, C., & Wilby, R. (2018). Super Storm Desmond: a process-based assessment. Environmental Research Letters. doi:10.1088/1748-9326/aa98c8
  • Murphy, C., Broderick, C., Burt, T. P., Curley, M., Duffy, C., Hall, J., . . . Wilby, R. L. (2018). A 305-year continuous monthly rainfall series for the island of Ireland (1711-2016). Climate of the Past, 14(3), 413-440. doi:10.5194/cp-14-413-2018
  • Matthews, T. K. R., Wilby, R. L., & Murphy, C. (2017). Communicating the deadly consequences of global warming for human heat stress. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(15), 3861-3866. doi:10.1073/pnas.1617526114
  • Matthews, T., Murphy, C., Wilby, R. L., & Harrigan, S. (2014). Stormiest winter on record for Ireland and UK. Nature Climate Change, 4(9), 738-740. doi:10.1038/nclimate2336