Advisory Committee

The Climate Code Foundation is guided by an independent Advisory Committee, which assesses the work of the Foundation and advises on future work. The committee currently has thirteen members, experts in the fields of climate science, software development, science communication, and open knowledge. Minutes of committee meetings are published here on the Foundation website.


The committee is independent of the Foundation. Members and employees of the Foundation are not eligible to sit on the committee, but may attend meetings to facilitate, provide information, and report back to the Foundation. The Board made initial appointments to the committee, and will make interim appointments if the active membership falls below six, but other appointments and re-appointments are made by the committee itself. The committee elects its own chair, sets its own agenda, takes its own minutes, and makes its own procedural rules and decisions.


The committee meets once per quarter. The first meeting took place in November 2010. A meeting’s minutes are published as soon as they are agreed.
The Foundation prepares a report to each committee meeting, describing current and planned activities, responding to the minutes of the previous committee meeting, and requesting advice on specific subjects. These reports are also published here on the Foundation website.
The committee meets by teleconference. Subject to resources, reasonable committee meeting expenses will be met by the Foundation. Committee members are not otherwise compensated by the Foundation.


Chair: Kate Willett. Dr Willett is a senior scientist at the Met Office Hadley Centre working on building global scale climate quality data-products. She currently leads the Global Climate chapter of NOAA’s annual State of the Climate reports and chairs a working group for the International Surface Temperature Initiative on benchmark testing of algorithms used to build climate data-products.
James Annan. Dr Annan is a member of the Global Change Projection Research Programme at RIGC in Japan. He is a founding executive editor of the EGU journal Geoscientific Model Development.
Venkatramani Balaji. Dr Balaji heads the Modeling Systems Group serving developers of Earth System models at GFDL and Princeton University. He has a background in physics and climate science, and is an expert in parallel computing and scientific infrastructure.
Stefan Brönnimann. Dr. Brönnimann is head of the climatology research group at University of Bern. His particular interests are large-scale climate variability and historical upper-air data.
John Christy. Dr Christy is the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
Paul Edwards. Dr Edwards is a professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research explores the history, politics, and cultural aspects of computers, information infrastructures, and global climate science.
Steve Easterbrook. Dr Easterbrook is a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto. He researches the software development practices in climate science.
Glyn Moody. Glyn Moody is a UK based technology journalist and consultant covering the Internet since March 1994, and the free software world since 1995. He is on the advisory board of the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Peter Murray-Rust. Dr Murray-Rust leads a research group in the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University. He has long been a pioneer of data exchange and information-mining in the chemical sciences, and is firmly committed to promoting openness and data availability throughout the discipline.
Cameron Neylon. Dr Neylon is a UK-based biophysicist with an interest in how to make the internet more effective as a tool for science. He writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, the design of web based tools for research, and the need for policy and cultural change within and around the research community.
Reto Ruedy. Dr Ruedy is a mathematician working in Dr Hansen’s team that built and is developing the NASA/GISS climate model. He is also in charge of the maintenance and development of the GISS surface temperature analysis.
Peter Thorne. Dr Thorne is a senior scientist as the Nansen Enrivornmental and Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway. He works on observational climate change analyses and was a Lead Author on the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report and the 2014 US National Climate Assessment.
Andrew Woolf. Dr Woolf is an e-science expert at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK, specialising in spatial data frameworks for climate and earth sciences.

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