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Priscilla Mooney

Research Professor

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Jahnebakken 5, 5007 Bergen, Norway

I am a Research Professor at NORCE Climate & Environment and a member of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research. Since receiving my PhD from Maynooth University in 2007, I have worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Oxford.

In a broad sense, my research focuses on advancing our understanding of climate and weather extremes, including their response to global warming for the benefit of society. Recently, my work has focused on improving our current understanding of the impacts, and associated drivers, of Land Use Land Cover Change on regional climate and weather extremes, particularly in sub-polar and alpine climates. I also have a keen interest in the response of polar and tropical cyclones to global climate change, and the role of atmosphere-ocean interactions in their response. My research is mainly undertaken in collaboration with scientists from other disciplines to understand the ways climate change impacts society (e.g. how will tropical cyclones affect reef ecosystems in the future?) and the ways climate mitigation can impact the climate system (e.g. how will afforestation policies impact the local climate system?).

I lead large international projects such as PolarRES, which is funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, and the Big Data and Climate Frontier project which is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s prestigious FRIKLIM programme. I am also involved in a number of international initiatives, such as the WCRP's PolarCORDEX and CORDEX LUCAS initiatives.

Priscilla Mooney


Climate & Environment

Research themes

Regional Climate Impacts and Modelling

Research Groups

Regional Climate and Climate Services

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Characteristics of Surface “Melt Potential” over Antarctic Ice Shelves based on Regional Atmospheric Model Simulations of Summer Air Temperature Extremes from 1979/80 to 2018/19 – Journal of Climate 2023
Added value of a regional coupled model: the case study for marine heatwaves in the Caribbean – Climate Dynamics 2023
The influence of recent and future climate change on spring Arctic cyclones – Nature Communications 2022
Toward Effective Collaborations between Regional Climate Modeling and Impacts-Relevant Modeling Studies in Polar Regions – Bulletin of The American Meteorological Society - (BAMS) 2022
Land-atmosphere interactions in sub-polar and alpine climates in the CORDEX flagship pilot study Land Use and Climate Across Scales (LUCAS) models-Part 1: Evaluation of the snow-albedo effect – The Cryosphere 2022
Afforestation affects rain-on-snow climatology over Norway – Environmental Research Letters 2022
Land–atmosphere interactions in sub-polar and alpine climates in the CORDEX Flagship Pilot Study Land Use and Climate Across Scales (LUCAS) models – Part 2: The role of changing vegetation – The Cryosphere 2022
Afforestation impact on soil temperature in regional climate model simulations over Europe – Geoscientific Model Development 2022
Future changes in rain-on-snow events over Norway – Environmental Research Letters 2021
Modelling a tropical-like cyclone in the Mediterranean Sea under present and warmer climate – Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences 2021
Physical processes driving intensification of future precipitation in the mid- to high latitudes – Environmental Research Letters 2021
Impact of quasi‐idealized future land cover scenarios at high latitudes in complex terrain – Earth's Future 2020
Designing and evaluating regional climate simulations for high latitude land use land cover change studies – Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography 2020
A physically based precipitation separation algorithm for convection‐permitting models over complex topography – Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 2019
Influences of Lake Malawi on the spatial and diurnal variability on local precipitation – Hydrology and Earth System Sciences (HESS) 2019
Investigating the performance of coupled WRF-ROMS simulations of Hurricane Irene (2011) in a regional climate modeling framework – Atmospheric research 2019
The response of land-falling tropical cyclone characteristics to projected climate change in northeast Australia – Climate Dynamics 2018
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