The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Murphy is the head of climate prediction at the Met Office, the official center for climate change research in Britain. There, he leads more than 20 scientists who work on ensemble climate prediction, climate scenario development, and regional climate modeling. His expertise is in predicting and understanding large-scale response to human-induced climate change and detailed changes at a regional level. He was a lead author on chapter 10 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report; he also coordinates the development of the multi-model ensemble climate prediction system ENSEMBLES, a large European Union research project.
Policy makers and planners now accept the reality of man-made climate change and are turning their thoughts toward adaptation. Should they make their decisions now, or wait to see if better climate models can provide more precise information?