Raymond Bradley, geosciences, and director of the Climate System Research Center

Distinguished Professor, geosciences, and director of the Climate System Research Center

Phone: (o) 413-545-2120

Email: rbradley@geo.umass.edu

The research interests of internationally acclaimed climate scientist Raymond Bradley are in climate variability across a wide range of time scales, particularly how present day climate differs from climates in the past, and what may have caused climates to change.

A co-author of the famous report on global warming that popularized the “hockey stick” temperature graph, Bradley found himself the target of climate change deniers and conspiracy theorists during the “Climategate controversy” of 2009.  Bradley’s book about his experiences during this period, Global Warming and Political Intimidation: How Politicians Cracked Down as the Earth Heated Up was published in 2011 by the University of Massachusetts Press.

Bradley’s research was the first to apply regional climate models to examine likely near-term changes in temperature and precipitation across the northeast United States. That high-resolution study suggests that temperatures are going to be significantly warmer in all seasons in the next 30 years, especially in winter, and that winters will be wetter, with more rain likely than snow.

Bradley has written or edited 11 books on climatic change and paleoclimatology, including Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary, and has authored over 120 articles on these topics. Bradley’s research group is supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Energy.