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Charles Curry

Research Associate
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Charles Curry is a Research Associate with the Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution Network and Adjunct Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has been engaged in Earth system and regional climate modeling since 2003, holding various research posts at UVic and Environment Canada. His research interests include the effects of climate change on the hydrological cycle in Western North America, observed and modelled climate extremes, the behaviour and downscaling of surface winds, simulations of global climate engineering, and the biogeochemical and radiative modelling of greenhouse gases. He has provided expert advice to industry and various stakeholders on some of these issues, and maintains an interest in the effective communication of climate science to the public.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Physics, McMaster University
  • M.Sc. Physics, Queen's University at Kingston
  • B.Sc. Physics and Mathematics (Honours), Saint Mary's University
Selected Publications: 
  • C.L. Curry, B. Tencer, K. Whan, A. J. Weaver, M. Giguère and E. Wiebe, "Searching for added value in simulating climate extremes with a high-resolution regional climate model. II: Basin-scale results," Atmosphere-Ocean, under review
  • C.L. Curry, B. Tencer, K. Whan, A. J. Weaver, M. Giguère and E. Wiebe, "Searching for added value in simulating climate extremes with a high-resolution regional climate model over Western Canada," Atmosphere-Ocean (2016)
  • C.L. Curry, J. Sillmann, D. Bronaugh, and 11 coauthors,
“A multi-model examination of climate extremes in an idealized geoengineering experiment,”
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 119, 3900–3923, doi: 10.1002/2013JD020648 (2014)
  • B. Kravitz, ... , C.L. Curry [7th of 18 coauthors], et al., "A multi-model assessment of regional climate disparities caused by solar geoengineering," Environmental Research Letters, 9, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/9/7/074013 (2014)
  • B. Kravitz, ... , C.L. Curry [9th of 24 authors], et al.,
"Climate model response from the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP),"
 Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 1-13, doi: 10.1002/jgrd.50646 (2013)
  • A. Jones, ‚…, C.L. Curry [6th of 18 coauthors], et al., "The impact of abrupt suspension of solar radiation management (termination effect) in experiment G2 of the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)," Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118, 9743-9752 (2013)
  • S. Tilmes, ‚…, C.L. Curry [12th of 28 coauthors], et al., "The hydrological impact of geoengineering in the Geoengineering Model Intercomparison Project (GeoMIP)," Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118 (19), 11,036-11,058 (2013)
  • S.R. Haughian, P.J. Burton, S.W. Taylor, and C. Curry, "Expected effects of climate change on forest disturbance regimes in British Columbia," Journal of Ecosystems and Management, 13, 16-38 (2012)
  • C.L. Curry, D. van der Kamp, and A.H. Monahan, “Statistical downscaling of historical monthly mean winds over a coastal region of complex terrain. I. Predicting wind speed,” Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1173-3 (2011)
  • D. van der Kamp, C.L. Curry, and A.H. Monahan, “Statistical downscaling of historical monthly mean winds over a coastal region of complex terrain. II. Predicting wind components,” Climate Dynamics, doi: 10.1007/s00382-011-1175-1 (2011)
  • J. Li, C.L. Curry, Z. Sun, and F. Zhang, “Overlap of solar and infrared spectra and the shortwave radiative effect of methane,” Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, 67, 2372-2389 (2010)
  • J.R. Christian, V. K. Arora, G. J. Boer, C. L. Curry, K. Zahariev, K. L. Denman, G. M. Flato, W. G. Lee, W. J. Merryfield, N. T. Roulet, and J. F. Scinocca, “The global carbon cycle in the Canadian Earth System Model (CanESM1): Preindustrial control simulation,” Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences, 115, doi: 10.1029/2008JG000920 (2010)
  • C.L. Curry, “The consumption of atmospheric methane by soil in a simulated future climate,“ Biogeosciences, 6, 2355-2367 (2009)
  • V. K. Arora, G. J. Boer, J.R. Christian, C.L. Curry, K. Denman, K. Zahariev, G. Flato, J. Scinocca, W.J. Merryfield, and W.G. Lee, “The effect of terrestrial photosynthesis down-regulation on the 20th century carbon budget simulated with the CCCma Earth System Model,” Journal of Climate, 22 (22), 6066-6088, doi: 10.1175/2009JCLI3037.1 (2009)
  • C.L. Curry, "Modelling the soil consumption of atmospheric methane at the global scale," Global Biogeochemical Cycles, 21, GB4012, doi:10.1029/2006GB002818 (2007)
  • C.L. Curry, N.A. McFarlane, and J.F. Scinocca, "Relaxing the well-mixed greenhouse gas approximation in climate simulations: Consequences for stratospheric climate," J. Geophys. Res.: Atmospheres, 111, D08104, doi:10.1029/2005JD006670 (2006)