Earth Institute Staff Directory

Dr. Simon J. Mason

Senior Research Scientist , International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) , The Earth Institute

Chief Climate Scientist , International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI)

Affiliated with: M.A. in Climate and Society

232 Monell
61 Rt. 9W
PO Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964

BIOGRAPHY: Simon Mason has been involved in seasonal climate forecasting research and operations since the early 1990s. He has published numerous papers on seasonal climate forecasting and verification, and on climate services. He is the lead developed of the Climate Predictability Tool (CPT), which is used in forecast operations and research around the world. Mason has extensive experience in the production of seasonal climate forecasts in contexts such as the Regional Climate Outlook Forums, and works closely with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to promote the definition and adoption of forecasting and verification standards. He was a member of the drafting team for the High-Level Task Force on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and was an overall author for the GFCS Implementation Plan. In 2018, Mason was awarded the World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology Award for Outstanding Service.

Mason joined the IRI in 1997, working initially at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and moving to Columbia University in 2003. Prior to joining the IRI, Mason was deputy director of the Climatology Research Group at the University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa, where he developed empirical models for predicting southern African rainfall variability.