Dr Ben Matthews: About Me

I am a climatologist, specialising (since 2000) in the climate science-policy interface, global stabilisation scenarios, equitable development pathways and integrated risk analysis. My earlier work (during 1990s) was more related to the global carbon cycle and biogeochemistry.

Here is a list of papers and presentations organised by topic

To enable more people to explore the options, uncertainties and implications of future climate projections I developed the interactive Java Climate Model (now hosted at Climatemodel.info)

I moved to Belgium in 2002 to work at UCL-TECLIM (my page in TECLIM) - "Centre de recherche sur la Terre et le climat Georges Lemaitre", also assisting the work of the vice-chair of IPCC, and participating in many global climate conferences.
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Climate scientists calculate that stabilising climate change at a reasonably safe level requires that people in developed countries make large reductions in emissions. So, to put this into practice, I try to live a low-emissions lifestyle.

For 17 years I did not take any airplane (why not? see "Flying off to a warmer Climate") although I traveled far by train (including twice to China - see Climate Train to Kyoto), attended many global conferences, and also enjoyed flying by paraglider.
Only recently I had to relax this principle, due to work for the Belgian presidency of the European Union in 2010, and for IVIG in Brazil in 2011.

With my partner Magdalena Pic and our two sons, we live in a village by the river Meuse, near Namur. We moved here to have space for the children to play and appreciate nature, but still have no car - we traveling by train and bicycle, and we use only wood for heating - while gradually improving the insulation of this old house.

When I can escape from the computer and from looking after my two small boys, I enjoy cultivating our garden, cycling, walking in mountains, and playing tunes and songs from around the world on my fiddle and guitar.

The internet helps people to connect together to solve global challenges, regardless of where we live - city or countryside, in any corner of the world. So, welcome to my website.


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