Dr. Simon J. Mason

Senior Research Scientist, International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI), Columbia Climate School

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

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, and works primarily at the interface between climate science and application in sectors such as health, disasters, and agriculture. He is the lead developer of the Climate Predictability Tool (CPT), which is used in seasonal and sub-seasonal climate forecast operations and research around the world. Mason has extensive experience in the production and translation of climate information in contexts such as the Regional Climate Outlook Forums. He works closely with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to promote the definition and adoption of forecasting and verification standards, and to assist National Meteorolgoical Services in the development of climate services. He was a member of the drafting team for the High-Level Task Force on the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS), and was a lead author for the GFCS Implementation Plan. He currently contributes to the WMO's heatwave activities under the Early Warnings for All initiative. 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. He is the longest-serving member of the IRI. 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 models for predicting southern African rainfall variability.

158 PUBLICATIONS ON COLUMBIA | ACADEMIC COMMONS

Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.8.2 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.8.3 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.8.4 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.8.5 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 18.1.2 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 18.1.4 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 18.1.5 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 18.2.3 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 18.2.4 2023
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.6.1 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.7.1 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.7.4 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.7.6 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.7.7 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.7.8 2022
Flexible forecast presentation overcomes longstanding obstacles to using probabilistic seasonal forecasts 2022
Re-prioritizing climate services for agriculture: Insights from Bangladesh 2022
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.3.2 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.4.1 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.4.3 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.4.4 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.5.1 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.5.2 2021
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.7.14 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.3.1 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.3.2 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.4.1 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.1 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.2 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.4 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.5 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.8 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.5.9 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.2.1 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.2.2 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 17.3.1 2020
Making society climate-resilient: international progress under the Global Framework for Climate Services 2020
Multi-model sub-seasonal forecasts of Spring cold spells: potential value for the hazelnut agribusiness 2020
The Gnat and the Bull: Do Climate Outlook Forums Make a Difference? 2020
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.7.10 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.7.11 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.1 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.2 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.3 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.4 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.5 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.1.6 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.2.2 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.2.3 2019
Climate Predictability Tool version 16.2.4 2019
Defining and predicting heat waves in Bangladesh 2019
From rain to famine: assessing the utility of rainfall observations and seasonal forecasts to anticipate food insecurity in East Africa 2019
On the use and misuse of climate change projections in international development 2019
Building a framework for process-oriented evaluation of Regional Climate Outlook Forums 2018
Climate basics 2018
Climate data: the past and present 2018
Climate forecasts for early warning: up to six months in advance 2018
Climate information for adaptation: from years to decades 2018
Climate information for public health action: challenges and opportunities 2018
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.7.6 2018
Climate variability and trends: drivers 2018
Connecting climate information with health outcomes 2018
Global predictability of temperature extremes 2018
Guidance on verification of operational seasonal forecasts 2018
Heavy rainfall in Paraguay during the 2015/16 austral summer: causes and subseasonal-to-seasonal predictive skill 2018
Improved seasonal prediction skill of rainfall for the Priera season in Central America 2018
Supporting farmers facing drought: lessons from a climate service in Jamaica 2018
Weather forecasts: up to one week in advance 2018
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.5.10 2017
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.6.1 2017
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.6.3 2017
Should seasonal rainfall forecasts be used for flood preparedness? 2017
Action-based flood forecasting for triggering humanitarian action 2016
Best practices for postprocessing ensemble climate forecasts. Part I: selecting appropriate recalibration methods 2016
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.3 2016
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.3.9 2016
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.4.1 2016
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.5.3 2016
Cross-time scales interactions and rainfall extreme events in southeastern South America for the austral summer. Part II: predictive skill 2016
IRI Seasonal Precipitation Forecast for Apr, May, Jun 1998 2016
Accessing and using climate data and information in fragile, data-poor states 2015
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.6 2015
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.7 2015
Climate Predictability Tool version 15.2 2015
Climate and health in Africa 2014
Climate information for humanitarian agencies: some basic principles 2014
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.1 2014
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.2 2014
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.3 2014
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.4 2014
Climate Predictability Tool version 14.5 2014
Climate forecasts in disaster management: Red Cross flood operations in West Africa, 2018 2013
Climate Predictability Tool version 13.1 2013
Climate Predictability Tool version 13.2 2013
Climate Predictability Tool version 13.3 2013
Climate Predictability Tool version 13.4 2013
A verification framework for interannual-to-decadal predictions experiments 2012
Changes in climate extremes and their impacts on the natural physical environment 2012
Seasonal and longer-range forecasts 2012
The Global Framework for Climate Services 2012