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Jean-Philippe Baudouin

Jean-Philippe Baudouin

PhD student



  • 2016: Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Earth Sciences Department - Barcelona, SPAIN
    As a Junior Developer, I elaborated a cyclones tracker for a high-resolution climate model and worked on the analysis of a dynamical downscaling method for hurricane activity.
  • 2015: Laboratoire d'Aérologie - Toulouse, FRANCE
    As part of my Master thesis, I analysed the impact on climate of the impoundment of a dam reservoir. I mainly considered the albedo change and its comparison with known reservoir's emission of GHG.
  • 2014: CERFACS - Toulouse, FRANCE
    During my Masters research, I developed a classification method of western Europe depression.
  • 2014: UQUAM, ESCER centre - Montréal, CANADA
    During my gap year, I conducted basic research on seasonal climate forecast across Canada and USA. I mainly discussed the influence of North Pacific blocking events over North America
  • 2013: TEC-Conseil - Marseille, FRANCE
    Earlier during my gap year, I designed a database to provide climate data for impact studies in a consultancy on environment.


  • PhD student, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge (2016 - Present)
  • Master of Research OASC - MSc on climate system, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse (2014-2015)
  • Engineer of INPT-ENM (Meteo-France's school), Toulouse - Statistics option, gap year in 2013-2014 (2011-2015)


I have always been fascinated by the poetry of the changing sky above my head. It is a source of wonder, but also of peril sometimes, so I have dedicated myself to understanding the processes behind this changeability, and for that, there is no better place in France than the French climate and weather institute's school, in Toulouse. During my school years I came to realise how threatening climate changes could be and I decided to devote myself to the service of a safer world. Through working experiences in research institutes and private companies, in France and abroad, I discovered the importance of a multi-disciplinary understanding of climate change issues and put into practice my abilities of processing and analyzing environmental and climate data.

Now, my research interest focuses on the analysis of meteorological extreme events, their variability, the uncertainty in measuring or forecasting them, as well as considering our society's vulnerabilities and the possibilities of adaptation. It also encompasses the vulgarization of climate and weather related risks.

Eventually, I wish to become a climate expert with a multidisciplinary background in both natural and human sciences in order to work with policy-makers and filling the gap between different research fields.

Understanding rainfall patterns and variability in the Indus Valley, 4000 years ago

The Indus river catchment area has a complex meteorological environment as it sits at the edge of both Indian summer monsoon and winter rains coming from western and central Asia. My PhD aims to understand the variability of these systems at different time scales, but focuses specifically on the centennial drought that appears to have occurred in the area 4000 years ago. I will mainly focus on the analysis of multi-millennium climate simulations that are able to reproduced long-term drought conditions over the Indian subcontinent. I will search for drivers of these droughts, looking at orbital forcing, ocean temperature anomalies and vegetation feedback. This will put preliminary studies on the modern variability of the precipitation into perspective. Finally, the results of this study will facilitate the analysis of water supply variability and of the evolution of floods and droughts occurrence.

This study is part of the TwoRains project, which is investigating the resilience and sustainability of the Indus Civilisation. More can be seen of the climate aspect on the department portal for projects, or on the archaeology webpage, for a broader overview.



Workshops and conferences

  • April 2019, Vienna: EGU general Assembly Orographic precipitation in the Upper Indus basin
  • February 2019, Koblenz: "Climatic and hydrological extremes: Linking the instrumental era with the more distant past" Paper in preparation
  • May 2014, Montreal: "Blocking events and relationships with storm track variability and cold or warm spells across Canada: results using CORDEX-NA runs" - Presentation at the CNRCWP Science meeting 2014
  • December 2013, Trieste: 2nd CLIM-RUN School "Building two-way communication : a week of climate services"
  • November 2013, Brussels: "PROCLIM" - Poster presentation at the International Conference on Regional Climate - CORDEX 2013
  • Summer 2013, Wageningen and Berlin: Climate-KIC Summer School.