Dr Kathryn Nicklin


I am a Research Fellow in the Climate Impacts Group, which is part of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS).

I obtained a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Oxford in 2007. I completed my PhD in 2013 with the Climate Impacts Group, supervised by Professor Andy Challinor. I then began work as a Research Fellow in the Climate Impacts Group.

Research interests

My work focuses on the impact of climate on crops.

During my PhD I developed and evaluated a crop yield forecasting system for semi-arid West Africa. The system uses dynamic seasonal forecasts (i.e. forecasts produced using a climate model) and the GLAM crop model. I used an existing version of GLAM to simulate groundnut yields and developed a new version of GLAM to simulate sorghum yields.

I then worked as a Research Fellow on two EU funded projects:

  • SPECS -Aimed to improve seasonal and decadal forecast systems.
  • EUPORIAS - Focused on the use of seasonal and decadal forecasts in sectors such as health, agriculture, water and energy.

The focus of my work was to use seasonal forecasts to make forecasts of maize yield in East Africa.

I currently work on the AMMA-2050 project, which looks into the future climate in West Africa and it's impact on food and water security. I am using the GLAM crop model to make projections of maize and sorghum yield in the 2050s and to examine adaptation options.

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Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science and Impacts