Gregory Flato

Vice-Chair, Working Group I


Dr Flato has been a research scientist at CCCma since 1993, and its manager from 2004-2014. His expertise is in the area of sea-ice and global Earth System modelling. Since joining CCCma he has worked on the development of a series of global climate models used to simulate historical climate variations and project future climate change. Dr Flato was a lead author of the cryosphere chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, and Coordinating Lead Author of the chapter on climate model evaluation in the IPCC Fifth Assessment. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Science and has served on a number of national and international scientific committees including the World Climate Research Program’s (WCRP) Joint Scientific Committee, and co-chaired the WCRP Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) core project. He currently serves as co-chair of the WCRP Working Group on Coupled Modelling (WGCM), and in 2015 was elected Vice Chair of the IPCC’s Working Group I. He has published roughly 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on subjects related to modelling the climate system. Dr Flato received his BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, USA. In 2016, Dr Flato received the Deputy Minister’s Commendation Award for his “important contributions in climate science and research in Canada”. More information about the CCCma and its research is available at: