Tom Matthews: Exploring extreme weather & climate change

National Geographic Explorer & climate scientist Tom Matthews is working to understand the impacts of climate change on mountain systems.

Meet Tom Matthews. He's a climate scientist based at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Although he has broad interests in the societal impacts from climate change, he focuses on severe weather events. Matthews is driven to understand the planet's most extreme climates. 

From deadly tropical heat waves to severe, cold-weather mountain windstorms, his research aims to map the limits of Earth's climate envelope and chart its course as it is shifted by human-caused climate change.

In 2019, Matthews was the Meteorology Team Co-Lead for National Geographic's most the comprehensive single scientific expedition to Mount Everest (known locally as Sagarmatha or Chomolungma) in history. 

Working in close collaboration with Tribhuvan University, the Nepali government, major U.S. and international universities, and the local communities of the Khumbu Region in Nepal, the expedition had teams focused on biology, geology, glaciology, meteorology, and mapping as part of a robust effort to improve our understanding and resilience to the impacts of climate change on mountain systems.

The expedition was supported by Rolex as part of our Perpetual Planet Initiative.

This Explorer's work is funded by the National Geographic Society
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