Peter Challenor

Contact Information
Peter Challenor
Room 254/39
National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
Empress Dock
Southampton
Hants  SO14 3ZH
United Kingdom

Phone: +44-23-80596413
Fax:   +44-23-80596400
Email: P.Challenor@noc.soton.ac.uk
Research Interests
  • Satellite oceanography.
  • Altimetry over the oceans.
  • Synergistic use of satellite data.
  • Statistics of surface waves.
  • The statistics of extremes
  • Assimilation of data into models
  • Uncertainty in numerical models
  • Climate change
  • Environmental Statistics
  • Waves on Titan
Photograph of Peter Challenor
Publications since 2000 i

Challenor, P.G., R.K.S. Hankin and R. Marsh (2006) Towards the Probability of rapid Climate Change. pp 55-63 in Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change Ed Schellnhuber, H.J., W. Cramer, N. Nakicenovic, T. Wigley amd G Yohe. Cambridge University Press

Pezzi, L., A. Caltabiano, and P. G. Challenor 2006 Satellite observations of the Pacific tropical instability wave characteristics and their interannual variability. International Journal of Remote Sensing 27(8),1581-1599

Kent, E. C., and P. G. Challenor, 2006: Toward Estimating Climatic Trends in SST, Part 2: Random Errors. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 23(3), 476-486.

Cipollini, P, P.G. Challenor, and S, Colombo 2006 A Method for Tracking Individual Planetary Waves in Remotely Sensed Data, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 44(1) 159-166

Wimmer, W, Challenor, P, Retzler, C 2006 Extreme wave heights in the north Atlantic from altimeter data, Renewable Energy 31(2) 241-248

Tsimplis, MN, Woolf, DK, Osborn, TJ, Wakelin, S, Wolf, J, Flather, R, Shaw, AGP, Woodworth, P, Challenor, P, Blackman, D, Pert, F, Yan, Z, Jevrejeva, S 2005 Towards a vulnerability assessment of the UK and northern European coasts: the role of regional climate variability, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A-Mathematical PhysicaL and Engineering Sciences, 363(1831), 1329-1358

Zarnecki, JC, Leese, MR, Hathi, B, Ball, AJ, Hagermann, A, Towner, MC, Lorenz, RD, McDonnell, JAM, Green, SF, Patel, MR, Ringrose, TJ, Rosenberg, PD, Atkinson, KR, Paton, MD, Banaszkiewicz, M, Clark, BC, Ferri, F, Fulchignoni, M, Ghafoor, NAL, Kargl, G, Svedhem, H, Delderfield, J, Grande, M, Parker, DJ, Challenor, PG, Geake, JE 2005 A soft solid surface on Titan as revealed by the Huygens Surface Science Package, Nature, 438(7069), 792- 795

Karaev, VY, Kanevsky, MB, Balandina, GN, Challenor, P, Gommenginger, C, Srokosz, M 2005 The concept of a microwave radar with an asymmetric knifelike beam for the remote sensing of ocean waves Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology,22(11), 1809-1820

L.J.West, P.D.Killworth, P.G.Challenor, V.C.Cornell(2005) "Remote visualization of Labrador Convection in Large Oceanic Datasets" - Atmospheric Science Letters DOI: 10.1002/asl.116.

Lang, H, Challenor, P.G. and Killworth P.D. (2004) A new addition to the family of space sampling methods. Field Methods, 16(1), 55-69

Challenor, P.G., Cipollini, P., Cromwell, D., Hill, K.L., Quartly, G.D. and Robinson, I.S. (2004) Global characteristics of Rossby wave propagation from multiple satellite datasets, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 25(7-8) 1297-1302

Quartly, G.D., Cipollini, P., Cromwell, D. and Challenor, P.G. (2003) Rossby waves: synergy in action, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 361, 2003, 57-63.

Griffiths, G., Millard, N.W., McPhail, S.D., Stevenson, P. and Challenor, P.G. (2003) On the reliability of the Autosub Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, Underwater Technology, 25, 2003, 175-184.

Hemmings, J.C.P., Srokosz, M.A., Challenor, P. and Fasham M.J.R. (2003) Assimilating satellite ocean colour observations into oceanic ecosystem models, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 361, 2003, 33-39. (DOI 10.1098/rsta.2002.1104)

Woolf, D.K., Cotton, P.D. and Challenor, P.G. (2003) Measurements of the offshore wave climate around the British Isles by satellite altimeter, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London A, 361, 2003, 27-31. (DOI 10.1098/rsta.2002.1103)

Rohling, E.J., Mayewski, P.A. and Challenor, P. (2003) On the timing and mechanism of millennial-scale climate variability during the last glacial cycle, Climate Dynamics, 20, 2003, 257-267.

Stuart-Menteth, A.C., Robinson, I. and Challenor, P.G. (2003) A global study of diurnal warming using satellite derived sea surface temperature,Journal of Geophysical Research, 108, 2003, DOI:10.1029/2002JC001534.

Fuentes, M., Guttorp, P. and Challenor, P. (2003) Statistical assessment of numerical models, International Statistical Review, 71, 2003, 201-221.

Gommenginger, C.P., Srokosz, M.A. and Challenor, P.G. (2003) Measuring ocean wave period with satellite altimeters: a simple empirical model, Geophysical Research Letters, 30, 2003, DOI:10.1029/2003GL017743.

Challenor, P.G., Cipollini, P. and Cromwell, D. (2002) Corrigendum: Use of the 3D radon transform to examine the properties of oceanic Rossby waves (ibid, 18, 2001, 1558-1566), Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 19, 2002, p.828.

Woolf, D.K., Challenor, P.G. and Cotton, P.D. (2002) Variability and predictability of North Atlantic wave climate, Journal of Geophysical Research, 107, 2002, 9.1-9.14. (DOI 10.1029/2001JC001124)

Karaev, V.Y., Kanevsky, M.B., Cotton, P.D. and Challenor, P.G.(2002) Is it possible to measure ocean surface slopes with a microwave radar at nadir probing?, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23, 2002, 3251-3262.

Karaev, V.Y., Kanevsky, M.B., Balandina, G.N., Challenor, P.G., Gommenginger C.P. and Srokosz, M.A. (2002) The concept of a microwave radar with knife-like beam as applied to remote sensing of the World Ocean, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology (in press)

Gommenginger, C.P., Srokosz, M.A., Challenor, P.G. and Cotton, P.D. (2002) Development and validation of altimeter wind speed algorithms using an extended collocated buoy/TOPEX dataset, IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 40, 2002, 251-260.

Karaev, V.Y., Kanevsky, M.B., Balandina, G.N., Cotton,, P.D., Challenor, P.G., Gommenginger, C.P. and Srokosz, M.A. (2002) On the problem of the near ocean surface wind speed retrieval by radar altimeter : a two-parameter algorithm, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 23, 2002, 3263-3283.

Gourrion, J., Vandemark, D., Bailey, S.A., Chapron, B., Gommenginger, C.P., Challenor, P.G. and Srokosz, M.A. (2002) A two-parameter wind speed algorithm for Ku-band altimeters, Journal of Ocean and Atmospheric Technology, 19, 2002, 2030-2048.

Woolf, D.K. and Challenor, P.G. (2002) Statistical comparisons of satellite and model wave climatologies, In: Edge, B.L. and Hemsley, J.M. eds. Ocean wave measurement and analysis: Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium WAVES 2001, Vol. 1, held in San Francisco, CA, September 2-6, 2001, New York, ASCE, 2002, 640-649.

Topliss, B.J., Stepanzcak, M., Snaith, H.M., Challenor, P. and Guymer, T.H.  (2001) Ocean feature detection using altimetry backscatter: the Gulf Stream, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 2001, 843-849.

Challenor, P.G., Cipollini, P. and Cromwell, D. (2001) Use of the 3D radon transform to examine the properties of oceanic Rossby waves, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, 18, 2001, 1558-1566.

Subrahmanyam, B., Robinson, I.S., Blundell, J.R. and Challenor, P.G. (2001) Indian Ocean Rossby waves observed in TOPEX/POSEIDON altimeter data and in model simulations, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 22, 2001, 141-167.

Wynn, H.P., et al (Challenor, P.) (2001) Bayesian calibration of computer models (discussion of paper given at meeting of Royal Statistical Society, 13 Dec 2000 by M.C. Kennedy and A. O'Hagan), Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Ser. B, 63, 2001, 450-464 (p.457)

Anderson, T.R., Spall, S.A., Yool, A., Cipollini, P., Challenor, P.G. and Fasham, M.J.R. (2001) Global fields of sea surface dimethylsulfide predicted from chlorophyll, nutrients and light, Journal of Marine Systems, 20, 2001, 1-20.

Cipollini, P., Cromwell, D., Challenor, P.G. and Raffaglio, S. (2001) Rossby waves detected in global ocean colour data, Geophysical Research Letters, 28, 2001, 323-326.

Ghafoor, N.A-L., Zarnecki, J.C., Challenor, P.G. and Srokosz, M.A. (2000) Wind-driven surface waves on Titan, Journal of Geophysical Research, 105, 2000, 12077-12091.

Kent, E.C., Taylor, P.K. and Challenor, P.G. (2000) The effect of successive correction on variability estimates for climatological datasets, Journal of Climate, 13, 2000, 1845-1857.