Professor Glenn Russell McGregor

BSc/MSc (1st Class Honours) (Auckland), PhD (Canterbury)

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Honorary Academic


I joined the University of Auckland in April 2008 to take up the position of Director, of what was then, the School of Geography, Geology and Environmental Science. I continue in this role but as Director of the newly named School of Environment.

My return to Auckland was a return to my Alma Mata as I graduated with a BSc and MSc (1st Class) in Geography from the University of Auckland in the mid to late 1970s. Following the completion of my MSc at Auckland I was awarded a NZ University Grants Committee PhD scholarship which I took up at the Department of Geography, University of Canterbury where I undertook research on snow avalanches. Following completion of the PhD I won a Japanese Government Monbusho scholarship for 2 years postdoctoral research at the Institute of Low Temperature Science, University of Hokkaido, Japan where I followed up on snow avalanche related research. Following completion of the postdoc I returned to NZ to work in the environmental consultancy industry for 12 months and then took up my first academic post at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1987 where I worked until 1990 before leaving for Hong Kong to work in the Department of Geography at Hong Baptist College (now Hong Kong Baptist University).

Following three years in Hong Kong, I moved to the University of Birmingham, UK where I worked for 13 years in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences moving from Lecturer at the time of my appointment to Reader just before my departure to take up a Chair in Physical Geography at King’s College London (KCL) in 2005.

Research | Current

My research area is climatology, specifically synoptic climatology, climate and health, large scale hydroclimatology and climate and society.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Chief Editor, International Journal of Climatology
  • Lead Expert on Climate and Health, World Meteorological Organisation’s Commission for Climatology
  • 2011 President elect, International Society of Biometeorology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Bartzokas, A., Lolis, C. J., Kassomenos, P. A., & McGregor, G. R. (2013). Climatic characteristics of summer human thermal discomfort in Athens and its connection to atmospheric circulation. Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 13 (12), 3271-3279. 10.5194/nhess-13-3271-2013
  • Papadopoulos, A., Paschalidou, A. K., Kassomenos, P., & McGregor, G. (2013). Investigating the relationship of meteorological/climatological conditions and wildfires in Greece. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 112 (1-2), 113-126. 10.1007/s00704-012-0726-7
  • Wilson, D., Hannah, D. M., & McGregor, G. R. (2013). A large-scale hydroclimatological perspective on western European river flow regimes. HYDROLOGY RESEARCH, 44 (5), 809-833. 10.2166/nh.2012.201
  • Wilson, D., Hannah, D. M., & McGregor, G. R. (2013). A large-scale hydroclimatological perspective on western European river flow regimes. Hydrology Research, 44 (5), 809-833. 10.2166/nh.2012.201
  • McGregor, G. R. (2012). Special issue: Universal Thermal Comfort Index (UTCI). Int J Biometeorol, 56 (3)10.1007/s00484-012-0546-6
  • Gosling, S. N., McGregor, G. R., & Lowe, J. A. (2012). The benefits of quantifying climate model uncertainty in climate change impacts assessment: An example with heat-related mortality change estimates. Climatic Change, 112 (2), 217-231. 10.1007/s10584-011-0211-9
  • Kingston, D. G., Hannah, D. M., Lawler, D. M., & McGregor, G. R. (2011). Regional classification, variability, and trends of northern North Atlantic river flow. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 25 (7), 1021-1033. 10.1002/hyp.7655
  • Wolf, T., McGregor, G. R., & Paldy, A. (2011). Integrated Assessment of Vulnerability to Heat Stress in Urban Areas. In Günter Brauch, H, U. Oswald Spring, C. Mesjasz, J. Grin, P. Kameri-Mbote, B. Chourou, P. Dunay, J. Birkmann (Eds.) Coping with Global Environmental Change, Disasters and Security – Threats, Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks Challenges, Vulnerabilities and Risks (pp. 1091-1099). Berlin– Heidelberg – New York: Springer-Verlag.