Meet the team

We study large scale climate issues and how the application of this research can be used to benefit society

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Climate Science and Impacts

Climate Science and Impacts

Our research addresses key challenges in climate change and impacts science. We tackle problems with direct societal consequences including melting ice caps, the links between air quality and climate, and food security. By translating new understanding from past and present climates, we deliver high quality research into climate change and its impacts that helps to inform future planning and adaptation decisions. 

Our research covers:

Biosphere Processes and Climate >
Climate Impacts >
Palaeoclimate >
Physical Climate Change >
Polar Observations >

We play a major role in developing and exploiting state-of-the-art observations and modelling tools of the climate, including new satellite observations, climate and Earth system models, land surface and crop models. We have leading roles in major international science projects, including the European Space Agency CryoSat mission and climate modelling activities within the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project and the Paleoclimate Model Intercomparison Project.

Our members have leadership roles in many national and international science and policy activities, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports and the UK Climate Change Risk Assessments, and we regularly speak at related events and conferences. 

We are active in the Priestley International Centre for Climate, Food@Leeds, and the Leeds Ecosystem, Atmosphere and Forest Research Centre (LEAF).

We also maintain strong links with the Centre of Excellence in Modelling the Atmosphere and Climate, the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling, the UK Met Office, and Government departments (e.g. BEIS, DEFRA).

Our research is supported by the UK Research and Innovation, Royal Society, European Research Council, European Space Agency, Newton Fund, Global Challenges Research Fund and others.

If you would like to discuss an area of research in more detail, please contact the Theme Lead: Dr Amanda Maycock.

We have opportunities available for prospective PhD students including funded places through the NERC funded Doctoral Training Programme. Informal enquiries can be made to the Theme Leader or any member of staff working in a relevant area.