Dr Declan Finney

Dr Declan Finney


Declan is a post-doctoral researcher within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) ,and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), at the University of Leeds.

He is currently working on the DCMEX project studying the microphysics and dynamics of deep convective clouds, and their importance for understanding climate change. He previously worked on the HyCRISTAL project researching moist convective processes in East Africa using a convection-permitting model applied to present-day and future climates. Declan’s PhD, carried out at the University of Edinburgh, investigated the interactions of lightning, climate change and atmospheric chemistry.

In between research posts, Declan spent a year within ClimateXChange project managing climate policy research on behalf of Scottish Government.

Research interests

  • Tropical meteorology and climate
  • Moist convective processes
  • High resolution models
  • Earth-system models and climate change
  • Lightning and its impacts
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  • PhD Atmospheric Science, University of Edinburgh
  • MPhys Physics, University of Bath

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society
  • Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics