- Course: PhD in Atmospheric Physics
- Year of graduation: 2010
When Tim Andrews completed his doctorate in atmospheric physics it was almost inevitable that so talented a researcher would find a congenial home at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre in Exeter, where he is now an Expert Scientist in its climate sensitivity and feedbacks team.
“I spent eight years of my life at Leeds, from studying for a Masters in theoretical physics to working on my PhD under the joint supervision of Professor Piers Forster at SEE and Dr Olivier Boucher at the Met Office,” says Tim. “It was a brilliant and formative experience. Much of what I have done at the Hadley Centre since then has built on the work I did at Leeds.”
“I am mainly interested in the Earth’s energy budget and how it can be used to understand climate change,” says Tim who is exploring the areas of radiative forcing (the capacity of a gas or other forcing agents to affect that energy balance, thereby contributing to climate change), climate feedbacks and heat uptake.
“I’m interested in understanding how different climate forcing agents to affect the Earth's energy budget and how this relates to climate responses on different timescales,” said Tim. “I am also assessing the sensitivity of the next generation Hadley Centre Global Environment Model. It’s fantastic to be in an organisation that is at the forefront of climate change research. Our work is vital to understanding this hugely complex but vital issue.”