Rachel Sansom

Rachel Sansom


I am a first year PhD student in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science and a member of the Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols research group. In 2018, I completed an integrated MPhys degree at Heriot-Watt University in mathematical physics.

Research interests

My research involves using statistical emulators to untangle the complex feedback of aerosol-cloud interactions. Aerosol effects are the biggest contributor to uncertainty in anthropogenic radiative forcing; a huge part of that is from cloud adjustments to aerosols. Modeling research in this field often considers one-at-a-time testing to study the effects of single perturbations, however, using emulators we can create many perturbations in each simulation. These methods will allow us to explore aerosol-cloud interactions and get an idea of the bigger picture.


  • MPhys Mathematical Physics

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols