Dr Ioana Colfescu

Dr Ioana Colfescu


I am a research scientist at NCAS in the University of Leeds. I have a PhD in Climate Dynamics and a Master and BSc in mathematics.

My current post involves working on a few different research projects as well as ocasionally outreach activities, NCAS Courses and fieldwork. I am working towards understanding the observed mechanisms governing the amplitude and formation of gravity waves over Iceland; second I'm working on understanding circulation patterns associated with extreme temperature events for Northern Europe in the last century in models and observations. For the last couple of years I have been working on extending my PhD thesis research on attributing the Atlantic Meridional Overtutning Circulation to internal variability or external sources of forcing (in particular 20th century anthropogenic forcing).

As a member of NCAS I'm involved in various outreach activities (i.e. Into the Blue, The Air we Share) as scientist and photographer (https://500px.com/ioanacolfescu) as well as in helping with preparation of teaching materials and mentoring for NCAS courses (Arran Field Course 2016, 2017).


  • Climate and Weather modelling
  • Data Analysis
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science