Dr Julia Crook


I am a member of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. I work with Doug Parker (Leeds) and Chris Taylor (CEH) looking at impacts of vegetation on convection in West Africa using convection permitting models (VERA). Using storm tracking code I am investigating the influence of the land surface and atmospheric profile at different stages of storm lifecycles. The results of this project should provide underpinning knowledge required for both future improvements in weather and climate prediction and tropical forest management.

Previously I was part of the Integrated Assessment of Geoengineering Project, analysing Met Office Unified Model output to understand the effectiveness and side effects of a number of geoengineering options.

In 2012 I obtained my PhD 'Quantifying zonal patterns of climate feedbacks and their role in polar amplification' from the University of Leeds and since then have been a research fellow. From 1990-2006 I worked as a software engineer before giving this up to return to university to study climate change.

Research interests

Understanding human influence on climate through use of computer modelling, and understanding how well climate models represent the real world.

<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>


  • PhD Quantifying zonal patterns of climate feedbacks, University of Leeds, 2012
  • MSc Climate Change, University of East Anglia, 2007
  • MSc Surface Chemistry, University of Bristol, 1989
  • BA Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, 1988

Research groups and institutes

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