Dr Steven Dobbie

Dr Steven Dobbie


Recent employment 

  • Associate Professor: Atmospheric Physics, University of Leeds
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UMIST/University of Manchester 

Previous employment

  • 2014-2017       Deputy Head of School of Earth and Environment. 
  • 2010-2014       Director of the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS)
  • 2007-2010       Co-Director of ICAS

School activities 

  • 2017-               Creation of 2+2 link with Southwest Petroleum University, China
  • 2015-2017       Creator and lead of the Environmental Science Academy. 
  • 2012-2015       NERC DTP Advisory Group
  • 2014-               Committee Head of Environmental Science
  • 2007-2010       NERC College Member. Panel member for various grant calls.
  • 2007-2008       Development of the ICAS Strategy

Past research grants 

  • NERC/S017364/1 Co-I, Smart Systems Approaches for Climate Resilient Livestock Production, £251,557
  • NERC/I013466/1 Co-I, Quantifying the efficiency with which biological particles nucleate ice, £342,553
  • NERC/I020059/1 Co-I, ACID-PRUF, Aerosol-Cloud Interactions, £684,009
  • NERC/I028858/1 Co-I, ACCACIA: Aerosol-Cloud Coupling And Climate Interactions in the Arctic, £269,481
  • NERC/G005109/1 Co-I, Standard Round Grant,Contrails Spreading into Cirrus (COSIC), £304,695
  • NERC/H02168X/1 Co-I, ASCOS analysis - surface coupling in the arctic boundary layer, £316,658
  • ERC, Co-I on Ben Murray’s ERC Fellowship (5 years at 10% of time), €1.66 Mil
  • NERC/2002/00127, PI, New Investigator’s Research Grant. Effects of shear on the structure of cirrus clouds, £50,976
  • NERC/2000/00983,  PI of subcontract from UMIST/Co-PI, CWVC Thematic Programme, Radiative Properties of inhomogeneous cirrus clouds, £97,400

Awards/ HonoraryPosts

  • 2007-2010                   NERC Peer Review College
  • 2007                            NERC Services Review Group
  • 2004                            Chair of GCSS WG2 (cirrus clouds intercomparison)
  • 1999                            Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS)
  • ’92-94 & 96-‘99            Dalhousie Graduate Scholarship Recipient.


  • Link tutor for SWPU

Research interests

The Earth-Atmosphere system must be understood to make accurate projections of future climate and impacts. My research focuses on atmospheric processes and the impacts of climate change on crops. In the area of atmospheric processes, I seek to improve our understanding and parameterisation of atmospheric processes involving atmospheric particles, dynamics, and radiation. I investigate the consequences of changing climate and processes on food production through assessing crop yields and failures. In this area, I am most interested in the effects of extreme climate events on crops.    

Current research projects:

  • The effects of atmospheric desert dust on the stability of the marine atmospheric layer
  • Evaluating the thermodynamic impact of climate change on convection and radiative properties
  • Understanding and modelling of the Arctic atmosphere
  • Modelling of Indian crops under various climate scenarios and assessing failure rates
  • Assessing the possible consequences of climate geoengineering

I have interest in supervising new projects in the following areas:

  1. Atmospheric processes involving particles and radiation
  2. Climate extremes
  3. Climate impacts on crop yields and failure rates
<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, Dalhousie University
  • MSc, Dalhousie University
  • BSc, University of Toronto

Professional memberships

  • FRMSoc

Student education

I enjoy teaching mathematics to undergraduate students from a broad range of programmes including meteorology, environmental science, geophysics, geology, etc., and also oversee final year environment science research dissertation projects. I oversee the final year undergraduate research dissertation projects for Environment facing students. In past years, I have taught subjects such as climate change, atmospheric physics, and related topics.

Current research group members:                                

  • Mohammed Abed (PhD Student)
  • Becky Jansen (PhD Student)

Past research group members:      

  • Dr Mae Leong (PhD student)
  • Dr Huiyi Yang (Research Fellow/Visitor)          
  • Dr John Marsham (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Ross Herbert (PhD student)                          
  • Dr Sat Ghosh (Research Fellow)
  • Dr Tom Pleavin (PhD student)                          
  • Dr Gourihar Kulkarni (PhD graduate)
  • Dr Sardar Al-Jumur (PhD student)                    
  • Dr Adrian Hill (PhD graduate)
  • Dr Theo Wilson (PhD student)                          
  • Dr Clare Allen (PhD graduate) 
  • Dr Jim Atkinson (PhD student)                        
  • Dr Huiyi Yang (PhD graduate) 
  • Dr Innocent Kudzotsa (PhD student)                 
  • Mr Jamie Clayton (MRes graduate)
  • Dr Thomas Whale (PhD student)                       
  • Mr Dan Tang (MRes graduate)
  • Dr Dan Tang (PhD graduate)

Research groups and institutes

  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • Climate Science and Impacts
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>