Dr Steven Dobbie

Dr Steven Dobbie


Recent employment 

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

School roles

  • 2019-               Assessment Lead, School of Earth and Environment
  • 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 and other activities 

  • 2021-               External Advisor, University of Malaysia, Kalantan, Malaysia
  • 2019-               Faculty of Enviornment Assessmnet and Standards Group
  • 2019-               Chair of Internal UG and PGT Marks and Classification Boards
  • 2019-               Chair of School Special Circumstances Committee
  • 2019-               SEE OTL/Exam Scruity Lead
  • 2019                University QAT Working Group on Marking and Classifications
  • 2018-               External Examiner, University of Birmingham for Env Science
  • 2017-2019       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
  • 2010-2013       University SGSA committee member
  • 2007-2010       NERC College Member. Panel member for almost all grant calls.
  • 2007-2008       Development of the ICAS Strategy
  • 2007-2008       Development of new integrated maters with year abroad for MEnv Env Sci, MEnv Env Mgt, and MEnv Met & Atm Sci
  • 2007-2014       Study Abroad Coordinator for Environment

Past research grants 

  • FRGS/2020 Co-I, Land-atmosphere interactions and influence on hydroclimate of Kelantan, 83,200 RM. 
  • 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.


  • SEE Assessment Lead

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
  • Modelling of crops in Asia 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.    I also enjoy teaching the Weather module which includes fundamentals of atmospheric science and forecasting to a range of students right across the University.  

Current research group members:                                

  • Jingru Liu (PhD Student)

Past research group members:      

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

Current postgraduate researchers

<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>