Professor Piers Forster
- Position: Professor of Climate Physics
- Areas of expertise: climate change; climate modelling; climate mitigation; climate risks; climate adaptation; atmospheric physics; radiative forcing; aviation and climate; climate policy
- Email: P.M.Forster@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6476
- Location: 11.109 School of Earth and Environment
- Website: Priestley Centre | Physical Climate Group | Twitter | LinkedIn | Googlescholar | Researchgate | ORCID | White Rose
Piers is an atmospheric physicist who moved to Leeds in 2005 where he has been professor of climate physics since 2008. He is founding Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. Graduating with a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Reading in 1994 he stayed in Reading, first as a post-doc and then as a NERC advanced research fellow from 2000-2005. During this time he worked at both Monash University and the University of Colorado (Boulder) for 12-month periods. He was awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award for 2011-2016.
He has played a significant role authoring Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, and currently has a coordinating lead author role for the IPCC sixth assessment report.
As well as his research career, he established the forest protection and research charity: the United Bank of Carbon and has a number of roles advising industry, including membership of the Rolls Royce Environment Advisory Board
- Director, Priestley International Centre for Climate
Piers is passionate about providing the underpinning research for robust climate solutions: the mission of the Priestley Centre.
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- PhD Meteorology, University of Reading
- BSc Physics, Imperial College, London
- Royal Meteorological Society
- American Meteorological Society
- American Geophysical Union
I lead the teaching on postgraduate courses related to climate change; supervise both postgraduate and undergraduate research projects and contribute to undergraduate teaching related to atmospheric science and climate science.
Research groups and institutes
- Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
Current postgraduate research students
Postgraduate research opportunities
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