Dr Amanda Maycock

Dr Amanda Maycock


I am a NERC Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ICAS) at the University of Leeds.


  • 2018 Philip Leverhulme Prize (Leverhulme Trust)
  • 2019 Arne Richter Award for Outstanding Early Career Researchers (European Geophysical Union)

Independent Research Fellowships: 

  • CIRES Visiting Fellowship, NOAA, Boulder, 2016
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, 2015-
  • University Academic Fellow, 2015-
  • Junior Research Fellow, St Catharine's College, Cambridge, 2013-15
  • AXA Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2013-15

Leadership roles:


  • School of Earth and Environment Atmosphere Representative for NERC DTP
  • Academic Lead for Physical Climate Change Group

Research interests

My research focuses on large-scale climate dynamics including processes affecting climate variability and change in the stratosphere and troposphere.

Research themes:

  • Climate dynamics
  • Large-scale circulation
  • Composition-climate coupling
  • Stratosphere-troposphere interactions
  • Radiative transfer

Research groups:

Current projects:

  • Understanding Composition-Climate Feedbacks in the Earth System (PI, 2015-20, NERC)
  • SMURPHS (Co-I, 2016-2021, NERC)
  • Joint iCASP and UKCP18 demonstrator project (Co-I, 2017, NERC)

In press:

  • Karpechko, A. Yu and A. C. Maycock (Lead Authors), A. Hideharu, M. Abalos, C.I. Garfinkel, K.H. Rosenlof, J. Arblaster, M. Sigmond, Stratospheric ozone changes and climate, Chapter 5 in Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018, Global Ozone Research and Monitoring Project-Report No. XX, World Meteorological Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018
  • Grise, K. M., S. M. Davis, I. R. Simpson, D. W. Waugh, Q. Fu, R. J. Allen, K. H. Rosenlof, C. C. Ummenhofer, K. B. Karnauskas, A. C. Maycock, X.-W. Quan, T. Birner, P. W. Staten, Recent Tropical Expansion: Natural Variability or Forced Response?, J. Climate.
  • Bednarz, E. M., A. C. Maycock, P. J. Telford, P. Braesicke, N. L. Abraham and J. A. Pyle, Simulating the atmospheric response to the 11-year solar cycle forcing with the UM-UKCA model: the role of detection method and natural variability, Atmos. Chem. Phys.

In review:

  • Maycock, A. C., A. Drinkwater, L. J. Gregoire, A. Lacour, Anthropogenic contribution to the intense warming over Greenland in July 2012, in revision.
  • Bednarz, E. M., A. C. Maycock, P. Braesicke, P. J. Telford, N. L. Abraham and J. A. Pyle, Separating the role of direct radiative heating and photolysis in modulating the atmospheric response to the 11-year solar cycle forcing, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Disc., submitted 04/18
  • Bader, J., J. Jungclaus, N. Krivova, S. Lorenz, A. C. Maycock, T. Raddatz, H. Schmidt, M. Toohey, M. Claussen, Global temperature modes shed light on the Holocene temperature conundrum, Nature Comms, submitted 11/18
  • Trascasa-Castro, P., A. C. Maycock, Y. Y. S. Yiu, J. Fletcher, On the linearity of the stratospheric and Euro-Atlantic sector response to ENSO, J. Climate, submitted 10/18.
  • Yiu, Y. Y. S. and A. C. Maycock, On the seasonality of the El Nino Southern Oscillation teleconnection to the Amundsen sea region, J. Climate, submitted 11/18.

In preparation:

  • Richardson, T., P. M. Forster, A. C. Maycock, C. J. Smith, T. Wood, T. Andrews, O. Boucher, G. Faluvegi, D. Fläschner, Ø. Hodnebrog, M. Kasoar, A. Kirkevåg, J.-F. Lamarque, G. Myhre, D. Olivié, B. H. Samset, D. Shawki, D. Shindell, T. Takemura, A. Voulgarakis, Efficacy of climate forcings in PDRMIP models, in prep.
  • Yiu, Y. Y. S. and A. C. Maycock, The linearity of the El Nino Southern Oscillation teleconnection to the Amundsen sea region, Geophys. Res. Lett., in prep.
  • Chrysanthou, A., A. C. Maycock, M. P. Chipperfield + CCMI modellers, The effect of atmospheric nudging on the stratospheric residual circulation, Atmos. Chem. Phys., in prep.
  • Bednarz, E. M., A. C. Maycock, P. Braesicke, P. J. Telford, N. L. Abraham and J. A. Pyle, The role of solar-ozone feedback in modulating the atmospheric response to the 11-year solar cycle, Atmos. Chem. Phys., in prep.
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  • PhD, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading
  • MSc, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, University of Reading
  • MPhys, Physics with Astrophysics, University of Manchester

Professional memberships

  • Associate Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member, European Geophysical Union

Student education

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Jake Smith (CASE with Met Office), Processes determining stratospheric water vapour in climate models, Cambridge, (2015-)
  • Andreas Chrysanthou, How will climate change affect the stratospheric circulation?, Leeds, (2016-)
  • Tom Wood, Novel climate feedbacks in the Earth System, Leeds, (2017-)
  • James Norman (CASE with WEMC), Developing actionable seasonal climate information for the wind and solar industry, Leeds, (2017-)
  • Will Dow (CASE with Met Office), Atmospheric forcing of decadal climate variability, Leeds, (2018-)

Past members:

Paloma Trascasa-Castro (MRes Leeds, 2018, now Research Assistant at Uni. Leeds); David Feitschinger (MSc Leeds, 2018, now at Arup); Ella Wingard (Summer REP intern, 2018, now second year Env Sci); Rohan Patel (BSc Leeds, 2018, now Graduate Consultant at CERC); Dr Scott Yiu (PhD Cambridge, 2018); Dr Michelle McCrystall (PhD Cambridge, 2017, now post-doc at Exeter Uni); Tom Bartle (MRes Leeds, 2017, now at Met Office); Gibbon Masukwedza (MRes Leeds, 2016, now at Zimbabwe Met Service); Tom Claxton (BA Cambridge, 2014, now PhD student at Lancaster Uni); Grainne McGread (BA Cambridge, 2013, now at Bank of England); Owain Rutherford (summer student Leeds, 2017); Alice Drinkwater (summer student Leeds, 2016, now PhD student at Edinburgh Uni); Digory Smith (BA Cambridge, 2014, now Content Scientist at Sparx).

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science
  • Climate Science and Impacts
  • Atmospheric and Cloud Dynamics
  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Aerosols

Current postgraduate research students

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