Dr Alex Rap

Dr Alex Rap


I am an Associate Professor in Atmospheric Science and Climate Modelling in the School of Earth and Environment and a member of the Physical Climate Change and the Biosphere Proceses and Climate research groups within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.

I have a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania and a PhD in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Leeds with a thesis on Inverse contaminant fluid flow problems using boundary element methods.

Research interests

My research focuses on better understanding how natural and anthropogenic climate forcers affect the Earth System via radiation changes. Main topics include: 

  • Modelling aviation impacts on climate
  • Contrail parameterisations for climate models
  • Radiative forcing of aerosol particles and greenhouse gases
  • Impact of diffuse radiation on vegetation
  • Land surface modelling
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  • PhD, Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • BSc, Mathematics, University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Teaching Module Qualification, University of Cluj-Napoca

Professional memberships

  • European Geosciences Union
  • American Geophysical Union

Student education

I teach on the Environmental Science, Geophysics, and Geography with Environmental Mathematics BSc programmes.

I am also supervising MRes, and BSc dissertations and act as personal tutor for BSc Environmental Science students.

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate researchers

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