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.


  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

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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