Dr Alex Rap

Dr Alex Rap


I am a tenure-track Senior Research Fellow in Radiative forcing and climate modelling, after previously working as postdoc on Atmospheric aerosol and the tropical biosphere and Climate modelling of aviation contrails. I am a member of the Physical Climate Change and the Biosphere Proceses and Climate research groups within the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science.

Before moving on to do research in atmospheric science, my background was in applied mathematics. 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. The aim of my PhD thesis was to develop robust numerical techniques based on the Boundary Element Method to solve inverse problems for the convection-diffusion equation.

Research interests

My research in atmosphere and climate modelling focuses on how natural and anthropogenic climate forcers affect the Earth system via radiation changes. Main topics include: 

  • Radiative forcing of aerosol particles and greenhouse gases
  • Land surface modelling
  • Impact of diffuse radiation on vegetation
  • Climate modelling and impact of aviation contrails
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  • PhD, Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics, University of Leeds
  • BSc, Mathematics, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Teaching Module Qualification

Professional memberships

  • European Geosciences Union
  • American Geophysical Union

Student education

I primarily teach in the Environmental and Atmospheric Science programmes, but I also teach Maths modules for the Geology and Geophysics programmes.

I am also involved in supervising dissertation and MSc projects and act as personal tutor for Environmental Science students

Research groups and institutes

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

Current postgraduate research students

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