Dr Chris Smith

Dr Chris Smith


I joined Leeds in 2011 on the Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies, where I completed my PhD on the interaction of solar energy with climate change.

In 2015 I started as a Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environment.

Research interests

I am currently working on several projects:

  1. SMURPHS: Determination of the causes of surge and hiatus events in climate change over the last 100 years, with particular focus given to the temperature slowdown of 1998-2012.
  2. RFMIP: The Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project (RFMIP) will evaluate the effective radiative forcing in participating CMIP6 climate models. This will help to determine the differences in climate model responses.
  3. CAMS74: Investigating structural uncertainty resulting from background climatology and radiative transfer parameterisation for the radiative forcing product from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
  4. PDRMIP: Determination of forcing, rapid adjustments and feedbacks to single-forcing experiments. Also producing some of the forcing experiments using the Met Office's HadGEM2-ES climate model.

I have also helped develop the FaIR simple climate model and have created radiative kernels from the HadGEM2 climate model.

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  • PhD Doctoral Training Centre in Low Carbon Technologies
  • MMath Mathematics

Professional memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • European Geosciences Union

Research groups and institutes

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