We investigate key processes and interactions in the atmosphere and the drivers of present-day and future changes in climate and composition.

Our Earth’s climate and atmospheric composition has been changing since preindustrial times and will change in the future due to emissions of a variety of short-lived and long-lived compounds that affect concentrations of greenhouse gas and other climate forcers. We study the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, and the interactions between the atmosphere and the land surface using a range of models as well as ground-based, airborne and satellite measurements. Our work informs high level reports such as those from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the UN Task Force on Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution.

Our broad research interests:

  • Detection and attribution of climate change
  • Understanding past and future climate variability and change
  • Remote Sensing of composition in the Troposphere and Stratosphere
  • Land-Atmosphere interactions
  • Global and regional modelling of climate and atmospheric composition
  • Long-range transport of air pollution
  • Climate change and air pollution impacts on human health



Dr Massimo Bollasina

Aerosols-Circulation-Precipitation Interactions, Regional Hydroclimate Variability and Change, Regional and Global Climate Modelling

Dr Ruth Doherty

Chemistry-climate interactions, air pollution transport, climate and air pollution-related health impacts

Dr Richard Essery

Land-atmosphere interactions, surface data assimilation, cold regions hydrometeorology

Prof Gabi Hegerl

Causes of observed climate change, statistical climatology and climate diagnostics, natural climate variability

Prof Paul Palmer

Tropospheric chemistry and Earth observation

Dr Hugh Pumphrey

Inverse theory, remote sensing of the atmosphere, chemistry of the stratosphere and mesosphere

Prof David Stevenson

Atmospheric chemistry modelling and chemistry-climate interactions

Prof Simon Tett

Using observations and models to constrain future climate change; understanding past climate change and how much human influences have affected current climate