Research Projects

Current Research Projects


Advancing the Science for Aviation and ClimAte

PIs: Bellouin


Avoiding Dangerous Climate Change

PIs: Collins


Copernicus Atmospheric Monitoring Service: Climate Forcings

Radiative forcing is a useful predictor of globally-averaged temperature change. CAMS provides estimates of the climate forcing of aerosol, ozone and greenhouse gases.

PIs: Bellouin


CRESCENDO: Understanding aerosols and chemically reactive gases within CMIP6 and climate change

PI: Collins

CSSP China: Aerosols and regional dynamics

We are working to understand the regional climate responses to changes in anthropogenic aerosol changes since the 1980s, and to explosive volcanic eruptions. We are investigating the physical drivers of changes in seasonal-mean climate and temperature and precipitation extremes, and changes in circulation patterns that make poor air quality events more likely.

PIs: Wilcox

CSSP China: VIEWpoint

This project will deliver an online platform collating CSSP China outputs, and support the uptake of climate services in China.

PIs: Wilcox


Dust-AtmospHere-Land Interactions in East Asia

This is a Newton Funded project, part of CSSP China. DAHLIA will examine the significance of interactions between the land surface, dust emissions, dust-atmosphere impacts (including precipitation, droughts, flooding, air quality), and impacts of these processes which feedback onto factors driving dust emission itself (such as surface winds and surface properties).

PIs: Ryder, Schiemann, Wilcox, Vidale


Climate and air quality impacts of short-lived climate pollutants

ECLIPSE is a EU FP7 Collaborative Project, aiming to develop and assess effective emission abatement strategies for short-lived climate forcers in order to provide sound scientific advice on measures that mitigate climate change and improve air quality at the same time.

PI: Collins, Shine


EMERGENCE will assess the impact of climate change on climate hazards in the past and present and project forward their changes into the future. EMERGENCE focuses on the next 30 years because of the relevance of this time scale for adaptation strategies produced by governments, businesses and individuals.

PIs: Turner, Wilcox, Hawkins


Metrology for Aerosol OPtical Properties

MAPP is an EU-funded project led by PMOD-Davos aimed to provide metrological traceability to atmospheric remote sensing of aerosol optical properties from sunphotometers. UoR will be involved in estimating the reduced uncertainty in global aerosol radiative forcing due to improved instrumentation metrology.

PIs: Ryder, Bellouin


PRIMAVERA: Process-based climate simulation: Advances in high-resolution modelling and European climate risk assessment

PIs: Bellouin


Securing Multidisciplinary UndeRstanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge events

Improving understanding of causes of periods where the rate of global-mean surface temperature is increased or decreased at decadal time-scales compared with long term (multi-decadal) trends. The multi-disciplinary research team are seeking to understand both the slowdown in the rate of warming since the late 1990s and also earlier hiatus and surge events.

PIs: Bellouin, Wilcox

The Role of dust in the Climate System

Dr Claire Ryder holds a NERC Independent Research Fellowship, aiming to quantify the impact of coarse and giant dust particles on the climate system.


UK Earth System Model development

PI: Bellouin

Past Research Projects


Cloud and Aerosols Radiative Impact and Forcing – characterizing biomass burning aerosol and its impact on clouds over the southeast Atlantic


Evaluating the CLimate and Air Quality ImPacts of Short-livEd Pollutants


EUropean CLimate and weather Events: Interpretation and Attribution

EUCLEIA facilitated new scientific developments that provided the foundation of an operational attribution service.


Improving our understanding of the Saharan Climate System and its interactions with mineral dust


Monitoring Atmospheric Composition and Climate


The impacts of aerosol on climate and the water cycle

Aerosol affects the hydrological cycle through a range of mechanisms: perturbing the net radiation input at the surface and the top of the atmosphere, altering the microphysics of clouds, and changing the temperature structure of the atmosphere. PAGODA identified aerosol influences on the water cycle, and quantified the relative importance of sources of uncertainty in aerosol radiative forcing.


Saharan West African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analyses – examining the impact of model resolution and convective parameterization on dust over West Africa


South American Biomass Burning Analysis – Examining the impact of biomass burning aerosol on cloud development over South America