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Dr. Laura Wilcox

Associate Professor (NCAS-Climate)

Research Interests:

  • The impact of atmospheric aerosol on climate and climate change
  • The response of large-scale circulation to regional radiative forcing
  • The climate impact of aviation

Research Projects:

  • Climate Science for Service Partnership: China (CSSP China)
    We are working to understand the regional climate responses to changes in anthropogenic and natural aerosol changes. We are investigating the physical drivers of changes in seasonal-mean climate, temperature and precipitation extremes, and circulation patterns that make poor air quality events more likely.
  • The North Atlantic Climate System Integrated Study (ACSIS)
    ACSIS aims to detect, explain and predict changes in the North Atlantic climate system. I am working to quantify the role of aerosol in shaping change in the North Atlantic Climate System from the 19th century to the near future.
  • EMERGENCE
    This project will assess the impact of climate change on climate hazards in the past and present and project forward their changes into the future. There is a focus on the next 30 years because of the relevance of this time scale for adaptation strategies. Our group in Reading is quantifying the effect of aerosol on climate hazards, with a particular focus on the monsoons.

Previous Research Projects:

  • Securing Multidisciplinary UndeRstanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge events (SMURPHS)
    The aim of SMURPHS is to understand the 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. My work will characterise the interactions between the climate response to anthropogenic aerosol emissions and natural variability.
  • EUropean CLimate and weather Events: Interpretation and Attribution (EUCLEIA)
    EUCLEIA facilitated new scientific developments that provided the foundation of an operational attribution service. I quantified the role of air-sea interactions in the attribution of extreme weather events in Europe, and quantified the relative roles of natural and anthropogenic contributions to the extreme summers of 2012 and 2015, and the extreme winter of 2009-2010.
  • The impacts of aerosol on climate and the water cycle (PAGODA)
    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. I identified aerosol influences on the water cycle, and quantified the relative importance of sources of uncertainty in aerosol radiative forcing.

Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

  • Liang Guo is an NCAS research scientist working on the role of anthropogenic aerosol in Chinese climate as part of CSSP China
  • Michael Lai, PhD student: Understanding the influence of anthropogenic aerosols on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation and related climate impacts.
  • Paul-Arthur Monerie is an NCAS research scientist working on aerosol-monsoon interactions as part of EMERGENCE.
  • Alcide Zhao is an NCAS research scientist working on the role of dust in Chinese climate as part of CSSP China

Centaur Publications

Jump to: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012
Number of items: 42.

2021

Lee, D. S., Fahey, D. W., Skowron, A., Allen, M. R., Burkhardt, U., Chen, Q., Doherty, S. J., Freeman, S., Forster, P. M., Fuglestvedt, J., Gettelman, A., De León, R. R., Lim, L. L., Lund, M. T., Millar, R. J., Owen, B., Penner, J. E., Pitari, G., Prather, M. J., Sausen, R. and Wilcox, L. J. (2021) The contribution of global aviation to anthropogenic climate forcing for 2000 to 2018. Atmospheric Environment, 244. 117834. ISSN 1352-2310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2020.117834

2020

Shonk, J. K. P., Turner, A. G., Chevuturi, A., Wilcox, L. J., Dittus, A. J. and Hawkins, E. (2020) Uncertainty in aerosol radiative forcing impacts the simulated global monsoon in the 20th century. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 20 (23). pp. 14903-14915. ISSN 1680-7375 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-14903-2020

Hari, V., Villarini, G., Karmakar, S., Wilcox, L. J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5691-1493 and Collins, M. (2020) Northward propagation of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone and strengthening of Indian summer monsoon rainfall. Geophysical Research Letters, 43 (23). e2020GL089823. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL089823

Wilcox, L. J., Liu, Z., Samset, B. H., Hawkins, E., Lund, M. T., Nordling, K., Undorf, S., Bollasina, M., Ekman, A. M. L., Krishnan, S., Merikanto, J. and Turner, A. G. (2020) Accelerated increases in global and Asian summer monsoon precipitation from future aerosol reductions. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions, 20 (20). pp. 11955-11977. ISSN 1680-7375 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-11955-2020

Collins, M., Barreiro, M., Frölicher, T., Kang, S., Karumuri, A., Roxy Koll, M., Singh, D., Tedeschi, R. G., Wang, G., Wilcox, L. and Wu, B. (2020) Frontiers in climate predictions and projections. Frontiers in climate. ISSN 2624-9553 doi: https://doi.org/10.3389/fclim.2020.571245

Zhang, L., Wilcox, L. J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5691-1493, Dunstone, N. J., Paynter, D. J., Hu, S., Bollasina, M., Li, D., Shonk, J. K. P. and Zou, L. (2020) Future changes in Beijing haze events under different anthropogenic aerosol emission scenarios. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions. ISSN 1680-7375 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-2020-957 (In Press)

Robson, J., Aksenov, Y., Bracegirdle, T. J., Dimdore-Miles, O., Griffiths, P. T., Grosvenor, D. P., Hodson, D. L.R., Keeble, J., MacIntosh, C., Megann, A., Osprey, S., Povey, A. C., Schröder, D., Yang, M., Archibald, A. T., Carslaw, K. S., Gray, L., Jones, C., Kerridge, B., Knappett, D., Kuhlbrodt, T. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2328-6729, Russo, M., Sellar, A., Siddans, R., Sinha, B., Sutton, R., Walton, J. and Wilcox, L. J. (2020) The evaluation of the North Atlantic climate system in UKESM1 historical simulations for CMIP6. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 12 (9). e2020MS002126. ISSN 1942-2466 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2020MS002126

Dong, B., Sutton, R. T., Shaffrey, L. and Wilcox, L. J. (2020) Attribution of 2012 extreme climate events: does air-sea interaction matter? Climate Dynamics, 55 (5-6). pp. 1225-1245. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-020-05321-3

Menary, M. B., Robson, J., Allan, R., Booth, B. B. B., Cassou, C., Gastineau, G., Gregory, J., Hodson, D., Jones, C., Mignot, J., Ringer, M., Sutton, R., Wilcox, L. and Zhang, R. (2020) Aerosol-forced AMOC changes in CMIP6 historical simulations. Geophysical Research Letters. e2020GL088166. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2020GL088166

Allan, R. P., Barlow, M., Byrne, M. P., Cherchi, A., Douville, H., Fowler, H. J., Gan, T. Y., Pendergrass, A. G., Rosenfeld, D., Swann, A. L. S., Wilcox, L. J. and Zolina, O. (2020) Advances in understanding large-scale responses of the water cycle to climate change. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1472 (1). pp. 49-75. ISSN 1749-6632 doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/nyas.14337

Dittus, A. J., Hawkins, E., Wilcox, L. J., Sutton, R., Smith, C. J., Andrews, M. B. and Forster, P. M. (2020) Sensitivity of historical climate simulations to uncertain aerosol forcing. Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (13). e2019GL085806. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL085806

Tian, F., Dong, B., Robson, J., Sutton, R. and Wilcox, L. (2020) Processes shaping the spatial pattern and seasonality of the surface air temperature response to anthropogenic forcing. Climate Dynamics, 54 (9-10). pp. 3959-3975. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-020-05211-8

Krishnan, S., Ekman, A. M. L., Hansson, H.-C., Riipinen, I., Lewinschal, A., Wilcox, L. J. and Dallafior, T. (2020) The roles of the atmosphere and ocean in driving Arctic warming due to European aerosol reductions. Geophysical Research Letters, 47 (7). e2019GL086681. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2019GL086681

Luo, F., Wilcox, L. J., Dong, B., Su, Q., Chen, W., Dunstone, N., Li, S. and Gao, Y. (2020) Projected near-term changes of temperature extremes in Europe and China under different aerosol emissions. Environmental Research Letters, 15 (3). 034013. ISSN 1748-9326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab6b34

2019

Scannell, C., Booth, B. B. B., Dunstone, N. J., Rowell, D. P., Bernie, D. J., Kasoar, M., Voulgarakis, A., Wilcox, L. J., Acosta Navarro, J. C., Seland, Ø. and Paynter, D. J. (2019) The influence of remote aerosol forcing from industrialised economies on the future evolution of East and West African rainfall. Journal of Climate, 32 (23). pp. 8335-8354. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/jcli-d-18-0716.1

Samset, B. H., Lund, M. T., Bollasina, M. A., Myhre, G. and Wilcox, L. (2019) Emerging Asian aerosol patterns. Nature Geoscience, 12. pp. 582-584. ISSN 1752-0894 doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41561-019-0424-5

Vautard, R., Christidis, N., Ciavarella, A., Alvarez-Castro, C., Bellprat, O., Christiansen, B., Colfescu, I., Cowan, T., Doblas-Reyes, F., Eden, J., Hauser, M., Hegerl, G., Hempelmann, N., Klehmet, K., Lott, F., Nangini, C., Orth, R., Radanovics, S., Seneviratne, S. I., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Stott, P., Tett, S., Wilcox, L. and Yiou, P. (2019) Evaluation of the HadGEM3-A simulations in view of detection and attribution of human influence on extreme events in Europe. Climate Dynamics, 52 (1-2). pp. 1187-1210. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-018-4183-6

Chen, W., Dong, B., Wilcox, L., Luo, F., Dunstone, N. and Highwood, E. J. (2019) Attribution of recent trends in temperature extremes over China: role of changes in anthropogenic aerosol emissions over Asia. Journal Of Climate, 32. pp. 7539-7560. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-18-0777.1

Dong, B., Wilcox, L. J., Highwood, E. J. and Sutton, R. T. (2019) Impacts of recent decadal changes in Asian aerosols on the East Asian summer monsoon: roles of aerosol–radiation and aerosol–cloud interactions. Climate Dynamics, 53 (5-6). pp. 3235-3256. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-04698-0 (Dong, B., Wilcox, L.J., Highwood, E.J. et al. Clim Dyn (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-019-04698-0)

Wilcox, L. J., Dunstone, N., Lewinschal, A., Bollasina, M., Ekman, A. M. L. and Highwood, E. J. (2019) Mechanisms for a remote response to Asian aerosol emissions in boreal winter. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19. pp. 9081-9095. ISSN 1680-7375 doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-9081-2019

2018

Booth, B. B., Harris, G. R., Jones, A., Wilcox, L., Hawcroft, M. and Carslaw, K. S. (2018) Comments on “rethinking the lower bound on aerosol radiative forcing”. Journal of Climate, 31 (22). pp. 9407-9412. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0369.1

Wilcox, L. J., Yiou, P., Hauser, M., Lott, F. C., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Colfescu, I., Dong, B., Hegerl, G., Shaffrey, L. and Sutton, R. (2018) Multiple perspectives on the attribution of the extreme European summer of 2012 to climate change. Climate Dynamics, 50 (9-10). pp. 3537-3555. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-017-3822-7

Christiansen, B., Alvarez-Castro, C., Christidis, N., Ciavarella, A., Colfescu, I., Cowan, T., Eden, J., Hauser, M., Hempelmann, N., Klehmet, K., Lott, F., Nangini, C., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Orth, R., Stott, P., Tett, S., Vautard, R., Wilcox, L. and Yiou, P. (2018) Was the cold European winter 2009-2010 modified by anthropogenic climate change? An attribution study. Journal of Climate. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/jcli-d-17-0589.1

2017

Hauser, M., Gudmundsson, L., Orth, R., Jezequel, A., Haustein, K., Vautard, R., van Oldenborgh, G. J., Wilcox, L. and Seneviratne, S. I. (2017) Methods and model dependency of extreme event attribution: the 2015 European drought. Earth's Future. ISSN 2328-4277 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017EF000612

2016

Dong, B., Sutton, R., Shaffrey, L. and Wilcox, L. (2016) The 2015 European heat wave. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 97. S57-S62. ISSN 1520-0477 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-16-0140.1

Steptoe, H., Wilcox, L. J. and Highwood, E. J. (2016) Is there a robust effect of anthropogenic aerosols on the Southern Annular Mode? Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 121 (17). 10,029-10,042. ISSN 2169-8996 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/2015JD024218

Dong, B., Sutton, R. T., Highwood, E. J. and Wilcox, L. J. (2016) Preferred response of the East Asian summer monsoon to local and non-local anthropogenic sulphur dioxide emissions. Climate Dynamics, 46 (5). pp. 1733-1751. ISSN 1432-0894 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-015-2671-5

2015

Wilcox, L., Dong, B., Sutton, R. and Highwood, E. (2015) The 2014 hot, dry summer in Northeast Asia. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96 (12). S105-S110. ISSN 1520-0477 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-15-00123.1

Hegerl, G. C., Black, E., Allan, R. P., Ingram, W. J., Polson, D., Trenberth, K. E., Chadwick, R. S., Arkin, P. A., Sarojini, B. B., Becker, A., Dai, A., Durack, P. J., Easterling, D., Fowler, H. J., Kendon, E. J., Huffman, G. J., Liu, C., Marsh, R., New, M., Osborn, T. J., Skliris, N., Stott, P. A., Vidale, P.-L., Wijffels, S. E., Wilcox, L. J., Willett, K. M. and Zhang, X. (2015) Challenges in quantifying changes in the global water cycle. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96 (7). pp. 1097-1115. ISSN 1520-0477 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/BAMS-D-13-00212.1

Wilcox, L. J., Highwood, E. J., Booth, B. B. B. and Carslaw, K. S. (2015) Quantifying sources of inter-model diversity in the cloud albedo effect. Geophysical Research Letters, 42 (5). pp. 1568-1575. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/2015GL063301

2014

Dong, B., Sutton, R. T., Highwood, E. and Wilcox, L. (2014) The impacts of European and Asian anthropogenic sulphur dioxide emissions on Sahel rainfall. Journal of Climate, 27 (18). pp. 7000-7017. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00769.1

Polson, D., Bollasina, M., Hegerl, G. C. and Wilcox, L. J. (2014) Decreased monsoon precipitation in the Northern Hemisphere due to anthropogenic aerosols. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 (16). pp. 6023-6029. ISSN 1944-8007 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/2014GL060811

2013

Wilcox, L.J., Highwood, E.J. and Dunstone, N.J. (2013) The influence of anthropogenic aerosol on multi-decadal variations of historical global climate. Environmental Research Letters, 8 (2). 024033. ISSN 1748-9326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/8/2/024033

Wilcox, L. and Charlton-Perez, A. J. (2013) Final warming of the Southern Hemisphere polar vortex in high- and low-top CMIP5 models. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 118 (6). pp. 2535-2546. ISSN 0148-0227 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jgrd.50254

Charlton-Perez, A., Baldwin, M. P., Birner, T., Black, R. X., Butler, A. H., Calvo, N., Davis, N. A., Gerber, E. P., Gillett, N., Hardiman, S., Kim, J., Krüger, K., Lee, Y.-Y., Manzini, E., McDaniel, B. A., Polvani, L., Reichler, T., Shaw, T. A., Sigmond, M., Son, S.-W., Toohey, M., Wilcox, L., Yoden, S., Christiansen, B., Lott, F., Shindell, D., Yukimoto, S. and Watanabe, S. (2013) On the lack of stratospheric dynamical variability in low-top versions of the CMIP5 models. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 118 (6). pp. 2494-2505. ISSN 2169-8996 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jgrd.50125

Bracegirdle, T. J., Shuckburgh, E., Sallee, J.-B., Wang, Z., Meijers, A. J. S., Bruneau, N., Phillips, T. and Wilcox, L. (2013) Assessment of surface winds over the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean sectors of the Southern Ocean in CMIP5 models: historical bias, forcing response, and state dependence. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 118 (2). pp. 547-562. ISSN 0148-0227 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/jgrd.50153

2012

Wilcox, L.J., Shine, K.P. and Hoskins, B.J. (2012) Radiative forcing due to aviation water vapour emissions. Atmospheric Environment, 63. pp. 1-13. ISSN 1352-2310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.08.072

Santer, B. D., Painter, J. F., Mears, C. A., Doutriaux, C., Caldwell, P., Arblaster, J. M., Cameron-Smith, P. J., Gillett, N. P., Gleckler, P. J., Lanzante, J., Perlwitz, J., Solomon, S., Stott, P. A., Taylor, K. E., Terray, L., Thorne, P. W., Wehner, M. F., Wentz, F. J., Wigley, T. M. L., Wilcox, L. J. and Zou, C.-Z. (2012) Identifying human influences on atmospheric temperature. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110 (1). pp. 26-33. ISSN 0027-8424 doi: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1210514109

Chalmers, N., Highwood, E. J., Hawkins, E., Sutton, R. T. and Wilcox, L. J. (2012) Aerosol contribution to the rapid warming of near-term climate under RCP 2.6. Geophysical Research Letters, 39 (18). L18709. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2012GL052848

Wilcox, L. J., Charlton-Perez, A. J. and Gray, L. J. (2012) Trends in Austral jet position in ensembles of high- and low-top CMIP5 models. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres, 117. D13115. ISSN 0148-0227 doi: https://doi.org/10.1029/2012JD017597

Wilcox, L., Hoskins, B. and Shine, K. (2012) A global blended tropopause based on ERA data, Part I: Climatology. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 138 (664). pp. 561-575. ISSN 1477-870X doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.951

Wilcox, L., Hoskins, B. and Shine, K. (2012) A global blended tropopause based on ERA data, Part II: trends and tropical broadening. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 138 (664). pp. 576-584. ISSN 1477-870X doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.910

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