With the wider world increasingly waking up to the threats posed by climate change, researchers from our Climate Division are leading the way in tackling the key questions being raised.
Whether examining the impact of a two- or three-degree-warmer world or exploring the likelihood of a worsening of the UK’s wintertime flooding, our academics are shaping policy and strengthening society’s climate resilience.
The subject’s global importance is reflected in the Division’s research, with UK-based projects such as assessing the impact of climate change on the flood risk to London sitting alongside internationally-focused work centred on the Sahara, South West Asia and the Arctic.
Much of our research sits at the interface between weather and climate and we work alongside the Weather and Earth Observation & Space Research Divisions within the Department of Meteorology to address this growing area. We also collaborate closely with influential groups including the Met Office and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
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Research carried out by the Climate Division is shaping long-term policy designed to protect more than £200 billion of assets in central London from flooding by the River Thames.
Contributing to the Environment Agency’s TE2100 (Thames Estuary 2100) project, our academics found that predicted worst-case flood levels would be considerably lower than had previously been forecast.
The work helped TE2100 conclude that while a second Thames Barrier flood defence may be needed by 2070, it would not be required by 2030 when it would cost an estimated £10-20 billion. TE2100 was launched in recognition of the increasing exposure to flood loss and the recognised need to upgrade the Thames Barrier.
- Understanding the Atmospheric Circulation Response to Climate Change (ACRCC)
- Drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise (PRIDE)
- PRocess-based climate sIMulation: AdVances in high-resolution modeling and European climate Risk Assessment (PRIMAVERA)
Pier Luigi Vidale
- The Role of Coarse Mineral Dust Particles in the Climate System
- Securing Multidisciplinary UndeRstanding and Prediction of Hiatus and Surge events (SMURPHS)
- Arnell, N. W. and Gosling, S. N. (2016) The impacts of climate change on river flood risk at the global scale. Climatic Change, 134 (3). pp. 387-401. ISSN 0165-0009 doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1084-5
- Dong, B., Sutton, R. T. and Shaffrey, L. (2016) Understanding the rapid summer warming and changes in temperature extremes since the mid-1990s over Western Europe. Climate Dynamics. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-3158-8
- Robson, J., Ortega, P. and Sutton, R. (2016) A reversal of climatic trends in the North Atlantic since 2005. Nature Geoscience. ISSN 1752-0894 (In Press)
- Shepherd, T. G. (2016) A common framework for approaches to extreme event attribution. Current Climate Change Reports, 2. pp. 28-38. ISSN 2198-6061 doi: 10.1007/s40641-016-0033-y
- Tietsche, S., Hawkins, E. and Day, J. J. (2016) Atmospheric and oceanic contributions to irreducible forecast uncertainty of Arctic surface climate. Journal of Climate, 29 (1). pp. 331-346. ISSN 0894-8755 doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0421.1