Research

The Priestley Centre's principal research goal is to build a fundamental understanding of climate change and its impact on nature and society, enabling robust and timely solutions.

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There are over 150 academics at the University of Leeds using world-class expertise and interdisciplinary capability to deliver climate research with reach into every continent worldwide. Our findings are: improving our understanding of fundamental climate science; developing strategies to reduce and mitigate climate change and its impacts and supporting society, ecosystems and infrastructure in adapting to our changing climate. Using our combination of expertise, scale, track record and relevance the Priestley International Centre for Climate is able to deliver excellent research to underpin robust and timely climate solutions with a specific focus on the four areas below.

Partners

The IPCC 5th Assessment report provides the most up-to-date comprehensive assessment of policy relevant climate research to support international decision making.  Leeds researchers made substantial contributions to all parts of the report including its synthesis. Suraje Dessai  also serves on the IPCC’s Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impact and Climate Analysis (TGICA)

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The Amazon Forest Inventory Network is an international collaboration to understand the dynamics of Amazon ecosystems. RAINFOR works with partners across the nations of Amazonia, taking account of the modulating role of environmental variables like soil nutrition, and the need to help develop a new generation of Amazon ecologists.

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The African Monsoon Multidisciplinary Analysis – is an ambitious international collaboration with the aims of improving our understanding of the processes which control the West African monsoon and its impacts. A multidisciplinary field programme involving scientists from 27 different countries has been in place since 2003.

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AMAZONICA Aims to observe and understand the carbon budget over the Amazon.

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The 6th Climate Model Intercomparison Project is an important initiative by the World Climate Research Program to improve the latest generation of climate models used to predict the consequences of climate change. Leeds leads on several components of this work including the Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project.

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The University of Leeds is a member of the Met Office Academic Partnership. The partnership aims to combine the strengths of its four partner organisations, to secure the UK’s position as the world leader in weather forecasting and climate prediction, and to provide an outstanding environment to develop the atmospheric science leaders of the future. At Leeds, the partnership formalises a strong and productive working relationship with the Met Office, going back a number of years.

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The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. UKERC acts a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. Our interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and strategies of public, private and third sector organisations.

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CCCEP’s mission is to advance public and private action on climate change through rigorous, innovative research. The Centre is hosted jointly by the University of Leeds and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is chaired by Professor Lord Stern of Brentford. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

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Leeds and the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research – Oslo signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 14 June 2016. Read more about the partnership