Climate change research

The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s top institutions for climate research, ranking first in the UK for research power in Earth and Environmental Science in REF2014. 

It hosts more than 150 academic staff working on the physical and societal aspects of climate change. Leeds provided five lead authors for the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment and was one of very few worldwide institutions that had lead authors on all four IPCC reports (Working Groups I, II and III and the Synthesis Report) that made up its overall fifth assessment of climate change.

Priestley Centre related research stands out in terms of its ability to deliver world leading outputs in the most highly rated journals, with over 40 papers published by  in Nature and Science between 2010 – 2015 by our authors. We are a key partner in the development of UK national climate modelling capability, making use of extensive local and national high-performance computing resources. Our climate research generates over £20 million of annual income.

The climate research that the Priestley Centre represents is also evidenced by considerable research council and other investments. Leeds hosts the NERC funded National Centre for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS); is a founding member of the Met Office Academic Partnership; holds (with the London School of Economics) the ESRC funded Centre for Climate Change and Economic Policy (chaired by Lord Stern), leads a  UK Energy Research Centre theme and hosts the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP).

The University of Leeds also holds related Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships in atmospheric and climate science; geoscience, bioenergy and fluid dynamics.