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My research focus started in planetary science but has slowly moved onto mainly the theory and modelling of the Earth's atmosphere and climate.
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After getting a doctorate at the University of Oxford I was a US National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, studying the atmosphere and climate of Mars, and contributing to planning for space missions. At that time I also worked on constructing theoretical and computer-based models to predict the properties of the climates of exoplanets- these are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun. I also spent a year as a scientist at the SETI institute (doing more research on planetary climates - not hunting for aliens). I then moved earthwards to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where I worked on physical models of climate and climate change. After some time as a research scientist at the Met Office, I returned to Reading as a senior scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, before coming to UEA.
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Key Research Interests and Expertise
My research is about understanding the climate of Earth (and other planets), as well as the dynamical and physical processes underpinning climate change, especially:
The response of climate to radiative drivers- processes that change the Earth's climatic energy balance
Large-scale patterns of climate change, such as the warming contrast between land and ocean, and how they emerge through this century
Stratospheric processes and climate
The climates of terrestrial or Earthlike exoplanets
I accomplish this using a combination of numerical (computer) models of varying complexity and simpler theories. More recently I've been working on the human impacts of climate change, and the study of palaeoclimates. A huge range of disciplines are studied at Environmental sciences at UEA, making for an extremely stimulating research environment.
- Member of the Peer Review College of the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
Contributing author to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 5th Assessment Report (Working Group 1) 2013
Contributor to "Geoengineering the climate: science, governance and uncertainty"- a report from the Royal Society in 2009
Sometimes the media has become interested in research that I've been involved in; here are examples:
- An article and interview in the Carbon Brief website about research showing how much future climates are going to differ from the highs and lows that people currently experience.
- A paper in Nature Climate Change in 2013 about the effects of climate change on aviation turbulence generated a lot of press coverage: here are interviews with CNN (click to play) and Canadian TV: Canadian TV
Interview with the BBC (broadcast on radio 5 live and other stations) about the winter 2013-14 floods (starts about 4'25" in)
- A paper about the effects of the El Niño Southern Oscillation on Ashes series results in Australia received a lot of press attention
I currently teach on these modules:
Climate Systems ENV-6025B (module convenor & lecturer)
Climate Change: Physical Science Basis ENV-7014A (lecturer)
Global Environmental Challenges ENV-4001A (lecturer)
- Meteorology II and fieldcourse ENVK5010B (fieldcourse lecturer)
- Course director, MSc Climate Change
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
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Seasonal Teleconnections to the Indian Monsoon: Understanding the Large-scale Atmospheric Tropical Environment (STIMULATE)
1/09/19 → 31/03/21
Joshi, M., Sinha, B., Stevens, D., Smith, R. & Hirschi, J., 19 Jan 2021, In: Geoscientific Model Development. 14, 1, p. 275-293 19 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile7 Downloads (Pure)
Spatial and temporal variability of solar penetration depths in the Bay of Bengal and its impact on sea surface temperature (SST) during the summer monsoonGiddings, J., Heywood, K. J., Matthews, A. J., Joshi, M. M., Webber, B. G. M., Sanchez-Franks, A., King, B. A. & Vinayachandran, P. N., 6 Jul 2021, In: Ocean Science. 17, 4, p. 871-890 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile11 Downloads (Pure)
The extreme positive Indian Ocean Dipole of 2019 and associated Indian summer monsoon rainfall responseRatna, S. B., Cherchi, A., Osborn, T. J., Joshi, M. & Uppara, U., 28 Jan 2021, In: Geophysical Research Letters. 48, 2, e2020GL091497.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)18 Downloads (Pure)
Earth’s polar night boundary layer as an analogue for dark side inversions on synchronously rotating terrestrial exoplanetsJoshi, M., Elvidge, A., Wordsworth, R. & Sergeev, D., 3 Apr 2020, In: The Astrophysical Journal Letters. 892, 2, L33.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile2 Citations (Scopus)11 Downloads (Pure)
Joshi, M., Lambert, F. H., Mayne, N., Lyster, D., Manners, J., Ridgway, R. & Kohary, K., 9 Jun 2020, In: Nature Communications. 11, 2731.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile4 Citations (Scopus)23 Downloads (Pure)
INTEGRATE: climate model simulations data to study the Asian climate response to Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) using the Intermediate General Circulation Model version 4 (IGCM4)
Data for: A capacitor-discharge mechanism to explain the timing of orogeny-related global glaciations
Joshi, M. (Creator), American Geophysical Union, 2019
Press / Media
Press articles about the Nature Climate Change paper on clear air turbulence, bumpy flights and climate change
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"Red, willing and able" - an article about my extrasolar planet research in 'New Scientist' from 2001
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