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Areas of Expertise

Climate Dynamics, Climate, Environmental Sciences, Climate Change, Planetary Science

Video: Manoj Joshi on the future emergence of unfamiliar climates across the world

Academic Background

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.

Research Group or Lab Membership

Key Research Interests

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 large-scale response of climate to radiative drivers, or processes that change the Earth's climatic energy balance. These can include the warming contrast between land and ocean, or the emergence of climate change signals.

  • Stratospheric processes and climate

  • The climates of terrestrial or Earthlike exoplanets

  • I'm currently interested in the response of the Pacific Ocean to past, present and future change

I accomplish this using a combination of numerical (computer) models of varying complexity, simpler theories and statistical models too. A huge range of disciplines are studied at Environmental sciences at UEA, making for an extremely stimulating research environment.

Teaching Interests

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)
  • Geoengineering ENV-7031A (lecturer)

Key Responsibilities

  • Course director, MSc Climate Change

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development 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):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Media Expertise

  • Space
  • Global temperatures
  • Climate Change
  • Atmospheric science

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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