Piers Forster

Associate, University of Leeds

Piers Forster

Piers is Professor of Physical Climate Change at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds.

Piers is also a Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder. He leads the Physical Climate Change Group.


Prior to becoming a Professor, Piers was a Roberts Research Fellow/ Reader at the University of Leeds, from 2005-2008. Before this, he was a NERC Advanced Research Fellow at the University of Reading (2000-2005) and a Visiting Researcher at the CRC for Southern Hemisphere Meteorology, Melbourne (1999).

Piers has a PDRA from the University of Reading, BSc Physics from Imperial College London, and a PhD in Meteorology from the University of Reading.

Research interests

  • Several aspects of the Earth’s climate, particularly those associated with identifying causes of climate change and how the largescale climate responds;
  • Using ideas of the Earth’s energy budget to help understand climate change, employing a combination of models and analyses of observations;
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation, including researching a possible role for geo-engineering.

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Working papers

Policy publications