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Professor Piers Forster
Piers Forster is a Professor of physical climate change and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder at the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds. His research group, based in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, has extensive collaborations with the Met-Office Hadley Centre and is actively expanding research to understand various climate feedbacks using a range of climate models. Research closely related to geoengineering proposals has been undertaken, looking at cloud modification by contrails, sea spray (Korhonen et al., 2010) and the role of volcanic aerosols (Forster & Collins, 2004). His research also links to climate impacts and policy via the joint Leeds-LSE centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy. He has been involved as author, reviewer or contributor with several past international reports on climate change, including IPCC climate assessments and WMO ozone assessments, most recently as a coordinating lead author of the "atmospheric composition and radiative forcing" chapter of the 2007 IPCC fourth assessment report, as a coordinating lead author of the WMO (2010) ozone assessment report and a lead author of the current IPCC fifth assessment report. He has spent time working overseas, particularly at NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.
University of Leeds
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Principal Investigator
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