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Prof Peter Cox

Professor - Climate System Dynamics


Location: Laver Building 901a

Telephone: 01392 725220

Extension: (Streatham) 5220

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University roles

  • Professor of Climate System Dynamics within the Climate Dynamics group of Mathematics.
  • CEMPS Deputy Associate Dean for Research for REF & Impact.
  • Co-Director of Research for 'Earth System & Environmental Sciences (UoA7)'.
  • Academic lead/sponsor for the Undergraduate Grand Challenges programme.
  • Holder of an ERC Advanced Grant (ECCLES).

External Roles

Current research interests

  • Emergent Constraints on Earth System Sensitivities (ECCLES ERC project).
  • Theoretical relationships between climate variability and climate sensitivity (ECCLES ERC project)
  • Vegetation Dynamics and Demography (developing the RED model)
  • Improving the representation of land-surafce processes in JULES (e.g. SOX model).

Publications and citations

Associated Postdocs

Associated PhD students

  • Arthur Argles (Vegetation Demography and Disturbance - College/Met Office studentship).
  • Simon Jones (Non-structural carbohydrates in JULES - Anna Harper's student).
  • Rebecca Millington (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience - QUEX studentship).
  • Femke Nijsse (Theroretical Basis for Emergent Constraints - ERC ECCLES project).
  • Beccy Varney (Emergent Constraints on the Terrestrial Carbon Cycle - ERC ECCLES project).

Working groups, committees and wider recognition

  • Lead-author on the IPCC  AR4, AR5 and AR6 reports.
  • Member of the REF2014 panel for UoA7 (2011-2014).
  • Member of the NERC Science Board (2014-2017).
  • Highly-cited author in Geosciences in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
  • Winner of Royal Met Soc Adrian Gill Award 2007

TV coverage

Previous jobs

Until September 2006, Prof Cox was the Science Director - Climate Change at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and prior to that he was at the Hadley Centre for Climate prediction and Research (1990-2004).