Peter is a chemistry-climate modeller based at the University of Chemistry and working for the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS). His research interests include: - Transport of trace gases and chemistry-climate interactions in the Asian Summer Monsoon, - Extreme events, in particular the Borneo Vortex and its links to upper tropospheric/lower stratospheric composition, - The past and future evolution of the stratospheric ozone layer, and - Modelling and assessing unintended consequences of solar radiation management.
The Principal Investigator of the SPICE project is Dr Matthew Watson (Bristol University). The Work Package Leaders are Dr Matthew Watson (Bristol University), Dr Lesley Gray (Oxford University) & Dr Hugh Hunt (Cambridge University). The project involves specialists in many fields including Volcanology, Climate Science, Atmospheric Physics and Engineering to name but a few. Those involved in this research at Bristol Earth Sciences are Dr Matthew Watson (PI), Dr Pru Foster and Tanya Gray (Project Coordinator).
Professor Jim Haywood is engaged in aerosol research at the University of Exeter and the Met Office. Jim is leading modelling efforts using the HadGEM2 Earth System model to investigate the potential benefits and detrimental impacts of solar radiation management schemes including cloud brightening by injection of sea-salt aerosol into stratocumulus clouds, and stratospheric aerosol injection. As well as SRM modelling, Jim and his team have experience in modelling explosive volcanic eruptions as analagies to stratospheric aerosol injection.
Simon Driscoll is a final year DPhil (PhD) student at the Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics sub-department at the University of Oxford, working with Lesley. Prior to his DPhil he did a BSc in mathematics and an MSc in mathematical modelling. His research focuses on stratospheric aerosol geoengineering and the radiative and dynamical effects of volcanoes on the atmosphere.
Pru Foster is interested in the impacts of climate change on terrestrial ecosystem services including carbon uptake, water cycling and biodiversity support. She works at the University of Bristol as a research fellow for the SPICE project. Her SPICE work explores the impact on plants of increasing the diffuse fraction of solar light. An increased diffuse fraction has been observed following volcanic eruptions and would be expected to occur following anthropogenic injection of aerosol particles into the stratosphere.
Simon Tett’s research interests are very broad ranging from methods to reconstruct past climate from proxy records, such as tree rings, and instrumental data, through to modelling future climate. At the heart of his research is the quantitative analysis of models and observations of climate change in order to constrain the future. He is also interested in extreme climate events and their causes. He would also like to improve estimates of the natural variability of the earth system and device ways of ruling out strong climate feedbacks from observations.