Manoj Joshi

University of East Anglia



My main focus is climate dynamics, which involves studying a wide range of climatic problems using models that vary in complexity from simple conceptual ideas to large state-of-the-art global circulation models. My research has ranged from understanding atmosphere and ocean processes underlying large-scale patterns of climate and climate change on Earth, to processes in planetary atmospheres. I have particularly contributed to advances in understanding the land-ocean warming contrast under anthropogenic climate change, the climate of exoplanets, the effect of the stratosphere on surface climate, and the timing or emergence of climate impacts over the coming decades.

As a planetary scientist in the 1990s I participated in analysis of data from two NASA spacecraft. Since 2000 I have worked more on terrestrial climate research, firstly at the Department of Meteorology at Reading University, then at the Met Office’s Hadley Centre for Climate Change, where I worked on coupled ocean-atmosphere modelling. I was project manager of the NERC QUEST “QESM” Earth system modelling project, and I am now faculty at the University of East Anglia. I was a contributing author to chapter 12 (long-term projections) of the 5th assessment report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC AR5). I also contributed to the Royal Society’s report on “Geoengineering the climate” in 2009.


Role at Tyndall
I'm a member of faculty within environmental sciences, and I mostly do computer modelling and theory of physical processes underlying climate and climate change.


Highlighted Publications

Harrington, L., Frame, D., Fischer, E., Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Jones, C.  (2016) Poorest countries experience earlier anthropogenic emergence of daily temperature extremes Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Cullum, J., Stevens, D., Joshi, M. (2016) The importance of ocean salinity for climate and habitability Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.  (2016) Why the South Pacific Convergence Zone is diagonal Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Joshi, M., Stringer, M., Van Der Wiel, K., O'Callaghan, A., Fueglistaler, S. (2015) GCM4: a fast, parallel and flexible intermediate climate model Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Nowack, P., Abraham, N. L., Maycock, A. C., Braesicke, P., Gregory, J. M., Joshi, M., Osprey, A., Pyle, J. A.  (2015) A large ozone-circulation feedback and its implications for global warming assessments Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

O'Callaghan, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D., Mitchell, D. (2014) The Effects of Different Sudden Stratospheric Warming Type on the Ocean: Ocean Impacts of SSWs Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Frame, D. (2014) Wetter then drier in some tropical areas Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

 Hawkins, E., Anderson, B., Diffenbaugh, N., Mahlstein, I., Betts, R., Hegerl, G., Joshi, M., Knutti, R., McNeall, D., Solomon, S., Sutton, R., Syktus, J., Vecchi, G. (2014) Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Joshi, M. M., Lambert, F. H., Webb, M. J. (2013) An explanation for the difference between twentieth and twenty-first century land–sea warming ratio in climate models Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Williams, P. D., Joshi, M. (2013) Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change Full Text UEA Repository (Article)

Joshi, M., Haberle, R.  (2012) Suppression of the Water Ice and Snow Albedo Feedback on Planets Orbiting Red Dwarf Stars and the Subsequent Widening of the Habitable Zone Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Joshi, M., Hawkins, E., Sutton, R., Lowe, J., Frame, D. (2011) Projections of when temperature change will exceed 2 °C above pre-industrial levels Full Text UEA Repository  (Article)

Joshi, M., Gregory, J., Webb, M., Sexton, D., Johns, T. (2008) Mechanisms for the land/sea warming contrast exhibited by simulations of climate change Full Text UEA Repository (Article)


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Phone: 01603 593647

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School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ
(For those at UEA: I'm in the CRU building - room CRU 1.03)

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