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Dr Chris Brierley
111
Pearson Building
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Dept of Geography
  • Faculty of S&HS
Biography

I am a climate modeller with a background in uncertainty quantification and palaeoclimates

Research Themes
Research Summary

The Earth is heading to a climate state not seen in the history of our species. The climate models we use to make projections of that state contain considerable uncertainty. I try to understand, reduce and quantify this uncertainty. Identifying why climate has changed in the past can help us understand the range of its future changes. This is especially true of past warm periods and my particular choice is the Pliocene (around 5-3 million years ago when CO2 levels were last at their present, elevated ones).

Teaching Summary

Undergraduate
  • GEOG1002 Environmental Systems and Processes, Contributed lectures, 2011-2017.
  • GEOG1003 Data Acquisition and Interpretation, Field experiment on atmosphere boundary
  • layer, 2013.
  • GEOG1006 Ideas in Geography, Lectures on scientific method and modelling, 2015.
  • GEOG2020 Hydroclimatology, Lectures on water in the atmosphere, 2011-2013.
  • GEOG3037 Climatology, Delivered whole course, 2011-2012.
  • GEOG3054 Independent Study, Supervised investigations into Medieval Cities and Fluid Mechanics,
  • 2013.
  • GEOG3075 Professional Geography, Convener, 2017.
Postgraduate
  • GEOGG120 Models in Environmental Science, Convener, 2016, Lectures on climate models.
  • 2011-2017
  • GEOGG130 Climate Dynamics, Convener, 2011-2016, Co-convener.
  • 2017
  • GEOGG133 Past Climates, Lecture on palaeoclimate modelling, 2011.
  • GEOGG134 Climate Modelling, Delivered whole course, 2011-2017.
  • GEOGG093 Cities and Climate Change, co-taught with Dr. Arabindoo, 2016, Convener.
  • 2017
Doctoral Training
  • Year 1 Computing for Environmental Scientist, Organised term-long curriculum on
  • computer training.
  • Year 1 Earth System Science, Organised holistic week of content across Geography.
  • Year 1 Art of Environmental Research, Day long workshop on communicating science
  • and the roles of scientists in society.
Summer Schools
  • 2018 Past Warm Climates, Climate Model Simulations, Inst. Tibetan Plateau, CAS,
  • Beijing.
Delivered at Royal Institution
  • 2013–2014 Climate Science Short Course, Six evening course delivered over the summer.
Delivered at Yale
  • G&G 602 Introduction to Paleoclimates, co-taught with Prof. Pagani.
  • G&G 523 Theory of Climate, Lectures on Ice Ages.
  • G&G 535 Physical Oceanography, Lecture on Air-Sea interactions.
  • G&G 702 The Physical Science of Global Climate Change, Modelling and projections,
  • with Dr Affek.

Appointments
01-SEP-2016 Senior Lecturer Geography UCL, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2012 – 31-OCT-2013 Co-Director (Climate) Environment Institute University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-2011 – 31-AUG-2016 Lecturer Geography University College London, United Kingdom
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