Chris Smith


I am a research fellow at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS) in the School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds.

Current projects:

  1. SMURPHS: Determination of the causes of surge and hiatus events in climate change over the last 100 years, with particular focus given to the temperature slowdown of 1998-2012.
  2. RFMIP: The Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project (RFMIP) will (amongst other things) evaluate the effective radiative forcing in participating CMIP6 climate models. This will help to determine the differences in climate model responses.
  3. CAMS74: Investigating structural uncertainty resulting from background climatology and radiative transfer parameterisation for the radiative forcing product from the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service.
  4. PDRMIP: Determination of forcing, rapid adjustments and feedbacks to single-forcing experiments. Also producing some of the forcing experiments using the Met Office's HadGEM2-ES climate model.

My current research interests are climate modelling, radiative transfer and radiative forcing.



  1. Tang T., Shindell D., Faluvegi G., Myhre G., Olivié D., Voulgarakis A., Kasoar M., Andrews T., Boucher O., Forster P.M., Hodnebrog Ø., Iversen T., Kirkevåg A., Lamarque J.-F., Richardson T., Samset B.H., Stjern C.W., Takemura T., Smith C., 2019. Comparison of Effective Radiative Forcing Calculations Using Multiple Methods, Drivers, and Models. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 124, DOI 10.1029/2018JD030188
  2. Smith, C.J., Forster, P.M., Allen, M., Fuglestvedt, J., Millar, R.J., Rogelj, J., Zickfeld, K., 2019. Current fossil fuel infrastructure does not yet limit us to 1.5°C warming. Nature Communications, 10, DOI 10.1038/s41467-018-07999-w (open access)
  3. 2018

  4. Myhre G., Kramer R.J., Smith C.J., Hodnebrog Ø., Forster P., Soden B.J., Samset B.H., Stjern C.W., Andrews T., Boucher O., Faluvegi G., Fläschner D., Kasoar M., Kirkevåg A., Lamarque J.-F., Olivié D., Richardson T., Shindell D., Stier P., Takemura T., Voulgarakis A., Watson‐Parris D., 2018. Quantifying the Importance of Rapid Adjustments for Global Precipitation Changes. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, DOI 10.1029/2018GL079474 (open access)
  5. Smith C.J., Kramer R., Myhre G., Forster P.M., Soden B., Andrews T., Boucher O., Faluvegi G., Fläschner D., Hodnebrog Ø., Kasoar M., Kharin V., Kirkevåg A., Lamarque J.-F., Mülmenstädt J., Olivié D., Richardson T., Samset B.H., Shindell D., Stier P., Takemura T., Voulgarakis A., Watson-Parris D., 2018. Understanding Rapid Adjustments to Diverse Forcing Agents. Geophysical Research Letters, 45, DOI 10.1029/2018GL079826 (open access)
  6. Smith, C.J., Forster, P.M., Allen, M., Leach, N., Millar, R.J., Passerello, G.A., Regayre, L.A., 2018. FAIR v1.3: A simple emissions-based impulse response and carbon cycle model. Geosci. Model Dev., DOI 10.5194/gmd-11-2273-2018 (open access)
  7. Samset B.H., Sand M., Smith C.J., Bauer S.E., Forster P.M., Fuglestvedt J.S., Osprey S., Schleussner C.-F., 2018. Climate Impacts From a Removal of Anthropogenic Aerosol Emissions. Geophys. Res. Lett. DOI 10.1002/2017GL076079 (open access)
  8. 2017

  9. Stjern C.W., Samset B.H., Myhre G., Forster P.M., Hodnebrog O., Andrews T., Boucher O., Faluvegi G., Iversen T., Kasoar M., Kharin V., Kirkevag A., Lamarque J.F., Olivie D., Richardson T.B., Shawki D., Shindell D., Smith C.J., Takemura T., Voulgarakis A., 2017. Rapid adjustments cause weak surface temperature response to increased black carbon concentrations. J. Geophys. Res.-Atmos. DOI 10.1002/2017JD027326 (open access)
  10. Smith, C.J., Crook J.A., Crook R., Jackson L.S., Osprey S.M., Forster P.M., 2017. Impacts of Stratospheric Sulfate Geoengineering on Global Solar Photovoltaic and Concentrating Solar Power Resource. J. Appl. Meteorol. Climatol. 56, pp. 1483-1497. DOI 10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0298.1 (open access)
  11. Smith, C.J., Bright J.M., Crook, R., 2017. Cloud cover effect of clear-sky index distributions and differences between human and automatic cloud observations. Solar Energy 144, pp. 10-21. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2016.12.055
  12. Kovács T., Feng W., Totterdill A., Plane J.M.C., Dhomse S., Gómez-Martín J.C., Stiller G.P., Haenel F.J., Smith C., Forster P.M., García R.R., Marsh D.R., Chipperfield M.P., 2017. Determination of the atmospheric lifetime and global warming potential of sulfur hexafluoride using a three-dimensional model. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 17, pp. 883-898. DOI: 10.5194/acp-17-883-2017 (open access)
  13. 2016

  14. Forster, P.M., Richardson T., Maycock A.C., Smith C.J., Samset B.H., Myhre G., Andrews T., Pincus R., Schulz M., 2016. Recommendations for diagnosing effective radiative forcing from climate models for CMIP6, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 121, pp. 12460-12475, DOI: 10.1002/2016JD025320 (open access)
  15. Totterdill, A., Kovács T., Feng W., Dhomse S., Smith C.J., Gómez-Martín J.C., Chipperfield M.P., Forster P.M., Plane J.M.C., 2016. Atmospheric lifetimes, infrared absorption spectra, radiative forcings and global warming potentials of NF3 and CF3CF2Cl (CFC-115), Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, pp. 11451-11463, DOI: 10.5194/acp-16-11451-2016 (open access)
  16. Smith, C.J., Forster P.M., Crook R., 2016. An all-sky radiative transfer method to predict optimal tilt and azimuth angle of a solar collector. Solar Energy 123, pp. 88-101. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.11.013
  17. earlier

  18. Bright, J.M., Smith C.J., Taylor P.G., Crook R., 2015. Stochastic generation of synthetic minutely irradiance time series derived from mean hourly weather observation data. Solar Energy 115, pp. 229-242. DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.02.032
  19. Smith, C.J., Forster P.M., Crook R., 2014. Global analysis of photovoltaic energy output enhanced by phase change material cooling. Applied Energy 126, pp. 21-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.03.083