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Chris Smith

IIASA-NERC Research Fellow

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment Program


Chris Smith is an NERC/IIASA collaborative research fellow based at the University of Leeds (UK), and the Energy Program at IIASA. His research interests include using simple climate models to investigate climate impacts from a wide range of emissions scenarios, and to integrate climate change into energy supply and energy demand decision-making in integrated assessment models.

Dr. Smith gained a PhD from the Low Carbon Technologies Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Leeds in 2016, on how solar energy resources may be affected by climate change in the future, spending time in India investigating passive cooling of solar panels to improve performance. From 2016-2020, he worked as a postdoc at the University of Leeds on radiative forcing of climate and helped coordinate the Radiative Forcing Model Intercomparison Project as part of the latest round of global climate modeling efforts. Along with colleagues at Oxford, Dr. Smith co-developed the FaIR simple climate model, and was a contributing author and chapter scientist on the IPCC's Special Report on 1.5°C and will also be for the upcoming Sixth Assessment Report.

Last update: 26 AUG 2020


Kikstra, J.S. , Nicholls, Z.R.J., Smith, C.J. , Lewis, J., Lamboll, R.D., Byers, E. , Sandstad, M., Meinshausen, M., Gidden, M.J. , Rogelj, J. , Kriegler, E., Peters, G.P., Fuglestvedt, J.S., Skeie, R.B., Samset, B.H., Wienpahl, L., van Vuuren, D.P., van der Wijst, K.-I., Al Khourdajie, A., Forster, P.M., Reisinger, A., Schaeffer, R., & Riahi, K. (2022). The IPCC Sixth Assessment Report WGIII climate assessment of mitigation pathways: from emissions to global temperatures. Preprint 10.5194/egusphere-2022-471.

Dvorak, M.T., Armour, K.C., Frierson, D.M.W., Proistosescu, C., Baker, M.B., & Smith, C. (2022). Estimating the timing of geophysical commitment to 1.5 and 2.0 °C of global warming. Nature Climate Change 10.1038/s41558-022-01372-y.

Smith, C. , Forster, P., & Fredriksen, H.-B. (2022). Radiative forcing and climate feedbacks explain the cause of the suppressed late 20th century warming in CMIP6 models. In: EGU General Assembly 2022, 23-27 May 2022, Vienna.

Quaas, J., Jia, H., Smith, C. , Albright, A.L., Aas, W., Bellouin, N., Boucher, O., Doutriaux-Boucher, M., Forster, P.M., Grosvenor, D., Jenkins, S., Klimont, Z. , Loeb, N.G., Ma, X., Naik, V., Paulot, F., Stier, P., Wild, M., Myhre, G., & Schulz, M. (2022). Robust evidence for reversal in the aerosol effective climate forcing trend. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 10.5194/acp-2022-295. (Submitted)

Fewster, R.E., Morris, P.J., Ivanovic, R.F., Swindles, G.T., Peregon, A.M., & Smith, C. (2022). Imminent loss of climate space for permafrost peatlands in Europe and Western Siberia. Nature Climate Change 10.1038/s41558-022-01296-7.