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Chris Smith

Guest Research Scholar

Integrated Assessment and Climate Change Research Group

Energy, Climate, and Environment


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


Fiedler, S., van Noije, T., Smith, C. , Boucher, O., Dufresne, J.‐L., Kirkevåg, A., Olivié, D., Pinto, R., Reerink, T., Sima, A., & Schulz, M. (2023). Historical Changes and Reasons for Model Differences in Anthropogenic Aerosol Forcing in CMIP6. Geophysical Research Letters 50 (15) e2023GL104848. 10.1029/2023GL104848.

Forster, P.M., Smith, C.J. , Walsh, T., Lamb, W.F., Lamboll, R., Hauser, M., Ribes, A., Rosen, D., Gillett, N., Palmer, M.D., Rogelj, J. , von Schuckmann, K., Seneviratne, S.I., Trewin, B., Zhang, X., Allen, M., Andrew, R., Birt, A., Borger, A., Boyer, T., Broersma, J.A., Cheng, L., Dentener, F., Friedlingstein, P., Gutiérrez, J.M., Gütschow, J., Hall, B., Ishii, M., Jenkins, S., Lan, X., Lee, J., Morice, C., Kadow, C., Kennedy, J., Killick, R., Minx, J.C., Naik, V., Peters, G.P., Pirani, A., Pongratz, J., Schleussner, C.F., Szopa, S., Thorne, P., Rohde, R., Rojas Corradi, M., Schumacher, D., Vose, R., Zickfeld, K., Masson-Delmotte, V., & Zhai, P. (2023). Indicators of Global Climate Change 2022: annual update of large-scale indicators of the state of the climate system and human influence. Earth System Science Data 15 (6) 2295-2327. 10.5194/essd-15-2295-2023.

Cael, B.B., Bloch-Johnson, J., Ceppi, P., Fredriksen, H.B., Goodwin, P., Gregory, J.M., Smith, C. , & Williams, R. (2023). Energy budget diagnosis of changing climate feedback. Science Advances 9 (16) eadf9302. 10.1126/sciadv.adf9302.

Fredriksen, H.‐B., Smith, C. , Modak, A., & Rugenstein, M. (2023). 21st Century Scenario Forcing Increases More for CMIP6 Than CMIP5 Models. Geophysical Research Letters 50 (6) e2023GL102916. 10.1029/2023GL102916.

Allen, R.J., Zhao, X., Randles, C.A., Kramer, R.J., Samset, B.H., & Smith, C. (2023). Surface warming and wetting due to methane’s long-wave radiative effects muted by short-wave absorption. Nature Geoscience 10.1038/s41561-023-01144-z.