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Chris Smith

Guest Research Scholar

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


Nauels, A., Nicholls, Z. , Klönne, U., Hermans, T., Mengel, M., Smith, C. , & Palmer, M. (2024). Exploring multi-century sea level rise commitments from 21st century cumulative emissions to inform minimum coastal adaptation needs. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-10716. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

Smith, C. , Watson-Parris, D., Kramer, R., Andrews, T., Gjermundsen, A., Mutton, H., Feng, J., Paynter, D., Chadwick, R., Douville, H., & Roehrig, R. (2024). Robust increase in CO2 effective radiative forcing in warmer climates. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-8223. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

Fiedler, S., Naik, V., O'Connor, F.M., Smith, C.J. , Griffiths, P., Kramer, R.J., Takemura, T., Allen, R.J., Im, U., Kasoar, M., Modak, A., Turnock, S., Voulgarakis, A., Watson-Parris, D.., Westervelt, D.M., Wilcox, L.J., Zhao, A., Collins, W.J., Schulz, M., Myhre, G., & Forster, P.M. (2024). Interactions between atmospheric composition and climate change – progress in understanding and future opportunities from AerChemMIP, PDRMIP, and RFMIP. Geoscientific Model Development 17 (6) 2387-2417. 10.5194/gmd-17-2387-2024.

Weber, J., King, J.A., Abraham, N.L., Grosvenor, D.P., Smith, C. , Shin, Y.M., Lawrence, P., Roe, S., Beerling, D.J., & Martin, M.V. (2024). Chemistry-albedo feedbacks offset up to a third of forestation’s CO 2 removal benefits. Science 383 (6685) 860-864. 10.1126/science.adg6196.

Kopp, R.E., Garner, G.G., Hermans, T.H.J., Jha, S., Kumar, P., Reedy, A., Slangen, A.B.A., Turilli, M., Edwards, T.L., Gregory, J..M., Koubbe, G., Levermann, A., Merzky, A., Nowicki, S., Palmer, M.D., & Smith, C. (2023). The Framework for Assessing Changes To Sea-level (FACTS) v1.0: a platform for characterizing parametric and structural uncertainty in future global, relative, and extreme sea-level change. Geoscientific Model Development 16 (24) 7461-7489. 10.5194/gmd-16-7461-2023.