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Dr William Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I've always been fascinated by the weather and climate. This ultimately led to an undergraduate degree in Meteorology and a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences. Along this journey I learnt that not only do we know quite a lot about how the climate changed in the past, but also, by using climate models, we can explain the physics behind these changes. This is now the focus of my research. In the past I've looked at how year to year variability in the tropical Pacific evolved over the last 10 thousand years, how collapsing ice sheets can alter the global climate, and how year to year variability in Antarctica can be changed by the size of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere. Underpining all of these studies is a desire to not just document changes but to explain how and why the changes happen.

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Key Publications

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  • Antarctic surface temperature and elevation during the Last Glacial Maximum, Buizert, C., Fudge, T., Roberts, W., Steig, E., Sherriff-Tadano, S., Ritz, C., Lefebvre, E., Edwards, J., Kawamura, K., Oyabu, I., Motoyama, H., Kahle, E., Jones, T., Abe-Ouchi, A., Obase, T., Martín, C., Corr, H., Severinghaus, J., Beaudette, R., Epifanio, J., Brook, E., Martin, K., Chappellaz, J., Aoki, S., Nakazawa, T., Sowers, T., Alley, R., Ahn, J., Sigl, M., Severi, M., Dunbar, N., Svensson, A., Fegyveresi, J., He, C., Liu, Z., Zhu, J., Otto-Bliesner, B., Lipenkov, V., Kageyama, M., Schwander, J. 4 Jun 2021, In: Science
  • Simulation of the mid-Pliocene Warm Period using HadGEM3: Experimental design and results from model-model and model-data comparison, Williams, C., Sellar, A., Ren, X., Haywood, A., Hopcroft, P., Hunter, S., Roberts, W., Smith, R., Stone, E., Tindall, J., Lunt, D. 18 Oct 2021, In: Climate of the Past
  • Controls on the tropical response to abrupt climate changes, Roberts, W., Hopcroft, P. 28 Mar 2020, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Glacial and Holocene Middle East Stalagmite Proxies Interpreted Using GCM Simulations and Karst Environment Numerical Modeling, Carolin, S., Roberts, W., Andrews, J., Ersek, V., Henderson, G., Peckover, E., Rowe, P., Walker, R. 15 Dec 2020, AGU Fall Meeting 2020
  • Rainwater isotopes in central Vietnam controlled by two oceanic moisture sources and rainout effects, Wolf, A., Roberts, W., Ersek, V., Johnson, K., Griffiths, M. 1 Dec 2020, In: Scientific Reports
  • Wind‐Driven Evolution of the North Pacific Subpolar Gyre Over the Last Deglaciation, Gray, W., Wills, R., Rae, J., Burke, A., Ivanovic, R., Roberts, W., Ferreira, D., Valdes, P. 28 Mar 2020, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Drying in the Middle East during Northern Hemisphere cold events of the early glacial period, Carolin, S., Ersek, V., Roberts, W., Walker, R., Henderson, G. 16 Dec 2019, In: Geophysical Research Letters
  • Increasing mitigation ambition to meet the Paris Agreement’s temperature goal avoids substantial heat-related mortality in U.S. cities, Lo, Y., Mitchell, D., Gasparrini, A., Vicedo-Cabrera, A., Ebi, K., Frumhoff, P., Millar, R., Roberts, W., Sear, F., Sparrow, S., Uhe, P., Williams, G. 5 Jun 2019, In: Science advances
  • Past East Asian monsoon evolution controlled by paleogeography, not CO2, Farnsworth, A., Lunt, D., Robinson, S., Valdes, P., Roberts, W., Clift, P., Markwick, P., Su, T., Wrobel, N., Bragg, F., Kelland, S., Pancost, R. 30 Oct 2019, In: Science advances
  • The mechanisms that determine the response of the Northern Hemisphere's stationary waves to North American ice sheets, Roberts, W., Li, C., Valdes, P. 1 Jul 2019, In: Journal of Climate

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