Biography

After getting a doctorate at the University of Oxford I was a US National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Centre in California, studying the atmosphere and climate of Mars, and contributing to planning for space missions.  At that time I also worked on constructing theoretical and computer-based models to predict the properties of the climates of exoplanets- these are planets orbiting stars other than the Sun.  I also spent a year as a scientist at the SETI institute (doing more research on planetary climates - not hunting for aliens).  I then moved earthwards to the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading, where I worked on physical models of climate and climate change.  After some time as a research scientist at the Met Office, I returned to Reading as a senior scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, before coming to UEA.

Academic Background

My research focus started in planetary science but has slowly moved onto the theory and modelling of the Earth's atmosphere and climate.

As well as the publications tab above, more details on my research publications are available on my google scholar and researcherid webpages

The activities tab has more details on research-related outreach and publicity

PhD Positions

Click here for other current PhD opportunities in Environmental Sciences or feel free to email me to discuss projects outside these areas and alternative sources of funding.

Highlighted Publications

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Haqq-Misra, J., Wolf, E. T., Joshi, M., Zhang, X., Kumar Kopparapu, R.

(2018)

Demarcating circulation regimes of synchronously rotating terrestrial planets within the habitable zone,

in Astrophysical Journal

852.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Park, C., Jeong, S., Joshi, M., Osborn, T., Ho, C., Piao, S., Chen, D., Liu, J., Yang, H., Park, H., Kim, B., Feng, S.

(2018)

Keeping global warming within 1.5°C constrains emergence of aridification,

in Nature Climate Change

8.

pp. 70–74

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Storer, L., Williams, P., Joshi, M.

(2017)

Global Response of Clear-Air Turbulence to Climate Change,

in Geophysical Research Letters

44.

pp. 9976–9984

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hawkins, E., Ortega, P., Suckling, E., Schurer, A., Hegerl, G., Jones, P., Joshi, M., Osborn, T. J., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mignot, J., Thorne, P., van Oldenborgh, G. J.

(2017)

Estimating changes in global temperature since the pre-industrial period,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

98.

pp. 1841–1856

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Frame, D., Joshi, M., Hawkins, E., Harrington, L. J., de Roiste, M.

(2017)

Population-based emergence of unfamiliar climates,

in Nature Climate Change

7.

pp. 407–411

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(Article)

(Published)


Joshi, M., von Glasow, R., Smith, R. S., Paxton, C. G. M., Maycock, A. C., Lunt, D. J., Loptson, C., Markwick, P.

(2017)

Global warming and ocean stratification: a potential result of large extraterrestrial impacts,

in Geophysical Research Letters

44.

pp. 3841–3848

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Harrington, L., Frame, D., Fischer, E., Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Jones, C.

(2016)

Poorest countries experience earlier anthropogenic emergence of daily temperature extremes,

in Environmental Research Letters

11.

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(Article)

(Published)


Cullum, J., Stevens, D., Joshi, M.

(2016)

The importance of ocean salinity for climate and habitability,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

113.

pp. 4278-4283

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(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.

(2016)

Why the South Pacific Convergence Zone is diagonal,

in Climate Dynamics

46.

pp. 1683-1698

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Vinayachandran, P., Matthews, A. J., Vijay Kumar, K., Sanchez-Franks, A., Thushara, V., George, J., Vijith, V., Webber, B. G., Queste, B. Y., Roy, R., Sarkar, A., Baranowski, D. B., Bhat, G., Klingaman, N. P., Peatman, S. C., Parida, C., Heywood, K. J., Hall, R., King, B., Kent, E. C., Nayak, A. A., Neema, C., Amol, P., Lotliker, A., Kankonkar, A., Gracias, D., Vernekar, S., Souza, A., Valluvan, G., Pargaonkar, S. M., Dinesh, K., Giddings, J., Joshi, M.

(2018)

BoBBLE (Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment): Ocean-atmosphere interaction and its impact on the South Asian monsoon,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


McKenna, C. M., Bracegirdle, T. J., Shuckburgh, E. F., Haynes, P. H., Joshi, M. M.

(2018)

Arctic Sea Ice Loss in Different Regions Leads to Contrasting Northern Hemisphere Impacts,

in Geophysical Research Letters

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(E-pub ahead of print)


Haqq-Misra, J., Wolf, E. T., Joshi, M., Zhang, X., Kumar Kopparapu, R.

(2018)

Demarcating circulation regimes of synchronously rotating terrestrial planets within the habitable zone,

in Astrophysical Journal

852

(2)

article no. 67

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Park, C., Jeong, S., Joshi, M., Osborn, T., Ho, C., Piao, S., Chen, D., Liu, J., Yang, H., Park, H., Kim, B., Feng, S.

(2018)

Keeping global warming within 1.5°C constrains emergence of aridification,

in Nature Climate Change

8

pp. 70–74

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Harrington, L. J., Frame, D. J., Hawkins, E., Joshi, M.

(2017)

Seasonal cycles enhance disparities between low- and high-income countries in exposure to monthly temperature emergence with future warming,

in Environmental Research Letters

12

(11)

article no. 114039

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Osborn, T. J., Jones, P. D., Joshi, M.

(2017)

Recent United Kingdom and global temperature variations,

in Weather

72

(11)

pp. 323–329

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(Published)


Storer, L., Williams, P., Joshi, M.

(2017)

Global Response of Clear-Air Turbulence to Climate Change,

in Geophysical Research Letters

44

(19)

pp. 9976–9984

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hawkins, E., Ortega, P., Suckling, E., Schurer, A., Hegerl, G., Jones, P., Joshi, M., Osborn, T. J., Masson-Delmotte, V., Mignot, J., Thorne, P., van Oldenborgh, G. J.

(2017)

Estimating changes in global temperature since the pre-industrial period,

in Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

98

(9)

pp. 1841–1856

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Rai, P., Joshi, M., Dimri, A. P., Turner, A. G.

(2017)

The role of potential vorticity anomalies in the Somali Jet on Indian Summer Monsoon Intraseasonal Variability,

in Climate Dynamics

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Frame, D., Joshi, M., Hawkins, E., Harrington, L. J., de Roiste, M.

(2017)

Population-based emergence of unfamiliar climates,

in Nature Climate Change

7

pp. 407–411

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Joshi, M., von Glasow, R., Smith, R. S., Paxton, C. G. M., Maycock, A. C., Lunt, D. J., Loptson, C., Markwick, P.

(2017)

Global warming and ocean stratification: a potential result of large extraterrestrial impacts,

in Geophysical Research Letters

44

(8)

pp. 3841–3848

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Williams, P. D., Howe, N. J., Gregory, J. M., Smith, R. S., Joshi, M. M.

(2016)

Improved Climate Simulations through a Stochastic Parameterization of Ocean Eddies,

in Journal of Climate

29

pp. 8763-8781

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Xu, G., Osborn, T. J., Matthews, A. J., Joshi, M. M.

(2016)

Different atmospheric moisture divergence responses to extreme and moderate El Niños,

in Climate Dynamics

47

(1)

pp. 393-410

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Liddicoat, S., Booth, B., Joshi, M.

(2016)

An investigation into linearity with cumulative emissions of the climate and carbon cycle response in HadCM3LC,

in Environmental Research Letters

11

(6)

article no. 065003

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Behrens, E., Rickard, G., Morgenstern, O., Martin, T., Osprey, A., Joshi, M.

(2016)

Southern Ocean deep convection in global climate models: A driver for variability of subpolar gyres and Drake Passage transport on decadal time scales,

in Journal of Geophysical Research C: Oceans

121

(6)

pp. 3905-3925

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Harrington, L., Frame, D., Fischer, E., Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Jones, C.

(2016)

Poorest countries experience earlier anthropogenic emergence of daily temperature extremes,

in Environmental Research Letters

11

(5)

article no. 055007

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(Published)


Cullum, J., Stevens, D., Joshi, M.

(2016)

The importance of ocean salinity for climate and habitability,

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

113

(16)

pp. 4278-4283

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.

(2016)

Why the South Pacific Convergence Zone is diagonal,

in Climate Dynamics

46

(5-6)

pp. 1683-1698

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Van Der Wiel, K., Matthews, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D.

(2016)

The influence of diabatic heating in the South Pacific Convergence Zone on Rossby wave propagation and the mean flow,

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

142

(695)

pp. 901-910

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(Article)

(Published)


Williams, P., Joshi, M.

(2016)

Clear-Air Turbulence in a Changing Climate,

in Aviation Turbulence: Processes, Detection, Prediction.

Springer

ISBN 978-3-319-23629-2

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Key Research Interests

My research is about understanding the Earth's climate, as well as the dynamical and physical processes underpinning climate change, especially:

  • The response of climate to radiative drivers- processes that change the Earth's climatic energy balance

  • The warming contrast between land and ocean under climate change

  • Stratospheric processes and climate

  • Earth system/biogeochemical processes and the physical climate

I accomplish this using a combination of numerical (computer) models of varying complexity and simpler theories. More recently I've been working on the human impacts of climate change, and the study of palaeoclimates. A huge range of disciplines are studied at Environmental sciences at UEA, making for an extremely stimulating research environment.

My research also includes understanding the climates of extrasolar planets and the implications for habitability- this is part of a field known as astrobiology

Research Group Membership

I'm part of the Climatic Research Unit and the Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

PhD students that I co-supervise:

  • Jodie Cullum (extrasolar planetary oceans)
  • Andrea Williamson (tropical meteorology in warm past climates)
  • Maria Zamyatina (oxidising capacity of the atmosphere)
  • Stephanie Goodwin (solar variability and climate)
  • Jack Giddings (surface ocean processes in the Bay of Bengal)

 

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on these modules:

  • Climate Systems ENV-6025B (module convenor & lecturer)

  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis ENV-7014A (lecturer)

  • Global Environmental Challenges ENV-4001A (lecturer)

  • Meteorology II and fieldcourse ENVK5010B (fieldcourse lecturer)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

Sometimes the media has become interested in research that I've been involved in; here are examples:

  • Interview with the BBC (broadcast on radio 5 live and other stations) about the winter 2013-14 floods (starts about 4'25" in)

I've given public talks on climate change from time to time. I also contributed to the UEA 50th anniversary festival by leading a conversation cafe type event on the science of climate change.

Key Responsibilities

  • Course director, MSc Climate Change