Biography

After getting a D. Phil. at AOPP (part of the department of Physics) 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 undergraduate background was in astrophysics, but I've gradually moved my focus to planetary science and then onto the theory and modelling of the Earth's atmosphere and climate.  I do still retain some interest in planetary science.

As well as the publications tab above, more details on my publication history 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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Nowack, P., Abraham, N. L., Maycock, A. C., Braesicke, P., Gregory, J. M., Joshi, M., Osprey, A., Pyle (Cambridge), J. A.

(2015)

A large ozone-circulation feedback and its implications for global warming assessments

in Nature Climate Change

5.

pp. 41-45

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


O'Callaghan, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D., Mitchell, D.

(2014)

The Effects of Different Sudden Stratospheric Warming Type on the Ocean : Ocean Impacts of SSWs

in Geophysical Research Letters

41.

pp. 7739–7745

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Frame, D.

(2014)

Wetter then drier in some tropical areas

in Nature Climate Change

4.

pp. 646-647

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hawkins, E., Anderson, B., Diffenbaugh, N., Mahlstein, I., Betts, R., Hegerl, G., Joshi, M., Knutti, R., McNeall, D., Solomon, S., Sutton, R., Syktus, J., Vecchi, G.

(2014)

Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates

in Nature

511.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

(2014)

The importance of planetary rotation period for ocean heat transport

in Astrobiology

14.

pp. 645-650

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Joshi, M. M., Lambert, F. H., Webb, M. J.

(2013)

An explanation for the difference between twentieth and twenty-first century land–sea warming ratio in climate models

in Climate Dynamics

41.

pp. 1853-1869

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Williams, P. D., Joshi, M.

(2013)

Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change

in Nature Climate Change

3.

pp. 644-648

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Joshi, M., Haberle, R.

(2012)

Suppression of the Water Ice and Snow Albedo Feedback on Planets Orbiting Red Dwarf Stars and the Subsequent Widening of the Habitable Zone

in Astrobiology

12.

pp. 3-8

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Hawkins, E., Sutton, R., Lowe, J., Frame, D.

(2011)

Projections of when temperature change will exceed 2 °C above pre-industrial levels

in Nature Climate Change

1.

pp. 407-412

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Gregory, J., Webb, M., Sexton, D., Johns, T.

(2008)

Mechanisms for the land/sea warming contrast exhibited by simulations of climate change

in Climate Dynamics

30.

pp. 455-465

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Shine, K., Ponater, M., Stuber, N., Sausen, R., Li, L.

(2003)

A comparison of climate response to different radiative forcings in three general circulation models : Towards an improved metric of climate change

in Climate Dynamics

20.

pp. 843-854

UEA Repository

(Article)


Joshi, M., Young, R.

(2002)

Is the mean Venusian tropospheric circulation unsteady?

in Geophysical Research Letters

29.

pp. 6.1-6.4

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(Article)


Keating, G., Bougher, S., Zurek, R., Tolson, R., Cancro, G., Noll, S., Parker, J., Schellenberg, T., Shane, R., Wilkerson, B., Murphy, J., Hollingsworth, J., Haberle, R., Joshi, M., Pearl, J., Conrath, B., Smith, M., Clancy, R., Blanchard, R., Wilmoth, R., Rault, D., Martin, T., Lyons, D., Esposito, P., Johnston, M., Whetzel, C., Justus, C., Babicke, J.

(1998)

The structure of the upper atmosphere of Mars : In situ accelerometer measurements from Mars Global Surveyor

in Science

279.

pp. 1672-1676

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Haberle, R., Reynolds, R.

(1997)

Simulations of the Atmospheres of Synchronously Rotating Terrestrial Planets Orbiting M Dwarfs: Conditions for Atmospheric Collapse and the Implications for Habitability

in Icarus

129.

pp. 450-465

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Lewis, S., Read, P., Catling, D.

(1994)

Western boundary currents in the atmosphere of Mars

in Nature

367.

pp. 548-552

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Nowack, P., Abraham, N. L., Maycock, A. C., Braesicke, P., Gregory, J. M., Joshi, M., Osprey, A., Pyle (Cambridge), J. A.

(2015)

A large ozone-circulation feedback and its implications for global warming assessments

in Nature Climate Change

5.

pp. 41-45

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


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

(2015)

A dynamical framework for the origin of the diagonal South Pacific and South Atlantic convergence zones

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Stringer, M., Van Der Wiel, K., O'Callaghan, A., Fueglistaler, S.

(2015)

IGCM4: a fast, parallel and flexible intermediate climate model

in Geoscientific Model Development

8.

pp. 1157-1167

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Shields, A. L., Bitz, C. M., Meadows, V. S., Joshi, M. M., Robinson, T. D.

(2014)

Spectrum-driven planetary deglaciation due to increases in stellar luminosity

in The Astrophysical Journal

785.

Full Text UEA Repository

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

(2014)

The importance of planetary rotation period for ocean heat transport

in Astrobiology

14.

pp. 645-650

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hawkins, E., Anderson, B., Diffenbaugh, N., Mahlstein, I., Betts, R., Hegerl, G., Joshi, M., Knutti, R., McNeall, D., Solomon, S., Sutton, R., Syktus, J., Vecchi, G.

(2014)

Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates

in Nature

511.

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Hawkins, E., Joshi, M., Frame, D.

(2014)

Wetter then drier in some tropical areas

in Nature Climate Change

4.

pp. 646-647

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Maycock, A. C., Joshi, M., Shine, K. P., Davis, S., Rosenlof, K.

(2014)

The potential impact of changes in lower stratospheric water vapour on stratospheric temperatures over the past 30 years

in Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

140.

pp. 2176–2185

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(Article)


O'Callaghan, A., Joshi, M., Stevens, D., Mitchell, D.

(2014)

The Effects of Different Sudden Stratospheric Warming Type on the Ocean : Ocean Impacts of SSWs

in Geophysical Research Letters

41.

pp. 7739–7745

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Morgenstern, O., Zeng, G., Dean, S. M., Joshi, M., Abraham, N. L., Osprey, A.

(2014)

Direct and ozone-mediated forcing of the Southern Annular Mode by greenhouse gases

in Geophysical Research Letters

41.

pp. 9050–9057

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(Article)


Joshi, M., Turner, A., Hope, C.

(2013)

The use of land/sea warming contrast under climate change to improve impact metrics

in Climatic Change Letters

117.

pp. 951-960

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Williams, P. D., Joshi, M.

(2013)

Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change

in Nature Climate Change

3.

pp. 644-648

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Joshi, M., Brierley, C.

(2013)

Stratospheric modulation of the Boreal response to Pliocene tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures

in Earth and Planetary Science Letters

365.

pp. 1-6

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Maycock, A. C., Joshi, M. M., Shine, K. P., Scaife, A. A.

(2013)

The Circulation Response to Idealized Changes in Stratospheric Water Vapor

in Journal of Climate

26.

pp. 545-561

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Jordan, A., Rayner, T., Schroeder, H., Adger, N., Anderson, K., Bows, A., Le Quéré, C., Joshi, M., Mander, S., Vaughan, N., Whitmarsh, L.

(2013)

Going beyond two degrees? The risks and opportunities of alternative options

in Climate Policy

13.

pp. 751-769

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Joshi, M. M., Lambert, F. H., Webb, M. J.

(2013)

An explanation for the difference between twentieth and twenty-first century land–sea warming ratio in climate models

in Climate Dynamics

41.

pp. 1853-1869

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Shields, A. L., Meadows, V. S., Bitz, C. M., Pierrehumbert, R. T., Joshi, M. M., Robinson, T. D.

(2013)

The Effect of Host Star Spectral Energy Distribution and Ice-Albedo Feedback on the Climate of Extrasolar Planets

in Astrobiology

13.

pp. 715-739

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Joshi, M., Haberle, R.

(2012)

Suppression of the Water Ice and Snow Albedo Feedback on Planets Orbiting Red Dwarf Stars and the Subsequent Widening of the Habitable Zone

in Astrobiology

12.

pp. 3-8

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)


Ackerley, D., Joshi, M., Highwood, E., Ryder, C., Harrison, M., Walters, D., Milton, S., Strachan, J.

(2012)

A Comparison of Two Dust Uplift Schemes wiihin the Same General Circulation Model

in Advances in Meteorology

2012.

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Turner, A., Joshi, M., Robertson, E., Woolnough, S.

(2012)

The effect of Arabian Sea optical properties on SST biases and the South Asian summer monsoon in a coupled GCM

in Climate Dynamics

39.

pp. 811-826

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Key Research Interests

My research is about using numerical (computer) modelling and simpler theories to understand the Earth's climate, as well as the dynamical and physical processes underpinning climate change, especially:

  • Radiative forcing and physical climate response

  • The land-sea warming contrast

  • Stratospheric processes and climate

  • Earth system/biogeochemical processes and the physical climate

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 new Centre for Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

I collaborate with many scientists across environmental sciences and mathematics: some of the people who I work with are- Dave Stevens (oceanography), Adrian Matthews (meteorology/oceanography), Naomi Vaughan (climate), Rob Hall (shelf seas oceanography), and Tim Osborn (climate)

PhD students that I co-supervise:

 

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on these modules:

  • Maths For Scientists A ENV-4002Y (module convenor)

  • Climate Change: Physical Science Basis ENV-MA51/3A51 (lecturer)

  • Global Environmental Challenges ENV-4001A (lecturer)

  • Earth And Life ENV-3A38 (lecturer)

  • Meteorology II and fieldcourse ENV-2A24-K (fieldcourse lecturer on alternate years)

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

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

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

  • Senior advisor