School of Earth and Environment

Amanda Maycock Dr Amanda Maycock

NERC Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor in Climate Dynamics.

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 39793
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Room: 9.113

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


NEW: Fully funded PhD opportunity with Met Office. Application deadline 8 January 2018. See here.


I am a NERC Independent Research Fellow and Associate Professor in the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science (ICAS) at the University of Leeds. Prior to this I was an AXA Postdoctoral Fellow and Junior Research Fellow in the Centre for Atmospheric Science at the University of Cambridge.

My research employs state-of-the-art numerical models to study processes that affect climate variability and change on timescales of months to centuries. I am particularly interested in the role of stratospheric processes in surface weather and climate. My research encompasses atmospheric chemistry, radiation, and climate dynamics, and the interactions between them.

I co-chair the WCRP/SPARC Activity on Atmospheric Temperature Changes and their Drivers. I am also part of the AerChemMIP steering group as part of CMIP6, the WCRP/SPARC SOLARIS-HEPPA activity on solar influences on climate, and the US CLIVAR Working Group on the Changing Width of the Tropical Belt.


  • PhD, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate, 'The impact of changes in stratospheric water vapour on climate', 2012, University of Reading.
  • MSc, Atmosphere, Oceans and Climate (Distinction), 2008, University of Reading.
  • MPhys, Physics with Astrophysics (Class I), 2006, University of Manchester.


Independent Research Fellowships

  • CIRES Visiting Fellowship, 2016, NOAA, Boulder.
  • NERC Independent Research Fellow, 2015-20, University of Leeds.
  • University Academic Fellow, 2015-17, University of Leeds.
  • Junior Research Fellow, 2013-15, St Catharine's College, Cambridge.
  • AXA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2013-15, University of Cambridge.

Research groups


Professional bodies

  • Associate Fellow of Royal Meteorological Society
  • Member of European Geophysical Union

Research Interests

  • Composition-climate coupling
  • Stratosphere-troposphere interactions
  • Radiative transfer
  • Climate dynamics

Current projects

  • Understanding Composition-Climate Feedbacks in the Earth System (PI, 2015-20, NERC)
  • SMURPHS (Co-I, 2016-2021, NERC)
  • Joint iCASP and UKCP18 demonstrator project (Co-I, 2017, NERC)

Current Research Group

PhD students

  • Scott Yiu, Teleconnections between the tropical Pacific and the Amundsen sea low, Cambridge, (2014-)
  • Michelle McCrystall, Teleconnections between the tropics and Arctic, Cambridge, submitted
  • Jake Smith, Processes determining stratospheric water vapour in climate models, Cambridge, (2015-)
  • Andreas Chrysanthou, How will climate change affect the stratospheric circulation?, Leeds, (2016-)
  • Tom Wood, Novel climate feedbacks in the Earth System, Leeds, (2017-)
  • James Norman (joint with WEMC), Developing actionable seasonal climate information for the wind and solar industry, Leeds, (2017-)

Masters students

  • Paloma Castro, European climate response to the El Nino Southern Oscillation, Leeds, (2017-)

Undergraduate students

  • Rohan Patel, Changes in weather extremes between 1.5 and 2C global temperature change, Leeds, (2017-)

Past group members

Undergraduate students

  • Tom Claxton (co-supervised with John Pyle and Paul Griffiths), The temperature dependence of stratospheric ozone, Cambridge, 2014
  • Grainne McGread, Broadband radiation code biases and their impacts on the stratosphere, Cambridge, 2013

Masters students

  • Tom Bartle, Investigating the relationship between Eurasian winter cooling and global near-surface temperature during the hiatus in DePreSys3, Leeds, (2016-17)
  • Gibbon Masukwedza, Dynamics of North Atlantic jet regimes following sudden stratospheric warmings, Leeds, (2015-16)

Summer students

  • Owain Rutherford, What determines the sensitivity of Earth's climate to different greenhouse gases?, Leeds, (2017)
  • Alice Drinkwater, Anthropogenic effects on intense melt episodes over Greenland, Leeds, 2016
  • Digory Smith, The impact of split and displacement sudden stratospheric warmings on surface climate, Cambridge, 2014

Teaching Interests

I currently teach on the following modules:

  • SOEE1433 Water in the Environment (module leader)
  • SOEE1280 The Atmosphere of Planet Earth
  • SOEE2700 Environmental Research and Career Skills
  • SOEE5961 MRes Research Project

Project details

Project title

NEW: Fully funded PhD opportunity with Met Office "Atmospheric forcing of decadal climate variability".

Application deadline 8 January 2018. See here.


In review

  • Butler, A., A. Charlton-Perez, D. I. V. Domeisen, C. Garfinkel, P. Hitchcock, A. Karpechko, A. C. Maycock, M. Sigmond, I. Simpson, S.-W. Son. "Sub-seasonal predictability and the Stratosphere" chapter in S2S: Sub-seasonal to seasonal prediction, submitted 04/17.
  • Gregoire, L. J., Ivanovic, R., Maycock, A. C., Valdes, P. J., Holocene lowering of the Laurentide ice sheet affects North Atlantic gyre circulation and climate, Climate Dynamics, revised 07/17.
  • Banerjee, A. A. C. Maycock, J. A. Pyle, Chemical and climatic drivers of radiative forcing due to changes in stratospheric and tropospheric ozone over the 21st century, Atmos. Chem. Phys., in review,
  • Maycock, A. C., A. Drinkwater, L. J. Gregoire, A. Lacour, Anthropogenic contribution to the intense warming over Greenland in July 2012, in revision.
  • Maycock, A. C., K. Matthes, S. Tegtmeier, R. Thieblemont, L. Hood, The representation of solar cycle signals in stratospheric ozone. Part II: A comparison of global models, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Diss., doi:10.5194/acp-2017-477, in revision, 2017.

In preparation

  • Maycock, A. C., P. Hitchcock, On the radiative heating response to climate change J. Atmos. Sci, in prep.
  • Hitchcock, P., A. C. Maycock., The influence of climate change on radiative damping rates in the stratosphere, J. Atmos. Sci., in prep.

Book chapters

  • Maycock, A. C. and S. Misios, "Top-down vs bottom-up pathways for solar-climate coupling" in Earth's climate response to a changing Sun, Eds: Lilensten, Dudok de Wit and Matthes, Pub: EDP Sciences, 2015.