School of Earth and Environment

Ken Carslaw Prof Ken Carslaw

Professor of Atmospheric Science; Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award holder

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 31597
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Room: 10.114

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science



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Ken Carslaw did his PhD at the University of East Anglia with Peter Brimblecombe and Simon Clegg, using thermodynamic models to demonstrate the existence of liquid polar stratospheric cloud particles. In 1994 he joined the Aerosol Microphysics “Nachwuchsgruppe” of Thomas Peter at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz. There he published several influential papers on polar stratospheric clouds and heterogeneous chemistry, including the first models of denitrification by “NAT rocks”. In 1999 Ken came to Leeds and began to sediment into the lower troposphere, setting up a global aerosol modelling research group. His group developed the Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP) that is now implemented in the Met Office climate model. He has also published several papers on convective clouds and their response to aerosols.


  • BSc Physics, 1989, University of Birmingham
  • MSc Atmospheric Science, 1991, University of East Anglia
  • PhD Atmospheric Science, The Properties of Aqueous Stratospheric Aerosols and the Depletion of Ozone, 1994, University of East Anglia.


American Geophysical Union;

Executive editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Research Interests

  • Modelling of atmospheric aerosols and clouds and their effect on atmospheric composition.

Ken Carslaw's research involves modelling of the physical and chemical properties of atmospheric aerosols and the effect on clouds, atmospheric composition and climate. The Global Model of Aerosol Processes (GLOMAP) is a major advance on previous global models and has been used to study a wide range of aerosol processes in the atmosphere, including new particle formation, marine aerosol, dust emission and transport, and cloud condensation nuclei. GLOMAP is also being used in an Earth System model to study the interactions between aerosol, the oceans and the biosphere from seasonal to palaeo timescales. His research also examines the impact of aerosol on cloud processes and precipitation using advanced numerical models. See his Aerosol Modelling Research Group page. In 2001, Ken was a cofounding editor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and remains an Executive Editor.

Teaching Interests

Ken teaches Atmospheric Physics (2nd year), Climate Change (2nd year), The Atmosphere of Planet Earth (1st year), Frontiers in Environmental Science (3rd year), and Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Climate Processes (3rd year).

Project details

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