School of Earth and Environment

Steven Dobbie Dr Steven Dobbie

Associate Professor: Atmospheric Physics

Telephone number: +44(0) 113 34 36725
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Room: 11.106

Affiliation: Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science


Research Interests

I am interested in understanding processes in the atmosphere involving aerosols, clouds, dynamics, and radiation. Much of the uncertainties in climate predictions are a result of how these factors are represented in climate models. I focus on improving our understanding of the atmosphere and evaluating how these factors may affect the human population and evaluating ways which humans can alter the climate through geoengineering.

Current research projects:

  • The effects of atmospheric desert dust on the stability of the marine atmospheric layer
  • Evaluating the thermodynamic impact of climate change on convection and radiative properties
  • Understanding and modelling cirrus clouds
  • Understanding the mechanisms controlling arctic clouds
  • Climate engineering and the implications for crop production in India

Current research group:

  • Dr Huiyi Yang (PDRA)
  • Mohammed Abed (PhD student)
  • Mae Leong (PhD student)
  • Becky Jansen (PhD student)

Past PhD students include: Adrian Hill (UK Met Office, UK), Gourihar Kulkarni (GK, PNNL, USA), Clare Allen, Daniel Tang (Oxford, UK), Ross Herbert (Reading, UK), Innocent Kudzotsa (FMI, Finland), and Huiyi Yang (Leeds, UK).

University Roles

  • Director of ICAS 2009-2012
  • Deputy Head of School 2012-2017
  • SWPU Link tutor 2017-present click here for details

Teaching interests

I enjoy teaching mathematics to undergraduate students in a broad range of programmes including meteorology, environmental science, geophysics, geology, etc. In past years, I have taught subjects such as climate change, atmospheric physics, and related topics.


B.Sc. Physics, University of Toronto;

M.Sc. and Ph.D Physics, Dalhousie University.



Research Interests

Modelling of atmospheric radiation, clouds, and aerosols.