Imperial College London

Professor SirBrianHoskins

Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Chair of the Grantham Institute



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Sir Brian Hoskins became the first Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London in January 2008, and now shares his time between Imperial and Reading University, where he is Professor of Meteorology.

His degrees are in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and he spent post-doc years in the USA before moving to Reading, where he became a Professor in his thirties and was a head of department for six years. For the 10 years up to September 2010 he held a Royal Society Research Professorship. His research is in weather and climate, in particular the understanding of atmospheric motion from frontal to planetary scales.

His international roles have included being vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and involvement in the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. He has also had numerous UK roles, including playing a major part in the 2000 Report by The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that first proposed a 60% target for UK carbon dioxide emission reduction by 2050, and is currently a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change. He is a member of the science academies of the UK, USA, China and Europe and has received a number of awards including the top prizes of the UK and US Meteorological Societies and honorary DScs from the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.



Thornton HE, Scaife AA, Hoskins BJ, et al., 2017, The relationship between wind power, electricity demand and winter weather patterns in Great Britain, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:12, ISSN:1748-9326

Yang G-Y, Hoskins BJ, 2017, The Equivalent Barotropic Structure of Waves in the Tropical Atmosphere in the Western Hemisphere, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Vol:74, ISSN:0022-4928, Pages:1689-1704

Yang G-Y, Hoskins BJ, 2016, ENSO-related variation of equatorial MRG and Rossby waves and forcing from higher latitudes, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol:142, ISSN:0035-9009, Pages:2488-2504

Hoskins BJ, Yang G-Y, 2016, The Longitudinal Variation of Equatorial Waves due to Propagation on a Varying Zonal Flow, Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, Vol:73, ISSN:0022-4928, Pages:605-620

Thornton HE, Hoskins BJ, Scaife AA, 2016, The role of temperature in the variability and extremes of electricity and gas demand in Great Britain, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:11, ISSN:1748-9326

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