Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesThe Grantham Institute for Climate Change

Imperial College Research Fellow



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Sherfield BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Paulo Ceppi is a Lecturer in Climate Science at the Grantham Institute. His main interest is in understanding future climate change at global scales. He has gained an Imperial College Research Fellowship, which gives him four years of independent research funding.

In his past research, Paulo has investigated the processes responsible for changes in the circulation of the atmosphere and in clouds as greenhouse gas concentrations rise and the planet warms. Paulo is the recipient of the University of Reading’s 2018 Best Research Output Prize, awarded yearly in recognition of an outstanding journal publication by an early-career researcher.

He is currently pursuing two main lines of research. One is on understanding how the position of the jet streams and weather systems changes as the planet warms. The second research focus addresses the processes that determine the climate sensitivity, i.e. the amount of global warming due to a doubling of carbon dioxide concentrations.

Full publication list on personal webpage


I am currently offering two PhD studentship opportunities, both with the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP. The application deadline is 6 January 2020.


  • Pietro Salvi (PhD student, SSCP DTP)
  • Philipp Breul (PhD student, MPE CDT)



Williams RG, Ceppi P, Katavouta A, 2020, Controls of the transient climate response to emissions by physical feedbacks, heat uptake and carbon cycling, Environmental Research Letters, ISSN:1748-9326

Curtis PE, Ceppi P, Zappa G, 2020, Role of the mean state for the Southern Hemispheric Jet Stream response to CO₂ forcing in CMIP6 models, Environmental Research Letters, Vol:15, ISSN:1748-9326, Pages:1-7

Zappa G, Ceppi P, Shepherd TG, 2020, Time-evolving sea-surface warming patterns modulate the climate change response of subtropical precipitation over land, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:117, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:4539-4545

Zelinka MD, Myers TA, McCoy DT, et al., 2020, Causes of Higher Climate Sensitivity in CMIP6 Models, Geophysical Research Letters, Vol:47, ISSN:0094-8276

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