Imperial College London

Professor Joanna D. Haigh

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Distinguished Research Fellow



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Joanna was Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College from 2014 until her retirement in 2019. For the previous 5 years she was Head of the Department of Physics.  Jo's scientific interests include radiative transfer in the atmosphere, climate modelling, radiative forcing of climate change and the influence of solar irradiance variability on climate. She has published widely on these topics in the scientific literature and also contributed to numerous items to the written and broadcast popular media. She has been President of the Royal Meteorological Society, Editor of Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and of the Journal of Atmospheric Sciences, a Lead Author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and acted on many UK and international panels.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the City & Guilds and the Royal Meteorological Society and an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College Oxford.  She was awarded the Institute of Physics Charles Chree Medal and Prize 2004, the Royal Meteorological Society Adrian Gill Prize 2010 and appointed CBE in the 2013 New Years Honours.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Ball WT, Haigh JD, Rozanov EV, et al., 2016, High solar cycle spectral variations inconsistent with stratospheric ozone observations, Nature Geoscience, Vol:9, ISSN:1752-0894, Pages:206-209


Haigh JD, Cargill P, 2015, The Sun's Influence on Climate, ISBN:9780691153841


Haigh JD, 2016, Blue Sky; Mirages, haloes and sundogs; Rainbows; Space Weather; Sunshine; Sunspots and Climate, 30-Second Meteorology: The 50 Most Significant Events and Phenomena, Each Explained in Half a Minute, Editor(s): Scaife, ISBN:978-1-7824-0310-4

Haigh JD, Matthes K, Hanslmeier A, 2015, The Impact of Solar Variability on Climate., Earth’s climate response to a changing Sun, Editor(s): Lilensten, Dudok de Wit, Matthes, ISBN:978-2-7598-1733-7

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