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About Edward Hanna

Edward Hanna is a Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology in College of Science. Edward received a BSc in Planetary Science (First Class Honours) from University College London in 1995 and completed a PhD in Satellite Remote Sensing of Antarctic Sea Ice and Climatic Couplings at the University of Bristol in 1998. This was followed by a period of postdoctoral research in the Department of Meteorology, University of Reading between 1998 and 2000 before being appointed as Lecturer in Meteorology at the Institute of Marine Studies, University of Plymouth in 2000, and promotion to a senior lectureship in 2002. In 2003 Edward was appointed as Lecturer in Climate Change at the Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006, Reader in 2010 and was awarded a personal chair in 2013. From 2013 to 2016 he was Deputy Head of Department and for six years prior to that was Undergraduate Studies Tutor. Edward is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS) and holds memberships of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) and American Geophysical Union. He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a member of the International Glaciological Society. Edward is currently on the Joint Sea Level Initiative Rump Group Steering Committee and the US-CLIVAR Greenland Ice Sheet-Ocean Interactions (GRISO) Advisory Committee, is an invited member of the EU INTERACT Trans-national Access Evaluation Board, and has previously served on the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Peer Review College, and as a Council member of the British Astronomical Association. He is an Honorary lifetime Member of the Ewell Astronomical Society, and has served on the Editorial Boards of Weather (RMetS) and The Cryosphere (an EGU journal). He has been heavily involved with the Climate & Cryosphere (CliC) Project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), and represents WCRP CliC as a Steering Committee member of the international Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) Expert Group, and has acted as ISMASS co-Chair. Edward has published over 120 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, which have attracted over 5,900 citations (H index 40) according to Google Scholar (April 2018). He has led an international team to reconstruct Greenland Ice Sheet surface mass balance, the results of which have been used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Climate, on which he was a Contributing Author on their 2013 Fifth Assessment Report. He has contributed as a lead or co-author to several Arctic Report Cards of the US National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Another key research area is investigating possible links between Arctic Amplification of global warming and the occurrence of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere mid-latitudes. As part of his climatological research Edward has developed the concept of the Greenland Blocking Index related to North Atlantic polar jet stream changes, as a key driver of the recently increased Greenland icemelt. Active collaborations include with the Met Office, NASA and NOAA. Google Scholar profile: Edward is a member of the Climatological Observers Link and maintains an automatic weather station at Newark. See the following links for live Newark weather data:

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research BSc Geography Programme Leader

Subject Specialism

climate change; Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance; meteorology; solar eclipses; storminess


  • PhD — University of Bristol, 1999
  • BSc — University College London, 1995


  • International Journal of Climatology Editor's Award 2017 — Royal Meteorological Society,
  • Best Staff-Student Committee Coordinator Award (nominee) — University of Sheffield,
  • Exceptional Contribution Award — University of Sheffield,
  • College Sessional Prize — University College London,

Research in the Lincoln Repository

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