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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 International Glaciological Society, European Geosciences Union (EGU) and American Geophysical Union. He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Edward is currently on the Arctic Monitoring Assessment Programme (AMAP)/International Sea Level Institute Joint Sea Level Initiative Rump Group Steering Committee and the Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean Science Network (GRISO) Advisory Committee, is an invited member of the EU INTERACT Transnational Access Evaluation Board (evaluating Europe-wide research proposals for Arctic science funding), 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, Vice-chair of the Geographical Association's Lincoln Branch, and has served on the Editorial Boards of Weather (RMetS) and The Cryosphere (an European Geosciences Union journal). Hanna is the World Meteorological Organisation/World Climate Research Programme representative on the Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) expert group, and has served as ISMASS co-Chair. Edward has published over 120 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including 4 papers in Nature, 2 in Nature Climate Change and 1 in Science, which have attracted over 6800 citations (H index 44) according to Google Scholar. 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 (WG1, Chapter 13). He has also 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. Hanna is a founding member of an international working group on Arctic climate change-mid latitude extreme linkages, led by Prof. James E. Overland of NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and was an invited participant at the recent AMAP meetings in Helsinki, Finland, in March 2018. 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, NOAA and several other European meteorological institutes (Denmark, Finland, Iceland). In June 2018 Edward lead-organised an international research workshop on ice-sheet mass balance, held at Davos, Switzerland on 15 June 2018 as part of POLAR2018. Other recent international invites include as an invited NASA “Interdisciplinary Science for Eclipse 2017” panel member evaluating funding proposals in Washington D.C., as co-organiser (with Prof. Marco Tedesco on University of Columbia/NASA and others) of a workshop on Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, University of Columbia, New York, held in September 2016, and keynote lectures in Germany and Iceland. Edward is a recent member of the NASA/European Space Agency Interagency Gravity Science Working Group (IGSWG) that in 2016 produced an advisory report entitled “Towards a sustained observing system for mass transport to understand global change and to benefit society”. He is working with colleagues from several other universities on a £2.4 million NERC-funded Black & Bloom project to determine the causes of melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet under climate change. Edward gave public lectures on Arctic science and climate change at the Nansen Environmental Remote Sensing Center in Bergen, Norway, in August 2018. Edward is a member of the Climatological Observers Link and maintains an automatic weather station at Newark; data have been used for research purposes and published e.g. in the Royal Society's PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS. See link on left for live Newark weather data.

Department Responsibilities

Director of Research BSc Geography Programme Leader

Subject Specialism

climate change; Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance; meteorology; North Atlantic Oscillation; 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

Degree Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader - BSc Geography — 2017 to Present

Module Responsibilities

  • GEP1005M - The Earth System: Processes & Hazards — 2017 to Present

Professional Affiliations