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Department of Computer Science and Technology

  • Director, Cambridge Zero
  • Professor of Environmental Data Science

Biography

Prof Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative. She is also Professor of Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology

She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.

At the University of Cambridge she is Director of the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER), Academic Director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science, and co-Director of the Centre for Landscape Regeneration. She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where her work included leading a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT.  She has also acted as an advisor on climate to the UK Government in various capacities, including as a Friend of COP26.

In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HM King Charles III and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.

She is Honorary President of the Aldersgate Group.

Timeline

1994 BA Mathematics, Magdalen College, Oxford University
1995 Part III Mathematics Tripos, Trinity College, Cambridge University
1999 PhD, Atmospheric Dynamics, Department of Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, Cambridge University
1999 Senior Rouse Ball Scholar, Trinity College, Cambridge
2000-03 Research Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge
2000 Post-doctoral Research Associate, European Ozone Co-ordinating Unit, University of Cambridge
2001-03 EC Marie Curie Research Fellow, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris
2003- Fellow, Darwin College, Cambridge
2003-06 Director, Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Summer School, Dept Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
2005 Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2006-09 NERC Research Fellow, British Antarctic Survey and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2009-15 Head, Open Oceans, British Antarctic Survey
2010-13 Scientific Advisor to Dept of Energy and Climate Change
2015-19 Deputy-Head, Polar Oceans, British Antarctic Survey
2019- Director, Cambridge Zero, University of Cambridge
2019- Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Cambridge

Other Activities

2001-09 Director, Weather Informatics Ltd
1999 British Association Media Fellow at BBC Tomorrow’s World

Research

  • Member of the Energy and Environment Group which applies computer science to address renewable energy integration, energy demand reduction, and the assessment and management of environmental impact (e.g. climate change, biodiversity loss, deforestation) from anthropogenic activities.
  • Academic director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science which supports the work of climate scientists through computer science, software engineering, and data science research
  • Co-Director of the Centre for Landscape Regeneration which is identifying cost-effective nature-based solutions that harness the power of ecosystems to provide broad societal benefits including biodiversity recovery and climate mitigation and adaptation.

Personal research interests include use of machine learning in climate science and theoretical aspects of atmosphere, ocean and climate dynamics.

Professional Activities

Honorary President, Aldersgate Group

Fellow, Royal Meteorological Society [Member, Science Engagement Committee]

Advisory Board, Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit

Fellow, Royal Society for the Arts

Publications

Journal articles

  • Simpson, C., Hosking, J., Mitchell, D., Betts, R. and Shuckburgh, E., 2022. Regional disparities and seasonal differences in climate risk to rice labour
    Doi: 10.31223/x5sw3n
  • Ben, H., Mackie, E., Parry, I., Shuckburgh, E., Hawker, G. and Jenkins, MG., 2021. Targeting building energy efficiency using thermal infrared earth observation telescopes Journal of Physics: Conference Series, v. 2042
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/2042/1/012001
  • Andersson, TR., Hosking, JS., Pérez-Ortiz, M., Paige, B., Elliott, A., Russell, C., Law, S., Jones, DC., Wilkinson, J., Phillips, T., Byrne, J., Tietsche, S., Sarojini, BB., Blanchard-Wrigglesworth, E., Aksenov, Y., Downie, R. and Shuckburgh, E., 2021. Seasonal Arctic sea ice forecasting with probabilistic deep learning. Nat Commun, v. 12
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25257-4
  • Summers, T., Mackie, E., Ueno, R., Simpson, C., Hosking, S., Suciu, T., Coburn, A. and Shuckburgh, E., 2021. Localised economic impacts from high temperature disruption days under climate change
    Doi: 10.31223/x5502q
  • Simpson, C., Hosking, JS., Mitchell, D., Betts, RA. and Shuckburgh, E., 2021. Regional disparities and seasonal differences in climate risk to rice labour. Environ Res Lett, v. 16
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac3288
  • Mackie, E., Shuckburgh, E., Jones, D. and Vaughan, D., 2020. How climate change is affecting sea levels Weather, v. 75
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/wea.3716
  • Jones, DC., Boland, E., Meijers, AJS., Forget, G., Josey, SA., Sallee, JB. and Shuckburgh, E., 2019. Heat Distribution in the Southeast Pacific Is Only Weakly Sensitive to High-Latitude Heat Flux and Wind Stress Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 124
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1029/2019JC015460
  • Jones, D., Shuckburgh, E. and Hawkins, E., 2019. How is sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic changing? Weather, v. 74
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/wea.3381
  • Jones, DC., Forget, G., Sinha, B., Josey, SA., Boland, EJD., Meijers, AJS. and Shuckburgh, E., 2018. Local and Remote Influences on the Heat Content of the Labrador Sea: An Adjoint Sensitivity Study Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 123
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/2018JC013774
  • Hosking, JS., Macleod, D., Phillips, T., Holmes, CR., Watson, P., Shuckburgh, EF. and Mitchell, D., 2018. Changes in European wind energy generation potential within a 1.5 °c warmer world Environmental Research Letters, v. 13
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/aabf78
  • Shuckburgh, E., Mitchell, D. and Stott, P., 2017. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria: how natural were these ‘natural disasters’? Weather, v. 72
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/wea.3190
  • Boland, EJD., Bracegirdle, TJ. and Shuckburgh, EF., 2017. Assessment of sea ice-atmosphere links in CMIP5 models Climate Dynamics, v. 49
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1007/s00382-016-3367-1
  • Mitchell, D., AchutaRao, K., Allen, M., Bethke, I., Beyerle, U., Ciavarella, A., Forster, PM., Fuglestvedt, J., Gillett, N., Haustein, K., Ingram, W., Iversen, T., Kharin, V., Klingaman, N., Massey, N., Fischer, E., Schleussner, CF., Scinocca, J., Seland, Ø., Shiogama, H., Shuckburgh, E., Sparrow, S., Stone, D., Uhe, P., Wallom, D., Wehner, M. and Zaaboul, R., 2017. Half a degree additional warming, prognosis and projected impacts (HAPPI): Background and experimental design Geoscientific Model Development, v. 10
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-10-571-2017
  • Jones, DC., Meijers, AJS., Shuckburgh, E., Sallï e, JB., Haynes, P., McAufield, EK. and Mazloff, MR., 2016. How does Subantarctic Mode Water ventilate the Southern Hemisphere subtropics? Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 121
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/2016JC011680
  • Abalos, M., Legras, B. and Shuckburgh, E., 2016. Interannual variability in effective diffusivity in the upper troposphere/lower stratosphere from reanalysis data Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, v. 142
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/qj.2779
  • Boland, EJD., Shuckburgh, E., Haynes, PH., Ledwell, JR., Messias, MJ. and Watson, AJ., 2015. Estimating a submesoscale diffusivity using a roughness measure applied to a tracer release experiment in the Southern Ocean Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 45
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-14-0047.1
  • Anderies, JM., Kaper, HG., Shuckburgh, EF. and Zagaris, A., 2015. Introduction to focus issue: Nonlinear dynamics for planet Earth. Chaos, v. 25
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4915260
  • Wolff, EW., Shepherd, JG., Shuckburgh, E. and Watson, AJ., 2015. Feedbacks on climate in the Earth system: introduction. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci, v. 373
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2014.0428
  • Grant, TJ., Laws, RM. and Shuckburgh, EF., 2014. Estimating ocean currents from the shapes of laterally steered streamer arrays First Break, v. 32
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.3997/1365-2397.2014018
  • Zika, JD., Le Sommer, J., Dufour, CO., Molines, JM., Barnier, B., Brasseur, P., Dussin, R., Penduff, T., Iudicone, D., Lenton, A., Madec, G., Mathiot, P., Orr, J., Shuckburgh, E. and Vivier, F., 2013. Vertical eddy fluxes in the Southern Ocean Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 43
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-12-0178.1
  • Robison, R. and Shuckburgh, E., 2013. Communicating Climate Science WEATHER, v. 68
    Doi: 10.1002/wea.2088
  • Sallée, JB., Shuckburgh, E., Bruneau, N., Meijers, AJS., Bracegirdle, TJ., Wang, Z. and Roy, T., 2013. Assessment of Southern Ocean water mass circulation and characteristics in CMIP5 models: Historical bias and forcing response Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 118
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/jgrc.20135
  • Sallée, JB., Shuckburgh, E., Bruneau, N., Meijers, AJS., Bracegirdle, TJ. and Wang, Z., 2013. Assessment of Southern Ocean mixed-layer depths in CMIP5 models: Historical bias and forcing response Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 118
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/jgrc.20157
  • Bracegirdle, TJ., Shuckburgh, E., Sallee, JB., Wang, Z., Meijers, AJS., Bruneau, N., Phillips, T. and Wilcox, LJ., 2013. Assessment of surface winds over the atlantic, indian, and pacific ocean sectors of the southern ocean in cmip5 models: Historical bias, forcing response, and state dependence Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, v. 118
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/jgrd.50153
  • Meijers, AJS., Shuckburgh, E., Bruneau, N., Sallee, JB., Bracegirdle, TJ. and Wang, Z., 2012. Representation of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in the CMIP5 climate models and future changes under warming scenarios Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 117
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1029/2012JC008412
  • Boland, EJD., Thompson, AF., Shuckburgh, E. and Haynes, PH., 2012. The formation of nonzonal jets over sloped topography Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 42
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/JPO-D-11-0152.1
  • Roscoe, HK., Feng, W., Chipperfield, MP., Trainic, M. and Shuckburgh, EF., 2012. The existence of the edge region of the Antarctic stratospheric vortex Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, v. 117
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1029/2011JD015940
  • Shuckburgh, E., Maze, G., Ferreira, D., Marshall, J., Jones, H. and Hill, C., 2011. Mixed layer lateral eddy fluxes mediated by air-sea interaction Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 41
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2010JPO4429.1
  • Abernathey, R., Marshall, J., Mazloff, M. and Shuckburgh, E., 2010. Enhancement of mesoscale eddy stirring at steering levels in the Southern Ocean Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 40
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2009JPO4201.1
  • Shuckburgh, E., D'ovidio, F. and Legras, B., 2009. Local mixing events in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Part II: Seasonal and interannual variability Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, v. 66
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2009JAS2983.1
  • D'Ovidio, F., Shuckburgh, E. and Legras, B., 2009. Local mixing events in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. Part I: Detection with the lyapunov diffusivity Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, v. 66
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2009JAS2982.1
  • Shuckburgh, E., Jones, H., Marshall, J. and Hill, C., 2009. Understanding the regional variability of eddy diffusivity in the Pacific sector of the Southern Ocean Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 39
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2009JPO4115.1
  • Shuckburgh, E., Jones, H., Marshall, J. and Hill, C., 2009. Robustness of an effective diffusivity diagnostic in oceanic flows Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 39
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/2009JPO4122.1
  • Nisbet, RER., Fisher, R., Nimmo, RH., Bendall, DS., Crill, PM., Gallego-Sala, AV., Hornibrook, ERC., López-Juez, E., Lowry, D., Nisbet, PBR., Shuckburgh, EF., Sriskantharajah, S., Howe, CJ. and Nisbet, EG., 2009. Emission of methane from plants. Proc Biol Sci, v. 276
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2008.1731
  • Nisbet, RE., Fisher, R., Nimmo, RH., Bendall, DS., Crill, PM., Gallego-Sala, AV., Hornibrook, ER., López-Juez, E., Lowry, D., Nisbet, PB., Shuckburgh, EF., Sriskantharajah, S., Howe, CJ. and Nisbet, EG., 2009. Emission of methane from plants. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society, v. 276
  • Haynes, PH., Poet, DA. and Shuckburgh, EF., 2007. Transport and mixing in kinematic and dynamically consistent flows J ATMOS SCI, v. 64
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/JAS4030.1
  • Marshall, J., Shuckburgh, E., Jones, H. and Hill, C., 2006. Estimates and implications of surface eddy diffusivity in the Southern Ocean derived from tracer transport Journal of Physical Oceanography, v. 36
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/JPO2949.1
  • Shuckburgh, E. and Haynes, P., 2003. Diagnosing transport and mixing using a tracer-based coordinate system PHYS FLUIDS, v. 15
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.1610471
  • Scott, RK., Shuckburgh, EF., Cammas, JP. and Legras, B., 2003. Stretching rates and equivalent length near the tropopause JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-ATMOSPHERES, v. 108
    Doi: 10.1029/2002JD002988
  • Baldwin, MP., Thompson, DWJ., Shuckburgh, EF., Norton, WA. and Gillett, NP., 2003. Atmospheric science. Weather from the stratosphere? Science, v. 301
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1085688
  • Scott, RK., Shuckburgh, EF., Cammas, JP. and Legras, B., 2003. Stretching rates and equivalent length near the tropopause Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, v. 108
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1029/2002jd002988
  • Shuckburgh, E., Norton, W., Iwi, A. and Haynes, P., 2001. Influence of the quasi-biennial oscillation on isentropic transport and mixing in the tropics and subtropics J GEOPHYS RES-ATMOS, v. 106
  • Lee, AM., Roscoe, HK., Jones, AE., Haynes, PH., Shuckburgh, EF., Morrey, MW. and Pumphrey, HC., 2001. The impact of the mixing properties within the Antarctic stratospheric vortex on ozone loss in spring J GEOPHYS RES-ATMOS, v. 106
  • Haynes, P. and Shuckburgh, E., 2000. Effective diffusivity as a diagnostic of atmospheric transport 2. Troposphere and lower stratosphere J GEOPHYS RES-ATMOS, v. 105
  • Haynes, P. and Shuckburgh, E., 2000. Effective diffusivity as a diagnostic of atmospheric transport 1. Stratosphere J GEOPHYS RES-ATMOS, v. 105
  • Haynes, P. and Shuckburgh, E., 2000. Effective diffusivity as a diagnostic of atmospheric transport 2. Troposphere and lower stratosphere Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres, v. 105
  • McKenna, C., Bracegirdle, T., Shuckburgh, E., Haynes, P. and Joshi, M., Arctic sea-ice loss in different regions leads to contrasting Northern Hemisphere impacts Geophysical Research Letters, v. 44
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/2017GL076433
  • Summers, T., Mackie, E., Ueno, R., Simpson, C., Hosking, JS., Suciu, T., Coburn, A. and Shuckburgh, E., Localised impacts and economic implications from high temperature disruption days under climate change Climate Resilience and Sustainability,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1002/cli2.35
  • Illingworth, S., Bell, A., Capstick, S., Corner, A., Forster, P., Leigh, R., Loroño Leturiondo, M., Muller, C., Richardson, H. and Shuckburgh, E., Representing the majority and not the minority: the importance of the individual in communicating climate change Geoscience Communication, v. 1
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.5194/gc-1-9-2018
  • Jones, DC., Boland, E., Meijers, AJS., Forget, G., Josey, S., Sallee, J-B. and Shuckburgh, E., The sensitivity of Southeast Pacific heat distribution to local and remote changes in ocean properties Journal of Physical Oceanography,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1175/jpo-d-19-0155.1
  • Jones, DC., Holt, HJ., Meijers, AJS. and Shuckburgh, E., Unsupervised Clustering of Southern Ocean Argo Float Temperature Profiles Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, v. 124
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1029/2018JC014629
  • Reports

  • Shuckburgh, E., Zenghelis, D., Agarwala, M., Diaz Anadon, L., Howard-Grenville, J., Penasco, C., Seega, N., Whittington, E., Barford, A., Brayne, C., Sirringhaus, H., Friend, R., Fitzgerald, S., Cebon, D., Ainalis, D., Barlow, C., Mackie, E., Schooling, J., Guthrie, P., Ramage, M., Plummer Braeckman, J., Reiner, D., Epple, C., Reynolds, F., Coomes, D., Griffiths, H., Cordonier Segger, M., Phillips, F., Rands, M., Neilsen, A. and Hayes, J., 2020. A Blueprint for a Green Future - Multidisciplinary report on a green recovery from COVID-19 by the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum
  • Book chapters

  • Shuckburgh, E., 2019. ‘Multicultural’ policy: Integrating expertise from a span of disciplines to inform policy
  • Conference proceedings

  • Grant, TJ., Laws, RM. and Shuckburgh, EF., 2013. Inferring ocean currents from the shapes of towed seismic Streamers 75th European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers Conference and Exhibition 2013 Incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013: Changing Frontiers,
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.3997/2214-4609.20130211
  • Shuckburgh, EF., 2012. Oceanographers' contribution to climate modelling and prediction: progress to date and a future perspective. Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci, v. 370
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2012.0402
  • Shuckburgh, EF., 2012. Mapping unstable manifolds using drifters/floats in a Southern Ocean field campaign AIP Conference Proceedings, v. 1479
    Doi: http://doi.org/10.1063/1.4756218
  • Theses / dissertations

  • McKenna, C., The influence of Arctic sea-ice loss on mid-latitude weather and climate: exploring sensitivities and mechanisms
  • Contact Details

    Room: 
    SN25
    Email: 

    Cambridge Zero
    director@zero.cam.ac.uk

    Departmental
    emily.shuckburgh@cst.cam.ac.uk

    Executive Assistant
    lucia.hutton@admin.cam.ac.uk