Professor in Climate Science and Meteorology
Edward Hanna is Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology in the College of Science. He is PI of 2 active NERC grants, combined value £1.29 million, and current Co-Chair of the World Climate Research Programme Climate & Cryosphere project's Scientific Steering Group.
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 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. 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.
Edward is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society and is the World Meteorological Organization/World Climate Research Programme (WMO WCRP) representative on the Ice Sheet Mass Balance and Sea Level (ISMASS) expert group, and has served as ISMASS co-Chair.
Edward has published >140 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, including 5 papers in Nature, 2 in Nature Climate Change, 1 in Nature Communications and 1 in Science, which have attracted >13,000 citations (H index 54) according to Google Scholar. He was listed in the top 2% of most cited scientists in his research field in a 2020 Stanford University survey. 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 Change, on which he was a Contributing Author on their 2013 Fifth Assessment Report. He has also contributed as a lead or co-author to many Arctic Report Cards of the US National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Another key research interest 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. 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 ice melt. Active collaborations include with the Met Office, NOAA and several other European meteorological institutes (Denmark, Finland, Iceland).
Edward is a regular organiser of or invited participant in international workshops and conferences, and has given invited lectures in Germany, Iceland, Norway and the USA. He lead-organized an international research workshop on ice-sheet mass balance in Davos, Switzerland, in 2018 and co-led the ""Moana Water of Life: Navigating Climate Change for Planetary Health"" international conference in Lincoln in 2019.