Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society

Prof. David Stevenson

Department / group: School of Geosciences, Global Change / Atmospheric Chemistry and Climate of the Anthropocene

Research interests:

I am Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling, with particular research interests in modelling global scale tropospheric ozone and its interactions with climate change.

I am an Associate member of ACCENT+ (Atmospheric Composition Change – The European Network of Excellence), a member of the Royal Society Working Group on ‘Ground-level ozone in the 21st century’, a lead author on the 2007 HTAP (Hemispheric Transport of Air Pollution) interim report, and a lead author on the ATTICA assessment of the impacts of transport on climate and ozone depletion. I have been a contributing author to several IPCC assessment reports, including Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis.

Career history:

Present: Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry Modelling, University of Edinburgh

Active research projects:

Quantifying and Reducing Uncertainty in the Processes Controlling Tropospheric Ozone and OH

Stevenson, D.

1/01/16 – 31/12/18


Satellite Dervied Spatio-Temporal Trends of Air Quality over the Indo-Gangetic Plain

Stevenson, D.

1/01/16 – 31/03/17

UK central government bodies/local authorities, health and hospital authorities

Coupling Regional and Urban Processes: Effects on Air Quality

Doherty, R., Heal, M., Hegerl, G. & Stevenson, D.

1/10/14 – 30/09/17


Modelling the Global Nitrogen Cycle

Stevenson, D.

1/11/13 – 31/10/16



Stevenson, D.

1/03/13 – 31/08/15


Global-scale modelling of atmosphere-biosphere exchange and interactions between air quality and climate change

Stevenson, D.

12/09/11 – 31/08/15


Air pollution and weather related health impacts

Doherty, R., Pearce, J. & Stevenson, D.

1/06/11 – 30/04/16


Recent publications:

Silva, R., et al. (2016) The effect of future ambient air pollution on human premature mortality to 2100 using output from the ACCMIP model ensemble, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., doi:10.5194/acp-2015-1002,

Fowler, D., et al., Effects of global change during the 21st century on the nitrogen cycle, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 13849-13893, 2015.

Colette, A., et al. (2015) Is the ozone climate penalty robust in Europe? Environmental Research Letters, 10 084015.

Monks, P. S., Archibald, A. T., Colette, A., Cooper, O., Coyle, M., Derwent, R., Fowler, D., Granier, C., Law, K. S., Mills, G. E., Stevenson, D. S., Tarasova, O., Thouret, V., von Schneidemesser, E., Sommariva, R., Wild, O., and Williams, M. L.: Tropospheric ozone and its precursors from the urban to the global scale from air quality to short-lived climate forcer, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 8889-8973, doi:10.5194/acp-15-8889-2015, 2015.

Stevenson, D.S, Climate’s chemical sensitivity, Nature Climate Change 5, 21–22 (2015) doi:10.1038/nclimate2477

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