Abigail Buchan (She/Her)

Biography

I am a PhD student at the University of Leeds working in the School of Earth and Environment. My research focuses on the climate of the Pliocene (~3 millions years ago).

In 2023 I graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MEarthPhys (integrated masters) in Geophysics and Meteorology.

Outside of my research I play clarinet in local community ensembles. I also enjoy baking and creating new recipes.

Qualifications

2017-2023 MEarthPhys in Geophysics and Meteorology from the University of Edinburgh

Research Interests

Palaeoclimate, climate change, extreme climate events, Pliocene climate, climate modelling

Project Title

Climate extremes in a warmer world: what can the Pliocene tell us?

Supervisors

Prof. Alan Haywood, Dr. Aisling Dolan, Dr. Daniel Hill and Dr. Julia Tindall

Funding

NERC Panorama DTP (grant NE/S007458/1),
2023

Project outline

The Pliocene (5.33-2.58 Million year ago) is a recent geological epoch with carbon dioxide levels similar to present day (~400ppmv) with temperatures around 3 degrees warmer that the pre-industrial period. This provides potential for this epoch to be used as a analogue for out future.

In my project I am using multiple climate models to examine the behaviour of variability and extreme climate events in the Pliocene and what, if any, relevance that has to our worlds warmer future.

Links

Twitter/X: @Abi_Buchan
University profile: https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/see/pgr/11957/abigail-buchan
ORCHID ID: https://orcid.org/0009-0005-9757-8283