Professor of Climate Change, University of Sheffield

Edward Hanna 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 November 2000, and promotion to a senior lectureship in September 2002.

In September 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.

Edward is a Fellow of both the Royal Meteorological and Royal Astronomical Societies, member of the International Glaciological Society, member of the American Geophysical Union, has served as a Council member of the British Astronomical Association, is an Editor of The Cryosphere (European Geosciences Union), and has previously served on the Editorial Board of Weather (RMetS).He has published 80 research papers in international peer-reviewed journals, which have attracted over 1,500 citations according to ISI Web of Science (November 2013).

Research Interests
Polar ice and climate change; Meteorology/climate of Greenland, Iceland and other high-latitude regions; Mass balance of Greenland and Antarctic Ice Sheets; Sea ice and satellite remote sensing of sea ice; Solar forcing of climate; Meteorology during solar eclipses.

More generally (last but not least!) climatology, applied/historical meteorology including instruments and observations, astronomy and planetary science. Public understanding of science, especially meteorology and astronomy; related media work.


  • –present
    Professor of Climate Change, University of Sheffield