Luke studied Geophysics for his undergraduate degree at the University of Leeds, which included a year abroad studying at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His final year project concentrated upon variability of the Geomagnetic field. Following this, he complete a PhD at University of Leeds where he conducted research in to sea-level change in the circum-Caribbean region. Over the last two years, he has conducted research into future sea-level change over the 21st century at the National Oceanography Centre for the RISES-AM- European consortium project.
At INET, Luke is working on the following project:
Understanding the interaction of human activity and climate change: empirical modelling of energy balance systems
The project concentrates on developing econometric methods to augment climate-economic research by helping disentangle complex relationships between human actions and climate responses and their associated economic effects, masked by stochastic trends and breaks. This will lead to an improved understanding of the impact of humanity on climate and vice versa, on how econometrics can be used in climate-economic research, help create more accurate historical climate records, and reduce uncertainty in socio-economic scenarios for long-run predictions of the resulting climate damages.