Philip Stier

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Philip Stier

Professor of Atmospheric Physics

I am a Professor of Atmospheric Physics at the Department of Physics where I head the Climate Processes Group in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. I am also the academic convener of the Oxford Climate Research Network and serve on the management committee of the Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research.

My research addresses physical climate processes in the context of anthropogenic perturbations to the earth system as the underlying cause of climate change and air pollution. Focal points of my research are aerosol and cloud physics, their interactions and their role in the climate system.

My research addresses physical climate processes in the context of anthropogenic perturbations to the earth system as the underlying cause of climate change and air pollution.

Focal points of my research are aerosol and cloud physics, their interactions and their role in the climate system. Aerosols are small liquid or solid particles suspended in air of both anthropogenic and natural origin. Cloud droplets form on aerosol particles so man-made changes in aerosol (precursor) emissions also affect the physics of clouds.

I am currently focusing my research on the highly uncertain interactions between aerosols and convective clouds, made possible through a grant by the European Research Council.

Please see my research group webpage for more details: Climate Processes Group

Department of Physics

In the department I am teaching the following lectures:

C5 Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans

Section A

Lecture 1: Composition & Thermodynamics

Lecture 2: Buoyancy, Stability & Convection

Lecture 3: Warm Cloud & Aerosol Microphysics

Lecture 4: Warm Cloud & Aerosol Microphysics

Lecture 5: Cold Cloud Microphysics

Lecture 6: Cloud Morphology, Radiation & Climate

Lecture 7: Planetary Atmospheres & Summary

Graduate Lecture: Cloud Physics

Oxford Doctoral Training Partnership in Environmental Research

For the DTP I am teaching the following courses:

Advanced Lecture: Atmospheric Physics

Graduate Research Seminar for the Physical Climate Stream

Oriel College

For Oriel college I have been tutoring the following lectures:

First Year

  • CP1 Mechanics
  • CP2 Optics
  • CP2 Electromagnetism

Second Year

  • A1 Thermal Physics
  • A2 Optics

Third Year

  • B1 Fluids, Flows and Complexity
  • B3 Atmospheric Physics (no longer in curriculum)