Emily Shuckburgh

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Emily Shuckburgh

Emily Shuckburgh in January 2017
Emily Fleur Shuckburgh
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Known forCambridge Zero
Scientific career
FieldsClimate science[1]
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
École normale supérieure
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
British Antarctic Survey
ThesisMixing and transport in atmospheric flows (2000)
Websitewww.cisl.cam.ac.uk/directory/emily-shuckburgh Edit this at Wikidata

Emily Fleur Shuckburgh OBE FRMetS is a climate scientist, mathematician and science communicator. She is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's climate change initiative,[2] Academic Director of the Institute of Computing for Climate Science[3],[4] and is a fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate and environmental data science. She is a theoretician, numerical modeller and observational scientist.[1][5]

Emily Shuckburgh has led the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) centre for doctoral training on the application of AI to the study of environmental risks.[6]


Shuckburgh attended Magdalen College, Oxford, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1994. She subsequently completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at Trinity College, Cambridge followed by a PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Cambridge in 1999.[7]

Career and research[edit]

Shuckburgh was a postdoctoral researcher at École normale supérieure in Paris from 2001 to 2003 and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2005 as a visiting scientist, working in the areas of atmosphere and ocean dynamics.[8]

In 2000, Shuckburgh became a research fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge, and a fellow in mathematics in 2003; as of 2019 she holds several positions within the University of Cambridge – she is a reader in the Department of Computer Science and Technology, an associate fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy[9] and fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.[10] Shuckburgh leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training in the Application of AI to the Study of Environmental Risks.[11]

She joined the British Antarctic Survey in 2006 where she led the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Ocean Regulation of Climate by Heat and Carbon Sequestration and Transports (ORCHESTRA) project. She became the Survey's head of Open Oceans in 2009, deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team in 2015, and a fellow in 2019. Her research interests include the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans and climate and environmental data science. She is a theoretician, numerical modeller and observational scientist.

She serves as co-chair of the Royal Meteorological Society climate science communications group and chaired their scientific publications committee.[12] She acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the NERC.[8]

Science communication[edit]

Shuckburgh has written on climate science, sustainability and women in science for publications including the Financial Times,[13] New Statesman[14] and The Sunday Times.[15] She has also written books, and was co-author of Climate Change for the Ladybird Expert series with the Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper.[16] She serves on the board of the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[17]


Her publications[1] include:

  • Shuckburgh, Emily; Chambers, Catherine (2015) [2014]. The Coolest Jobs on the Planet: Polar Scientist. London: Raintree. ISBN 978-1-406-28011-1.
  • HRH The Prince of Wales; Juniper, Tony; Shuckburgh, Emily (26 January 2017). Climate Change. illus. Ruth Palmer. London: Ladybird Books. ISBN 978-0-7181-8585-5.

Awards and honours[edit]

In 2016 she was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for "services to science and the public communication of science".[18] She is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (FRMetS).[19]


  1. ^ a b c Emily Shuckburgh publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Cambridge Zero – A bold response to the world's greatest challenge". zero.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Cambridge partners with Schmidt Futures in new software engineering network". cam.ac.uk. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 1 April 2023.
  4. ^ "Institute of Computing for Climate Science". Retrieved 14 April 2023.
  5. ^ Emily Shuckburgh publications from Europe PubMed Central
  6. ^ www.cisl.cam.ac.uk/directory/emily-shuckburgh Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Shuckburgh, Emily Fleur (2000). Mixing and transport in atmospheric flows. cam.ac.uk (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 894597314. EThOS uk.bl.ethos.621641.
  8. ^ a b "Emily Shuckburgh – British Antarctic Survey". bas.ac.uk. UK: British Antarctic Survey. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Dr Emily Shuckburgh – Networks of evidence and expertise for public policy". csap.cam.ac.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Fellow – Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership". cisl.cam.ac.uk. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  11. ^ "AI4ER Management Team". 19 September 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
  12. ^ "FRMetS Register | Royal Meteorological Society". rmets.org. Retrieved 26 July 2018.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "An opportunity for innovation rather than a challenge". Financial Times. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Innovative Britain" (PDF). The New Statesman.
  15. ^ "Women's Lab" (PDF). The Sunday Times.
  16. ^ Charles, Prince of Wales; Juniper, Tony; Shuckburgh, Emily (26 January 2017). Climate change. illus. Ruth Palmer. London. ISBN 978-0-7181-8585-5. OCLC 973272219.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  17. ^ "CaSE". sciencecampaign.org.uk. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  18. ^ "New Year's Honours – Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE". darwin.cam.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 30 November 2018. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  19. ^ "Dr Emily Shuckburgh Fellow". Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. UK: University of Cambridge. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2021.