Tamsin Edwards

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Tamsin Edwards
Tamsin L. Edwards
EducationSt Margaret's School, Exeter
Alma materUniversity of Manchester (BSc, PhD)
Known forClimate science
Science communication
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Bristol
Open University
King's College London
ThesisDiffractively produced Z bosons in the muon decay channel in pp collisions at √s=1.96 TeV, and the measurement of the efficiency of the DØ Run II Luminosity Monitor (2006)
Doctoral advisorBrian Cox[1]

Tamsin Edwards is a British climate scientist and lecturer at King's College London.[2][3] She is a popular science communicator and writes for the Public Library of Science (PLOS).[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Edwards became interested in physics after reading A Brief History of Time.[5] The daughter of Michael Edwards,[6] she completed A-Levels in Physics, Chemistry and Maths at St Margaret's School, in Exeter.[citation needed] She studied physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. She completed a PhD in Particle Physics at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Brian Cox.[1] Her thesis investigated the production of Z bosons, detected by their subsequent decay to muons, using data collected at the Tevatron.[1]

Research and career[edit]

Edwards joined the Open University as a lecturer, working in the Palaeoenvironmental Change team.[7][8] She uses computer models to predict and study climate change,[9][10] with a particular interest in the impact on sea level rise of changes in the Antarctic ice sheet.[11] She studied how a glacier's grounding line (the point at which is separates from a continent's bedrock and floats into the sea) affects the rate of flow of glaciers, and estimated the effects of positive feedback.[12][13] In 2017 Edwards joined King's College London as a lecturer in geography.[14] She will be a lead author for Chapter 9 (Ocean, cryosphere, and sea level change) of the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[15]

Edwards writes a popular science blog hosted by the Public Library of Science (PLOS).[4] She has written for The Guardian and contributed chapters to books about climate change.[16][17][18] Working with the Met Office, Edwards created educational resources about sea level rise for the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference ("COP23").[19]

In 2014 she gave a TEDx talk at CERN, How to Love Uncertainty in Climate Science.[20] After fights between climate scientists and sceptics on Twitter in 2014, Edwards was part of a dinner party discussing how they could calm the debate.[21] The dinner included David Rose and Richard A. Betts, and Edwards was the only woman.[21] In 2015 she was celebrated as one of twenty women "making waves" at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference.[22] She won the 2016 British Science Association Charles Lyell Award for Environmental Sciences.[12][23] She discussed how computer models can be used to predict ice sheet collapse and how to communicate uncertainty.[23] In 2017 she was profiled in the HuffPost Australia's Breaking The Ice series.[24] She is a speaker at the 2018 Bluedot Festival.[25][26][27]

Edwards has acted as a scientific consultant for the BBC. She was a consultant on the BBC's Climate Change by Numbers, which won an American Association for the Advancement of Science award for Science Journalism,[28] and a 2015 award for "Best Presentation of Science in an Environment Issue" from EuroPAWS.[29] She has appeared on BBC Radio 4[30] and BBC World Service.[31]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Nick, Faezeh M.; Vieli, Andreas; Langer Andersen, Morten; Joughin, Ian; Payne, Anthony J; Edwards, Tamsin L.; Pattyn, Frank; van de Wal, Roderik (2013). "Future sea-level rise from Greenland's main outlet glaciers in a warming climate". Nature. 497 (7448): 235–238. doi:10.1038/nature12068. PMID 23657350.
  • Hawkins, Ed; Edwards, Tamsin; McNeall, Doug (2014). "Pause for thought" (PDF). Nature Climate Change. 4 (3): 154–156. doi:10.1038/nclimate2150.
  • Ritz, Catherine; Edwards, Tamsin L.; Durand, Gaël; Payne, Anthony J; Peyaud, Vincent; Hindmarsh, Richard C. A. (2015). "Potential sea-level rise from Antarctic ice-sheet instability constrained by observations". Nature. 528 (7580): 115–118. doi:10.1038/nature16147. PMID 26580020.
  • Edwards, Tamsin (4 December 2017). "Future of the Sea: Current and Future Impacts of Sea Level Rise on the UK". Foresight Future of the Sea project. Government Office for Science.


  1. ^ a b c Edwards, Tamsin L. (2006). Diffractively produced Z bosons in the muon decay channel in pp collisions at √s=1.96 TeV, and the measurement of the efficiency of the DØ Run II Luminosity Monitor (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. doi:10.2172/892267. OCLC 930686728. Copac 36713207.
  2. ^ "King's College London - Edwards, Dr Tamsin". Kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ Tamsin Edwards publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "All Models Are Wrong". All Models Are Wrong. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  5. ^ "The Real Deal: Tamsin Edwards, Climate Modeller". highheelsinthelab.blogspot.co.uk. 2011-01-17. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  6. ^ "The Poetry & Science of Ice and Fire". Champernowne Trust. 2016-08-03. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  7. ^ "Team". Palaeoenvironmental Change. 2014-03-08. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  8. ^ The Open University STEM (2017-04-07), Past, Present and Future Climates - Dr Tamsin Edwards, retrieved 2018-05-15
  9. ^ "Tamsin Edwards - Stories of Change - OpenLearn - Open University". Open.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  10. ^ Edwards, T. L.; Challenor, P. G. (2013). "Risk and uncertainty in hydrometeorological hazards". In Rougier, Jonathan; Sparks, Steve; Hill, Lisa J. (eds.). Risk and Uncertainty Assessment for Natural Hazards. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107006195. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  11. ^ Edwards, Tamsin (2015-11-18). "Antarctic ice sheet collapse will cause sea levels to rise. So what's new?". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  12. ^ a b "Place your bets: the collapse of the Antarctic ice sheet". British Science Association. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  13. ^ "Dr Tamsin Edwards:Reconciling projections of the Antarctic contribution to sea level rise". Imperial College London. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  14. ^ "King's College London - Edwards, Dr Tamsin". Kcl.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  15. ^ "Working Group I contribution to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6-WG1)". Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  16. ^ "CaSE | One climate data point". Sciencecampaign.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  17. ^ Edwards, T. L.; Challenor, P. G. (2013). "Hydrometeorological hazards under future climate change". In Rougier, Jonathan; Sparks, Steve; Hill, Lisa J. (eds.). Risk and Uncertainty Assessment for Natural Hazards. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107006195. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  18. ^ "Tamsin Edwards". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  19. ^ "COP 23". Met Office. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  20. ^ Edwards, Tamsin. "Ripples of Curiosity". tedxcern.web.cern.ch. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  21. ^ a b "Climate consensus: scientists and sceptics suspend hostilities". Climate Home News. 2014-10-03. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  22. ^ "Tamsin Edwards - Scientist making a name for herself as a fearless communicator | 1 Million Women". Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  23. ^ a b "Award Lecture winners announced as BSF2016 programme goes online". British Science Association. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  24. ^ Sharwood, Anthony (2017-06-20). "Here's What Happened When A Climate Scientist Went To A Pub To Argue With Deniers". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  25. ^ "Tamsin Edwards – Bluedot Festival". Bluedot Festival. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  26. ^ "Bluedot announces stellar line-up for 2018". Science Focus. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  27. ^ "Celebrating Earth Day - Jodrell Bank". Jodrell Bank. 2017-04-22. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  28. ^ "The 2015 Winners Named in Expanded AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards Competition". American Association for the Advancement of Science. 2015-11-10. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  29. ^ "The 2015 Science TV and New Media Award Winners". EuroPAWS. 2015-11-25. Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  30. ^ "Climate Change, State of the World's Plants, Antibiotic Resistance, Telephone Metadata, Bat Detective, BBC Inside Science - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-05-15.
  31. ^ "Health Advice for Gay Men When Homosexuality is Illegal, The Science Hour - BBC World Service". BBC. Retrieved 2018-05-15.