Zak Kipling

Copernicus Department, Copernicus CAMS Services, CAMS Development Section

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Zak works on the physical and chemical modelling of atmospheric aerosol as part of the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS). This includes both developing new approaches to improve these parameterisations and their coupling with other parts of the IFS, and integrating improvements developed by our external partners.

Professional interests: 
  • Aerosol modelling
  • Aerosol–chemistry interactions
  • Removal processes, especially wet deposition by cloud and precipitation
  • Air quality impacts
  • Feedbacks on cloud, radiation and climate
Career background: 

2016–present Scientist at ECMWF in CAMS Development Section.

2013–2016 Post-doc at the University of Oxford in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Plantary Physics, working on aerosol–convection interactions in global models as part of the ACCLAIM project.

2009–2013 D.Phil. at the University of Oxford in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. Thesis title "Cloud cycling, scavenging and aerosol vertical profiles: process sensitivity and observational constraints", supervised by Philip Stier and Colin Johnson (UK Met Office).

2008–2009 M.Sc. at the University of Reading in Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere and Oceans (Departments of Mathematics and Meteorology). Dissertation title "Error growth in medium-range forecasting models", supervised by Andrew Charlton-Perez and Cristina Primo (ECMWF, now DWD).

2002–2008 Software Engineer at Transversal, Cambridge.

1998–2001 BA (Hons) at the University of Cambridge (Girton College) in Mathematics.


White, B., Gryspeerdt, E., Stier, P., Morrison, H., Thompson, G., and Kipling, Z.: “Uncertainty from the choice of microphysics scheme in convection-permitting models significantly exceeds aerosol effects”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 12145–12175, doi:10.5194/acp-17-12145-2017, 2017.

Kipling, Z., Stier, P., Labbouz, L., and Wagner, T.: “Dynamic subgrid heterogeneity of convective cloud in a global model: description and evaluation of the Convective Cloud Field Model (CCFM) in ECHAM6–HAM2”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 327–342, doi:10.5194/acp-17-327-2017, 2017.

Watson-Parris, D., Schutgens, N., Cook, N., Kipling, Z., Kershaw, P., Gryspeerdt, E., Lawrence, B., and Stier, P.: “Community Intercomparison Suite (CIS) v1.4.0: a tool for intercomparing models and observations”, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 3093–3110, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-3093-2016, 2016.

Ghan, S., Wang, M., Zhang, S., Ferrachat, S., Gettelman, A., Griesfeller, J., Kipling, Z., Lohmann, U., Morrison, H., Neubauer, D., Partridge, D. G., Stier, P., Takemura, T., Wang, H., and Zhang, K.: “Challenges in constraining anthropogenic aerosol effects on cloud radiative forcing using present-day spatiotemporal variability”, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, doi:10.1073/pnas.1514036113, 2016.

Kipling, Z., Stier, P., Johnson, C. E., Mann, G. W., Bellouin, N., Bauer, S. E., Bergman, T., Chin, M., Diehl, T., Ghan, S. J., Iversen, T., Kirkevåg, A., Kokkola, H., Liu, X., Luo, G., van Noije, T., Pringle, K. J., von Salzen, K., Schulz, M., Seland, Ø., Skeie, R. B., Takemura, T., Tsigaridis, K., and Zhang, K.: “What controls the vertical distribution of aerosol? Relationships between process sensitivity in HadGEM3–UKCA and inter-model variation from AeroCom Phase II”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2221–2241, doi:10.5194/acp-16-2221-2016, 2016.

Zhang, S., Wang, M., Ghan, S. J., Ding, A., Wang, H., Zhang, K., Neubauer, D., Lohmann, U., Ferrachat, S., Takeamura, T., Gettelman, A., Morrison, H., Lee, Y. H., Shindell, D. T., Partridge, D. G., Stier, P., Kipling, Z., and Fu, C.: “On the characteristics of aerosol indirect effect based on dynamic regimes in global climate models”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 2765–2783, doi:10.5194/acp-16-2765-2016, 2016.

Gryspeerdt, E., Stier, P., White, B. A., and Kipling, Z.: “Wet scavenging limits the detection of aerosol–cloud–precipitation interactions”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 15, 7557–7570, doi:10.5194/acp-15-7557-2015, 2015.

West, R. E. L., Stier, P., Jones, A., Johnson, C. E., Mann, G. W., Bellouin, N., Partridge, D. G., and Kipling, Z.: “The importance of vertical velocity variability for estimates of the indirect aerosol effects”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 6369–6393, doi:10.5194/acp-14-6369-2014, 2014.

Kipling, Z., Stier, P., Schwarz, J. P., Perring, A. E., Spackman, J. R., Mann, G. W., Johnson, C. E., and Telford, P. J.: “Constraints on aerosol processes in climate models from vertically-resolved aircraft observations of black carbon”, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 5969–5986, doi:10.5194/acp-13-5969-2013, 2013.

Kipling, Z., Primo, C., and Charlton-Perez, A.: “Spatiotemporal Behavior of the TIGGE Medium-Range Ensemble Forecasts”, Mon. Weather Rev., 139, 2561–2571, doi:10.1175/2010MWR3556.1, 2011.

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Contact Details:
zak . kiplingecmwf . int
Tel. +44 (0) 118 9499781