Adam Smith

Senior Research Associate

Adam is an earth and climate scientist working on the CRESCENDO project, in a role that combines research and science communication. His general interests include climate modelling, the carbon cycle, climate change resilience and climate change impacts (heatwaves, droughts, wildfires, floods). Adam’s role at the Tyndall Centre is split across two main activities.

Research & communication: Using, a new online platform developed at UEA, Adam’s role is to research emerging and rapidly evolving topics in climate change and post key papers on the platform to outline current understanding and consensus. This is augmented by the periodic publication of Rapid Response Reviews on ScienceBrief, providing a concise synthesis of the latest science.

Carbon cycle modelling: The second part of Adam’s role is using the emergent constraint technique, with experimental data published from the sixth coupled model intercomparison project (CMIP6), to estimate the climate change feedback on the rate of oceanic uptake of carbon dioxide.

Adam’s MSc thesis involved analysis of UKCP18 meteorological data and hydrological simulations, to characterise the future threat of drought in the Anglia Region. This led to his contribution to a report into decision-making uncertainty in water resources management, for Mott MacDonald. He previously worked in industry as a geoscientist, where he specialised in subsurface modelling, characterising risk and uncertainty in both technical (subsurface) and non-technical (socio-environmental) domains.


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Jones, M.W., Smith, A.J.P., Betts, R., Canadell, J.G., Prentice, I.C. & Le Quéré, C., 2020, Climate Change increases the risk of wildfires., last accessed 15 June 2020.

Le Quéré, C., Jackson, R.B., Jones, M.W, Smith A.J.P, Abernethy, S., Andrew, R.M., De-Gol, A.J., Willis, D.R., Shan, Y., Canadell., J.G., Friedlinstein, P., Creutzig, F. & Peters, G.P., 2020. Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement. Nature Climate Change. Doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0797-x


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Global Carbon Budget 2020 Journal Article

In: Earth System Science Data, 12 (4), pp. 3269–3340, 2020, ISSN: 1866-3516.

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Smith, Adam J P; Jones, Matthew W; Abatzoglou, John T; Canadell, Josep G; Betts, Richard A

Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires: September 2020 Miscellaneous


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Quere, Corinne Le; Jackson, Robert B; Jones, Matthew; Smith, Adam; Abernethy, Sam; Andrew, Robbie M; De-Gol, Anthony; Willis, David; Shan, Yuli; Canadell, Josep G; Friedlingstein, Pierre; Creutzig, Felix; Peters, Glen

Temporary reduction in daily global CO2 emissions during the COVID-19 forced confinement Journal Article

In: Nature Climate Change, 10 (7), pp. 647–653, 2020, ISSN: 1758-678X.

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Jones, Matthew W; Smith, Adam J P; Betts, Richard; Canadell, Josep G; Prentice, Colin I; Quéré, Corinne Le

Climate Change Increases the Risk of Wildfires: January 2020 Miscellaneous


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Smith, Adam; Jenkins, Katie

Climate change and extreme weather in the USA: discourse analysis and strategies for an emerging textquoteleftpublictextquoteright Journal Article

In: Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, 3 , pp. 259–268, 2019, ISSN: 2190-6483.

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Smith, A; Voß, JP; Grin, J

Innovation studies and sustainability transitions: the allure of the multi-level perspective, and its challenges Journal Article

In: Research Policy, 39 (4), pp. 435-448, 2010.



Smith, A; Kern, F

The transitions storyline in Dutch environmental policy Journal Article

In: Environmental Politics, 18 (1), pp. 78-98, 2009.



Seyfang, G; Smith, A

Grassroots innovations for sustainable development: towards a new research and policy agenda Journal Article

In: Environmental Politics, 16 (4), pp. 584-603, 2007.


Smith, A

Translating sustainabilities between green niches and socio-technical regimes Journal Article

In: Technology Analysis & Strategic Management, 19 (4), pp. 427-450, 2007.



Smith, A

The alternative technology movement: an analysis of its framing and negotiation of technology development Journal Article

In: Human Ecology Review, 12 (2), pp. 106-119, 2005.



Smith, A; Schellnhuber, H J; Mirza, M M Q

Vulnerability to Climate Change and Reasons for Concern: A Synthesis Book Chapter

In: McCarthy, J J; White, K S; Canziani, O; Leary, N; Dokken, D J (Ed.): Climate Change 2001: Impacts: Adaptation and Vulnerability, pp. 913-970, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, ISBN: 0521015006.