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Dr Aideen Foley

Lecturer in Physical and Environmental Geography



  • I am a Lecturer in Physical/Environmental Geography with a particular focus on climate change. Prior to joining Birkbeck, I was a Research Associate at the Cambridge Centre for Climate Change Mitigation Research, and a Marie Curie Experienced Researcher with the FP7-funded GREENCYCLESII Initial Training Network on biosphere-climate interactions. I was also a guest researcher at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. I was awarded my PhD in Geography by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. I also hold a BSc degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, in Applied Mathematics and Experimental Physics

Research and Teaching

    Research Interests

    My research focuses on the use of climate model and environmental data in adaptation and mitigation decision-making and impact analysis, with particular emphasis on how uncertainty is communicated and treated in the decision-making process.



    Journal Articles

    • Foley, A.M., Holden, P.B., Edwards, N.R., Mercure, J.F., Salas, P., Pollitt, H., & Chewpreecha, U. (2016) Climate model emulation in an integrated assessment framework: a case study for mitigation policies in the electricity sector. Earth System Dynamics, 7, 119-132, doi:10.5194/esd-7-119-2016
    • Foley, A.M., Willeit, M., Brovkin, V., Feulner, G., and Friend, A.D. (2014) Quantifying the global carbon cycle response to volcanic stratospheric aerosol radiative forcing using Earth system models, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres,119, doi:10.1002/2013JD019724
    • Mercure, J.F., Pollitt, H., Chewpreecha, U., Salas, P., Foley, A.M., Holden, P.B. and Edwards, N.R. (2014) The dynamics of technology diffusion and the impacts of climate policy instruments in the decarbonisation of the global electricity sector, Energy Policy, doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.06.029
    • Willeit, M., Ganopolski, A., Dalmonech, D., Foley, A.M., and Feulner, G. (2014) Time-scale and state dependence of the carbon-cycle feedback to climate, Climate Dynamics, 1–15, doi:10.1007/s00382-014-2102-z
    • Foley, A.M., Dalmonech, D., Friend, A.D., Aires, F., Archibald, A.T., Bartlein, P., Bopp, L., Chappellaz, J., Cox, P., Edwards, N.R., Feulner, G., Friedlingstein, P., Harrison, S.P., Hopcroft, P.O., Jones, C.D., Kolassa, J., Levine, J.G., Prentice, I.C., Pyle, J., Vázquez Riveiros, N., Wolff, E.W. and Zaehle, S. (2013) Evaluation of biospheric components in Earth system models using modern and palaeo observations: the state-of-the-art, Biogeosciences, 10, 8305-8328, doi:10.5194/bg-10-8305-2013
    • Foley, A.M., Fealy, R. and Sweeney, J. (2013) Model skill measures in probabilistic regional climate projections for Ireland, Climate Research, 56(1), 33–49, doi:10.3354/cr01140.
    • Foley, A.M. (2010) Uncertainty in regional climate modelling: A review, Progress in Physical Geography, 34(5), 647–670, doi:10.1177/0309133310375654
    • Baldini, L.M., McDermott, F., Foley, A.M. and Baldini, J. U. L. (2008) Spatial variability in the European winter precipitation δ18O-NAO relationship: Implications for reconstructing NAO-mode climate variability in the Holocene, Geophysical Research Letters, 35(4), L04709, doi:10.1029/2007GL032027

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