UCL Department of Space and Climate Physics

Prof Mark Saunders

Prof Mark Saunders

Professor of Climate Prediction

Dept of Space & Climate Physics

Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Joined UCL
1st Dec 1996

Research summary


Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1982
University of Southampton
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1978


Mark Saunders is Professor of Climate Prediction in the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory) at University College London (UCL). He has a strong track record of research into climate variability, global weather extremes and of applying and commercialising the results of such research extending back 20 years. His current main research foci are tropical storms worldwide, UK windstorms and Southeast Asia flooding. He has performed a range of innovative research on the monitoring, modelling and prediction of these and other weather extremes worldwide. This has led to the commercialisation of several new products, the winning of prestigious industry awards and the wide use of his team’s developments by humanitarian organisations. Professor Saunders research was graded 4* (outstanding) for impact in the 2014 REF, and he and his team achieved the runner-up accolade for the inaugural NERC International Impact award in 2015. He has published over 300 scientific research papers and articles, including lead-author papers in Nature.