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Research Interests

Wildfires, fire weather conditions, climate change activities and climate models. 

PhD Project

Zhongwei's PhD project aims at building a globally applicable framework  to better understand and quantify how wildfire risk is responding to a changing climate. The framework is based on an empirical statistical methodology, facilitating its application to ’fire weather’ extremes from both observational records and the latest generation of global climate model ensembles. Particular attention is given to the sensitivity of the eventual findings to the spatial scale of the event, the chosen event definition and the climate model(s) used in the analysis.


Zhongwei graduated from the University of Leeds with a master of research degree in Climate and Atmospheric Science within the School of Earth and Environment in 2018. Previous to her move to Leeds, Zhongwei completed two bachelor degrees in Applied Mathematics and Meteorology at the University of Reading and in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology (NUIST) in China from 2013 to 2017.

In Sep 2019,  Zhongwei joined CAWR and worked on climate models and wildfire events, funded by Coventry University Trailblazers program.

Now Zhongwei is working as a postdoctoral research associate at National Centre for Earth Observation within University of Leicester.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Climate and Atmospheric Science, MSc, A Study of the Behaviours of the Surface Turbulent Flux of Sensible Heat over the Arctic Sea Ice, University of Leeds

6 Sept 20175 Oct 2018

Award Date: 5 Oct 2018

Applied Mathematics and Meteorology, Degree, Establishing the Equivalent between the Bulk- and Urban Canyon-based Models, University of Reading

23 Jul 20166 Jul 2017

Award Date: 6 Jul 2017

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Leicester

14 Nov 2023 → …


  • Q Science (General)
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • G Geography (General)


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