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Professor Michael Herzog

Professor of Atmospheric Sciences, and Fellow of Murray Edwards College

Michael Herzog is an atmospheric scientist interested in numerical modelling of dynamical and microphysical processes from local to global scales. His research delivers new quantitative understanding of dynamical, cloud and aerosol microphysical processes in the atmosphere not only for meteorological clouds but also for volcanic plumes. He applies this detailed process knowledge to a deeper understanding of natural hazards, atmospheric circulation systems and the representation of these processes in numerical models.



  • since 2020: Reader in Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2007 – 2020: University Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • 2005 – 2007: Visiting Scientist, NOAA Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, New Jersey
  • 2001 – 2005: Assistant Research Scientist, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1999 – 2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1998: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Volcanology and Petrology, Geomar Research Institute Kiel, Germany


  • Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences, Max-Planck-Institute of Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany
  • M.Sc. in Physics, University of Bonn, Germany


My research activities and interests include:

  • development of atmospheric models from local to global scales
  • modelling of convective clouds and plumes
  • role of convection in the climate system, understanding of the hydrological cycle in present and future climate
  • understanding of the role of aerosols in present and future climate, impact of aerosols on dynamical and microphysical processes

PhD research opportunities

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students and MPhil in Geography students. I offer PhD projects as part of the NERC Doctoral Training Programme.


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  • Geographical Tripos Part 1A, Paper 2: Atmospheric Processes and Climate
  • Geographical Tripos Part 2, Paper 8: From Earth Observations to the Climate System
  • MPhil in Holocene Climates: Climate Modelling and Practicals

External activities

  • American Geophysical Union, since 2001
  • European Geosciences Union, since 2008