Dr. Austin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science. His team works on a range of topics that all (loosely) fit under the heading “Cloud Physics”. Much of their research is aimed at better understanding the processes that determine the radiative properties of layer clouds. He is especially interested in the ways in which stratus and cirrus clouds form, persist, and dissipate; these clouds exert a controlling influence on the global climate. He was a member of the Crisis Points team, a Major Thematic Grant funded by PWIAS.