Dr David Jaroszweski PhD

Dr David Jaroszweski

Geography and Environmental Sciences
Research Fellow

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr David Jaroszweski researches the impacts of weather and potential impacts of climate change on transport systems. This research adopts a multidisciplinary approach and includes assessing the current relationships between weather and transport failure, the potential impact of climate change and the effect that concurrent socio-economic change may have on the future resilience of transport networks. David is a lead author for the UK’s Third Climate Change Risk Assessment. 


  • 2006-2010 PhD Geography (University of Birmingham)
  • 2004-2005 MSc Applied Meteorology and Climatology (University of Birmingham )
  • 2001-2004 BSc Environmental Science ( University of Birmingham)


David is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a significant teaching profile which spans several programmes of study. He is module leader for the MSc module “Meteorological Applications and Services”. 

Postgraduate supervision

David Supervises dissertations for the Applied Meteorology and Climatology PhD


2016 - 2017 Weather-induced single point of failure assessment methodology for railways (PI: Funded by NERC Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation Programme: £67k)

This project aims to produce a transformative data-driven approach to map the criticality to weather-induced natural hazards as a fundamental step in both improved extreme event management and climate change adaptation prioritisation. Key to this is an expert-led metric for network criticality which can be used to identify the most critical locations on the network. This help inform where adaptation work will have optimal benefit, whilst also aiding the allocation of resources and operational decisions during extreme events, reducing disruption-related costs and improving service to customers. The project has the following objectives:

1. Define the key determinants of criticality from Network Rail's perspective.

2. Formulate a criticality metric based on the identified determinants

3. Demonstrate the metric on a Network Rail route and identify network-critical sections of track.

4. Elicit views on implications for adaptation actions and extreme event management.


Figure caption – Mapped train delays related to flooding incident at Barnt Green Junction (shown by red cross) on 28th June 2012. From Jaroszweski, D. Hooper, E. Baker, C. Chapman, L. Quinn, A. (2015) The impacts of the 28th June 2012 storms on UK road and rail transport. Meteorological Applications. 22 (3), 470-476, DOI: 10.1002/met.1477


Pregnolato, M., Jaroszweski, D., Ford, A., Dawson, R. (2020) Climate extremes and their implications for impact modelling in transport. In: Sillmann, J., Sippel, S., Russo, S. (2020) Climate Extremes and their implications across sections, Elsevier  

Ferranti, E., Chapman, L., Lee, S., Jaroszweski, D., Lowe, C., McCulloch, S. (2018) The hottest July day on the railway network; insights and thoughts for the future. Meteorological Applications. 25 (2), 195-208  

Sa’adin, S.L.B., Kaewunruen, S., Jaroszweski, D. (2016) Heavy rainfall and flood vulnerability of Singapore-Malaysia high speed rail system. Australian Journal of Civil Engineering.14 (2), 123-131  

Sa’adin, S.L.B., Kaewunruen, S., Jaroszweski, D. (2016) Risks of climate change with respect to the Singapore Malaysia High Speed Rail System. Climate. 4 (4)  

Sa’adin, S.L.B., Kaewunruen, S., Jaroszweski, D. (2016) Operational readiness for climate change of Malaysia high-speed rail. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers – Transport. 169 (5), 308-320  

Ferranti, E., Chapman, L., Lowe, C., Mcculloch, S., Jaroszweski, D., Quinn, A. (2016) Heat-related failures on Southeast England’s railway network: insights and implications for heat risk management. Weather Climate and Society. 8 (2), 177-191  

Jaroszweski, D., Hooper, E., Baker, C., Chapman, L., Quinn, A. (2015) The impacts of the 28 June 2012 storms on UK road and rail transport. Meteorological Applications. 22 (3), 470-476  

Jaroszweski, D., Hooper, E., Chapman, L. (2014) The impact of climate change on urban transport resilience in a changing world. Progress in Physical Geography. 38 (4), 448-463  

Jaroszweski, D., McNamara, T. (2014) The influence of rainfall on road accidents in urban areas: a weather radar approach. Travel Behaviour and Society. 1 (1), 15-21  

Jaroszweski, D., Chapman, L., Petts, J. (2013) Climate change and road freight safety: a multidisciplinary exploration. Climatic Change. 120 (4), 785-799  

Jaroszweski, D. (2012) The impacts of climate change on the national freight sector. In Ryley, T. And Chapman, L. (2012) (eds.) Transport and Sustainability. Emerald Publishing

Jaroszweski, D., Chapman, L., Petts, J. (2010) Assessing the impact of climate change on transportation: the need for an interdisciplinary approach. Journal of Transport Geography, 18, 331-335

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