Professional summary

Research Interests

I am currently working on the UKs Earth System Modelling project (, evaluating and building in new processes to the land-surface component, JULES ( My main focus is the evaluation of causes of tree disturbance and representation of fire in dynamic vegetation models.




DI Kelley , C Burton , C Huntingford, MA Brown, R Whitley, N Dong  (2021) Low meteorological influence found in 2019 Amazonia fires. Biogeosciences. Feb 4;18(3):787-804.

DI Kelley, I Bistinas, R Whitley, C Burton, TR Marthews,  N Dong (2019) How contemporary bioclimatic and human controls change global fire regimes. Nature Climate Change. Sep;9(9):690-6.



AA Sellar,…, DI Kelley, et Al., (2020) Implementation of UK Earth system models for CMIP6 Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, e - e2019MS001946.

A Yool,…,  DI Kelley, et Al., (2020) Spin-up of UK Earth System Model 1 (UKESM1) for CMIP6 Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, e - e2019MS001933.

AA Sellar, …, DI Kelley, et Al., (2019) UKESM1: Description and evaluation of the UK Earth System Model Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems.

C Burton, R Betts, M Cardoso, TR Feldpausch, A Harper, CD Jones, DI Kelley, E Robertson, A Wiltshire (2019) Representation of fire, land-use change and vegetation dynamics in the Joint UK Land Environment Simulator vn4. 9 (JULES) Geoscientic Model Development - 12 (1), 179-193


Other publications

R Adzhar, DI Kelley, F Gerard. Reassessing MODIS Vegetation Continuous Fields tree cover performance in tropical forests and savannas, (2021) Biogeosciences discussions

M Ecker, DI Kelley, H Sati, (2020) Modelling the effects of CO2 on C3 and C4 competition during the mid-Pleistocene Transition in South Africa, Scientific Reports. 

S Hantson, DI Kelley, A Arneth, SP Harrison, S Archibald, D Bachelet, ... (2020) Quantitative assessment of fire and vegetation properties in historical simulations with fire-enabled vegetation models from the Fire Model Intercomparison Project Geoscientific Model Development- 13 (7), 3299-3318.

SS Rabin, JR Melton, G Lasslop, D Bachelet, M Forrest, S Hantson, F Li, S Mangeon, C Yue, VK Arora, T Hickler, S Kloster, W Knorr, L Nieradzik, A Spessa, GA Folberth, T Sheehan, A Voulgarakis, DI Kelley, IC Prentice, S Sitch, JO Kaplan, S Harrison, A Arneth (2017) The Fire Modeling Intercomparison Project (FireMIP), phase 1: Experimental and analytical protocols Geoscientic Model Development - 20, 1175-1197

S Hantson, A Arneth, SP Harrison, DI Kelley, IC Prentice, SS Rabin, ... (2016) The status and challenge of global fire modelling Biogeosciences - 13 (11), 3359-3375

AM Ukkola, TF Keenan, DI Kelley, IC Prentice (2016) Vegetation plays an important role in mediating future water resources Environmental Research Letters - 11 (9), 094022

SP Harrison, DI Kelley , G Li, JS Singarayer, IC Prentice (2016) Climate, vegetation, fire and the carbon cycle: Africa during the last 21,000 years Quaternary International - 202-203

MJB Zeppel, SP Harrison, HD Adams, DI Kelley, G Li, DT Tissue, ... (2015) Drought and resprouting plants New Phytologist - 206 (2), 583-589

DI Kelley, SP Harrison, IC Prentice (2014) Improved simulation of fire-vegetation interactions in the Land surface Processes and eXchanges dynamic global vegetation model (LPX-Mv1) Geoscientic Model Development - 7 (5), 2411-2433

DI Kelley, SP Harrison (2014) Enhanced Australian carbon sink despite increased wildfire during the 21st century Environmental Research Letters - 9 (10), 104015

DI Kelley, IC Prentice, SP Harrison, H Wang, M Simard, JB Fisher, ... (2013) A comprehensive benchmarking system for evaluating global vegetation models Copernicus Publication

T Kaminski, W Knorr, G Schurmann, M Scholze, PJ Rayner, S Zaehle, S Blessing, W Dorigo, V Gayler, R Giering, N Gobron, JP Grant, M Heimann, A Hooker-Stroud, S Houweling, T Kato, J Kattge, D Kelley , S Kemp, C Kostler, PP Mathieu, B Pinty, CH Reick, C Rödenbeck, R Schnur, K Scipal, C Sebald, T Stacke, AT van Scheltinga, M Vossbeck, H Widmann, T Ziehn (2013) The BETHY/JSBACH carbon cycle data assimilation system: Experiences and challenges Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences - 118 (4), 1414-1426

P Ciais, A Tagliabue, M Cuntz, L Bopp, M Scholze, G Hoffmann, A Lourantou, SP Harrison, IC Prentice, DI Kelley , C Koven, SL Piao (2012) Large inert carbon pool in the terrestrial biosphere during the Last Glacial Maximum Nature Geoscience - 5 (1), 74

IC Prentice, DI Kelley , PN Foster, P Friedlingstein, SP Harrison, ... (2011) Modeling fire and the terrestrial carbon balance Global Biogeochemical Cycles - 25 (3)

Brief CV