MIT EAPS Directory

Megan Lickley

Postdoctoral Associate

Megan is a postdoctoral associate in the Solomon group in EAPS at MIT.  She studies the timing, drivers, and impacts of climate change. Before starting her PhD she spent a year in the Democratic Republic of Congo teaching math courses at the Catholic University of Bukavu. She also consulted to the World Bank in Uganda, contributing to a climate change impacts report and strategy plan. In 2012, she completed her Master’s in the Technology and Policy Program at MIT, focusing on climate impacts on coastal infrastructure and spent the following year as a research associate at MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, studying climate impacts on river systems in the United States.



Lickley, M., Solomon, S., Fletcher, S., Velders, G., Daniel, J., Rigby, M. (In Review) On the chlorofluorocarbons banked in equipment:  contributions to emissions and impacts on the ozone layer and the climate

Drake, H., Abbott, T., Lickley, M. (In Preparation) Assessing Climate Model Projections of Anthropogenic Warming Patterns


Lickley, M., b.b. cael, Solomon, S. (2019) Time of Steady Climate Change, Geophysical Research Letters

Fletcher, S., Lickley, M., Strzepek, K., (2019) Flexible water infrastructure planning under climate change uncertainty in Mombasa, Kenya, Nature Communications

Lickley, M., & Solomon, S. (2018). Drivers, timing and some impacts of global aridity change. Environmental Research Letters, 13(10), 104010.

Lickley, M. J., Hay, C. C., Tamisiea, M. E., & Mitrovica, J. X. (2018). Bias in estimates of global mean sea level change inferred from satellite altimetry. Journal of Climate, 31(13), 5263-5271.

Lickley, M. & Solomon, S. (2018), On the relative influences of different ocean basin sea surface temperature anomalies on southern African rainfall in 20th and 21st century general circulation model simulations. International Journal of Climatology, 38(13), 5003-5009.

Dale, A., Fant, C., Strzepek, K., Lickley, M., & Solomon, S. (2017). Climate model uncertainty in impact assessments for agriculture: A multi‐ensemble case study on maize in sub‐Saharan Africa. Earth's Future, 5(3), 337-353.

Boehlert, B., Strzepek, K. M., Chapra, S. C., Fant, C., Gebretsadik, Y. Lickley, M., & Martinich, J. (2015). Climate change impacts and greenhouse gas mitigation effects on US water quality. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 7(3), 1326-1338.

Strzepek, K., Fant, C., Gebretsadik, Y., Lickley, M., Boehlert, B., Chapra, S., & Schlosser, C. A. (2015). Water body temperature model for assessing climate change impacts on thermal cooling. MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

Lickley, M. J., Lin, N., & Jacoby, H. D. (2014). Analysis of coastal protection under rising flood risk. Climate Risk Management, 6, 18-26.

Karsten, R., McMillan, J., Lickley, M., Haynes, R., (2008). Assessment of Tidal Current Energy in the Mina Passage, Bay of Fundy, Journal of Power and Energy

McMillan, J. M., Lickley, M. J., (2008). The potential of tidal power from the Bay of Fundy, SIAM Undergraduate Research Online, volume 1, issue 1

Research Description

Megan's research integrates observational data, climate model ensembles, physical models of the solid earth, and simple process-based models within a statistical framework to answer questions relating to the drivers, timing and impacts of climate change. She applies these methods to a broad range of problems related to water resources, time horizons of climate change, the quantification of stored chlorofluorocarbons, and sea level change.