News from the Department of Meteorology

Professor Ted Shepherd has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Ted Shepherd29 April 2016
The Department of Meteorology and the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences are delighted to announce that Professor Ted Shepherd has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society (FRS).

Ted Shepherd is a dynamical meteorologist whose interests range from theoretical geophysical fluid dynamics to climate modelling and data analysis, with a focus on atmospheric circulation. This span from fundamentals to applications has been a hallmark of his research.

Ted worked at the University of Toronto from 1988-2012, where he made pioneering contributions to the Hamiltonian description of atmospheric dynamics while initiating and leading the Canadian national climate modelling effort focussed on ozone-climate coupling. He made several pivotal contributions to the understanding of the role of climate variability and change in interpreting the observed ozone record and in predicting future ozone recovery. Since moving to the University of Reading in 2012, Ted has highlighted the important role of atmospheric circulation in climate change, which has implications for regional adaptation and societal risk.

Ted has held leadership roles in scientific assessments of both climate (IPCC) and stratospheric ozone (WMO/UNEP), and in the World Climate Research Programme, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the American Geophysical Union.

We offer our warmest congratulations to Professor Ted Shepherd, FRS!

Calling all students and those interested in climate change!

Contemporary Climate ScienceAs part of the University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education, I am running a new course called Contemporary Climate Science. This is an evening class here in Reading, run every Wednesday for 10 weeks, beginning on 13 April 2016.  The course is an introduction to climate science and climate change, and will cover all aspects of the field including the climate system, past climate change, future climate projections and the politics of climate change.

The course is open to everyone, and is roughly aimed at undergraduate level.  However, no prior knowledge is needed to attend the course - we will begin at the beginning!

For all information, and to enrol, please see the following link:

I look forward to seeing you there.

Charlie Williams

Annual Morley Seminar 2016 - 25 May

Professor Susan SolomonThe School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is pleased to announce that our speaker for the Annual Morley Seminar this year is Professor Susan Solomon, Ellen Swallow Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry & Climate Science at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - see Professor Solomon's biography and her background information. The seminar will be held at 2 pm on Wednesday 25 May 2016 in the Madejski Theatre in the Agriculture Building, and is open to all.

Seminar details poster PDF - Meeting the Scientific and Policy Challenges of the Antarctic Ozone Hole: A Global Success Story


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