Research Division - Weather

Research Division leader: Professor Sue Grimmond

We focus on the physical and dynamical processes that control the evolution and predictability of weather from hours to days. As well as work of more fundamental nature, there is particular emphasis on processes that contribute to understanding air quality, either directly at the urban level, or mesoscale processes that transport pollutants to larger scales, on data assimilation, and in understanding severe weather events, such as intense convection and weather systems. We have strong links with MetOffice@Reading and have several postdoctoral staff funded by the Atmospheric Physics Directorate of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS).

See our research groups asociated with the Weather Research Division

Associated academic and senior research staff

In the following table of researcher publications and output links, click on R for Researchgate, G for Google Scholar and O for ORCID

Name
Subject area(s)
R G O
Professor Stephen Belcher Boundary layer meteorology      
Theoretical and dynamical meteorology
     
Urban meteorology
     
Weather systems and convection
R G O
Tropical meteorology
     
Atmospheric dynamics and transport
    O
Atmospheric convection
R G O
Influences of stratospheric variability on medium-range and sub-seasonal predictability. Communication of risk and uncertainty.
  G O
Dynamics and predictability
     
Data assimilation
R G O
Numerical modelling of the atmosphere
R G O
Weather systems and pollution transport
R G O
Dr Chris Westbrook Cloud physics and radar remote sensing      
Dr Chris Holloway: Atmospheric convection and tropical weather and climate R G O
Dr Thorwald Stein Evaluation of clouds and convection in weather and climate models using ground-based and satellite-based observations R G O
Professor Peter Clark Convective-scale weather systems      
Dr Miguel Teixeira Theoretical boundary layer and mesoscale meteorology, focusing on mountain waves and oceanic turbulence R G O
Professor Sue Grimmond Urban Meteorology (Research Division leader)      
Dr Omduth Coceal Turbulence and dispersion (theory, simulation and modelling); boundary layer and urban meteorology R G  
Dr Kevin Hodges Mid-latitude cyclones      
Dr Oscar Martinez-Alvarado

Mid-latitude weather systems, mesoscale meteorology and high-impact weather

R G O
Mr Alan Grant Mixing in the ocean surface boundary layer, and its parametrization in large scale models R    
Dr John Nicol        
Dr Ben Harvey Extratropical weather systems      
Dr William Keat        
Dr Lenka Novakova        
Dr Grady Walker Visual methods teaching and learning, participatory action-research, critical pedagogy, and critical theory (Walker Institute)      
Dr Martin Airey        
Dr Simon Thomas Using satellite observations and modelling to deduce the diurnal variation in sea-surface temperatures R G  
Dr Paul Williams Numerical modelling, geophysical fluid dynamics and climate dynamics R G O
Dr Ross Bannister        
         

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