Dr Christopher Scott (formerly Davis)

Associate Professor in Space & Atmospheric Physics


Laboratory Manager

Research Interests:

  • Space Weather
  • Solar Terrestrial Physics
  • Auroral physics
  • The Earth's ionosphere
  • Atmospheric Electricity
  • Solar wind influences on Earth's Atmosphere
  • Long-term changes to Earth's ionosphere and thermosphere
  • Lightning signatures in archaeological data

Research Projects:

  • Driving Space Weather forecasts with real data : Can determining background solar wind conditions by using data from the NASA STEREO spacecraft improve the accuracy of space weather forecast models?

Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

  • Luke Barnard PDRA working on improving space weather forecasts by initialising solar wind models with data from the NASA STEREO spacecraft
  • Kim Tucker-Hood Postgraduate Met Office CASE student using NASA STEREO data to investigate the interaction of Coronal Mass Ejections with the solar wind STEREO spacecraft

Other interests

  • Citizen Science project Solar Stormwatch (www.solarstormwatch.com)
  • Improvisational theatre
  • Playing drums

Recent Publications:

Publications for c.j.davis@reading.ac.uk

Jump to: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2006 | 2005
Number of items: 11.


Savani, N. P., Davies, J. A., Davis, C. J., Shiota, D., Rouillard, A. P., Owens, M. J., Kusano, K., Bothmer, V., Bamford, S. P., Lintott, C. J. and Smith, A. (2012) Observational tracking of the 2D structure of coronal mass ejections between the sun and 1 AU. Solar Physics, 279 (2). pp. 517-535. ISSN 0038-0938 doi: 10.1007/s11207-012-0041-6

Davis, C., Davies, J. A., Owens, M. and Lockwood, M. (2012) Predicting the arrival of high-speed solar wind streams at Earth using the STEREO Heliospheric Imagers. Space Weather, 10 (2). ISSN 1542-7390 doi: 10.1029/2011SW000737


Davis, C. J., de Koning, C. A., Davies, J. A., Biesecker, D., Millward, G., Dryer, M., Deehr, C., Webb, D. F., Schenk, K., Freeland, S. L., Möstl, C., Farrugia, C. J. and Odstrcil, D. (2011) A comparison of space weather analysis techniques used to predict the arrival of the Earth-directed CME and its shockwave launched on 8 April 2010. Space Weather, 9 (1). S01005. ISSN 1542-7390 doi: 10.1029/2010SW000620

Lockwood, M., Owens, M. J., Barnard, L., Davis, C. J. and Steinhilber, F. (2011) The persistence of solar activity indicators and the descent of the sun into Maunder Minimum conditions. Geophysical Research Letters, 38. L22105. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: 10.1029/2011GL049811


Davis, C. J., Kennedy, J. and Davies, J. A. (2010) Assessing the accuracy of CME speed and trajectory estimates from STEREO observations through a comparison of independent methods. Solar Physics, 263 (1-2). pp. 209-222. ISSN 0038-0938 doi: 10.1007/s11207-010-9535-2


Davis, C. J., Davies, J. A., Lockwood, M., Rouillard, A. P., Eyles, C. J. and Harrison, R. A. (2009) Stereoscopic imaging of an Earth-impacting solar coronal mass ejection: a major milestone for the STEREO mission. Geophysical Research Letters, 36. L08102. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: 10.1029/2009GL038021

Eyles, C. J., Harrison, R. A., Davis, C., Waltham, N. R., Shaugnessy, B. M., Mapson-Menard, H. C. A., Bewsher, D., Crothers, S. R., Davies, J. A., Simnett, G. M., Howard, R. A., Moses, J. D., Newmark, J. S., Socker, D. G., Halain, J.-P., Defise, J.-M., Mazy, E. and Rochus, P. (2009) The Heliospheric Imagers onboard the STEREO mission. Solar Physics, 254 (2). pp. 387-445. ISSN 0038-0938 doi: 10.1007/s11207-008-9299-0

Davis, C. J., Bell, S. A., Stamper, R., Poole, A. W. V., McKinnell , A. and Wilkinson, P. (2009) A potential lag between the open solar magnetic source flux and solar EUV and X-ray emissions as measured by the Earth's ionosphere during total solar eclipses. Annales Geophysicae, 27 (6). pp. 2449-2456. ISSN 0992-7689 doi: 10.5194/angeo-27-2449-2009


Davis, C. J. and Lo , K. H. (2008) An enhancement of the ionospheric sporadic‐E layer in response to negative polarity cloud‐to‐ground lightning. Geophysical Research Letters, 35. L05815. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: 10.1029/2007GL031909


Johnson, C.J. and Davis, C. J. (2006) The location of lightning affecting the ionospheric sporadic-E layer as evidence for multiple enhancement mechanisms. Geophysical Research Letters, 33. L07811. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: 10.1029/2005GL025294


Davis, C. J. and Johnson, C. G. (2005) Lightning-induced intensification of the ionospheric sporadic E layer. Nature, 435. pp. 799-801. ISSN 0028-0836 doi: 10.1038/nature03638

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Office: 2U20 (Met)

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