Dr Linda Hirons

Research Scientist NCAS

Web Pages:

Group: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~tropical
My Research: http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~linda

Research Interests:

  • Drivers of climate variability and change in Africa
  • The role of air-sea interactions in sub-seasonal climate variability
  • Tropical convection, e.g., the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), monsoon systems
  • Climate services for Society

Current Research Projects:

  • GCRF African Science for Weather Information and Forecasting Techniques (SWIFT) (2017-present): Develop sustainable African weather forecasting capability, to enhance the livelihood of African populations and improve the economies of their countries. Co-lead of Sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) workpackage.
  • IMPALA: Improving Model Processes for African cLimAte (2015-present): Understanding the major modes of global climate variabilty and the teleconnection pathways by which they drive African rainfall variability.

Past Research Projects:

  • Future Weather (2012-2016) : Examining how air-sea interactions affect sub-seasonal variability and the projections of changes in regional weather and climate extremes.
  • Climate Science Services Partnership (CSSP)- China project (2014-2015) : Understanding drivers of sub-seasonal variability in the East Asian Summer Monsoon.
  • Bay of Bengal Boundary Layer Experiment (BoBBLE) (2015) : Understanding the process which control sub-seasonal monsoon variability in the Asian Summer monsoon.

Other interests

  • I was recently commissioned by DfID (Department for International Development) to produce a series of reports on the impact of the 2015/16 El Niño and potential 2016/17 La Niña events on low- and middle-income countries across regions of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • I was part of the team who developed the ocean mixed-layer coupled configuration of the Met Office Unified Model MetUM-GOML
  • I spent time in 2011-2012 as a visiting scientist in the Meteorolgy and Climate Science department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana.

Recent Publications:

Publications for l.c.hirons@reading.ac.uk

Jump to: 2018 | 2016 | 2015 | 2013 | 2012
Number of items: 13.

2018

Hirons, L. and Turner, A. (2018) The impact of Indian Ocean mean-state biases in climate models on the representation of the East African short rains. Journal of Climate, 31 (16). pp. 6611-6631. ISSN 1520-0442 doi: https://doi.org/10.1175/JCLI-D-17-0804.1

Hirons, L. C., Klingaman, N. P. and Woolnough, S. J. (2018) The impact of air–sea interactions on the representation of tropical precipitation extremes. Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems, 10 (2). pp. 550-559. ISSN 1942-2466 doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/2017MS001252

2016

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2016) El Niño 2015/2016 impact analysis, monthly outlook March 2016. Report. Evidence on Demand, UK. doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.march2016.hironsletal3

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2016) El Niño 2015/2016 impact analysis, monthly outlook February 2016. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.february2016.hironsletal3

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2016) La Niña 2016/2017: historical impact analysis. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.february2016.hironsetal4

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2016) El Niño 2015/2016 impact analysis, monthly outlook January 2016. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.december2015.hironsletal2

2015

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2015) El Niño 2015/2016 impact analysis, monthly outlook December 2015. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.december2015.hironsletal1

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2015) El Niño 2015/2016 impact analysis, monthly outlook November 2015. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.november2015.hironsletal

Hirons, L. and Klingaman, N., (2015) El Niño 2015/2016: impact analysis of past El Niños. Report. Evidence on Demand doi: https://doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.august2015.hironsletal

Hirons, L.C., Klingaman, N.P. and Woolnough, S.J. (2015) MetUM-GOML: a near-globally coupled atmosphere–ocean-mixed-layer model. Geoscientific Model Development, 8. pp. 363-379. ISSN 1991-962X doi: https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-363-2015

2013

Hirons, L. C., Inness, P., Vitart, F. and Bechtold, P. (2013) Understanding advances in the simulation of intraseasonal variability in the ECMWF model. Part I: the representation of the MJO. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 139 (675). pp. 1417-1426. ISSN 1477-870X doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.2060

Hirons, L. C., Inness, P., Vitart, F. and Bechtold, P. (2013) Understanding advances in the simulation of intraseasonal variability in the ECMWF model. Part II: the application of process-based diagnostics. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 139 (675). pp. 1427-1444. ISSN 1477-870X doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/qj.2059

2012

Hirons, L. (2012) Understanding advances in the simulation of the Madden-Julian Oscillation in a numerical weather prediction model. PhD thesis, University of Reading.

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