Dr Paul Williams

Senior Research Scientist (NCAS-Climate)

Web Pages:

My research: http://www.met.rdg.ac.uk/~williams

Responsibilities:

Royal Society University Research Fellow

Research Interests:

  • Small-scale features in the atmosphere and ocean
  • Clear-air turbulence
  • Numerical modelling and time-stepping
  • Stochastic parameterisation

Research Projects:

  • Improving predictive climate models through stochastic parameterization (Royal Society URF)
  • New insights into atmospheric turbulence (Royal Society research grant)
  • Philip Leverhulme Prize in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

  • Dr Nicola Howe is a postdoc working on stochastic eddy parameterisation in ocean models.
  • Dr Keri Nicoll is NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow working with the aviation and radiosonde industries.
  • Miss Julie Chenery is a graduate student working on ocean modelling.
  • Mr Graeme Marlton is a graduate student working on atmospheric turbulence measurements.

Other interests

  • Editor of Geophysical Research Letters
  • Science communication

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Recent Publications:

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Number of items: 35.

2014

Amezcua, J. and Williams, P. D. (2014) The composite-tendency RAW filter in semi-implicit integrations. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. ISSN 1477-870X doi: 10.1002/qj.2391

2013

Williams, P. D. and Joshi, M. M. (2013) Intensification of winter transatlantic aviation turbulence in response to climate change. Nature Climate Change, 3. pp. 644-648. ISSN 1758-6798 doi: 10.1038/nclimate1866

Williams, P. D. (2013) Achieving seventh-order amplitude accuracy in leapfrog integrations. Monthly Weather Review. ISSN 1520-0493 doi: 10.1175/MWR-D-12-00303.1 (In Press)

Williams, P. D., Cullen, M. J.P., Davey, M. K. and Huthnance, J. M. (2013) Mathematics applied to the climate system: outstanding challenges and recent progress. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 371 (1991). 20120518. ISSN 1471-2962 doi: 10.1098/rsta.2012.0518

2012

Williams, P. (2012) Comment on “A modified leapfrog scheme for shallow water equations” by Wen-Yih Sun and Oliver M.T. Sun. Computers & Fluids, 62. p. 91. ISSN 0045-7930 doi: 10.1016/j.compfluid.2012.02.023

Aplin, K. L. and Williams, P. D. (2012) Whether weather affects music. EOS Transactions, 93 (36). p. 347. ISSN 0096-3941 doi: 10.1029/2012EO360007

2011

Aplin, K. L. and Williams, P. D. (2011) Meteorological phenomena in Western classical orchestral music. Weather, 66 (11). pp. 300-306. ISSN 1477-8696 doi: 10.1002/wea.765

Jacoby, T. N. L., Read, P. L., Williams, P. D. and Young, R. M. B. (2011) Generation of inertia-gravity waves in the rotating thermal annulus by a localised boundary layer instability. Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 105 (2-3). pp. 161-181. ISSN 0309-1929 doi: 10.1080/03091929.2011.560151

Amezcua, J., Kalnay, E. and Williams, P. D. (2011) The effects of the RAW filter on the climatology and forecast skill of the SPEEDY model. Monthly Weather Review, 139 (2). pp. 608-619. ISSN 0027-0644 doi: 10.1175/2010MWR3530.1

2010

Palmer, T. and Williams, P. , eds. (2010) Stochastic physics and climate modelling. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp496. ISBN 9780521761055

Williams, P. D. (2010) Research resource review: Schultz DM 2009: Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker and Atmospheric Scientist. Boston, MA: American Meteorological Society. 440 pp. US$45 paper. ISBN: 978 1 878220 91 2. Progress in Physical Geography, 34 (5). pp. 729-731. ISSN 0309-1333 doi: 10.1177/03091333100340050102

Williams, P. D., Read, P. L. and Haine, T. W. N. (2010) Testing the limits of quasi-geostrophic theory: application to observed laboratory flows outside the quasi-geostrophic regime. Journal Of Fluid Mechanics , 649. pp. 187-203. ISSN 0022-1120 doi: DOI:10.1017/S0022112009993405

Williams, P. D., Guilyardi, E., Madec, G., Gualdi, S. and Scoccimarro, E. (2010) The role of mean ocean salinity in climate. Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans, 49 (2-3). pp. 108-123. ISSN 0377-0265 doi: 10.1016/j.dynatmoce.2009.02.001

2009

Knox, J. A., McCann, D. W. and Williams, P. D. (2009) "Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting" :Reply. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 66 (8). pp. 2511-2516. ISSN 0022-4928 doi: 10.1175/2009JAS3084.1

Williams, P. D. (2009) A Proposed Modification to the Robert–Asselin Time Filter. Monthly Weather Review, 137 (8). pp. 2538-2546. ISSN 0027-0644 doi: 10.1175/2009MWR2724.1

Williams, P. D., Haine, T., Read, P., Lewis, S. and Yamazaki, Y. (2009) QUAGMIRE v1.3: a quasi-geostrophic model for investigating rotating fluids experiments. Geoscientific Model Development, 2 (1). pp. 13-32.

Williams, P. D. (2009) Rapid climate change: an overview for economists. International Journal of Green Economics, 3 (1). pp. 63-76. ISSN 1744-9928 doi: 10.1504/IJGE.2009.026492

2008

Knox, J.A., McCann, D.W. and Williams, P. D. (2008) Application of the Lighthill-Ford theory of spontaneous imbalance to clear-air turbulence forecasting. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65 (10). pp. 3292-3304. ISSN 1520-0469 doi: DOI: 10.1175/2008JAS2477.1

Birner, T. and Williams, P. D. (2008) Sudden stratospheric warmings as noise-induced transitions. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65 (10). pp. 3337-3343. ISSN 1520-0469 doi: DOI: 10.1175/2008JAS2770.1

Palmer, T.N. and Williams, P. D. (2008) Introduction. Stochastic physics and climate modelling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Part A, 366 (1875). pp. 2421-2427. ISSN 1364-503X doi: DOI: 10.1098/rsta.2008.0059

Williams, P. D., Haine, T.W.N. and Read, P.L. (2008) Inertia-Gravity Waves Emitted from Balanced Flow: Observations, Properties, and Consequences. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 65 (11). pp. 3543-3556. ISSN 1520-0469 doi: DOI:10.1175/2008JAS2480.1

2007

Read, P., Yamazaki, H., Lewis, S., Williams, P. D., Wordsworth, R. and Miki-Yamazaki, K. (2007) Dynamics of convectively driven banded jets in the laboratory. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 64 (11). pp. 4031-4052. ISSN 1520-0469 doi: DOI: 10.1175/2007JAS2219.1

Williams, P. D., Guilyardi, E., Sutton, R. T., Gregory, J. M. and Madec, G. (2007) A new feedback on climate change from the hydrological cycle. Geophysical Research Letters, 34 (8). L08706. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: 10.1029/2007GL029275

Lewis, A. C., Evans, M. J., Methven, J., Watson, N. M., Lee, J. D., Hopkins, J. R., Purvis, R., Arnold, S. R., McQuaid, J., Whalley, L. K., Pilling, M. J., Heard, D. E., Monks, P. S., Parker, A. E., Reeves, C. E., Oram, D. E., Mills, G., Bandy, B. J., Stewart, D., Coe, H., Williams, P. I. and Crosier, J. (2007) Chemical composition observed over the mid-Atlantic and the detection of pollution signatures far from source regions. Journal of Geophysical Research, 112. D10S39. ISSN 0148-0227 doi: 10.1029/2006JD007584

2006

Methven, J., Arnold, S. R., Stohl, A., Evans, M. J., Avery, M., Law, K., Lewis, A. C., Monks, P. S., Parrish, D. D., Reeves, C. E., Schlager, H., Atlas, E., Blake, D. R., Coe, H., Crosier, J., Flocke, F. M., Holloway, J. S., Hopkins, J. R., McQuaid, J., Purvis, R., Rappengluck, B., Singh, H. B., Watson, N. M., Whalley, L. K. and Williams, P. I. (2006) Establishing Lagrangian connections between observations within air masses crossing the Atlantic during the International Consortium for Atmospheric Research on Transport and Transformation experiment. Journal of Geophysical Research, 111. D23S62. ISSN 0148-0227 doi: 10.1029/2006JD007540

Williams, P. D., Guilyardi, E., Sutton, R. T., Gregory, J. M. and Madec, G. (2006) On the climate response of the low-latitude Pacific Ocean to changes in the global freshwater cycle. Climate Dynamics, 27 (6). pp. 593-611. ISSN 0930-7575 doi: 10.1007/s00382-006-0151-7

Williams, P. D. and Galvin, J. F. P. (2006) A multitude of gravity waves. Weather, 61 (6). p. 180. ISSN 0043-1656 doi: DOI:10.1256/wea.134.04

Williams, P. D. (2006) Storm in a teacup. Weather, 59 (4). pp. 96-98. ISSN 0043-1656 doi: 10.1256/wea.152.03

2005

Williams, P. D., Haine, T. W. N. and Read, P. L. (2005) On the generation mechanisms of short-scale unbalanced modes in rotating two-layer flows with vertical shear. Journal Of Fluid Mechanics , 528. pp. 1-22. ISSN 0022-1120 doi: DOI:10.1017/S0022112004002873

Williams, P. D. (2005) Modelling climate change: the role of unresolved processes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 363 (1837). pp. 2931-2946. ISSN 1364-503X doi: DOI:10.1098/rsta.2005.1676

2004

Read, P. L., Yamazaki, Y. H., Lewis, S. R., Williams, P. D., Miki-Yamazaki, K., Sommeria, J., Didelle, H. and Fincham, A. (2004) Jupiter's and Saturn's convectively driven banded jets in the laboratory. Geophysical Research Letters, 31 (22). L22701. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: DOI:10.1029/2004GL020106

Williams, P. D., Haine, T. and Read, P. (2004) Stochastic resonance in a nonlinear model of a rotating, stratified shear flow, with a simple stochastic inertia-gravity wave parameterization. Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 11 (1). pp. 127-135. ISSN 1023-5809

Williams, P. D., Read, P.L. and Haine, T.W.N. (2004) A calibrated, non-invasive method for measuring the internal interface height field at high resolution in the rotating, two-layer annulus. Geophysical & Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics, 98 (6). pp. 453-471. ISSN 0309-1929 doi: DOI:10.1080/03091920412331296366

2003

Williams, P. D. (2003) Spontaneous generation and impact of inertia-gravity waves in a stratified, two-layer shear flow. Geophysical Research Letters, 30 (24). 2255. ISSN 0094-8276 doi: DOI:10.1029/2003GL018498

2002

Haine, T. and Williams, P. D. (2002) The role of nonhydrostatic dynamics in controlling development of a surface ocean front. Ocean modelling, 4 (2). pp. 121-135. ISSN 1463-5003 doi: DOI:10.1016/S1463-5003(01)00014-2

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