PhD Students

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Current PhD students

Helen Hooker "Enhancing forecasting flood inundation mapping through data assimilation" Jointly supervised with David Mason (Geography), John Bevington and Kay Shelton (JBA). Funded by NERC SCENARIO DTP and CASE sponsorship from JBA Trust

Gwyneth Matthews "Multi-Model data assimilation techniques for flood forecasting" Jointly supervised with Hannah Cloke and Christel Prudhomme,ECMWF. Funded by EPSRC and ECMWF

Laura Mansfield "Model reduction using emulation for understanding and predicting climate responses to different regional emission forcing" Taken over supervision from Richard Everitt in 2019. Co-supervised by Brian Hoskins and Apostolos Voulgarakis, Imperial College. Funded by EPSRC Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training.

Zak Bell "Using Urban Observations In Numerical Weather Prediction: Mathematical Techniques For Multi-Scale Filtering" Jointly supervised with Jo Waller, funded by the University of Reading

Previous students

Jemima Tabeart (2019) "On the treatment of correlated observation errors in data assimilation" Jointly supervised with A.S. Lawless, N.K. Nichols, J.A. Waller, funded by the EPSRC Mathematics of Planet Earth Centre for Doctoral Training and NCEO. On completion of her PhD, Jemima was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Semester Programme "Model and dimension reduction in uncertain and dynamic systems" at the The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM), Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 2020. Jemima is now a PDRA at the University of Edinburgh.

Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper (2019) "Improving flood predictions using data assimilation" Jointly supervised with J. Garcia-Pintado, N.K. Nichols, P.J. Smith, Terri Freemantle (Satellite Applications Catapult) funded by the NERC SCENARIO Doctoral Training Partnership and CASE sponsorship from the Satellite Applications Catapult. Liz works as a PDRA at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford.

Ewan Pinnington (2017) "Understanding the information content in diverse observations of forest carbon stocks and fluxes for data assimilation and modelling" Jointly supervised with T. Quaife, N.K. Nichols, A. S. Lawless and J. Morison (Forest Research), funded by by a competitive NERC Industrial CASE award with Forest Research, £ 12998. Ewan works as a PDRA at the University of Reading

Andrew Mirza (2017) "On the Utilization of Aircraft Derived Observations for Operational Meteorology and Numerical Weather Prediction." Jointly supervised with Sue Ballard and Gabriel Rooney (Met Office), funded by the Met Office. On completion of his PhD, Andrew was working for th Met Office.

Africa Perianez (2015) "Localization in the ensemble Kalman filter" Jointly supervised with Roland Potthast and funded by the DWD (German Weather Service)). Africa's destination on graduation was a PDRA post at RIKEN, Japan.

Joanne Waller (2013) "Using Observations at Different Spatial Scales in Data Assimilation for Environmental Prediction" Jointly supervised with A.S. Lawless, N.K. Nichols and J.R. Eyre (Met Office), funded by a NERC CASE award with the Met Office, £21,000 Joanne works as a PDRA at Reading.

Polly Smith (2010) "Changing coastlines: data assimilation for morphodynamic prediction and monitoring" Jointly supervised with N.K. Nichols and S. Surendran (Environment Agency) funded by NERC Project Studentship NE/E002048/1, CASE with the Environment Agency, £ 3,750) After graduation Polly took a 2 year position at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and has now returned to Reading as a PDRA.

Laura Stewart (2010) "Correlated observation errors in data assimilation" Jointly supervised with N.K. Nichols and J.R. Eyre (Met Office), funded by a competitive NERC Open CASE award with the Met Office, £ 16950. Laura now works for the UK Met Office.

Dr Gillian Baxter (2009) "4D-Var for high resolution nested models with a range of scales" Jointly supervised with A.S. Lawless, N.K. Nichols. S.P. Ballard (Met Office), funded by a NERC CASE award with the Met Office, £ 16950) Gillian's destination on graduation was a job as a weather forecaster for a small company. (Gillian appears on the right of the photograph, taken at the Adjoint Workshop 2006)

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