Welcome to David Brayshaw's home page
My primary interest is understanding planetary- to regional- scale circulation in the atmosphere, particularly the Northern Hemisphere midlatitude storm tracks and their impact on European and Mediterranean climate. My publications are listed here.
I currently work on the NERC-funded project "Impacts of Spatio-Climatic Variability on Environment-Hosted Land Based Renewables: Micro-climates". In particular, I am interested in understanding the impact of climate change and variability on power generation from weather-dependent renewable energy resources (wind, wave, solar, etc). Initial examples have included the impact of the North Atlantic Oscillation ( NAO ) on wind speed distributions over the UK region, how this affects the power output from turbines, and the way it can be used to improve seasonal forecasts of wind-power generation.
I co-supervised an MSc student in 2009, "Can the wind energy industry benefit from seasonal forecasting?" exploring this issue.
From 2007-2009 I worked in the Water, Life and Civilisation project at Reading University, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. As part of this I used GCM and RCM simulations to examine changes in the regional climate of the Mediterranean over the last 12,000 years. Critical to this is developing a deeper understanding of the climate processes affecting the Mediterranean, particularly the rain-bearing Mediterranean storm track during winter.
The building blocks of the North Atlantic storm track
I completed my PhD (title: "Large Scale Forcing of the North Atlantic Storm Track") in late 2006/early 2007. This work uses idealised GCM simulations to assess the role of midlatitude sea-surface temperatures, land-sea contrast and orography in forming the storm track structure observed in the northern hemisphere winter. It was supervised by Brian Hoskins and Mike Blackburn at Reading and Gill Martin at the Met Office.
Other areas of interest
I partipated in the Bern 2005 Young Scientists Summit on Climate Change and its Impacts on Cities. Details of this (including the manifesto produced) are here. I have also given talks on the science of climate change to non-specialist audiences.
After graduating from Durham University (MSci Theoretical Physics) in June 2001, I worked as a software developer (2001-2003).