Mathew Owens: Personal webpage

I am a Professor of Space Physics in the Department of Meteorology. I am currently the Programme Director for the new Environmental Physics BSc.

Links to a (probably updated) publication list, (probably outdated) CV and (only slowly changing) research interests can be found in the left-hand panel.

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Research Interests:

  • The heliospheric magnetic field
  • The source of the slow solar wind
  • Empirical and numerical space-weather forecasting
  • Reconstructions of long-term solar variability
  • More information can be found here. A list of publications is available here.

Research Projects:

    • Solar wind data assimilation (NERC funded)
    • Creation/destruction of heliospheric magnetic flux (STFC funded)
    • Space Weather Impact on Ground-based Systems (NERC funded)
    • Driving Space Weather forecasts with real data (NERC funded): Can determining background solar wind conditions by using data from the NASA STEREO spacecraft improve the accuracy of space weather forecast models?
    • The heliosphere and space weather under space-climate change (STFC funded)
    • Geomagnetic, sunspot and cosmogenic nuclide reconstructions of the solar magnetic field (Leverhulme funded)

Current postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

  • Shannon Jones Working on coronal mass ejections using Heliospheric Imager observations. Co-supervised with Prof Chris Scott
  • Austin Jones Studying the link between thunderstorm activity and the ionosphere. Co-supervised with Prof Chris Scott
  • Teo Bloch Applying machine learning to space physics problems. Co-supervised with Dr Clare Watt
  • Carl Haines Characterising geomagnetic disturbances. In conjunction with EDF Energy.
  • Dr Allan Macneil Analysing solar wind electron observations of the inner heliosphere.
  • Dr Luke Barnard Working on solar wind model initiation using heliospheric imager data and space climate reconstructions.

Previous postdocs & students

  • Dr Maria Valdivieso da Costa Digitising and processing historical thunder observations
  • Sarah Bentley Working on solar wind driving of magnetospheric wave power and its effects on the radiation belts. Co-supervised with Dr Clare Watt
  • Dr Mai Mai Lam Working on space-troposphere coupling and space influences ont eh global atmospheric electric circuit
  • Dr Adam El-Said Testing the "Enlil" solar wind model initialised with Heliospheric Imager data
  • Kim Tucker-Hood (co-supervised with Dr Chris Davis and Prof David Jackson through a Met Office CASE award). Working on solar storm forecasting from heliospheric imager data
  • Simon Thomas Analysing ground-based neutron monitor data
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    • Office:
      2U03 Met
    • Email: Mathew Owens
    • Telephone:
      +44 (0) 118 378 5282

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