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 publication list, CV and research interests can be found in the left-hand panel.

Recent news

  • Jan 2017: The Guardian has done an excellent job of debunking the recent Little Ice Age stories, with reference to recent Reading work.
  • Dec 2017: Commentary on my recent solar wind forecasting work from The American Geophysical Union's EOS and the Space Weather journal.
  • Dec 2017: My article on the correspondence between the Little Ice Age and the Maunder minimum is Open Access here.
  • Nov 2017: Interested in doing a PhD in space weather? Apply here.
  • Jun 2017: My article on the coherence of CMEs has been published. IFLScience provided a good write up.
  • Feb 2017: Kim Tucker-Hood, my PhD student co-supervised with Prof. Chris Scott, has passed her viva, subject to minor thesis corrections. Huge congratulations to Kim!
  • Jan 2017: My article on reconstructing the solar wind over the last four centuries has been published. There's a nice write up on IFLScience.
  • Jun 2016: The Guardian have a nice summary of my recent work on thunder day observations.
  • Mar 2016: I'm now an Associate Editor for Solar Physics, specialising in heliospheric science.
  • Mar 2016: My former PhD student, Simon Thomas, has won the Department of Meteorology's Ian James thesis prize. Read it here.
  • Jan 2016: The American Geophysical Union have a EOS spotlight article on my recent solar wind-lightning research

    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:

      • 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)

    Postdoctoral & graduate student supervision

    • Dr Luke Barnard Working on solar wind model initiation using heliospheric imager data and space climate reconstructions.
    • Sarah Bentley Working on solar wind driving of magnetospheric wave power and its effects on the radiation belts. Co-supervised with Dr Clare Watt.

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  • Office:
    2U03 Met
  • Email: Mathew Owens
  • Telephone:
    +44 (0) 118 378 5282

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