Peter Jan van Leeuwen

Professor in Data assimilation

Interim Director of the National Centre for Earth Observation ( NCEO )

Head of the Data Assimilation Research Centre ( DARC )

Associate editor Monthly Weather Review (see here )

Member of several scientific societies (who cares).

New Master in Data Assimilation and Inverse Modelling for Geosciences

This exciting new course started in Oct 2010 and is running smoothly. The first MSc students with full knowledge of data assimilation and inverse methods in geosciences have graduated this year, obtaining jobs at Statoil in Norway and as PhD student in Meteorology here in Reading.

Apply now for the 2012-2013 course here .

Check out the three new vacancies (left column, under Research) !!!

Research areas

  • Advanced data assimilation in non-linear models (e.g. particle filters)
  • Agulhas system
  • Geophysical fluid dynamics
  • Data analysis
  • Perturbation methods
  • Low-frequency (period a few minutes) wave generation by breaking wind waves

Sea-surface height evolution in the Agulhas area obtained from assimilating

altimeter sea-surface height in a 5-layer QG ocean model using

Sequential Importance Resampling (SIR)



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  • Telephone:
    +44 (0) 118 378 5578
  • Address:
    Dept. of Meteorology
    Univ. of Reading
    Earley Gate
    P.O. Box 243
    Reading RG6 6BB
    United Kingdom


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