Who we are

Members of the University of Reading’s Land Surface Processes Cluster

The cross-School interdisciplinary Land Surface Processes cluster combines research carried out at the University of Reading within the Department of Geography and Environmental Science, the Department of Meteorology, and NCAS-Climate together with external collaborators, in particular the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the British Geological survey (BGS), the Met Office Hadley Centre and the European Centre for Medium range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

The cluster aims to generate impactful knowledge on the Critical Zone in the context of a range of research (predominantly NERC funded) and PhD projects, ranging from studies on climate extremes (flooding, droughts, heatwaves), to renewable energy (ground source heat pumps, biofuels). More widely, we participate in (inter)national research efforts on monitoring and modelling (e.g. CMIP) of the global water, energy and carbon balance (WRCP, GEWEX).

Who 1: Academic staff, Research staff, and PDRAs
Within SAGES: Geography & Environmental Science
Hèou Maléki Badjana; Papers: Google Scholar
Joanna Clark; Papers: Google Scholar
Hannah Cloke; Papers: Google Scholar
Sandy Harrison; Papers: Google Scholar
Nathanael Harwood; Papers: Google Scholar
Will Maslanka
Jess Neumann; Papers: Google Scholar
Shovonlal Roy; Papers: Google Scholar
Maria Shahgedanova; Papers: Google Scholar
Anne Verhoef; Papers: Google Scholar
Andrew Wade; Papers: Google Scholar
Kevin White; Papers: Google Scholar
Azin Howells Wright
Within Meteorology or NCAS
Emily Black; Papers: Google Scholar
Lewis Blunn
Cristina Charlton Perez
Omduth Coceal; Papers: Google Scholar
Peter Clark; Papers: Google Scholar
Sue Grimmond; Papers: Google Scholar
Denise Hertwig; Papers: Google Scholar
Mathew Lipson (visitor from the University of New South Wales, Australia); Papers: Google Scholar
Patrick McGuire; Papers: Google Scholar
Tristan Quaife; Papers: Google Scholar
Reinhard Schiemann; Papers: Google Scholar
Ting Sun; Papers: Google Scholar
Markus Todt
Andrew Turner; Papers: Google Scholar
Pier Luigi Vidale; Papers: Google Scholar
Charlie Williams (visitor from the University of Bristol); Papers: Google Scholar
Within Agriculture
Michelle Felton

Who 2: PhD Students
Adetunji Alex Adekanmbi; Papers: Google Scholar
Impact of climate change on soil respiration and resilience
Dedy Antony
Factors affecting soil carbon storage at depth in different land uses in UK
Noel Clancy
Impacts of air pollutants on vegetation, carbon dioxide and climate
Helen Johnson; Papers: Google Scholar
Impact of black carbon impurities in snow on medium range weather forecasts (based at Met Office)
Alexander Kuhn-Regnier
Predicting the ecological impacts of future fire activity on a global scale (also at Imperial College London)
Giulia Mengoli
Development of mathematical models to predict vegetation response to climate change (also at Imperial College London)
Phiala Mehring
Get your water out of my lounge
Beth Saunders
Surface fluxes, temperatures and boundary layer evolution at the building greyzone in London
Meg Stretton
A global perspective on the urban heat island effect
Luke Sweeney
The impact of anthropogenic land-use changes on fire regimes during the Holocene

Who 3: Master’s Students
David Kesner

Who 4: recent PhD alumni
Ahmed Al-Arazah
Monitoring and modelling of drought in Iraq (awarded 2017)
Dagmawi Teklu Asfaw; Papers: Google Scholar
Combining multiple streams of environmental dataset to decision support tools for a maize-based system in sub-Saharan Africa (viva 2019)
Lewis Blunn (now at the University of Reading)
Characterising Mixing and Pollution Transport in the Urban Boundary Layer (viva 2021)
Renato Braghiere; Papers: Google Scholar
Improving short wave radiative transfer for vegetation in land surface models (viva 2017)
Amsalework Ejigu
Ensemble generation in land surface models for soil moisture data assimilation (viva 2020)
Rebecca Emerton (now at ECMWF); Papers: Google Scholar
Extending the predictability of flood hazard at the global scale (awarded 2019)
Benjamin M. Jones
Quantifying and understanding the uptake of plant protection products from soil into plants (viva 2020)
Kirsten Lees
Measuring peatland carbon uptake by remote sensing (awarded 2019)
Andrea Manrique Suñén (now at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
Representation of vegetation processes in land surface models (awarded 2016)
William Morrison; Papers: Google Scholar
Urban ground-based thermography (viva 2020)

Catharine Pschenyckyj (now at Northumbria University)
Recent changes in carbon cycling in upland organic soils in response to changing acidity (viva 2018)
Jennifer Price
Remote sensing data to test and constrain a dynamic global vegetation model (awarded 2015)
Azin Howells Wright (now at the University of Reading)
The effect of land surface hydrological process representation on drought prediction (awarded 2020)
Duick Young (now at Meteogroup, Wageningen, the Netherlands)
Representing urban vegetation in weather and climate models
(viva 2019)

Who 5: recent other alumni
Fernanda Batista-Silva (visitor from National Institute for Space Research, Brazil)
Peter Cook (now at University of Exeter)
Ian Davenport (now at University of Edinburgh)
Arnaud Duranel (consultant to the University); Papers: Google Scholar
Angie Elwin (now at World Animal Protection)
Sebastien Garrigues (visitor from INRA, France); Papers: Google Scholar
Ella Gilbert (now at British Antarctic Survey); Papers: Google Scholar
Thibault Hallouin; Papers: Google Scholar
Chloe Largeron (now at Météo-France); Papers: Google Scholar
Doudou Li (visitor from Beijing Forestry University, China); Papers: Google Scholar
Arathy Menon (now at the Met Office); Papers: Google Scholar
Omar Müller (now at Universidad Nacional del Litoral & CONICET, Argentina); Papers: Google Scholar
Rodolfo Nobrega (now at Imperial College London); Papers: Google Scholar
Pablo Paiewonsky (now at University of Albany and Quantum Risk Analytics)
Ewan Pinnington; Papers: Google Scholar
Suvarna Punalekar (now at Aberystwyth University); Papers: Google Scholar
Charlie Williams (now at Univ. Bristol, with a visiting position at Univ. Reading); Papers: Google Scholar
Vadim Yapiyev (visitor from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan); Papers: Google Scholar