Energy Meteorology Research Group

About our group

The aim of the Energy Meteorology research group is to understand the impact of weather and climate on the energy sector, and to develop new ways to exploit weather and climate information for energy risk management.

Our research spans a wide spectrum of space and time scales, from urban to global and from minutes to centuries. We draw upon state-of-the-art meteorological tools (including numerical weather prediction and global circulation models) to address a range of energy sector issues, including

  • wind farm modelling
  • resource characterisation
  • extreme events and insurance
  • forecasting and energy trading
  • system integration
  • impacts of future climate change

To foster an interdisciplinary approach to these issues, we work in partnership with the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), and collaborate closely with colleagues from accross the University of Reading (e.g., the Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Group, and the Walker Institute). We also work with a range of industrial and government partners.


Online courses in Climate Services, Climate Impact Modelling and Climate Intelligence for business

The need for high-quality meteorological information is becoming widespread as businesses, policy-makers and stakeholders seek to identify, understand and manage the risk of a changing climate. The Energy-Meteorology Research Group is therefore pleased to support a number of emerging online training courses seeking to support climate-information users in this complex and challenging space. With colleagues across the University, we released of a free-to-attend FutureLearn short course on Climate Intelligence: Using Climate Data to Improve Business Decision-Making. For a more in-depth introduction, we recommend our 6-week online taught course Climate Services and Climate Impacts Modelling.


Open Research

Open Research is a long-standing theme for the Energy Meteorology research group, and the group was recently selected (as finalists for the University of Reading’s Open Research Award 2021 ) and receiving the award for best presentation.  You can find out more about the datasets we have produced (and find out how to download and use them) on our “Models and Data” pages. A case study of our Open Research activity is available from the University OR site here (please select the case study “Data for the Transition to Clean Energy” or click here).

Contact us

Department of Meteorology
Earley Gate
PO Box 243