Group members


Prof David Brayshaw (Group lead, Professor of Climate Science and Energy Meteorology)

Impacts of weather and climate on human and environmental systems, particularly power systems at regional, national and international scales. Weather and climate forecasting for energy applications; management of climate risk; large-scale atmospheric dynamics and the extra-tropical storm tracks.

Website: David Brayshaw


Prof Janet Barlow (Professor of Environmental Physics)

Boundary layer meteorology and experimental techniques applied to the boundary layer, e.g. Doppler lidar. Urban climate and impacts on urban energy demand and supply, and development of Building Energy Models for use within urban microclimates. Quantification of variability in wind and solar supply, and assessment of micro wind turbines in urban-type wind-flows. Wind farm scale energy resource estimation.

Website: Janet Barlow


Prof John Methven (Professor of Atmospheric Dynamics)

The dynamics of weather systems and the predictability of the atmosphere. Airborne transport of atmospheric constituents, such as water vapour and pollution. Observational experiments for dynamics research.

Website: John Methven


Dr Stefan Thor Smith (Associate Professor in Energy Systems and the Built Environment)

Sensitivity of energy systems to weather, and the implications of weather and climate considerations to understanding energy system behaviour. Impact of energy systems to local climate, particularly at an urban scale; modelling energy-environment interactions in the context of complex systems theory.

Website: Stefan Smith


Dr Salim Poovadiyil (Senior research scientist)

Climate Intelligence for Energy Systems.



Dr Hannah Bloomfield (Visiting scientist)

Energy systems and climate, particularly how increased amounts of variable renewable generation will effect future energy systems.  Previously a PhD student and worked on S2S4E and ECEM. PhD title: Future climate, future energy

Website: Hannah Bloomfield


James Fallon (PhD student)


PhD title: Understanding forecast value in complex decision-making systems.



Izzi Ariail (PhD student)

Wilkie-Calvert Scheme (Reading Uni) and Climate-X.

PhD title: Climate change and energy system reliability.



Ben Hutchins (PhD student)

SCENARIO DTP with Met Office.

PhD title: Decadal climate forecasting for the energy sector.


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Department of Meteorology
Earley Gate
PO Box 243