About us

Observations, modelling and theory of cloud processes

Welcome to the Remote Sensing and Clouds group here in the Meteorology Department at Reading University.

We study cloud processes (microphysical, dynamical and radiative) using a variety of techniques ranging from observations of real clouds to idealised theory and models of individual processes. We also use state of the art remote-sensing observations to study clouds (and other processes in the atmosphere), and develop new measurement techniques and retrieval methods.

We have close links to the Chilbolton Observatory, which hosts a suite of radars, lidars, radiometers and other remote-sensing / meteorological instrumentation.

Recent Research

Laboratory experiments investigating falling snowflakes - Tuesday January 15 2019 - - In the UK there are, on average, just 23.7 days of snow fall or sleet a year. However, precipitation in the form of ice crystals, or snowflakes, is an important feature within the atmosphere, both in the UK and worldwide. Research indicates that 50% of global precipitation events are linked to the production of ice in clouds, either falling as snow or melting as it falls to produce rain1. This percentage increases to 85% of precipitation events in mid-latitudes, covering the UK, and 98% of precipitation events in Polar Regions. The small ice particles formed in clouds precipitate slowly, at… Read More...

Group Meetings

We meet most weeks during term time, 2-3pm on Thursdays in BH 1L43 (and also on MS Teams).

All are welcome, please contact Jen Stout (j.r.stout@pgr.reading.ac.uk) for more information, or if you would like to volunteer to give a talk.

Current Term Rota

We are currently meeting remotely in the Teams group.