ACADEMIC STAFF

Thorwald Stein

Thorwald Stein

Lecturer in clouds

Interested in convection, dynamics of clouds, turbulence and evaluation of convection and turbulence-permitting numerical models using radar observations.

Chris Westbrook

Chris Westbrook

Lecturer

Interested in cloud microphysics (especially ice), radar & lidar remote-sensing methods, laboratory experiments on ice particle aerodynamics, scattering of electromagnetic waves by complex (ice) particles.

Anthony Illingworth

Anthony Illingworth

Emeritus Professor

Interested in use of radar to profile clouds, evaluation of operational forecast models. Scientific leader of EarthCARE mission. Developing new concepts for spaceborne observations of winds and their assimilation into NWP.

Christine Chiu

Christine Chiu

Colorado State University

Interested in radiative transfer in clouds, novel remote-sensing techniques including 3D scanning cloud radar, and optimal estimation retrieval algorithms.

Robin Hogan

Robin Hogan

Professor (part time, mostly based at ECMWF)

Interested in radiative transfer, scattering, development of variational retrieval algorithms with application to EarthCARE and other remote-sensing platforms.

 RESEARCH STAFF

Shannon Mason

Shannon Mason

NCEO researcher

Developing retrieval techniques for EarthCARE, especially exploitation of Doppler capability.

Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Teaching Fellow

Research into precipitation and rainfall using dual polarisation radar. Radar correction techniques for rainfall estimation.

Matt Feist

Matt Feist

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Turbulence measurement using radar and evaluation of turbulence-permitting numerical models.

Mark McCorquodale

Mark McCorquodale

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Using 3D-Printed analogues to understand the aerodynamics of complex ice particles.

Karina McCusker

Ewan O'Connor

Karina McCusker

Post Doctoral Research Assistant

Scattering from complex ice particles, and development of fast approximate methods for solution of 3D electromagnetic scattering problems.

Ewan O'Connor

Visiting fellow, primary affiliation FMI

Developing retrieval techniques for turbulence, wind and boundary layer propertied from Doppler lidar. Evaluation of clouds, aerosol and turbulence in numerical models.

John Nicol

John Nicol

Based in New Zealand

Research into radar measurement techniques, especially for WIVERN wind satellite concept. Refractivity and vertical velocity retrieval using radar.

 RESEARCH STUDENTS

Ben Courtier

Ben Courtier

PhD Year 3

Cloud electrification - evaluation of lightning paramterisations using ATD measurements and polarimetric radar observations

Liam Till

Liam Till

PhD Year 2

Updraft structures in convective clouds and the role of updraft mergers on cloud evolution using single Doppler radar.

Alexander Doyle

Alexander Doyle

PhD Year 1

Understanding monsoon cloud development using Doppler weather radar and high-resolution modelling

 MET OFFICE @ READING COLLEAGUES

Lee Hawkness Smith

Lee Hawkness-Smith

Radar Scientist Data Assimilation

Assimilation of radar reflectivity into numerical models providing direct observations to constrain the model.

David Simonin

David Simonin

Senior Scientist Data Assimilation

Assimilation of radar derived refractivity change and Doppler radar winds into numerical models

FORMER MEMBERS

Will Keat

Will Keat

Post Doctoral Researcher

Interested in convective initiation and storm morphology, numerical modelling of convection and dual polarisation radar

Caroline Sandford

Based at Met Office

Use of polarimetric variables to improve vertical profile corrections for operational rainfall estimation)