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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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Dr. Joanne Waller

MetOffice@Reading – Senior Scientist Assimilation Surface-based Observation


Associate editor for Monthly Weather Review.

Former chair of the Reasearch funded staff forum (Spring 2015 - Winter 2016).

Research Interests:

  • Data Assimilation.
  • Optimal use of observations.
  • Correlated observation errors.
  • Novel observations.

Research Projects:

  • FFIR-FRANC: Forecasting Rainfall exploiting new data Assimilation techniques and Novel observations of Convection
  • OSCA: Improving high impact weather forecasts via an international comparison of ObServation error Correlations in data Assimilation (OSCA)
  • FFIR-TENDERLY: Towards END-to End flood forecasting and a tool for ReaL-time catchment susceptibilitY
  • DARE : Data Assimilation for the REsilient city

Student supervision

PhD student supervision

  • Jemima Tabeart (2016 - present) is a PhD student working on the treatment of correlated observation errors in data assimilation. Joint supervision with S. Dance, A. Lawless, N. Nichols, S. Ballard and D. Simonin. MPE CDT
  • Zak Bell (2017 - present) . "Using urban observations in numerical weather prediction: mathematical techniques for multi-scale filtering". Joint supervision with S. Dance.
MSc student supervision

  • Miguel Cordoba (2015): MSc thesis - Atmospheric Motion Vectors and their observation error structure in a data assimilation context. Joint supervision with S. Dance and N. Nichols. Dept Meteorology.
  • Jemima Tabeart (2016) : MRes thesis - "On the variational data assimilation problem with non-diagonal observation weighting matrices". Joint supervision with S. Dance, A. Lawless, N. Nichols, S. Migliorini (Met Office) and F. Smith (Met Office)). MPE CDT.
Summer student supervision

  • Diego dePablos (2017): UROP project title - "Can cars provide high quality temperature observations for use in weather forecasting?". Joint supervision with S. Dance (Dept Meteorology).
  • Jeremy Holzke (2017): Project title - "Improving aircraft observations using data assimilation". Joint supervision with S. Dance (Dept Meteorology) and M. Kitchen (Met Office) .

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Last update: 1st September 2023



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