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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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Research Divisions


Meteorology has three research divisions –

Details of each Research Division activities and news can be found in the environment theme links above and on departmental pages listed below.

World leading research in weather, climate and earth observation is also undertaken in coordination with the Natural Environment Research Council research centres.


The Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading has a long and established track record of impactful research, working with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits. We welcome partnership enquiries from commercial and industrial organisations; contact us for an initial project discussion.

  • African farmers : satellite-based rainfall monitoring helps African food security
  • Emissions : Assessing the potential climate impacts of industrial gases
  • Flooding : Assessing London’s flood risk up to 2100
  • Stingjets : Better forecasts of extreme windstorms – understanding ‘sting jets’
  • Storm tracks : Identifying and tracking damaging storms
  • Volcanic ash : Quantifying volcanic ash risks to aviation
  • Volcanoes : Monitoring volcanic hazards using satellite- and ground-based radar

Our research covers a very wide range as can be seen from some of our recent case studies above: topics include many aspects of environmental and Earth system science, centred on core expertise in meteorology, hydrology and biogeochemistry – but also areas as diverse as volcanism, climate science, paleoclimatology, storm hazards, boundary layer dynamics, groundwater systems, soil and aquatic ecology and chemistry, glaciology, radiative processes, urban meteorology, airborne dispersal, sea level rise, space weather, atmospheric chemistry, sea ice, atmospheric electricity, security of food, energy and water supply, and many others. Our research includes monitoring (from the ground and from space), targeted observations, numerical modelling (often using top-end high-performance computing) understanding processes, and algorithm development and testing. Some of our research is directed at defining and solving specific problems, other components are fundamental science.

Much multi-disciplinary research is carried out with other groups elsewhere within the University of Reading and other institutes.

Research impact is achieved via a variety of products including provision of evidence, advice, data, model predictions and codes, algorithms, scenario tests, equipment and forecasting procedures. These underpin environmental management, policy-making, and sound economic practice in a wide range of organisations in both commercial and public sectors. We work with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners to achieve significant social and economic benefits, and welcome partnership and project-based enquiries from commercial and industrial organisations, contact us for an initial discussion. Our applied research covers a very wide range from forecasting damaging winds in so-called sting jets to monitoring volcanic hazards in the Caribbean, as can be seen from some of our recent case studies above.

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