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Department of Meteorology – University of Reading

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A collaborative centre in which about 20 Met Office staff embedded in the University of Reading work with the academic staff on strategically important projects of common interest and mutual benefit.



  • Together, to deliver critical elements of the Met Office Science Strategy – notably through research in convective-scale modelling, very-high-resolution modelling, and assimilation of surface-based observations.
  • Together, to deliver operational and broader impact from meteorological, mathematical and Earth-observation research.
  • Reading is one of the Met Office Academic Partnership (MOAP) Universities and has the largest contingent of Met Office staff of any university.



  • MetOffice@Reading is carrying out a number of collaborative research activities mostly relating to km scale modelling systems.
  • Recent key collaborative activities have been DYMECS, urban surface parameterisation (ADD OTHERS).
  • In the last 6 years MetOffice@Reading staff have been co-authors on ~30 papers with University of Reading academics and have co-supervised ~10 PhD students and numerous MSc projects aligned to Met Office needs.
  • Involvement in many projects/campaigns with wider academia as well as Reading (e.g. COPE, FFIR,  ParaCon etc).
  • Two Met Office groups based in Reading accounting for 10 members of staff:
    • Convective Scale Modelling Research.
    • Assimilation of Surface-based Observations
  • Other Met Office staff and managers engaged in collaborative work.
  • Upcoming collaborative activities include WesCon, (OTHERS)


Key MetOffice@Reading Staff

  • Khalid Mahmood Administrator and first point of contact for queries.
  • Jason Lowe Met Office Principle Science Fellow Applied and Climate Science.
  • Nigel Roberts  Met Office Science Fellow, MO RAP Co-chair
  • Humphrey Lean Manager Convective Scale Modelling Research
  • David Simonin Manager Assimilation of Surface based observations.
  • Sylvia Bohnenstengel Manager RMED Evaluation Group
  • Aurore Porson Manager R2O operational Evaluation.


Table of interests of members of staff (link to MO external staff pages).


Internal reports

Much of the work done by members of MetOffice@Reading – previously known as the JCMM (Joint Centre for Mesoscale Meteorology) – was published in the form of internal reports (discontinued in 2003). If you would like more information on these reports, or if you would like a copy, please send an email to Khalid Mahmood

This page updated August 2021 

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