Research groups

The Department of Meteorology is world-renowned for its pioneering research on the fundamental dynamics and physics of weather and climate. Our research groups tackle some of the most critical environmental issues facing society today, including understanding and predicting climate, hazardous weather & air pollution. (Download a copy of our latest research brochure.)

We are a thriving community of over 200 research scientists. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 75% of our research was graded as world leading or internationally excellent, making us the highest-graded UK department focusing on the fundamental science of weather and climate. We are highly successful in attracting research funding and many of our scientists play a leading role in defining national and international research agendas and science policy. We continue to diversify: in 2013, the University's Academic Investment Project led to 28 new academic appointments in the area of Climate and Environmental Sciences.

Our research is organized into several overlapping themes, and we host scientists from a number of research centres. Follow the links above for details of our research groups, or see a list of our Faculty and Senior Research Staff.

Weather Theme

Research areas include mesoscale and dynamical processes, boundary-layer and urban meteorology, radar meteorology, cloud physics and African meteorology.

Climate Theme

Research areas include climate variability and change, radiative transfer, aerosol-climate interactions, oceanography, atmospheric electricity, tropical climate, land-surface processes and stratospheric dynamics.

Earth Observation and Space Theme

Research areas include high-resolution atmospheric data assimilation, data assimilation theory, space weather, land-surface remote sensing, cloud and precipitation remote sensing, and remote sensing and modelling of volcanoes.

We have strong research links with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (with whom we form the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences), notably in the areas of data assimilation, and numerical methods for computational fluid dynamics and electromagnetic scattering. We also work closely with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) located close to the University.

For further information contact the Head of Department for Research Professor Keith Haines.

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One hundred years of Reading weather

Public Lecture, Feb 2016