Research Divisions and 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 divsions and research groups tackle some of the most critical environmental issues facing society today, including understanding and predicting climate, hazardous weather & air pollution.

Our three Research Divisions are Weather, Climate and Earth Observation and Space.

Operating within and across the three Research Divisions are our research groups, whose activities may be part of any (or all) of the Research Divisions, and so research group details are listed individually.

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With over 200 staff, the Department of Meteorology is one of the largest departments within the University of at Reading, and one of the largest and most successful meteorology departments in the world.

The Department is part of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences, with much joint activity across the three departments, including five joint appointments, one at Chair level. The School is proud to host important national activity in the atmospheric and earth sciences, including large parts of NERC NCAS and NERC NCEO, which add hugely to research activity and environmental specialisms across the departments. We are also host to the Statistical Services Centre, a commercial consultancy and training unit working with a global client base and integrated into the teaching of statistics across the School, and Counting Lab, a successful spin-off company from Mathematics & Statistics. We currently host and lead the University’s Walker Institute for Climate System Research, which is at the forefront of the science of climate change and its implications for future human society. A huge and distinctive asset to the School is that we are also home to approximately 25 Met Office scientists, embedded into our research activities.

This large activity is supported by significant investment by research funders and other partners, currently over £50M of competitively won research grants and contracts, supporting our large research community together with over 110 PhD students. Reflecting our very strong industrial and commercial links, appointments at professorial level are funded by the Met Office and business/industrial partners.

Our research strengths were reflected in our strong performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) exercise. Within the Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences Unit of Assessment (which included work from the Departments of Meteorology, Mathematics & Statistics, and Geography & Environmental Science as well as staff employed by the Met Office), 86% of our research was rated World Class or Internationally Excellent. Research in this area is centred on the general theme of understanding environmental systems in the past, the present and the future. Knowledge gained is used to inform policy in environmental management and sustainable development, and to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies in response to environmental change. In this Unit of Assessment, we were ranked third in the UK by Research Power, with 51% of our impact submissions rated ‘outstanding’ (4*), and fifth in the UK by Research Intensity. Reflecting this research reputation, our staff are embedded in decision-making and leadership roles across the academic community and beyond, for example on the ¬†Councils of the Royal Statistical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society, the Joint Mathematical Council, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, the Institute of Physics, the UK Government Climate Change Committee, and the Board of the Met Office. Our staff Chair the European Space Agency Earth Science Advisory Committee, and head up a large part of NERC NCEO, the British Atmospheric Data Centre and the Computational Modelling Services and Climate arms of NERC NCAS.We also work closely with the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) located close to the University.

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