Visitor programme

Distinguished Visitor Programme

Invited by PhD Students

Since 2008 the Department has run a very successful Distinguished Visitor Programme. This prestigious programme encourages the PhD students to vote for an eminent atmospheric scientist to invite and host within the department for a few days.

Rich Rotunno, NCARFor 2016, our PhD Student Distinguished Visitor was Richard Rotunno from the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, who visited in early June.

Rich Rotunno has worked on the theory and modeling of a number of meteorological phenomena including tornadoes, supercell thunderstorms, squall lines, hurricanes, polar lows, midlatitude cyclones and fronts, stratified flow past mountains, sea breezes, and variety of related fluid-dynamics problems such vortex instability, density currents, internal bores and hydraulic jumps. Current research interests include orographic precipitation and atmospheric predictability.

Previous Distinguished Visitors include -

  • 2014 - Professor Jürg Beer - Eawag Institute
  • 2013 - Professor Isaac Held - Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) - Thoughts on Climate Theory
  • 2012 - Professor Kevin Trenberth - The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
  • 2011 - Professor Susan Solomon - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
  • 2010 - Professor Kerry Emanuel - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • 2009 - Professor Heini Wernli - ETH Zurich

PhD students with Professor Isaac Held in 2013PhD students with Professor Isaac Held in 2013



PhD students with Professor Jürg Beer in 2014PhD students with Professor Jürg Beer in 2014

Invited by Early Career Researchers

Since 2011, the Distinguished Visitor Program has expanded and encouraged that the Early Career Researchers in the Department vote for their own Distinguished Visitor to invite and host the visitor in around October. This initiative has led to visits from:

2012 - Professor David Randall - Colorado State University, Colorado, USA - Simulations of tropical variability with a super-parameterization *

2013 - Professor Dennis Hartmann, University of Washington, USA

2014 - Dr Clara Deser, Head, Climate Analysis Section: National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, USA - Uncertainty in Climate Change Projections : The Role of Internal Atmospheric Circulation Variability *

*Internal access only

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