PhD studentship on extreme surface wind forecasting

University of Reading, UK
Closing date: not specified

Fully-funded PhD studentship at the Department of Meteorology, Reading, UK with the Met Office as Industry CASE partner on ‘The impact of atmosphere-wave-ocean coupling on extreme surface wind forecasts’ (for UK/EU students)

A PhD studentship is available for a student who would like to work in collaboration with the Met Office to determine how to improve weather forecasts of potentially damaging extreme surface winds.

Skilful weather and climate forecasts are vital for protecting lives and livelihoods and managing the effects of climate change. New capabilities in the use of observations, cloud-scale numerical weather prediction models, models that couple the atmosphere and ocean processes, and ensemble prediction systems capable of generating multiple forecasts of the same event can improve weather forecasts and so improve early warnings. Our project will investigate predictions of localised extreme wind speeds and gusts using a new cloud-scale coupled atmosphere-wave-ocean model.

The aim of this project is to determine whether and how coupling between atmosphere, wave and ocean models improves surface wind speed and gust forecasts associated with winter storms.

Our CASE partner is the Met Office and our collaboration is with the Environmental Prediction Development Team, part of Weather Science. This project will exploit the new UK Environmental Prediction (UKEP) regional coupled system that was developed by this team. The UKEP system is the first convective-scale coupled model for the UK. Extratropical cyclones (also known as winter storms, windstorms, or low-pressure depressions) are a major wind hazard for the UK. We will work with our Met Office collaborators to determine whether this UKEP system can yield improved forecasts of surface winds and gusts associated with extratropical cyclones and, if so, the reasons why this occurs.

See for more details on the project, and information on how to apply.

Informal enquiries are very welcome to the project lead supervisor, Prof. Sue Gray (,

Note that funding is not available for students who are not from the UK or EU. Funding eligibility for EU students may be subject to UK residency requirements.

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