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Rob Thompson

Rob Thompson

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Meteorology, University of Reading
I'm a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Reading, currently doing research into rainfall measurement, looking at how we measure rainfall, its accuracy and usefulness, particularly for flood producing rainfall.

Most of my work has been in using dual-polarisation weather radar to get improved rainfall rates - often paired with disdrometers and rain gauges, and dealing with the issues they have during the heavy rains that matter the most, working on problems such as attenuation, beam blocking, the radar bright band and drop size distribution changes. Recent work is moving towards the measurement of rainfall from space on A new technique for measuring global rainfall. Previous work has been under a number of projects, most notably the NERC funded FFIR (Flooding From Intense Rainfall) programme.

I've also spent a number of years as a teaching fellow, teaching abroad range of courses for post- and undergraduate students in meteorology and related disciplines. They have included, fundamentals of synoptic meteorology, hydrology, statistics and computer programming - and have visited and taught in China - where the University of Reading has a partnership with NUIST.

Finally I have done a lot of outreach as I think its really important that the science we do can reach a wide audience, I've visited many schools, given public talks, taken part in national science week, written in magazines and newspapers and appear on TV reasonably frequently.

Education:
2007 University of Reading, PhD Meteorology
2002 University of Reading, BSc (Hons.) Physics and Meteorology

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Jan 25, 2023 04:39 am UTC| Nature

Cold winter weather in the UK almost always brings with it talk of snow. British people tend to approach weather forecasts of snow with a combination of excitement and trepidation. Who doesnt like the sight of unspoilt...

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