I am a land surface modeller with particular interests in hydrology and its interactions with other biogeochemical processes. Most of my recent work has used the JULES land surface model and often considers the large spatial scales typical of climate and earth system models. In particular I am interested in:
- developing the JULES model so that it can be used for new areas of science, e.g. the nitrogen cycle
- making the hydrology of land surface schemes more realistic, for example by including better representations of wetlands, dams and reservoirs.
My current or recent work includes:
- adding a representation of the terrestrial nitrogen cycle to JULES. This involves coupling JULES to the ECOSSE model of soil C and N processes and the FUN model of plant nitrogen uptake. It is hoped that this new model will eventually be implemented in UKESM, the UK's next Earth System Model being developed in a partnership between NERC and the Met Office
- developing JULES so that it is better able to simulate biogenic fluxes of greenhouse gases in the UK (NERC's GREENHOUSE project)
- using JULES to simulate catchment-scale C and N cycling in the Conwy catchment, as part of the Turf2Surf project (NERC Macronutrients programme)
- participating in the model inter-comparison projects WaterMIP and ISI-MIP.
1998 - present: Land surface modeller at CEH. Areas of activity have included: hydrology, land-atmosphere interactions, carbon and nitrogen cycles, development of JULES code and documentation.
1995-1998: PhD Meteorology, University of Reading
1994-1995: Research assistant, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, developing a model of continental-scale hydrology.
1993-1994: MSc Engineering Hydrology, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
1990-1993: BSc Meteorology, University of Reading